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Lower Yellowstone L&C Bicentennial Commission
Meeting Minutes
January 14, 2002

Attending: Lynn Tompkins, Forsyth; Kim Lapp, Marcy Hamburg; David Squires, BLM; Will Hubbell; Bob Schulze, Hysham; Theresa Knapp; Sharon Rau, Linda Wolff, Linda Koncilya, Bob Schulze Treasure County 89ers, PO Box 489 Hysham, 59038 bschulze@rangeweb.net Museum board member Welcome Hysham - the paperwork is in the works to join our group.

Time for election of officers: Linda K will stay on one more year as President, Kim Lapp will be Vice President, Linda Wolff will stay on as Secretary, and Sharon Rau will be the Treasurer.

New Lewis and Clark license plates - possibly use PSA's to promote them - they are beautiful.

The state L & C commission has a woman that is chasing down grants, this may help all of us. $100,000 from MT Dept of Commerce for event is available. L & C events contact Travel MT so they can get them on the web.

Feb. 23rd is the L & C meeting in Billings sponsored by the Yellowstone Commission at the Student Union at Rocky Mountain College from 9 AM to 3:30 PM. If you did not get a tentative agenda let me know. This purpose of this meeting is to coordinate activities and projects on the entire Yellowstone corridor. This is very exciting and things are starting to move along now, so be sure and get your activities or projects together.

Will Hubbell mentioned that the L & C Naturalists workshop is in Miles City; check the booklet for more information. Great Falls workshops will be attended by Kim and Theresa.

Linda K. reported that she closed out the books and had to send back $600. But we applied for new monies again. It is hoped that it will be here to help cover some travel costs to these workshops. Linda K has paid the registration for the Feb 9th workshop in Miles City but it has turned out she cannot attend. If there is someone in our Lower Yellowstone that would like to go to this workshop please let Linda K know ASAP. We can transfer the registration to another person.

Goal for 2002 were set:
1. Web Site up and running
2. Kiosk in Livingston will be done late spring and ours should come closely after that. We have $20,000 grant for this.
3. Plan Events
4. Get Speakers names from Committee for Humanities so as to apply for a grant, and maybe we could do several communities together.
5. Letters from Army - no response - Sharon will contact this person
6. Completion of one of floaters guides
7. Post Cards of Yellowstone - Sharon said their cost for their post cards are $.30 and they sell them to the vendors for $.45. Sidney did 12 pictures - 6 seed pictures and 6 scenes in Sidney. Sharon got a grant from Missouri River Country that paid for production costs. The seed pictures are done for the fair by each group or county.
8. Corps II Letters
9. Law Enforcement - Will has spoken with Tony and they plan to get a regional Sheriff's together along with BLM rangers. The date has not been set yet.

Floaters Guide - David Squires - BLM spoke to the group. He plans to do 3 or 4 floaters guides - each guide will be 80 miles - 40 on each side. This is waterproof paper with lots of information pertaining to floating the river included. He wants 3 volunteers from each section to work on each map. He hopes to have them ready to print by Sept. They will need some more text, verify ownership, photography, hazards, river access, interpretive sites.
Maps: #1-Captain Clark to Rosebud - Hysham, Forsyth and Rosebud
#2-Rosebud to Powder River - Miles City and Terry
#3-Powder River to Intake - Glendive
#4-Intake to Sidney and confluence - Sidney

Possibly have a supplementary map with safety, environment issues, respect for private landowners, public land etc. Plan to work on all maps at the same time. David is one of a core team - over see the entire project along with Regional group, Bureau of Reclamation, FWP, Park Service, Heritage Center in Billings, Gary Lipherd - retired BLM and a photographer.

Send invitational letter to Chambers to join: Monthly meetings on the maps
- Miles City meeting will be Feb 5th at BLM office from 7 PM - 9 PM
-Forsyth meeting will be Feb 6th at the Bloomin Onion 7 PM - 9 PM
-Glendive meeting will be Feb 12th at Chamber office from 7 PM - 9 PM
- Sidney meeting will be Feb 13th at the Heritage Center (tentative) 7 PM - 9PM

deas to bring to these meetings: things we think we want interpreted; Themes for each section; verify fishing access; River access and the right to get there. David said he would work on the last 2 with a GPS unit.

Possible activities: River Float from Hysham to the Diversion Dam at Forsyth.

BLM - Will Hubbell - spoke on workshop he attended.

Corp II traveling classroom - they want to have help from agencies to tell the stories.

Trail Watch Program - similar to law enforcement safety plan; citizens watch group (if you happen to see a problem arising contact the group)

Undaunted Stewardship - Citizen action group - $500,000 - list of 60 sites in Montana to help private sector dealing with Lewis & Clark. One site that came up was Powder River Depot. If you know of a site let Will know. This will help off set some impacts.

Private landowner - Historic site go toward preservation. John Moorehouse, State BLM office in Billings - Calipso access is possibility.

Interpretive Sign - if funded must follow sign strategy.

Will has a Lewis & Clark Outreach Took Kit - Curriculum can be checked out from the library 5th - 9th grade.
-Book offering possible grants available for L & C
-CD on L & C Expedition

State L & C Commission has suggested that we have Gateway Signs at all entrances to the state to introduce the traveling public to what they can expect as far as Lewis & Clark.

Meeting adjourned 3:15 PM

If there are corrections please let me know.
Respectfully submitted,
Linda Wolff, Secretary  

 

 

 

 

 

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