Fact: Over the last 40 years, non-metro western counties with significant protected public lands saw jobs increase by 345%
Montana’s economy is growing and outperforming the broader US economy, in large part due to our state’s remarkable outdoor assets. Protected public lands play a role in attracting entrepreneurs and talent to Montana communities, with high-wage service industries leading Montana’s job growth and diversifying the state’s economy.
Recognizing that public lands provide Montana a business advantage, several of Montana’s leading businesses have launched Business for Montana’s Outdoors, to ensure this legacy inspires tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. The Council advocates for the preservation of our outdoor heritage through common-sense policy and collaboration, raising awareness about the role Montana’s public lands play in providing a competitive advantage to our state’s economy.