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).
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.
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.
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.
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.