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Saving the Gallatin front: How locals stopped a timber sale south of Bozeman with a law the state just repealed

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Tim Tousignant, head of Save our Gallatin Front, poses for a photo with Bridger, a 6-year-old Yorkie, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, on the Mount Ellis Trail.

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Old logging roads wind up and around Mount Ellis, the forested peak southeast of Bozeman. Instead of logging trucks, the rugged roads now carry hikers, runners and dog-walkers into the woods, a symptom of being a pathway on public land near a growing town.

There were already a handful of cars at the gate when Tim Tousignant arrived on a recent morning for a hike. He leashed Bridger, his Yorkie, and strapped bear spray to his chest. He walked through the gate and started up the hill, and then he pointed out what the old two-track could have been used for — a route for loggers to reach the Limestone West Timber Sale.

“This is probably how they would have brought the logging equipment to the area,” Tousignant said.


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Tim Tousignant, head of Save our Gallatin Front, smiles as he hikes Tuesday, May 7, 2019, on the Mount Ellis Trail.

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Noreen Breeding and Tim Tousignant with the Save our Gallatin Front pose for a photo Tuesday, May 7, 2019, on the Mount Ellis Trail.

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Michael Wright can be reached at mwright@dailychronicle.com or at 406-582-2638. Follow him on Twitter @mj_wright1.

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