Looking Back on GGWC’s 2019 Annual Meeting

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Thank you to all whom attended our 2019 Annual Meeting – “Weathering Drought: Stories from our Neighbors.” We heard incredible stories from three speakers about how drought impacted and compromised their livelihoods. Jeff Moore, a homeowner near Bozeman Pass shared his personal experience with wildfire when it encroached on his family’s home. Dale Sexton, owner of Timber Trails and a flyfishing guide from Livingston, told us about one of his favorite childhood fishing spots that now runs dry for the greater part of the year. Lastly, we heard from Josh Pulst, an insurance agent with Leavitt Group, who specializes in farm and ranch insurance. He told stories about some of his clients near the Musselshell who were greatly impacted by the Lodgepole Complex Fire of 2017.

These powerful stories provided insight as to how our changing climate and the increasing threat of drought affects everything and everyone in Montana – from ranchers and fishermen, to our wildlife, water resources, and our homes. As one guest said, we heard “Actual stories from actual people.” 

We recognized Tammy Swinney and Susan Duncan, both of whom made an incredible impact on our community and watershed through their commitment to serving on the GGWC Board of Directors. Thank you for your years of service! Additionally, we enjoyed homemade, wholesome food locally sourced in our watershed and drank Gallatin Pale Ale, provided by Bozeman Brewing.

We asked our guests about what issues they’re most concerned about in their watershed and most responded with concerns over water quality & stream restoration, water conservation, and drought planning. Our guests also showed enthusiasm about volunteer events to engage in their community, specifically opportunities involving river clean-up, native species planting, and water quality monitoring. GGWC has listened to our community and we’re planning a native riparian species planting day this spring on the East Gallatin for one of our restoration projects. We are also planning a river clean-up day on the Gallatin for the fall. If you’re concerned with water conservation, we’ll have many other opportunities to volunteer with our Watershed Stewards Program, which we’ll be launching this summer. Lastly, we’re happy to announce another year of participating in Gallatin Stream Teams! Join a team of citizen scientists this summer and monitor the quality of our local water resources. For more information, click here.

GGWC would like to thank our speakers, volunteers, and event attendees for creating a truly inspiring evening! Stay tuned for upcoming volunteer events in the Lower Gallatin watershed