The Bitterroot valley of southwestern Montana has more than a few environmental problems. Shrinking forests because of invasive insects and logging, commercial apple orchards are consuming the nitrogen from the soil making it difficult for farmers, salinization has made the water crucial for farming very poor, also non native species has made life for native species very difficult all across Montana. Most of these problems are not historical in nature and are actually caused by commercial companies. Most of these problems were caused unknowingly and are just a side effect of companies trying to make money off of the land. This causes a domino effect for the Bitterroot valley because all of these environmental issues makes it hard to make a living off of the land so many of the valleys young people are leaving which carries a severe impact on the economy of the valley.
The Bitterroot valley and the rest of Montana make a great explanatory model for people to understand the world’s environmental issues. This is because Montana acts like a miniature model of what we are doing to our planet. The recklessness by big commercial companies has had a very big impact on ecosystems that communities and native animals rely on throughout the world. As the valley continues to be affected by these issues the valley and its people will be stuck in a steady decline until things even out or are figured out for the betterment of the valley. This is exactly the same problem that the rest of the world is faced with which makes Montana a prime explanatory model.