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Big Sky Natural Resource Council

Contact: Ben Farhat
Home Big Sky Fire Department Work Phone: 406 209 0344 Home Phone: 406-995-2100 Website: Big Sky Natural Resource Council

Biographical Info

The Big Sky Natural Resource Council began with local businesses, landowners, and organizations in the Big Sky area taking action and addressing their forest health issues as a whole. The Healthy Forest Initiative is an outcome of the community taking action to help protect their forested lands and with this also came the creation of the council. The Big Sky Natural Resource Council is made up of landowners, resort managers, businesses, and local organizations. There are eleven Council members and over 100 supporting members and technical advisers. Our technical advisers are from various agencies and organizations that specialize in natural resource issues.


One of the Big Sky Natural Resource Council’s program is the Healthy Forest Initiative. This initiative’s first phase is to develop a comprehensive forest stewardship plan for the private lands of Big Sky. The intent is that this plan will serve as an educational resource for landowners and a guideline for local forestry businesses. Phase two and three include education and assisting landowners who are interested in implementing forest treatments on their property.


Besides the Healthy Forest Initiative the Council is also working on solutions to create a bear smart community, eradicate noxious weeds, and utilize woody biomass. In April 2011 the Council also voted to become a member of FireSafe Montana and create a Big Sky FireSafe Council which is apart of the Big Sky Natural Resource Council.


The Big Sky Natural Resource Council is a sub-committee of the Northern Rocky Mountain Resource Conservation & Development’s (NRM-RC&D) Natural Resource Committee. The council works under the umbrella of the NRM-RC&D’s bylaws and 501c3 status.


Council Members

Katie Alvin – Jack Creek Preserve Foundation

Kevin Germain – Moonlight Basin

Crystal Beckman – MSU Extension & Northern Rocky Mountain RC&D

Jen Mohler – Gallatin/Big Sky Week Committee

Kristin Gardner – Blue Water Task Force

Robin Hicks – Big Sky Owners Association

Steve Schumacher – Landowner

Luke Stratford – Yellowstone Club

Jessie Wiese– Big Sky Community Corporation

Bill Farhat – Big Sky Fire Department

one vacant position


Local, State, and Federal Technical Ad visors and Supporters

U.S. Forest Service

MT Dept. of Natural Resource and Conservation

Montana State University

Gallatin County Extension

MT Dept. Environmental Quality

Categories: County, FireSafe Councils, Gallatin, Madison, Mitigation Assistance and Cost Share Programs, Park