UNITING Diverse companies around common causes

FACT: ACROSS THE WEST, NEW JOB GROWTH WAS ALMOST ENTIRELY IN SERVICE INDUSTRIES SUCH AS HEALTHCARE, REAL ESTATE, HIGH-TECH, AND FINANCE & INSURANCE, WHICH CREATED 19.3 MILLION NET NEW JOBS. MANY OF THEM HIGH-PAYING

 
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Yve Bardwell and Maggie Carr, co-owners of Dropstone Outfitting

Yve Bardwell and Maggie Carr, co-owners of Dropstone Outfitting

 
Yve Bardwell, Dropstone Outfitting co-owner

Yve Bardwell, Dropstone Outfitting co-owner

What message you would like to share about your business or the economic impact of our public lands?

Our business would not be possible without our public lands. They are one of the greatest things we have done as a nation and a cornerstone of democracy.  As the West changes and commerce evolves public lands and recreation are playing a more crucial role in the economy of rural communities. Our business adds a very pragmatic example that the outdoors are an economic driver in our state and provide stability to small town communities. 

Any other important message you would like to share about your business or the economic impact of our lands? 

As we live in an increasingly digital world, outdoor recreation opportunities, like our stock supported hiking trips, become more valued by people searching for a way to disconnect.  For a way to spend time rejuvenating and exploring in nature, away from the fast-paced world we live in.  It is necessary for our collective well-being.  As the desire for outdoor recreation options and opportunities increase, so does the economic output of this industry.  Access to and conservation of public lands then becomes vital both as a way to disconnect and explore and as a way for that industry to generate more money. For example, the tourism industry now makes up the largest part of Montana’s economy, accounting for over $7 billion in consumer spending.  Outdoor recreation is driving more revenue to the state than any other industry, and it’s doing it largely in a sustainable, non-extractive way. 

Member Spotlight:

Dropstone Outfitting

How long have you been in business?

We have been in business 7 years.

 How long have you been involved with BFMO?

We have been involved with BFMO for 2 years.

Please share some of the metrics that matter most to your business.

200 + 

the number of people Dropstone has helped explore the Bob Marshall Wilderness for the first time.

Access 

This means the good condition of our public lands infrastructure.  With years of wildfire and poor budgets within the Forest Service, many trails have become inaccessible due to blow-down. This is a major threat to our public lands as trails become harder to use, less people will use them, and the safety of our public lands will be threatened by those pointing fingers to poor management and encouraging transfer to state control, which would ultimately result the sale of our public lands to private entities.

Favorite public lands in Montana for adventuring: 

How could we not pick the 1.5 + million-acre Bob Marshall Wilderness?  

Tell us what your business does and how our public lands fit into your model for success? 

We specialize in stock supported hiking adventures in Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness. Our guests trek with only a light day-pack while the rest of the camp gear is mule supported.  Our trips concentrate on what we think makes for exceptional hiking adventure – beautiful vistas, remote locations, and distinctive routes.  

Public lands are the foundation and the very reason our business exists. Our purpose is to provide guided hiking services, helping folks explore the wonders of their public land. This land, which we are proud to be permitted to operate on, allows us to share these wild places and also to make a living in a rural community where job opportunities are limited.  

Some of the ways Dropstone is helping advocate for our public lands and their economic impact:

In 2017 when then-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spearheaded an effort to roll back Theodore Roosevelt’s conservation legacy, the Antiquities Act, and shrink national monuments throughout the West, Dropstone spoke up on behalf of all whose livelihoods depend on public lands. View here.

Co-owner Maggie Carr also spoke at a recent public lands rally in Helena. More here.

Dropstone joins our more than 200 businesses who fuel Montana’s $7.1 billion outdoor recreation industry in advocating for our public lands. Join Business for Montana’s Outdoors here.

Learn more about Dropstone Outfitting at

www.DropstoneOutfitting.com


Business & MEMBER DIRECTORY


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Absaroka Energy, Bozeman
Carl Borgquist, President

Actify Media, Helena
Christopher Powell, Owner

Adaptive Hydrology, Missoula
Nick Silverman, President

Adelos, Missoula
Alex Philp, Founder & CTO

American Fly Fishing Trade Association, Bozeman
Ben Bulis, President

American Independent Business Alliance, Bozeman
Jeff Milchen, Co-Director

Archer Construction, Bozeman
Dennis Steinhauer, Founder, 

Arrow Solutions Group, Billings
Jim Boelter, VP of Operations

Austin Adventures, Billings
Dan Austin, Owner & Director

Autopilot, Bozeman
Matt McCune, Founder

 

 

 

 

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Backslope Brewing, Columbia Falls
Carla Fisher, Owner

