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American Trails presents webinar series

American Trails is presenting a webinar series on advancing trails. American Trails brings agencies, trail builders, advocates, and volunteers the latest state-of-the-art information on all aspects of trails and greenways. Webinars focus on a variety of trail topics, usually applicable to all trail types, with expert presenters. Webinar topics are chosen from current cutting-edge trail topics selected from attendee/presenter suggestions, as well as recent popular conference sessions. The first webinar on Aug. 18 focuses on traits, tips and techniques for being a better trail crew leader. For more information, visit

Montana Invasive Species Listening Session

The Montana Invasive Species Council is hosting listening sessions with stakeholders this month to help guide priorities, build a work plan, and revise the Framework document.

The listening sessions are on Aug. 24 or 25 and attendance can be in person in Helena or virtual. The listening session for recreation and tourism is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Aug. 24. Contact Mindy Wilkinson at with comments, questions or to get information on attending the meeting in person or via Zoom.

Professional Certificate in Cultural Heritage Tourism

Explore the fundamentals of tribal tourism planning with the Professional Certificate Program in Cultural Heritage Tourism offered by AIANTA in partnership with the George Washington University International Institute of Tourism Studies. The registration deadline is Aug. 22.

The online program brings together industry experts who help students explore the importance of including authentic Native American cultural experiences in their tourism planning. To learn more or register, visit

Tourism Grant program taking applications

The Montana Department of Commerce announced today that the 2023 Tourism Grant program application cycle is now open. The Tourism Grant program funds projects that strengthen Montana’s economy through the development and enhancement of the state’s tourism and recreation industry. A total of $1 million is available for projects that develop and enhance tourism and recreation products which have the potential to increase out-of-area visitation.

Applications for the grant funding will be open to Montana-based non-profit 501(c) organizations, Tribal governments, city governments, and county governments.

The 2023 annual application cycle closes at midnight MST on September 15. To learn more and apply, visit BRAND.MT.COM or contact Michele Cushman at the Montana Department of Commerce at or 406-841-2796.

Evergreen chamber ribbon cutting

The Evergreen Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 4 p.m. at Dalton's Garage, 1280 Spring Creek Drive.

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