May 15 Families for Outdoor Recreation Rally in Bozeman

Submitted by tsm1 on Wed, 05/05/2004 - 10:30

To all Montana outdoor recreation groups:

This is a reminder of the recreation summit being held on Saturday, May 15,
hosted by Families For Outdoor Recreation. In addition to the original agenda,
we are also excited to announce that Brian Hawthorne, Blue Ribbon Coalition
Public Lands Director, will also be joining us.

Please plan to attend this informative meeting, which will help connect
outdoor recreation groups together with a common theme and purpose.

Here are the details of the summit meeting:
When: May 15, 9am - 5pm
Where: Mackenzie River Pizza, 409 West Main St, Belgrade MT

Please RSVP to Bob Stevenson in Bozeman at, or 406-585-8252.

For more information about Families For Outdoor Recreation, please contact Ed
Melcher at 406-651-9244 or Mark Kary at 406-248-9170, or check the web site

Tread Lightly! to Bring Tread Trainer Program to Montana

Submitted by TreadLightly on Thu, 04/29/2004 - 12:32

Announcing a Master Tread Trainer Course in Great Falls, Montana

Tread Lightly! would like to invite you to participate in an upcoming Master Tread Trainer Course. The Tread Trainer program is designed to train participants in innovative, practical methods of spreading outdoor ethics (specifically regarding motorized and mechanized recreation) to the public. The training is provided through a o­ne-day course and will qualify the participant to become a Tread Lightly! representative-- a "Master Tread Trainer."

Tread Lightly! is a nonprofit organization that educates people to minimize their impact in the outdoors. We specifically focus o­n motorized and mechanized recreation.

Once a participant becomes a "Master Tread Trainer" they are required to train other educators, clubs, employees, enthusiasts or community members to be "Tread Trainers"-- adding a whole new dimension to your organization's educational goals or your personal volunteer activities.


Submitted by jjb1702 on Thu, 04/29/2004 - 12:28

Nearly $1 million is available for recreational trails projects in the state this year. Grant applications must be submitted to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks by July 1.

Grants can be used for motorized and non-motorized, multiple use, community, rural and backcountry trails and for education and information brochures, interpretive signs and materials and noxious weed control o­n trails.

Public agencies and private trail clubs are eligible for the grants.

Applications for these Recreational Trails Program and OHV Program grants can be downloaded from FWP’s web page at , click o­n Parks and Recreation and look o­n the Grants page. If you have questions about these grants, call Bob Walker at 444-4585, or Ray Paige at 444-7317.

Protest Over Mountain Roads Draws Hundreds

Submitted by WD40 on Wed, 04/28/2004 - 10:39

From the Helena IR, Monday, April 26, 2004:
"Hundreds rallied Saturday at a U.S. Forest Service office
against proposed road restrictions in south-central Montana's Beartooth and Pryor mountains."

Full text of article is available by clicking the following link.
Helena IR Article

Thanks go out to Ed Melcher, and the Families for Outdoor Recreation for all their hard work.

Bozeman Top Truck Event

Submitted by RCURRIER on Thu, 04/15/2004 - 17:42

2004 Top Truck Challenge

Galiton County Fairgrounds - Motor Sports Park

Saturday May 8th

Registration: 8:00am-10:00am

Racing starts at 10:30

Entry Fee $20 per driver $5 spectator admission

Rock Crawl
Tow Event
Tuff Truck/Obstacle
Mud Bog
Skill Event

Vehicle requirements: seat belts, rear tow hook, helmet, battery tie down, gas cap, open top vehicles need roll bar, no loose objects. Please bring everything that you would bring on a regular trail ride: chains, clevis, tow strap, gloves, hijack, spare tire

For more information call: Rob 579-9073

RALLY! Families For Outdoor Recreation

Submitted by edjandj on Thu, 04/08/2004 - 15:05

Show up and support your right to use our forests!
Learn what you can do to protect our lands. Come to a rally in Billings, Montana, at the Forest Service Office o­n April 24, 2004, at NOON (1310 Main Street). We don't want trails and roads that we enjoy to have a "ROAD CLOSED" sign o­n them next time we visit.

Bring your families and friends. There will be reporters and television crews. We need to make an impact. Let's fill the parking lots with outdoor recreationists. Hey, let's close down Main Street! See you there!

March Trail Rides

Submitted by edjandj on Mon, 03/08/2004 - 09:41

Two trail rides have been scheduled for March. O­n Sunday the 14th we're making a run above Bridger. Meet at the BK in Laurel at 7:30 am. Saturday the 27th is Benbow. Meet - same time, same place.

M4x4A Annual Convention 4/3-4 Bozeman

Submitted by tsm1 on Fri, 03/05/2004 - 10:39

Convention is at the Best Western City Center Inn in Bozeman, April 3rd and 4th.

Meetings start at 10:00am both days.

Dinner is at 6:30pm, Saturday the 3rd, with Guest Speaker Gary Perry, Senate District 16.

If you did not receive the forum with RSVP, please contact Mike Nunn.

Cost is $25 for dinner and meetings, or $10 for meetings only.

Hotel Rooms at the Best Western City Center Inn are $55 a night for one person.

Mike Nunn, Mountaineers
388-0448 or 539-0919 for more information

Remember that this is M4x4A Election Time, so Be There and BE HEARD.

Plus you might just learn a little something...