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Gallatin Valley locals collect pounds of trash from popular recreation area

By Katherine Mozzone, KTVM Reporter, kmozzone@ktvm.com
Published On: May 11 2013 11:41:13 AM MDT
Updated On: May 11 2013 01:39:09 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Over 30 Gallatin Valley locals turned out to take ownership of one of their favorite recreation spots.

Friends of Hyalite team up the Gallatin National Forest twice a year to organize clean-up efforts for Hyalite Canyon.

Folks with Friends of Hyalite tell us the canyon sees an average of over 6,500 cars each winter.

They say every six months they pull out between 3,000 to 5,000 pounds of trash.

Participants like Alex Gambrel and Coral Voegele have only been in Bozeman for a little over a year, but tell us they're frequent visitors to Hyalite and want to help keep Bozeman's backyard beautiful.

"We only made the decision last weekend because we came up here, didn't realize it was closed, and were just walking through here and picked up a lot of garbage out of the stream and then we saw the sign and thought it would be a good idea to come help because we come up here a lot and we like to maintain the beauty of the area," says Gambrel.

Hyalite's road reopens Thursday, May 16th.

For more information about Friends of Hyalite, you can visit their website.