By Katie Morrison
On June 24, the Big Sky Natural Resource Council hosted their second annual Big Sky Wildfire Preparedness event at Town Center Park. Many Big Sky
residents and visitors turned out for the event, which featured information
on natural resource issues in the area, a free BBQ and special appearances by
Smokey Bear and Elvis.
Volunteers from the Fire Department cooked burgers and hot dogs for over 300
people, while council member Seth Barker gave a presentation and answered
questions from homeowners on how to create survivable space. Forestry vendors
held a trade show, highlighting the equipment and techniques they use to
maintain healthy forest stands in Big Sky.
That evening the BSNRC also released the Forest Stewardship Plan, which they
have been working on for the past year. The plan, sponsored by Merrill Lynch
and Bank of America, contains valuable information about the types of trees,
forest health issues and treatment options in the Big Sky area. It is available free
of charge at bigskynrc.org.
The mission of the Big Sky Natural Resource Council is to provide sustainable
solutions for natural resource issues in the Big Sky community through a collaborative
ecosystem approach. If you would like more information or would
like to make a donation, contact Crystal Hagerman at (406) 209-0344.