Bad Goat Forest Products, Missoula
Mark Vander Meer, Owner

Base Camp Bigfork, Bigfork
Mark Schurke, Owner

The Basecamp, Billings, Helena
Scott Brown, Owner

Beartooth Capital, Bozeman
Robert Keith, Principal

Betty’s Divine, Missoula
Aimee McQuilken, Owner

Big Blackfoot River Keeper, Inc., Greenough
Jerry O’Connell, Executive Director

Big Sky Backcountry Guides & Bell Lake Yurt, Bozeman
Drew Pogge, Owner

Big Sky Build, Big Sky
Erin Hayes, Vice President

Big Sky Commerce, Missoula
Kevin Davis, President

Big Sky Rod Box, Bozeman
Javan Druckenmiller, Owner

Billy McWilliams, Bozeman

Bill Berg, Gardiner
Park County Commissioner

Bighorn Outdoor Specialists, Great Falls
Beth Leatham, Owner

Biomimicry, Missoula
Nicole Hagerman-Miller, Managing Director

Blackfoot River Outfitters, Missoula
John Herzer, President

Blacksford, Bozeman
Jonathon Distad, CEO

Blue Marble Biomaterials, Missoula
James Stephens, Co-Founder

Bonfire Branding & Communications, Missoula
Blake Nicolazzo, Founder

Bozeman Reel Company, Bozeman
Dan Rice, President

Brickhouse Creative, Bozeman
David Thompson, Principal

Bridger Photonics, Bozeman
Pete Roos, President & CEO

Buchanan Capital, Billings
Todd Buchanan, Owner/Advisor

Buck’s T-4 Lodge, Big Sky
David O’Connor, General Manager

 

C


Chico Hot Springs Resort & Spa, Emigrant
Colin Davis, Owner

Chilton Skis, Missoula
George Gaines, Owner

Clark Fork Coalition, Missoula
Karen Knudsen, Executive Director

Crazy Mountain Cattle Co., Big Timber
Richard Jarrett, Manager

 

 

 

D


Detour Destinations, Bozeman
Greg Findley, CEO

Draught Works Brewery, Missoula
Paul Marshall, Owner

Dropstone Outfitting, Choteau
Maggie Carr, Yve Bardwell, Owners

Duckworth, Inc., Bozeman
Andy Wunsch, CEO

 

 


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Ecology Project International, Missoula
Julie Osborn, Co-Founder

EI Speleo, Bozeman
Doug Warner, Owner

Engine 8, Livingston
Brad Bunkers, Founder

ERA Landmark Real Estate, Bozeman
Chris Pope, Broker

Eubank Creative, Livingston
Megan Eubank, Owner

Explore Rentals, Belgrade
Will Casella, Owner

 


F


Firebrand Creative, Missoula
Amanda Larrinaga, Founder & CEO

Fishtales Outfitting, Sheridan
Michael Stack, Owner

Five Valleys Land Trust, Missoula

Flat Earth Inc., Bozeman
Douglas Roberts, CEO/Founder

Forestoration, Whitefish
Greg Gunderson, President

Foundant Technologies, Bozeman
Daren Nordhagen, President

Frandsen Painting, Missoula
Doug Frandsen, Owner

Freeheel & Wheel, West Yellowstone
Kelli Hart, Melissa Adler, Co-Owners

Frontier Angel Fund, Polson
Liz Marchi, Fund Coordinator

 

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Gallatin Valley Rental Group, Bozeman
Kendra Druckenmiller, Owner

Gallatin Valley Natural Medicine, Bozeman
Breana McElgunn, Clinic Owner

Gallatin Veterinary Hospital, Bozeman
Mark Albrecht, Owner

Gamers Cafe, Butte
Pam Haxby-Cote, Owner

Gatherboard, Missoula
Molly Bradford, CEO

GCS Research, Missoula
Mike Beltz, VP of Marketing & Sales

Glacier Adventure Guides, Columbia Falls
Devin Schmit, Marketing Manager & Guide

Glacier Guides, West Glacier
Randy Gayner, Owner

Geyser Whitewater Expeditions, Big Sky
Eric Becker, Owner

Gravel Bar Wells Fargo Steakhouse, Virginia City
Scott Kelley, Owner

Greenstone Consulting, Bozeman
Wendy Weaver, Principal

Greenstone Growth Partners, Bozeman
Jeff Batton, Principal

Grossenbacher Photo, Bozeman
Jenny Grossenbacher, Co-Owner

Groundswell Design & Media Production, Missoula
Nathan Stephens, Artist

 


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Harvest Solar, Bozeman
Bran Van Wert, Owner

