The environmental problems that Bitterroot Valley currently faces have come to no surprise to many people in Montana. The first is the move from subsistence hunting and fishing to recreation. We now see an enormous boom in recreation hunting and fishing with the help of tourism. The second would be the want for more private land and less land use for growing. Just like the apple orchards in Bitterroot Valley which not only help humans but help the animals around too.
These changes are not historical in nature because all the changes here are man-made. The railroad, lumber removal even the apple orchards I praised early are not natural. All brought or made by humans. There may be small population but a large part of Montana has been altered.
The Bitterroot Valley but also Montana in general is a great explanatory model for understanding the world’s environmental issues. One reason that was generously described “Under Montana’s Big Sky” was the ability to watch Bitterroot Valley/ Montana’s population increase and decrease over time. Another observation that we observer over time is the landscaping changed at an alarming rate for human combustion. Lumber removal and irrigation in the 1860 shows the first of this transition. From toxic waste to invasive species and even all the way up the ladder to global warming we can watch these negative effects take a bite out of the Bitterroot valley and Montana’s natural beauties. The crazy thing about Montana is that it has so many resources. Some examples are but not limited to mining, fishing, animal migration, high and low altitudes, and even some high deserts we are able to compare the negative effects we see to other parts of the world.