The BTC is a local, grassroots coalition that formed in 2009 by community members wishing to make a difference.
Beaverhead Trails Coalition started in 2009 with a small group of community members who wanted to promote a healthy lifestyle for the community, not only healthy food choices, but to encourage walking, hiking, biking and other forms of exercise. Even though there were only three steady people in the group, (a nurse, an orthopedic surgeon and the County Planner), they decided it was necessary to meeting regularly and achieve their goals. Another local doctor heard of their efforts and offered to pay for the non-profit status, helping the group further in their efforts. They applied for funding and received it for the Walking School Bus, Bike Recycling, Bike Rodeo and helmet giveaway. They also created "Walk and Talk with a Doc" encouraging healthy walks with doctors for free medical advice. As time went on the core group realized they needed to make a bigger effort to get more members, or let it go. So they carried out one last membership drive, and it was a success! The group began to grow, achieved incorporation status in 2012, and the focus turned into what is now the current BTC, with the same big picture of healthy living for the community, with more focused goals to get there.
Our Mission statement
To promote a healthy lifestyle in our community by creating, maintaining and supporting a system of safe routes, trails and programs which encourage regular walking, bicycling and other forms of outdoor activity.
BTC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR-Celine Beaucamp-stout
A native of France, Celine has lived in the Dillon area since the summer of 2015. She loves the outdoors, and is excited to be working for the BTC! With a background of geology, you can find Celine seeking out those passions hiking, fishing, camping and exploring new areas in the Grasshopper Valley. She also works as a Geology Adjunct Instructor in the Environmental Sciences Department at University of Montana Western, a Yellowstone Geology Tour Instructor with Road Scholars, and occasionally substitute teacher at Beaverhead County High School. If you see Celine around town, make sure to say hi and introduce yourself!
2014-2017 BTC Board Members
President-Dr. Dan Downey
Dan is a physician in Dillon who has had a life-long interest in hiking. He has a passion in creating walking and hiking trails in the Dillon area. He, his wife, and daughter enjoy the Beaverhead County community with both its beautiful surroundings as well as its colorful history.
Vice President-Craig Simonsen
Craig developed a fondness for nature at a young age, an interest which ultimately led him to a career in forestry. Though retired professionally, his love of the outdoors remains strong. He and his wife share in many of the year-round recreational opportunities available in southwest Montana, including hiking, camping, and snowshoeing. Craig also enjoys fishing, photography, and music, and serves on the Board of the Dillon Concert Association.
Secretary - Pat Carrick
Pat's truck broke down in Beaverhead County 40 years ago and she found her place. Though she continues to travel now and then, every return is the resettling of her spirit where she always longs to be, with her husband, David, in the midst of her ranching family, surrounded by the clearest air, the freshest water, the most spectacular lakes and mountains, high deserts, and grasslands on earth. Home.
Treasurer - Joyce Connors
Joyce grew up in Nebraska and Colorado, going from a state with very little public land to one with mountains and forests and places to play. Living in Dillon for the last 40 years has only increased her love for the outdoors. She and her husband have hiked around 30,000 miles together, whether hiking, mountain climbing, shed hunting, rock hounding, or cross country skiing. The value of public land for all to enjoy is of top priority, so our High Trails Project is near and dear to her heart. She recently retired from the Business Office at University of Montana Western after many years with Great Harvest and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.
Dan worked for the US Forest Service for many years across Idaho, Nevada, and Montana fighting fires among other tasks. Now retired, he is active with the Three Rivers Backcounty Horsemen and enjoys many types of outdoor recreation.
Ed is glad to be a member of BTC as a Dillon native, and again a Dillon resident as of 2013. In the interim Ed spent many years as a Professor in the Industrial Engineering Department of Montana State University as well as other institutions. He has always loved the outdoors and is excited about the organization's mission to increase hiking, biking, walking opportunities in the Dillon area. Ed's community involvement also includes being a member of the Dillon Planning and Zoning Board, as well as the Dillon Tree Board.
Member - Pam Laursen
Pam grew up in Canada surrounded by the Gatineau Hills in capital region. Since 1984 she has resided in Israel, and the southeastern U.S. Pam, her husband and children have enjoyed hiking the Appalachian Trail in Georgia and North Carolina. She and her husband moved to Dillon July 2017. They enjoy hiking the very accessible trails surrounding Dillon created by the BTC. They also enjoy life in Dillon and are quickly becoming part of its fabric. Professionally, Pam has worked in the public school system as a career adviser and in the university setting as a grant coordinator. A new career direction is working as a certified nurse assistant.
The Beaverhead Trails Coalition Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt public corporation with our Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws filed and approved by the Montana Secretary of State on August 23, 2012.