Billings TrailNet, (formerly BikeNet) is a non-profit, 501c3, grass-roots organization that supports urban trails in and around the Billings community. Our organization increases awareness and encourages use of the trails in our community, and raises money to use as matching funds for trails.
Billings area as a premier community for healthy lifestyles and active transportation where biking and walking are safe and an integral part of everyday activity.
to promote a complete, community-wide trail system.
- Increase amount and connectivity of trails and bikeways
- Advocate the value of trails to the community
- Promote increased use of trails and an active lifestyle
- Develop and encourage community collaboration on active transportation
- Support maintenance of trails system
- Grow Billings TrailNet’s identity
- Develop and expand the organization
Heather Gentry, President- Board of Directors
Heather grew up in a rural town in Montana. After graduating from high school she moved to Billings and attended Rocky Mountain College, then MSU-Billings graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing. In that time she also earned a Paralegal Certificate. She has worked in the field of law for the past 13 years and as a Paralegal for 11 years, currently focusing in the areas of railroad and insurance defense.
Heather has volunteered for many community and non-profit organizations and events over the years, which includes Habitat for Humanities, Billings Downtown Association, Tumbleweed, Yellowstone Animal Shelter, and the Montana Women’s Run. She has since found her focus and passion with Billings TrailNet. Prior to becoming a member of the Board of Directors for Billings TrailNet in 2015, she was an avid volunteer for the organization by offering her time and participation in various events to include contributing as a member of the committee for Ales for Trails since 2012.
In Heather’s free time she enjoys many outdoor activities including mountain biking, hiking, backpacking and snow shoeing. She spends much of her time riding her bike and walking her dogs on the trail system. As a frequent trail user, Heather is able to get to know the system and also observe the tremendous amount of use by all ages in many different capacities. Through her trail use, she is also able to see the various trails that are much needed in the City of Billings and Yellowstone County to accommodate the ever growing trail users and pedestrian/bike commuters as the community and the active lifestyle trend continue to grow.
Contact Heather via email.
Kristi Drake, Executive Director
Kristi Drake was appointed as Billings TrailNet’s first executive director in November 2012.
Kristi has enjoyed commuting on her bike to work for years, and has enjoyed the active lifestyle the Billings trails and terrain have to offer since she moved here with her family in 2008.
Kristi served on the board of directors from 2009-2011and was the Ales for Trails coordinator in 2010. To see Billings TrailNet develop further, Kristi used her insider’s knowledge of the organization as a focus for her final master’s project on all-volunteer organizations when she graduated with her master’s degree in public relations from MSU-B. Kristi is also a member of the Beartooth Nordic and Hiking Club.
Contact Kristi via email, or call 406-281-1244
Join the biking and walking movement today and bring active, affordable transportation and safer streets to our community. As a member of the Billings TrailNet, you connect our neighborhoods with safe streets and better transportation alternatives.
Annual or monthly contributions through membership provide a continuous funding stream to ensure projects are funded.
Here is an example of what membership can do for the trails:
$25 membership could buy hand tools and materials for gravel, soil and stones for trail maintenance to correct trail washout and drainage issues, erosion
Two $50 memberships could buy:
* a bike rack for a downtown business (plus installation)
* an hour’s rental of a vacuum truck plus four volunteers to clean glass from trails on the rims
* 1 directional trail sign
You can choose your membership level.