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MSU Wonderlust forum to cover Story Mill park proposal

January 6, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN—The public is invited to a free Friday Forum on Friday, Jan. 10 to hear about the proposed Story Mill Community Park located on approximately 50 acres adjoining the old Story Mill in northeast Bozeman. The forum is sponsored by Wonderlust, a lifelong learning organization affiliated with Montana State University's Extended University.

Maddy Pope, project manager with The Trust for Public Land, Northern Rockies Office located in Bozeman, is the speaker.

The Trust for Public Land is proposing to sell the land to the City of Bozeman to become the newest and largest community park using funding through the new Trails, Open Space and Parks bond fund. They are working with partners across the community to develop the long-term vision for the new park which would include both an active park area for public enjoyment and recreation and a protected nature sanctuary for wildlife and to serve as an outdoor classroom. The property’s wetland complex connects Bozeman Creek with the East Gallatin River just above the confluence of the two streams and includes an ambitious wetlands restoration as well as expanded trail connections.

The Trust For Public Land is a national organization with local offices working to protect the places people care about and to create close-to-home parks. The goal is to ensure that every child has easy access to a safe place to play in nature.

Pope’s career with The Trust for Public Land spans 15 years during which she has served in several capacities. In addition to project management, much of her work has focused on building partnerships and working in communities. A longtime resident of Bozeman, Pope has served as a board member of Gallatin Valley Land Trust and the Montana Outdoor Science School. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s degree from Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Science.

The forum is free and open to the public. It begins at noon at the Bozeman Public Library. Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch.

For more information on Wonderlust, visit

Contact: Nicole Soll, MSU Extended University Office of Continuing Education, (406) 994-6683,