Monday, September 20, 2021

Play

The American Rescue Plan could provide essential training to boost jobs in construction, and we explore a trauma-informed approach to preventing marijuana use in teens.

Play

Pfizer says its vaccine is safe for children ages 5 to 11, travel restrictions soon will ease for vaccinated international visitors to the U.S., and a Texas doctor who performed an abortion under new restrictions is sued.

Play

Lawsuits stall debt relief for America's Black farmers; Idaho hospitals using "critical care" protocols; grant money boosts rural towns in Utah and more conservation acreage could protect the iconic sage grouse.

Vision of Trail Across MT Coming Closer to Reality

Play

Monday, March 15, 2021   

HELENA, Mont. -- A path linking trails across Montana is gaining momentum this year.

The Montana 406 Trail would start in Glacier National Park, swoop down into the state's southwest corner and back up before bending east near Great Falls to North Dakota.

Marty Bannon, president and founder of the Montana Trail 406 Association, said the 440-mile section along the Continental Divide Trail between Glacier and Yellowstone National Park is important.

"But I also, living in Montana, realized that there's this whole eastern part of the state that has island mountain ranges and beautiful prairie, untouched, and also the Missouri River," Bannon explained.

The Montana Senate Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing today on House Joint Resolution 15, which would recognize the benefits of a cross-state trail.

The trail would be about 1,500 miles in length and, Bannon pointed out, hike-able in the three months when trails are clear of snow.

While some might cover it all in one trip, Bannon envisions folks hiking it in sections.

Bannon added half the experience of hiking long trails is going to small towns along the way. Hikers usually head into these towns to get more supplies, staying for a meal and some beers, perhaps.

He contended the 406, as Bannon refers to it for short, would bring more tourists to eastern Montana.

"This is going to let them experience a little bit more of what Montana is all about, not just the national parks" Bannon argued. "And also let the recreation dollars be spread across these small communities without having a big impact on them besides bringing some hikers and bikers into their communities."

Bannon noted no new trail would be created for this project. It would link the trails that already exist.

He hopes to finish up surveying the trek over the next few months.

"We're right at that stage of going from an idea to reality," Bannon remarked. "That's where we're at. This summer is going to be from idea to reality."

Bannon is exploring other state trails such as those in Arizona and Colorado for design ideas.


get more stories like this via email

This, year the theme of Sea Otter Awareness Week is the species' key role in the mosaic of the ecosystem. (Wikimedia Commons)

Environment

MONTEREY BAY, Calif. - This week, conservation groups are celebrating Sea Otter Awareness Week with online and in-person events across the state…


Environment

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Admission to any state park in Nevada is free this coming Saturday, as part of the first Nevada Public Lands Week - with a series …

Social Issues

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A new Redistricting Advisory Council announced last week by Gov. Tom Wolf's office will focus on reducing gerrymandering as new …


The Nature Conservancy says the U.S. loses nearly 1 million acres of forest lands each year through development and other factors, reducing nature's ability to capture and store carbon dioxide. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

DULUTH, Minn. - As Minnesota looks to address the impact of climate change on the region, land managers and policymakers are reminded of the role …

Health and Wellness

By Savanna Strott for Eye on Ohio, The Ohio Center for Journalism Broadcast version by Emily Scott for Ohio News Connection. COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio …

According to the CDC, around 181 million Americans have received COVID-19 vaccinations. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- One in five unvaccinated Kentuckians say they are open to getting the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a new poll from the …

Health and Wellness

HELENA, Mont. - It can be hard for people with disabilities to afford the assistive technology they need to perform daily activities. A program in …

Social Issues

LA CONNER, Wash. - The exhibit of an artist who depicted the lives of farmworkers in northwest Washington has been recognized for its quality…

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021