If you’re grateful for the beauty and solitude easily found in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, thank the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the agency’s summer volunteers. That the forest is remote yet easily reachable is due to carefully maintained roads and readable signs.
Deep in the Gravelly Mountains, despite the curtain of smoke below in the valleys, blue skies smiled on an assembled group of mountain bikers whose bi-pedaled mounts were equipped with chainsaws, pruning loppers, and just in case, bear protection.
Longtime local Brian Wheeler once described how the softball fields came to be in Big Sky: Boyne donated the land, which at the time was a rocky field with weeds and large holes. Mary Wheeler drove a tractor donated by Steve Barrett around the field and neighborhood kids threw rocks into the loader bucket.
Volunteers make the small unincorporated community of Big Sky what it is. Thousands of people have donated countless hours to help mold organizations and bolster efforts. Twenty Big Sky residents stepped up to interview for the vacant volunteer board positions with Big Sky Community Housing Trust (BSCHT).