Welcome to the Gallatin Community Collaborative

The next full Gallatin Community Collaborative (GCC) meeting will be held Saturday, April 25 in Bozeman, MT at the Hilton Garden Inn, 2023 Commerce Way (next to Lowe’s). Please find an agenda and RSVP in the link to the right.

There will be vote by the GCC Membership in attendance regarding a procedural update to the current Bylaws. Please download and review the summary documents to prepare. Available April 15, 2015.

The Gallatin Community Collaborative (GCC) is a community-driven project whose purpose is to create broad-based consensus regarding the management and stewardship of the Custer Gallatin National Forest (CGNF), with particular attention to the Gallatin Range Wilderness Study Area (HPBH WSA).
March 29 coverage in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Get Involved
The Gallatin Community Collaborative offers many different roles and opportunities to participate or just listen – something to fit almost everyone’s interests and schedules.

The GCC’s goals are to:
1/ Develop recommendations for the CGNF, with particular attention to the Hyalite-Porcupine Buffalo Horn Wilderness Study Area (HPBH-WSA), to inform Travel Planning Management and the Forest Plan Revision starting in 2016.

2/ Develop a legislative proposal that addresses public land designations in the Gallatin Range, with particular attention to the HPBH-WSA.

Background
Engaging in a collaborative process to develop a recommended strategy for public land management is a change in philosophy and approach regarding previous management approaches for this landscape. Furthermore, federal agencies at the highest levels are increasingly looking to community involvement and local leadership to resolve long-standing controversies. Now is your chance to participate in a new way to develop future recommendations for this landscape.

In February 2012, at a large public meeting convened by the Gallatin National Forest, those present indicated that they believed a collaborative process could be successful. Following that meeting, an Exploratory Committee (EC), composed of community volunteers was established to explore the concept of establishing a collaborative process. The GCC was officially established in January 2014.

GCC Leadership
The GCC is coordinated by a Governance Committee, a contract facilitator, and five subcommittees: Administration, Communications, Finance, Issues & Proposals, and Science & Data. You can check the GCC Calendar for Sub-committee meetings. The 15-member Governance Committee (GC) holds a monthly meeting the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm.

Process
The GCC has proposed a community problem solving approach to develop the first set of recommendations by the end of 2015. The process is designed to be transparent, inclusive, fact-based and promote civil dialogue.

2015 GCC Road Map

Printable Version

4 Responses to Welcome to the Gallatin Community Collaborative

  1. David Wallin says:

    Would like to continue to be on the contact list. Appreciate any discussion on the reprehensibly exorbitant charges for maintaining a small cabin-in family since 1955-on forest service land that used to be a 99 year lease at $99 per year and now almost $4000.00 with only seasonal road access.

    • admin says:

      David, hi,
      Thank you for the interest and will put you on our mailing list. The GCC encourages all interested parties to participate in the process.
      Kind Regards,
      Joe Josephson & Stacy Bragg
      Governance Committee Co-Chairs

  2. Roxanna Mclaughlin says:

    Please send me the link to the map that was used at the Feb 28 meeting. There was one map copy on each of seven tables. The scale and detail was very helpful and I would like to get a large copy printed for my home reference. Thanks.

    • admin says:

      Roxanna,
      There is a page specific to the February 28, 2015 public meeting found on this site under the “GCC Archives” page in the News & Events tab. The digital file for that map is quite large but will be posting it for download as soon as we get a copy and get it uploaded to the site.

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