Friends of Hyalite extends a gracious appreciation to our supporters REI, Sola Café, Little Red Wagon Coffee, Wheat Montana Blue Smoke BBQ, Costco and Montucky Cold Snacks for their contributions to the morning stimulation and après work appreciation BBQ.
Offering breathtaking views, diverse recreational opportunities, and drinking water for Bozeman, Hyalite Canyon is a treasure to residents and visitors alike. Friends of Hyalite extends a special thank you to the 95+ volunteers and eight Custer Gallatin Forest personnel that showed up on the chilly morning of Saturday, May 9th for our Spring Clean Up. Together, we removed 14,000+ pounds of trash from parking lots, campsites and shooting areas. Most was the result of illegal pallet fires and irresponsible target shooting; with a Lazy Boy and squatters camp thrown in for good measure.
The unique agreement between the USFS, Gallatin County and Friends of Hyalite to plow the road allows the privilege to enjoy Hyalite all winter. With this freedom comes the responsibility to take care of the resource and access we so cherish. The seven tons we removed is more than double any previous clean up day. This is a staggering number considering Friends removed over 5,000 pounds last October and the USFS had a volunteer most of the winter helping clean up around Hyalite.
Despite these challenges, Hyalite continues to remain magical and special place. As the next season begins with the road opening to motor vehicles on May 16th, please continue to treasure and share Hyalite Canyon as your favorite back yard. It is up to all friends of Hyalite to participate in keeping our public lands safe and enjoyable to all. To get involved please visit www.hyalite.org or if you witness inappropriate behavior, please call the 1-800-TIP-MONT hotline or the Bozeman Ranger District at 522-2520.