What types of environmental problems does the Bitterroot Valley of Montana currently face? Are these problems historical in nature? Why or why not?
The Bitterroot Valley faces struggles of managing the environment. Montana is perceived as the last true frontier. Outsiders take a look at montana as it is rich with wildlife and not overgrown with population. The environmental problems that the Bitterroot valley faces are population, undersupply, toxic materials, quality of water, deterioration of forests and climate change. I believe these problems are historical in nature. Fur Traders that came to montana to trade are all but gone. Hunting and fishing is recreational in present day Montana. It’s not what it used to be. Mining during the early 1900’s was a big thriving business. That is all on the decline now. The things that are most prominent in modern Montana are Tourism and outdoor recreation.
Do you think the Bitterroot Valley, in particular, and Montana, in general offer good explanatory models for understanding the world’s environmental issues? Why or why not?
I think Montana and the Bitterroot Valley offer a good way of how and why things work within the worlds environmental issues. People can look at Montana from an outside perspective and see the rise of a developed economy. Unlike other cities in the world Montana’s towns are smaller. Modern society is different outside of Montana. This is the last true boundary within America. People can apply the world’s environmental issues to montana issues. There can be a side by side comparison.