Opinion


30-Sep-2011 : Get moving on Rocky Mountain Heritage Act

The Coalition to Protect the Rocky Mountain Front believes a plan to put new protections for the Rocky Mountain Front, one they've spent five years crafting, is ready to be introduced to Congress. We agree. [read more...]



09-Aug-2011 : An economic engine that keeps on ticking

When Montana hunters or anglers wonder what awaits them in heaven, it’s hard to imagine a place better than the Rocky Mountain Front. It’s why Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks measured more than 90,000 hunter days on its districts along the Front last year. Hunters come from far and wide for all the pronghorn and upland birds in the flatlands; whitetail deer and moose in the river bottoms; black bear, elk and mule deer in the timber; and mountain goats and bighorn sheep in the rim rock. [read more...]



30-Jul-2010 : Heritage Act would protect Front from noxious weeds

Lewis and Clark County encompasses a significant part of the Rocky Mountain Front and includes some of the finest wildlands and productive agricultural lands in the state. As a county commissioner and a member of the Weed Board, I was interested in a recent report on the economic and ecological impacts of noxious weeds on the Rocky Mountain Front. [read more...]



18-Jun-2010 : Crowning achievement for Front

During the past several months, while Sen. Jon Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act has been grabbing most of the headlines and capturing a great deal of attention in Montana, another collaborative effort to preserve one of the state’s last best places, long in the making, was finally unveiled. [read more...]



16-Jun-2010 : Heritage Act deserves center stage

Let's take a page from the Blackfoot Challenge, and start with the 80/20 rule. That, as explained by Ovando rancher David Mannix at a high-profile conservation-minded meeting this week, means first talking about the issues on which we can all agree, which typically covers about 80 percent of the discussion, before tackling the more contentious issues - that last 20 percent [read more...]