as a fellow nature freak and Native Montanan from the Flathead I have walked amongs the wounds for many years. My response to the environmental havoc and it's aftermath in S.W. Washington where I raised my family, was to get involved in watershed and stream restoration projects. Groups of individuals and govt. agencies partnered to restore small and large streams for Salmon recovery. It taught me soooooooo many lessons, chief of which was that Momma Nature has an AMAZING capacity, with help to heal herself. The rub in Montana is old as the Anaconda Copper Kings. The fact that many natives and transplants face is "you can't eat paradise". I have said most of my life that Montana needs to figure out how to wean itself off the easy use of natural resources to sustain an economic base. There are other natural resource bases that we could develop which don't reek havoc with the land. We just for some unfathomable reason choose this well trod path instead of getting together a strategy for eco-friendly industry and manufacturing and finish our plan by making sure we get them here and employing folks. All states of the West face the same issues and the need to choose it's direction for development of the great wide open is NOW!!!
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