The first bike racks are installed!

The first bike racks of our Dillon Bike Racks project were installed yesterday (June 12, 2018) on Idaho Street, at the corner of Idaho and Glendale Street. The installation consists of an on-street corral of 3 racks, with a capacity for 6 bikes. This is the first installation of a two-year project totaling 12 locations. 

Thank you to the City Of Dillon for their in kind contribution with the installation and to Great Harvest for allowing us to have a Bake Days event for the funding of the project.

To learn more about the project, click here.

 

Help build Montana's first pedestrian and bicycle plan!

 

As you may have seen in the Tribune (see below), the state of Montana is working on it's first pedestrian and bicycle plan!!!

It is an amazing opportunity and they need our input and comments to get it started. 

Here are a few ways to help:

- You can attend one of the workshops (one in Butte Tuesday May 29, Butte-Silver Bow Archives/Second Floor Au­ditorium, 17 West Quartz Street)

- You can take their survey: http://www.mdt.mt.gov/pubinvolve/pedbike/survey.shtml

- You can send them comments/input at MDTBikePed@mt.gov

You can find more information about the project at http://www.mdt.mt.gov/pubinvolve/pedbike/

Let's help build a great plan in our state! 

 

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Climb the M Fundrun 2018!

Below are the results from the annual Climb the M Fundrun of 2018! When you are done viewing, scroll further for pictures from the event! 

Mens 5k

  1. Cory Birkenbiel 30:14
  2. Kolt Sterlin 30:41
  3. Thomas Murray 32:15
  4. Andrew Zitzer 1:16:04

Womens 5k

  1. Polly Mickelson 42:17
  2. Sara Zitzer 45:43
  3. Shantel Broadhead 46:15
  4. Dana Relyea 1:03:12
  5. Amy Wellborn 1:03:14
  6. Hailee Tipson 1:23:00

15K

  1. Kelsie Zitzer
  2. Kathy Peterson
  3. Sara Helle
  4. Paul Placzkowski
  5. Carla Simonsen
  6. Jana Barnes
  7. Daniel Maxfield
  8. Raquel Reno-Morast
  9. Joy Arbour
  10. Chelsey Hutchinson

Thank you to all who came out to make this event such a huge success! This event is a great help to the BTC and UMW Cross country team, and we would like to thank everyone who participated either as a racer, a race volunteer, a course prepper, and more! Above are some of the pictures taken from the FundRun!!  You may scroll through the pictures by clicking the arrow to the right or left.

BTC in the News!

Check out this great article published in the Montana Standard regarding out Laknar Lane/Selway Ave Park! Thank you Montana Standard for the publicity! 

 

New Fishing Access Site Planned for Dillon

by Ted McDermott   ted.mcdermott@mtstandard.com

The Beaverhead River runs along the west side of Dillon, bringing with it some of the best brown-trout fishing in the state. And just north of town, there’s a growing network of hiking trails. And in town, there’s a burgeoning network of walking and biking routes. But, currently, this mosaic of recreational opportunities is pretty disjointed, says Beaverhead Trails Coalition Executive Director Celine Beaucamp-Stout, with few places for locals to access the river and no direct connection between in-town and north-of-town trails. That is why her local non-profit has pursued the development of a new fishing access site and trail loop near the Selway Bridge, in conjunction with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Montana Department of Transportation. According to FWP Region 3 Fisheries Biologist Matt Jaeger, the site represents an important piece in Dillon’s recreational puzzle. “This is kind of a unique site where, for folks who want to head downstream of Dillon, this is really the only place that you can put in to access that chunk of the Beaverhead,” Jaeger says. Currently, the Selway Bridge site has what Jaeger refers to as a “pioneered” boat launch that gets pretty heavy use, despite the presence of “chunks of boulder” and other obstacles. “It’s in a really nice place," Jaeger says, "but it’s not in the best condition." The new plan would lead to a number of improvements, including the construction of a trail loop, informational signage and a picnic area. 4/13/2018, 3:58 PM 1 of 2 Powered By ZergNet While the land itself belongs to MDT and FWP will manage the property, the Beaverhead Trails Coalition is providing $55,000 of funding to hire a contractor to build nearly all of the site’s infrastructure. The coalition received the money for the project from an anonymous donor. According to Beaucamp-Stout, the site is adjacent to an existing trail along Laknar Lane that leads to the North County Trails. Her group’s goal is to ultimately connect the North County Trails to downtown paths and trails via Noble Avenue, she says. While the Selway Bridge site won’t complete that connection, it will help bring the two trail systems together. “The park is outside of the city limits,” Beaucamp-Stout says, “so we are trying to get that trail connected to the downtown area. It’s an area that we’re really focusing on now, and that’s why we’re focusing on that [Selway Bridge] project.” Calling it a “perfect project” for what the Beaverhead Trails Coalition is trying to accomplish, Beaucamp-Stout says her group has had “a pretty great community response” to it. And Ray Heagney, FWP’s regional fishing access site manager, says the four public comments submitted in response to the environmental assessment indicated that project had “garnered nothing but positive support from the community.” Now it is up to the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission to decide whether to approve the project, which it is scheduled to do at its April 19 meeting. If they give the green light, Beaucamp-Stout says the Beaverhead Trails Coalition is ready with a contractor already selected and only a few small loose ends to tie up. “Really, it’s just paperwork at this point,” Beaucamp-Stout says. If all goes according to plan, work could begin as soon as May. Jaeger is optimistic it will — and hopes that it does. “I think it’s going to be a big amenity not just for people who hike or fish but for the town in general,” Jaeger says. “I think it’s going to be a really good thing for Dillon.”

http://mtstandard.com/montana-untamed/fishing/new-fishing-access-site-planned-for-dillon/article_7deb8db0-fcdc-5013-8cc1-0bf40f9133ec.html

 

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Winter Family Fun Day

Another successful Winter Family Fun Day was held for the 5th year in a row on January 6th, 2018 at the Elkhorn Hot springs. The event was sponsored by the US Forest Service, the Beaverhead Trails Coalition, Pioneer Mountain Education Foundation and the Elkhorn Hot Springs.

 

About 60 participants of all ages enjoyed games, races, beacon search, cross country skiing and snowshoeing loops. The younger attendees built bird feeders while the older attendees learned about snow safety and winter wildlife. All could then warm up with hot coco and snack, and a soak in the Hot Springs at a reduced price!

Thank you very much to all the sponsors, volunteers and participants for a very fun day out!

BTC featured in Backpacker Magazine

The Beaverhead Trails Coalition's High Trails Project is featured in the March 2018 issue of the Backpacker Magazine! 

The outdoor oriented publication comes back on how the High Trails Lands were once public and became private in a land exchange in the 80's. It briefly describes how the Beaverhead Trails Coalition is working on getting the land back to public use, with the help of generous contributions from grantors and the community.

Enjoy the article and order your copy at www.backpacker.com.

 Photo: Ben Moore

Photo: Ben Moore