Teamwork gets results! This past week I had the privilege of working with the Forest Service and student volunteers from Bozeman High School and Montana State University to improve the day use sites at Chisolm Bay and the main Hyalite Reservoir day use site. The project involved spreading gravel around fire pits and picnic tables to help protect the ground at these heavily used sites. The gravel was paid for with a grant that Friends of Hyalite secured through Patagonia, Round House Ski and Sports and Chalet Sports.
Piles of gravel were hauled up to the sites before the work days. Both days started out cloudy with predictions of precipitation, but the weather held long enough for us to get the work done without getting wet. I worked with Forest Service crews to supervise the students from BHS and MSU. The students did most of the work hauling gravel from the piles with wheel barrows and then spreading the gravel with rakes. Several students expressed that they were happy to participate in a project in beautiful Hyalite Canyon.
Considering all the people and organizations involved in making this project happen, it proves that cooperation from a community of people who care about Hyalite can get results.
by Friends of Hyalite board member Peter Bennett