FOCM held a Benefit for Crazy Mountain Public Lands &
Trail Access, at the Katabatic Brewing Company, in Livingston,
Montana, on November 14, 2017.
Brad Wilson, founder of FOCM,
introduced himself, the history of how he and some hunting
buddies were on the Shields portion of the Crazy Mountains,
concerned with the poor condition of the FS trails. He relayed
his contacting the Yellowstone District Ranger, Alex Sienkiewicz,
to see about volunteering for trail maintenance in the Crazy
was born, the Friends of the Crazy Mountains, in the Fall
of 2016. FOCM began holding open, public meetings, in Livingston,
at the Forest Service office. They quickly realized they needed
to address public access as well. Brad described the situation
like David versus Goliath.
Brad then opened the mic
to the audience. John Gibson, with PLWA, shared about the
importance of public access to our public lands; JW Westman
spoke about supporting this grassroots group.
Raffle items, including FOCM
gear (hats, T-shirts, vests and jackets), had been contributed
for the fundraiser, which were then drawn.
FOCM would like to acknowledge
Brewing Company for allowing us to host the benefit with
them, as well as participate in their "Beer for a Cause";
where $1 goes to the non-profit of the night.
Thank you all for your support,
your contributions and your participation!