- The Bitterroot Valley faces a lot of issues other more populated states faced years ago. Growing up here and witnessing all the change first hand, I agree the same this is happening in Montana. Montana is losing farmland to subdividers and the farming tradition is slowly dying. On top of that, out of staters have been moving in more as the years past. I’m pretty sure half of Bozeman’s population is from California. These types of problems are indeed historical in nature because out of staters like Hat Otto Teller work to preserve the natural land from becoming urbanized. With the new flow out of staters populating Montana, things are starting to change. Montana oldtimers are realizing there needs to be more government involvement and regulations. People are coming together to preserve the land and to protect the nature and wildlife. Locals want less population, less subdivision, less mining and less tourism, but at this rate, Montana is going to continue to grow and agriculture is going to continue to fade.
- I personally do think that Montana’s issues are a good model for the rest of the world’s environmental issues on some level, but not every aspect. Montana is far behind from the modern world still. We are the fourth biggest state in the country and the 3rd least populated. Population everywhere is rising, but in Montana, it has been rapid. Because of this, Montana is losing its open range to subdividers just like all the other states have. Montana is showing the symptoms of becoming urbanized just like the other countries