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Montana Association of Planners 2019 Conference Tours

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019


  • This tour will take participants to the Park County seat of Livingston to learn about the how community organizations are incorporating local agriculture into the towns food systems. The tour will make stops at the following facilities:
    The Livingston Food Resource Center located in a brand new building in downtown Livingston. The new 5,000 square feet facility houses the Livingston Food Pantry, a Community Meeting Room, and a shared use, commercial Community Kitchen. The Center, offering many food related services and programs, has become a hub for community activity and is solving local challenges using local solutions.
    Lincoln School Farm located in downtown Livignston. Farm to School of Park County’s “Lincoln School Farm”, located in downtown Livingston, extends farm-to-school principles into the community. The ultimate goal is to grow food for school meals. Rachael will explain the long-term and multi-faceted benefits that the Farm brings to the broader community.
  • Classroom session with a 45 minute overview presentation by speakers followed by question and answers. Then a tour to Gardiner to review the project. The tour will require approximately 1.0 mile walking around the Gardiner Area and take approximately 4 hours to Gardiner and back to Chico.
    he Gardiner Gateway Project started with Yellowstone National Park’s (YNP) public scoping in 2010 for the North Entrance Park Street Environmental Assessment. The YNP scoped project received a National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) determination in fall 2011, which allowed the project to move forward when funding for design and construction was secured. Subsequently YNP presented to the un-incorporated Gardiner Community in December 2011 an opportunity to create a holistic project that addressed many of the local issues brought forth during the 2010 public scoping that were outside of YNP purview.
    What resulted were several collaborative projects that involved fifteen (15) local, state, and federal agencies and organizations led by a local Steering Committee of the primary stakeholders from Yellowstone National Park, the Greater Gardiner Community Council (GGCC), the Gardiner Chamber of Commerce, the Yellowstone Association and Park County Montana. The local steering committee created a sense of urgency with desire to have work along Park Street and in Arch Park completed for the National Park Service Centennial on August 25th, 2016.
    Members of the Steering Committee will present on how the partnerships were initially formed in the spring of 2012 leading to a Memorandum of Understanding among all the partners in June 2012 and some of the challenges the Steering Committee faced related to delivering the project and meeting the goals set forth in the Memorandum of Understanding.

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