New Benches!!!!

This past spring, our beloved bench was stolen from our high trails system, as well as a bench the BLM had installed on their section of land. On October 14th, a group of BTC members and volunteers worked hard and installed not one but two new benches on the trail system. Come check out the new benches with great views! Thank you to the McNeill Family, for their memorial bench donation in honor of Bob and Chris McNeill, and to Bill and Roxi Mancoronal at General Welding and Repair for their donation of the second bench!

If you would like to donate a bench to the Dillon Town Overlook trail system, on your own, in honor of someone, or perhaps in memorium, please contact us! We would love to make that happen! 

Below are pictures of the new benches, the area they overlook, and the amazing volunteers who helped install them. Keep scrolling to see the map and where the benches are now located. 

Thank you University of Montana Western!

We would like to extend a large "Thank you!" to Wendy Ridnour and her class from the Environmental Department from the University of Montana Western. They worked hard on October 12, 2017 to rid the area around the iconic "M" on the hill of invasive weed species. Then October 13th, they all returned to plant native plants in the area. Enjoy the pictures from the hard work, and if you see any around town, give a big thank you! 

Welcome our New Executive Director! Celine Beaucamp-Stout!

We have exciting news! Please welcome our new Executive Director, Celine Beaucamp-Stout! 

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Celine grew up in the north of France, in Arras. Later she moved with her family to the French Alps region, finished high school and continued on to earn her bachelor degree in Environment and Geology from Université de Savoie. Afterwards she travelled to Montreal and finished a Masters degree in Economic geology from the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Later she moved to Vancouver, and then moved to Elko, Nevada as a mining geologist. She met her now husband and the rest is history. They later moved to Dillon, MT to be closer to his family in the summer of 2015. 

Since moving to Dillon, MT, Celine has volunteered with the Forest Service hydro group, subbed in the schools, and began working at the University of Montana Western. 

Along with being the Executive Director for the BTC, Celine is also a Yellowstone Geology Tour Instructor with Road Scholar, Geology Adjunct Instructor with the Environmental Sciences Department, and a Substitute Teacher at Beaverhead County High School. 

On the weekend you may find her around the area hiking, camping, fishing, gathering wood or taking a scenic drive in the Grasshopper Valley. She also loves a good cup of coffee, and strolling our downtown area. If you see Celine, introduce yourself and say hi! 

On another note… our former Executive Director, Kathleen Wagner will still be working with the Beaverhead Trails Coalition, in a lesser capacity. She will be continuing to write grants for the BTC, maintain website, and help with work overflow. Kathleen also will help with finalizing our Five Year Strategy. 

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Great turn out at the Public Meeting!

The BTC held a public meeting on Wednesday, September 13th. The meeting was at the Old Depot Theater, from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. It was well attended by the public and discussion encompassed the proposed trail on Noble Ave. This trail will run along Noble Ave, from Highway 41 to Skihi St. The proposed trail will be 1400 feet in length, divided into 4 segments for engineerings purposes. The cost of the project is estimated currently to $126,000 plus the cost of a protective fence/net along the segment near the golf course, protecting walkers/bikers from stray golf balls. A gravel trail is proposed instead of paved, as it will keep costs and maintenance down. Grant funding from the LOR Foundation and United Way will pay for the pre-engineering costs, and then the BTC plans to apply to Fish Wildlife and Parks for a grant of $90,000. If we do not get this grant, we will aim next for a $45,000 grant. This trail would provide much needed connectivity between the two parts of town. 

BTC is now a Non-profit partner with 1% for the Planet

1% for The Planet is a global network of businesses, non-profits and individuals, working together for a healthy planet.  As a global organization that connects dollars and doers to accelerate smart environmental giving, they recognize that the current level of environmental giving - only 3% of total philanthropy - is not enough to solve the most pressing issues facing our planet.

Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, founder of Blue Ribbon Flies, members have given more than $150 million to environmental nonprofits to date. Today, 1% for the Planet is a network of more than 1,200 member businesses, a new and expanding core of more than 120 individual members, and thousands of nonprofit partners in more than 40 countries. 

The foundation of the 1% for the Planet network is the member-nonprofit partnership.  Business and individual members engage directly with approved nonprofit partners, providing financial donations, volunteer time, in-kind donations, and other shared-value collaborations. Thriving partnerships help deliver longer-term support and greater impact.  Inclusion in the network is currently free for nonprofit partners.

As an approved nonprofit partner, donations made directly towards BTC would also count towards any member's 1% commitment.

Click this link to go to their website: 1% for the Planet

Click this link to see our profile page: Beaverhead Trails Coalition

 

BTC is Montana Rural Health Initiative's Profile of the week!

The Montana Rural Health Initiative's mission is to create a dynamic network linking prevention and community-based wellness programs throughout Montana to stimulate a higher level of wellness across the state. They have chosen the Beaverhead Trails Coalition to be a part of their initiative, helping those in Montana to know about our mission. This week they have chosen BTC to be the profile of the week! Go to their MHRI's website to see full profile, as well as check out other organizations in the area with the same mission of health. Click here to view the BTC profile on their page!

 

 

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Thank you Montana Youth Challenge Cadets!

A huge thank you goes out to the Montana Youth Challenge Cadets! We had 40 cadets help pull noxious weeds on our high trails system, at the Dillon Town Overlook trails on Saturday morning, August 26th, 2017. They, along with BTC members, volunteered to help remove noxious weeds in the area. These weeds threaten to take over our healthy native plants, and ruin the amazing natural beauty in the area. Their efforts filled 2 truck beds full of weeds. Thank you, MYC! 

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Thank you Montana Fish and Wildlife Conservation Trust!

Montana Fish and Wildlife Conservation Trust recently awarded the BTC $50,000 in grant monies to be put towards the Phase III land acquisition project. Our goal is to acquire the last 327 acres in our high trails project, which will end in over 1,100 acres of private land to be used freely by the public for non-motorized use, and land conservation efforts. This project creates trails for the public close to town, and encourages outdoor activity for all ages. To date we have acquired over 750 acres which are already in use. The total cost for Phase III is $180,000, and this recent award helps to jump start the effort. To learn more about the project, click here. To donate, click here. Thank you all for your letters of support!