Headwaters Montana, Bigfork
Dave Hadden, Director

H&H Web, Livingston
Chieko Horn, Owner

High Plains Architects, Billings
Randy Hafer, President, Co-Owner

The Hi-Line Climbing Center, Great Falls
Brian Thompson, Owner/GM

Homestake Venture Partners, Bozeman
Jeff Batton, Principal
Wes Shifrin, Project Manager

Hopper Flyfishing, Livingston

Hungry Beaver Timber Co., Missoula
Greg Seitz, Owner

Hurrah Balm, Whitefish
Neil Stuber, CEO, Co-Founder

Hyalite Custom Building, Bozeman
Jesse Brown, CEO


 

 



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Ignite Feeback, Bozeman
Ben Werner, Founder

INVERSIONmkt, Bozeman
Peter Kamman, Marketing Director

Intrinsik Architecture, Bozeman
Rob Pertzborn, Partner

 


 


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J&K Recyclers, Bozeman
Kevin Montana, Owner

Jelt, Bozeman
Jennifer Perry, President


K


Kalispell Brewing Co., Kalispell
Maggie Doherty, Owner

Katabatic Brewing Co., Livingston
LaNette Jones, Owner

Kingsford Communications, Missoula
Paul Kingsford, Principal

 

 


L


Latta Consultants, Bozeman
Maclaren Latta, President/Owner

La Parilla/The Garage, Bozeman
Pete Strom, Owner & CEO

Lake Missoula Tea Co., Missoula
Jake Kreillick, Co-Owner

Laura Fedro Interiors, Bozeman
Laura Fedro, Owner/Principal

Lewis & Clark Trail Adventures, Missoula
Gia Randono Fairchild, Vice President

Lone Peak Physical Therapy, Big Sky, Belgrade, Bozeman, Billings, West Yellowstone
John Boersma, Founder & CEO

LumenAd, Missoula
Ryan Hansen, Co-Founder

 



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Mamalode, Missoula
Dori Gilels, COO/Publisher

Markouture, Livingston
Rachel Anderson, President

McArthur Consulting, Missoula
Steve McArthur, Principal

Mercury CSC, Bozeman
Jeff Welch, Founder

Miranda Solutions Group, Bozeman
Scott Rosenzweig, Executive Vice President

Miriam's Inspired Skincare, Missoula
Rebecca Elderkin, Consultant

Missoula Economic Partnership, Missoula

Montana Alpine Guides, Bozeman
Sam Magro, Owner

Montana Angling Company, Bozeman
Max Yzaguirre, owner

Montana Aquatic Resources Services, Bozeman
Wendy Weaver, Executive Director

Montana Associated Technology Roundtable, Missoula
Russ Fletcher, Founder

Montana Brewers Association, Helena
Matt Leow, Executive Director

Montana Fishing Outfitters, Helena
Garrett Munson, Owner

Montana Molecular, Bozeman
Anne Marie Quinn, CEO

Montana Outdoors Foundation, Missoula
Jeff Wright, President

Montana West Economic Development, Kalispell

Montucky Coldsnacks, Bozeman
Jeremy Gregory, Founder

MT Product Photography, Bozeman
Aaron Hyatt, Owner

MT360, Bozeman
Estela Villasenor-Allen, Partner/Owner

Mtn Straps, Bozeman
Matt Jewett, Founder

Mystery Ranch, Bozeman
Ryan Holm, Marketing Manager

 

 

 

 
 

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Nancy Bevins Film Production, Missoula
Nancy Beings, Producer

Natural Assets, Superior
George Regan, Owner

Neptune Aviation, Missoula
Ron Hooper, CEO

Nothfork Financial, Bozeman
Bill Stoddart, Founder & Principal

North Yellowstone Lodge & Hostel, Bozeman
Liza Brumbach, Owner

Noteworthy, Missoula
Taylor Valiant, Co-Founder

NXGEN, Whitefish
Giuseppe Catalbiano, President

 


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Oboz Footwear, Bozeman
Tim Tripp, CFO

Off the Beaten Path, Bozeman
Cory Lawrence, CEO

Old Town Creative, Whitefish
John Frandsen, Chief Product Officer

Onsite Energy, Bozeman/Kalispell
Orion Thornton, Owner

onX, Missoula
Eric Siegfried, Founder

The Outlaw Partners, Big Sky
Tyler Allen, Managing Editor

Outside Bozeman, Bozeman
Mike England, Publisher

 

 

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Pankratz Outdoor Photography, Boulder
Tyler Pankratz, Owner

Paul Grigsby, PLLC, Bozeman

Prickly Pear Land Trust, Helena
Mary Hollow, Executive Director

Prismatic Growth Marketing, Bozeman
Kelly Ramirez, Founder

Prosper Business Network, Bozeman
Paul Reichert, Executive Director

Public Land/Water Access Association
Ray Pearson, Special Projects Director

pulseCHECKER, Bozeman
Steve Cannon, Founder

 


