A group of mountain bikers have received a grant to put signage up on Big Sky area trails.

Initially, the Big Sky Mountain Bike Alliance plans to work on the popular Porcupine drainage south of Big Sky, the upper North Fork trail, and Second Yellow Mule.

“Second Yellow Mule is not signed, and there are a few junctions in the Porcupine drainage that aren’t marked, so it can be confusing,” said Jessie Wiese Neal, a spokesperson for the group. Now, Neal says, if hikers, bikers, and horsemen have a map marking the trail numbers, they’ll be able to see a trail sign with the same trail number.

The grant is from the Southern Montana Resource Advisory Council, a federal resource advisory committee made up of citizens to provide advice and recommendations on public land management that reports to the Department of Agriculture. The mountain biking alliance applied for and received $1,500 from the RAC.

The Mountain Biking Alliance formed in spring 2011 with a mission to promote growth and sustainability of the Big Sky mountain culture, Neal said. The group works to educate bikers about yielding to hikers, horsemen other trail users. They currently have approximately 100 members.

The RAC is composed of citizens appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to staggered three-year terms.

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