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Stay Safe, Stay Healthy: Go Outside

Gallatin Valley Land Trust is featured in a Montana Free Press article titled “Penned up by the pandemic, Montanans try to get well by getting out.” The April 30 article is a comprehensive look at how Montanans are coping with COVID-19 restrictions – getting outside on trails is a major coping mechanism – and how state, federal, local and nonprofit entities are managing trails and recreational properties during the pandemic.

From the article: “…increased outdoor recreation has sparked concern over resource damage during the wet spring mud season. EJ Porth, associate director of the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, said her organization has received requests from the public to close the Drinking Horse Trail due to damage caused by increased traffic and muddy conditions. Local officials opted to keep the trail open

“We can repair trails,” Porth said. “People’s mental health is more important right now.”