I'm pleased to read Ms Jean Curtiss' comments and hope that she is right to infer that Plum Creek will not jettison the plan by veto. PC has owned the land and forests and paid reduced taxes at the agricultural rate and should not be able to turn round and use that land for residential projects. The land was given for the expansion of territory and growth of the nation. That is over and the job is done. PC should not be able to gain futher massive profits from a change in use. My feelings concur with the needs of the future communities that have an interest in the Swan Valley, not just the 'lanowners', or visitors. The community contains all the people and all other living things and both those groups need immediate and future consideration. Although we feel that humans must be protected the real need is to ensure that the wild life is able to live and grow in this valley. The humankind can look after itself behind the need for the natural community. This is really what we're wanting to protect. If the valley was devoid of animal life would we still see it in the same way? Can we look around us in any part of the world and see that protection happening in a controlled way or are we seeing mainly the destruction of the plant & animal world and industrialization taking it's place? Montana is a forward looking state with far sighted views. Don't let us descend into gross greed and corporate power dominating our, and our children's, future.
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