Roundup for Safety grant to benefit back country volunteers

A $1,875 grant from Roundup for Safety has been awarded to Northwest Montana Back Country Horseman, who work with various agencies clearing trails, providing pack support and other general maintenance in the National Forests and surrounding areas.

Group president, Rick Mathies, says the grant will be used to purchase radios for wilderness volunteers.

“The nature of the work we do is dangerous, operating chain saws and crosscut saws, and packing in supplies for a work crew, which is all done with stock.  We need to be able to communicate with the various agencies and first responders in case of an emergency, so these radios will be a welcome safety net for our volunteers.”

The group completed 27 Trail Clearing projects and 19 Packing Support projects last year alone. In addition to the funds awarded to Northwest Montana Back Country Horseman, Flathead Electric Cooperative’s Roundup for Safety Board awarded grants for the following safety related community projects, bringing the total awarded at the May 11 meeting to $18,008:

Glacier Babe Ruth Baseball – $3,700 for a power pole and installation;

Whitefish Library Association – $1,033 for a hand rail;

Project Whitefish Kids- $5,400 for playground equipment; and

The Abby Shelter- $6,000 for security equipment.

Roundup for Safety is a voluntary program for Flathead Electric Cooperative members who allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the next dollar, with the extra money going into a fund for community nonprofit safety projects. The Co-op is grateful to all who participate in enhancing the safety of our community. For additional information about the program, call Mike Radel at 406-751-4429 or visit Roundup for Safety.