A panel of high tech industry executives met in Bozeman recently to discuss the importance of outdoor access, recreation and public lands to their businesses, moving forward a conversation about the positive impacts the outdoors has on an industry typically more associated with cubicles than cutthroat trout.
Montana's public lands are an economic driver that has fueled state job and income growth enough to surpass the national average over the last 15 years. A study released this summer by Headwaters Economics and showcased at an event hosted by Business for Montana's Outdoors reveals just how much our public lands bolster the state's economy.
Montana’s traditional economic base of agriculture, mining, and timber is still very important, but in the 21st century, more and more of us are realizing the great outdoors is diversifying our economic base and creating new jobs for our communities.
By the end of next week, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke is due to recommend to President Trump possible reductions or elimination of protections for 27 federal areas that previous presidents set aside as treasured national monuments.