Bear Creek Council

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Bear Creek Council

Bear Creek Council works on making our community a better place to live and work.

Bear Creek Council is based in Gardiner, Montana. Gardiner is a gateway into Yellowstone National Park. We work closely with park rangers and local citizens to conserve and protect the integrity of our environment and community.

What we do

  • Protect the livelihoods of Gardiner businesses by ensuring that Yellowstone wildlife is protected, and that wildlife tourism is understood and valued by the community and region;
  • Through Greening Gardiner we promote improvements in residential energy efficiency, increased reliance on non-polluting sources of energy, and reductions in solid waste through an aggressive effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle;
  • Monitor public land access and management includes the review of mining proposals in our area, and monitoring clean-up of the TVX mine;
  • Participate in local and state land-use planning.


Yellowstone Park

Gardiner is a gaetway into Yellowstone National Park

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is coming to Gardiner on Sept. 17, 2015! Join us at the Yellowstone Association at 6 p.m. for the 12-film event and support Bear Creek Council’s work. Buy tickets online, or at the door. See you there!

In February, Bear Creek’s annual Jardine Ski Race attracts cross-country skiers of varying ability and non-skiers for a friendly citizens ski run and. It’s always interesting to see who will show up with the funniest ski hat or costume. For details, watch this space and The Plains Truth, Northern Plains’ newsletter.

Earth Day 2016. Between a highway clean-up along Highway 89 and the community barbecue at Arch Park, we will be busy many days of April 2016. Contact us if you want to be involved!

Bear Creek Council members meet on the third Wednesday of the month (with occasional variations, please see our events calendar).


Local citizens started Bear Creek Council in 1983 when hard-rock mining was revived on the boundary of Yellowstone National Park, in Jardine on the banks of Bear Creek. Since that time, Bear Creek Council has worked to minimize the mine’s impact on the area, including monitoring its reclamation. Today, our projects include other resource issues affecting the Gardiner Basin.

220 South 27th Street, Suite A
Billings, Montana 59101
(406) 248-1154