Big Sky Country is home to wild landscapes, a large variety of wildlife, and outdoor recreation.  Efforts are underway to add to Montana’s treasure of wilderness, parks, and monuments.  The state also has serious fiscal challenges.   Public pensions are seriously underfunded, while prisons require a far larger share of tax dollars than they did a generation ago.

By the numbers

  • 700,000size, in acres, of wilderness that a bill in the U.S. Senate would protect in Montana’s Beaverhead-Deerlodge, Lolo, and Kootenai national forests

  • 275,000number of acres in western Montana that congressional legislation proposes for conservation management or as additions to wilderness areas
  • 645 wind generation capacity, in megawatts of thermal output, up from just 2 MW in 2005

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