Dillon Town Overlook Land acquisition:
What a journey!
Thanks to our amazing supports, we closed on the last parcel of land early September!!! Thank you to our grantors, contributors, members and our community!
We are excited to start planning more trails, tentatively a second trailhead, further maintenance… We still need your support to do all that goodness!
HIGH TRAILS LAND ACQUISITION BUDGET
PHASE I – Purchase Completed September 21, 2015
Total Price $261,502
Source of Funds:
Tim Speyer $161,502
2015 MTFWC Trust $100,000
PHASE II – Purchase Completed September 28, 2016
Total Price $168,784
Source of Funds:
Tim Speyer $90,904
2016 MTFWC Trust $75,000
Phase III (Sections G, H, I) Purchase Completed October 1/December 28, 2018
Total Price $110,264
Source of Funds:
2017 MTFWC Trust $50,000
2018 MTFWC Trust $50,000
Tim Speyer $4,000 (Earnest Money)
Phase III (Section J) Purchased Completed September 6, 2019
Total Price $70,000
2019 MTFWC Trust $20,000
Yvon Chouinard $10,000
Steele-Reese Grant $15,000
Tim Speyer $2,000
Ravens Perch (T.S.) $7,000
Project update! We received $50,000 grant from Montana Fish and Wildlife Conservation Trust for Phase III land! Click here for pictures and details. Read below for full project story:
In August 2014 Beaverhead Trails Coalition signed an agreement to begin our largest project to date, The Dillon High Trails Area. Over the course of five years BTC will work towards acquiring over 1,100 acres and many miles of trails available to all whom wish to hike, mountain bike, and horseback ride within minutes of Dillon. This land and trail system are adjacent to the already existing Dillon Town Overlook Trail immediately west of town and will further the resources our community has for years to come.
The land acquisition originally was agreed to occur in three phases. Phases I, II and a portion of Phase III, an area of 981 acres, were recently purchased with private donations and the generous support of the Montana Fish & Wildlife Conservation Trust. This means that the land from the 'M' to nearby the 'B' will all be maintained for the public forever. Once we have acquired all of the land and set up a finished trail system, we will transfer land ownership to Beaverhead County, with an agreement regarding conservation, public ownership, and permanent public access.
We plan to complete the purchase with the acquisition of the rest of Phase III, the remaining 127 acres, by our agreement deadline of August 2019. These lands will further the trail network allowing users greater opportunities for recreation close to Dillon and an additional trailhead with access to lesser sloping trails great for horseback and bike riding.
BTC needs your support to help fund the final phase of this project and to open these lands for public access. This endeavor will only be possible with support from people like yourself. Please help us reach our fundraising goal of $70,000 to complete the final land acquisition and opportunity for public access.
We welcome you to visit the Dillon Town Overlook and all of the lands purchased in Phases I, II and part of Phase III. To be clear, we must reiterate that there is NO public access to the final 127 acres in Phase III, as currently the land is still privately owned. Once BTC acquires each parcel the public will certainly be welcome to visit and enjoy these hills. Please look study the map when visiting the area to remain only on our land.
Notable Community Support:
The Wheat Family provided an easement for a segment of the trail to pass through their land to reach the ridge.
The United Way of Beaverhead County has provided $2,000 for the project. Among other things these funds were used for the construction and installation of the trailhead sign.
2014 University of Montana Western Student Work Day-Over 30 students with 10 community leaders provided 150 volunteer hours maintaining trail, re-vegetating areas with native seeds, and building fence.
Beaverhead County provided labor and materials to build the trailhead parking lot.
The Erb family donated 6 acres of riverfront property to the BTC for this project.
The Dillon BLM and the Department of Agriculture donated and installed a Noxious Weed Sign and boot brush at the trailhead.