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Recreational Business Partners, Missoula
John Halstvedt, President

Red Ants Pants, White Sulphur Springs
Sarah Calhoun, Owner

Refuge Sustainable Building Center, Bozeman/Livingston
Alexa Calio, Owner

REI, Bozeman
Teresa Larson, Outdoor Programs & Outreach Coordinator

Revolution House Media, Big Sky
Kate Ketschek, Owner

Ridgeline Tech Design, Bozeman
Rose Quinn, Owner

Rivers Bend Lodge, Livingston/Emigrant
Jeff Reed, Owner

RKG, Belgrade
Chuck Camps, Founder

Rocky Mountain Biologicals, Missoula
Suresh Daniel, Director & CEO

 

S


Salient Technologies, Bozeman
Stephen Sanford, President

Sanderson Stewart, Bozeman/Billings
Michael Sanderson, President & CEO

Shoo Fly Fishing Company, Troy
Steve Kalb, Owner

Sitka Gear, Bozeman
Jason Michelotti, Marketing Director

Six Pony Hitch, Missoula
Spider McKnight, Owner

Skip Horner Worldwide, Inc., Victor
Skip Horner, President

Sleeping Giant Communications, Helena
Jake Troyer, Founder

Software Design Associates, Billings
Ray Pearson, Founder

Spark It Up Creative, Missoula
Rebecca Morgan, CEO

Spur Studio, Bozeman
Shannon Hughes, CEO

The Station Foundation, Bozeman
Kevin Stacy, Executive Director

The StoneFly Fly Shop, Butte
Chris Bradley, Owner

Stone Tiger Collective, Bozeman
Campbell Gerrish, Founder

Sturdy Girl, Helena
Ann Schwend, Co-Owner

Submittable, Missoula
Michael Fitzgerald, Founder & CEO

Sustainable Lumber Co., Missoula
Ryan Palma, Owner

Sweetgrass Associates, Big Timber
Alex Amonette, Editor & Technical Writer

Sweetwater Fly Shop, Livingston
Dan Gigone, Owner

Sweetwater Travel Co., Livingston
Dan Vermillion, Owner 

 

T


Tadpull, Bozeman
Jake Cook, Director of Digital Strategy

Terakedis Fine Art & Jewelry, Billings
Zack Terakedis, Owner

Tetratech, Helena
Ed Surbrugg, Operations Manager

The Trail Head, Missoula
Todd Frank, Owner

Thirsty Street Brewing Co., Billings
Jill & Shea Dawson, Owners

Third Peak Solutions, Bozeman
Dana Gulley, Founder

Ticket River/Ticketprinting.com, Bozeman, Harlowton
Lance Trebesch, Co-Owner & CEO

Timber Trails, Livingston
Dale Sexton, Owner

TOMIS, Missoula
Rory Hibbler, Executive Assistant
Evan Tipton, Founder

Top Hat Lounge, The Wilma
Nick Checota, Owner & President

Trailhead Spirits, Billings
Casey McGowan, Owner

Treeline Coffee Traders, Bozeman
Natalie Van Dusen, Owner

Triple Tree, Bozeman
Sam Lucas, Partner & Director of Product

Turnkey Property Management, Livingston
Brooke Laird, Owner

 


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Unishippers, Kalispell
Peter Saunders, Owner

Upstream Research, Missoula
Alex Philp, Founder & CIO

Upper Missouri River Guides, Fort Benton
Glenn Monahan, Founder

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W


Watershed Consulting, Missoula
Mark Vander Meer, Restoration Ecologist, Soil Scientiest

West Paw, Bozeman
Spencer Williams, CEO

WGM Group, Missoula
Brent Campbell, President & CEO

WildCOR, LLC, Missoula
Rick Potts, Owner

Wisetail, Bozeman
Ali Knapp, President

Wheelie Creative, Whitefish
Lisa Slagle, Owner

Whithey's Health Foods, Kalispell
Joe Withey, Owner

 

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Xcentric, Bozeman
Christian James, Owner

 


Y


Yellow Dog Flyfishing, Bozeman
Jim Klug, Director of Operations

Yellowstone Aerial Adventures, West Yellowstone
Erick Becker, Owner

Yellowstone Growth Partners, Bozeman
Susan Carstensen, Partner

Yellowstone Safari Co., Bozeman
Ken Sinay, Director & President

Yellowstone Tour Guides, Big Sky
Jim Holstein, Owner

 

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The ZaneRay Group, Whitefish
Reed Gregerson, President

Zoo Montana, Billings
Jeff Ewelt, Director

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