Yellowstone Basin Update—Billings 2002

Yellowstone Basin Group of the Sierra Club Newsletter
Welcome. I am Bernie Rose, the new chair of the Yellowstone Basin Group of the Sierra Club. I have been a member of the Sierra Club since 1967 and a member of the local group’s leadership for a year. I am a professor of Economics at Rocky Mountain College. My goal as chair of the group is to increase the number of volunteer leaders in the YBG and address the important local environmental issues. If you would like to help with our issues, or just talk, give me a call at 252-0128 or e-mail at

The Executive Committee (ExCom) of the YBG usually meets the second Tuesday of the month in the Benher Board Room, just down the hall from the Sierra Club office at 2822 3rd Ave N. We welcome all members to attend the meeting. We don’t meet every month (no meeting planned for June) so call the office (248-4339) to check before attending.

As I am sure you saw in the news a few weeks ago Anschutz Exploration Corporation donated their drilling lease in Weatherman Draw to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This action puts an end to the immediate threat. We are going to hold a planning meeting of interested parties in July to discuss further steps to protect Weatherman Draw. YBG is also concerned with the impact coal bed methane development will have eastern Montana’s land, air, and water. We testified at EIS hearing, encouraged citizens to also make comments and become involved. Look for information on coal bed methane in the future.

Yellowstone Basin Group 2002 Outings--Call and register today!!
We have planned two outings for this summer, this is a chance to get out and see a familiar place in our area with a local expert. Sign up for the outing of your choice by calling the office, 248-4339. Remember each trip is limited in the number of participants, so call early to reserve your place.

Many of us know that Captain William Clark left his signature on a sandstone rock formation known as Pompey's Pillar. On Saturday, June 22, Crow Historian Howard Boggess will speak to us about the Indian history and sacred use of the pillar. Join us as we visit the Pillar also known to Indian Tribes as The Lodge of the Mountain Lion for a unique educational outing to this historically and culturally significant place. Group size: 25
Meeting time and place: Pompey's Pillar Visitor Center, 10:00am. Take I-94 east 30 miles to exit 23, turn left and follow brown BLM signs.
Leader: Howard Boggess

CLARK'S FORK CANYON Saturday, September 14
This one-day trip will aquaint you with typical Middle Rocky Mountain geology spectacularly exposed along the Beartooth front at the mouth of the glaciated Clark's Fork Canyon. Here, ancient sedimentary layers thousands of feet thick overlie uplifted basement rock about three billion years old. These rocks have been bent and broken on a large scale. The day will be spent examining some of the rocks and sediments close up and discussing the geologic history of the Rocky Mountains. Group size: 8
Meeting time and place: Meet at 8am at the Bungalow parking lot (925 S. 27th, next to the Howard Johnson's)
Leader: Gary Thompson

Sierra Club Outing Guidelines
Please bring water, lunch, sunscreen, bug repellent, lunch or snacks, rain gear, and sturdy hiking boots or shoes. All outings participants must sign disclaimer/waivers before the beginning of each outing or they will not be allowed to participate. Outings leaders have the rights to reject any potential participant if they do not meet basic footware/physical requirements. Space on hikes must be reserved, so please contact the Sierra Club Billings office at 248-4339, if you plan to attend.

Road Inventory Workshops planned for Summer 2002
One of the most important and useful things that you could do this summer for local wildlands is take part in the Pryors road inventory effort! Sierra Club will be joining with Montana Wilderness Association in a training to do on-the-ground surveying and monitoring of Forest Service and BLM roads in the Pryor Mountains. Volunteers will learn how to use aerial photos, agency transportation maps, and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to identify and record "ghost roads" (unofficial user-created roads.) Workshop participants will also gain experience using field data forms to record the location, physical characteristics and ecological effects of roads. Dick Walton and Paul Sneed will lead all workshops. By participating in one of these workshops, you will discover how to both enjoy and help conserve one of the most interesting and beautiful places in Montana. Please call the Eastern Wildlands office of Montana Wilderness Association at 256-3874 if you will be able to attend the workshops. Look for more information on time and place of the next workshop in a mailing in the coming weeks.

Adopt-A-Highway Project--help us clean up the Billings area!
Yellowstone Basin Group is part of the public service project, Adopt-A-Highway, to clean-up highways in the Billings area. We plan to clean-up projects two or three times per year. Our clean-up site is at the I-90/Pryor Creek interchange. Our first clean-up will be on Saturday, June 29th. We will meet at The Bungalow parking lot at 8:30 am and drive out to the clean-up site. If you are interested in helping with the clean up, please call Don Taylor at 656-0775 or Billings Sierra Club office at 248-4339. Participants in the clean-up should have the following items: sturdy shoes, gloves, long pants, appropriate sun protection, water and snacks. Garbage bags and safety vests will be provided.
What: Adopt-A-Highway Clean-up
When: Saturday, June 29th
Where: Meet at The Bungalow parking lot at 8:30am (925 S. 27th, next to the Howard Johnson's)

Yellowstone Basin Group List Serve--Join Our Email Lists!!
Interested in getting involved and staying informed? We have set up email alert list for the Yellowstone Basin Group. To sign up using our online forms, click on the links on our
Group home page, or to sign up using email, send the following email message: To: LISTSERV@LISTS.SIERRACLUB.ORG
Subject: (this line is ignored and may be left blank)
Message: SUB MT-YELLOWSTONE-NEWS YourFirstName YourLastName
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Contact Info
To get in touch with the Yellowstone Basin Group call the office at 406-248-4339, stop by 2822 3rd Ave N #208, or email at


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