The Gallatin River Forever capital campaign has generated just over 1.1 million dollars to date including campaign costs, announced the Gallatin River Task Force.
The Gallatin River Forever public phase was launched in June 2018 with leading support coming from Madison County, Yellowstone Club, and Eric & Wendy Schmidt, as well as tremendous support from hundreds of local community members, businesses, and foundations. The campaign is set to raise over 1.2 million dollars to conserve and protect the Gallatin River watershed by June 30th, 2019.
“With the stewardship of incredible community leaders and advocates for the Gallatin, we have achieved new heights for our organization and mission,” Ryan Newcomb, Director of Development for the Task Force, said. “This momentum has allowed us to take our work to protect and preserve the Gallatin further than ever with long-needed river access improvement projects completed and forthcoming, increased water monitoring, community education program growth, and large investments in organizational sustainability.”
Given urgent needs that have arisen and the impact of the 2018 algae bloom, the increased momentum in individual stewardship has charged the Task Force with looking at the possibility of raising the initial 1.2 million dollar goal for June 30th. This would account for and address new demands on the watershed.
“The Task Force is incredibly grateful for the dynamic team of leaders that have made this effort possible and taken us to this point,” Kristin Gardner, Executive Director of the Task Force, said. “We continue to ask for and count on the enthusiastic response of our greater community to help us complete the Gallatin River Forever campaign in totality and with maximum impact.”