Jessie Neal, BSCC

BIG SKY—There are endless community
benefits of trails, greenways
and parks.

They create a sense of community;
benefit the economy through tourism
and civic improvement; preserve
and restore open space; allow for a
connection to nature; and provide
opportunities for physical activity to
improve fitness and mental health.

Trails also provide necessary links for
wildlife between fragmented habitats.
The Big Sky Community Corporation
is hosting National Trails Day
work projects to help improve its trail
system. All Trails Day projects are
family-friendly and include finishing
and repairing trails, refinishing
tables and benches, and removing the
winter’s accumulation of debris from
the trails.

The Big Sky Community Corporation
has built and manages over 16 miles
of trails in Big Sky. The trails are
integrated with historic sites, commercial
and residential areas, parks,
national forest, and serve to improve
the overall character of the community.

Broad participation, collaborative
partnerships, and ongoing monitoring
and feedback have made our park
and trails projects successful.

All projects will be headquartered
at the Big Sky Community Park,
located off Little Coyote, in the Big
Sky Meadow. Participants can help in
two-hour increments or all morning.
The two-hour times begin at 9, 10
and 11 a.m. After the work projects,
a BBQ lunch will be provided at the
pavilion. Some tools are provided,
but participants are asked to bring
shovels, rakes or wheelbarrows if
possible. Gloves, sunscreen, water
bottles and appropriate footwear and
clothing are required.

The BSCC strives to include all
aspects of the community in its
projects, and is currently hosting a
contest for elementary students at
Ophir School to name a section of the
newest community park trail.

To learn more about BSCC trails or
to volunteer on the trails committee
contact bscc@bsccmt.org. To adopt a
trail or sponsor a kiosk, contact Jessie
at (406) 993-2112.