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Montana Climbers: Save Climbing on Bozeman Pass Forever


by Editor

June 10, 2005

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(Originally posted in Access Fund E-News #55 by Ted Lange, Southwest Montana Climbers' Coalition)

We have an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to permanently conserve 2055 acres on Bozeman Pass, including the popular climbing area on the north side of the Pass. The Gallatin Valley Land Trust and the Trust for Public Land have been working on this landmark conservation project for five years, and now they need your help to complete it.

The project will provide the opportunity to create a permanent safe access to the climbing area on the north side of I-90, as well as a new public trail on the south side, starting near the Trail Creek exit, and accessing the dramatic rocky slopes of Chestnut Mountain and the thousands of acres of public lands beyond. In addition to these important access opportunities, the project will conserve large tracts of land on both side of I-90, protecting the scenic entryway to the Gallatin Valley, as well as critical wildlife habitat, providing a keystone piece of an important wildlife migration corridor.

We're asking Congress for Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) dollars to complete this project. In the next few weeks Congress will be deciding which projects to fund with LWCF dollars for fiscal year 2006. We need to make sure Bozeman Pass gets on the list. The Montana Congressional delegation needs to hear from people throughout the area. So please contact the Montana Delegation today! Here's how:

CALL, FAX or EMAIL Senators Burns and Baucus and Representative Rehberg BEFORE MAY 31. Please don't send letters! Letters take so long to go through the anthrax screening that by the time they're delivered, the LWCF funding decisions will have already been made. In a few sentences, state why you believe this is important, and urge them to support $2,250,000 for Bozeman Pass funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund in the fiscal year 2006 Interior Appropriations bill. Continue scrolling down this email for additional information about this incredible conservation opportunity.

For more information please contact:

Ted Lange, Land Conservation Program Coordinator
Gallatin Valley Land Trust
PO Box 7021
Bozeman, MT 59771
406-587-8404 x108

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