BOZEMAN – The Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT) is asking Gallatin County Commissioners for some help.

Members of GVLT presented a bond request letter to commissioners on Tuesday. It was signed by 200 citizens to fund the Gallatin County Open Lands Program for the June ballot.

The land trust is asking for the funds to go to the Gallatin County Open Lands Program to help preserve the county’s parks and trails.

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Voters approved two similar bonds of $10 million each in the years 2000 and 2004. But with funds dwindling, GVLT says the program needs an additional bond.

“We’re urging the county commissioners to put something on the ballot in June that would allow voters in this county to renew a program that’s been very successful in conserving open land,” said Jon Catton, board member of the Gallatin County Land Trust. “That’s more important than ever because we’re growing very rapidly here. It’s one of the fast growing counties in the state and one of the fastest (growing) in the country. We’re losing open land every day, this effort is to say ‘Let’s renew a program that lets us save some of that, so we can preserve the quality of life we enjoy.’”

County commissioners will consider the proposal in future meetings.

Reporting by Carson Vickroy for MTN News