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Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 11:02am GVLT

GVLT's ongoing trail projects.

The Gallatin Valley Land Trust is always hard at work behind the scenes, planning, fundraising, and designing new trail projects. Here’s what’s coming soon to a Bozeman trail near you.

Bogert Park / Bozeman Creek Enhancement
As a part of the Bozeman Creek Enhancement Committee, GVLT is excited to partner on this project to reconstruct part of Bozeman Creek through Bogert Park to return the stream to a more natural and ecologically productive condition. The project will improve the floodplain, enhance vegetation, and improve safety for people and wildlife. GVLT will be leading efforts to build new trails through the improved park in the spring of 2017.

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Monday, November 21, 2016 - 11:19am Kathyrn QannaYahu

Shock & awful.

The presidential election shocked many this past November 8, but there were also statewide races with important ramifications for the environment and our public lands. Here are some key takeaways:

On the public-lands front, this election brought some gains and losses.
• We retained Governor Bullock by a slim margin, who is committed to public-land access.
• We gained Supreme Court Justice Sandefur, who will fight for the law, not viewing Stream Access as a “monumental erosion” of private property rights, as his opponent stated. I prognosticate we will very much need our Supreme Court. 

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Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 9:56am The Editors

O/B's picks for 2016.

The outdoors are an escape from the political arena — or at least they should be. Unfortunately, politics creeps its way into all aspects of American life, and nowhere is this more apparent than in Montana's public-lands debate. This election season, vote with public land and public access — the future of our outdoor lifestyle depends on it. Here are our suggestions for next Tuesday's election, most of which coincide with endorsements by the Montana Sportsman's Alliance and Montana Conservation Voters, as well as that of other conservation and outdoor-recreation groups.

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Monday, September 12, 2016 - 2:45pm David Cronenwett

All about the prairie falcon.

Often, it is the charismatic and spectacular that draws people to nature. When wildlife is depicted onscreen for example, we’ll usually see images of large mammals and skillful predators; bears, wolves, lions, bison, elk, all doing their thing amidst some gorgeous and wild landscape. Birding is no different, with raptors garnering much of the public’s awe and attention. This shouldn’t be surprising: hawks, owls, and eagles are majestic predators that have been honored by human cultures for millennia, appearing in art, literature, and oral histories. For many birders though, it is the falcons that hold a special place among birds of prey.

Prairie Falcon, Bozeman, Birding, MT Audubon

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 10:24am Barbara Lee

Building a DIY cook stove.

An ingenious little camp stove that doesn’t cost a dime? Sign me up. Using a few simple materials, you can build a fuel-efficient “rocket stove” — an updated version of the tin can “hobo stove” used by generations of wanderers, survivalists, and backwoods campers.

Hobo Stove, DIY Camping, Montana
Note the L-shaped design, which makes this a "rocket"

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Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 12:18pm Chris McCarthy

Q&A with Will Caton, owner of Swiss Fit Montana.

I’ll be the first to admit, when I talk with people about the workouts I’ve doing at Swiss Fit Montana, I struggle to explain the exercises, and, more importantly, how they tie in to training for the Ridge Run. So I asked Will Caton, the owner of Swiss Fit, to explain why he has me doing certain exercises. 

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 12:15pm Chris McCarthy

Ridge Run training with Swiss Fit Montana.

This year, I wanted to incorporate some new training strategies to meet my goals of improving my time and getting stronger, so as not to break down physically after my third consecutive Ridge Run. To achieve these goals, I started working out with Will Caton at Swiss Fit Montana.

During my first session, I was introduced to the exercises I’d be using. But this wasn’t a polite introduction—it was a full-on workout. Will took note of key areas to target in future workouts, such as my slouch, as it takes more energy to run when you’re constantly lifting your body up and down. I also needed to work on the oft-discussed core, and my glutes, a muscle group that according to Will, I'd need to build for endurance, climbing, and descending.

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Friday, June 10, 2016 - 12:21pm David Tucker

Tracking our miles for area trails.

When I first heard about the Gallatin Valley Land Trust's Trail Challenge, I thought it'd be just that—a challenge. Twenty-thousand miles sounded like a whole lot, and I wasn't sure the people of Bozeman had it in them. But after the first ten days, it looks like we're getting after it at a pretty solid pace. Now that we're moving into the home stretch—the challenge ends on the summer solstice—it's time to double-down on tracking our miles. Here are a few ways to ramp up participation.

Sypes Canyon, GVLT Trails Challenge, Bozeman Trails
Bike ride up Sypes: that's six more miles.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 3:03pm Ashley Cosgriff

How to avoid an attack while on the trail.

When enjoying a sunset hike on one of the many trails around Bozeman, we generally don't worry too much about being accosted by predators with bad intentions. Besides, we all know how to avoid most wildlife attacks. It's possible, however, for a human predator to be lurking around the corner. On the rare occasion that one is, it's best to be prepared.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 11:13am Kayje Booker

Six reasons not to transfer our public lands.

As privately-funded think tanks and radical politicians promote the idea of transferring ownership and management of public lands to individual states, it’s important to fully consider the significant consequences that might have on Montana's economy and our outdoor way of life. Here’s a closer look at six major changes that Montana residents could expect if the 27 million acres of public lands in Big Sky Country were transferred to state ownership.

Hyalite Canyon, Montana Public Land Transfer
Let's keep this land our land.

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