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Summit 'starts conversation' about value of outdoors to Butte business:


As an experienced fishing guide, Butte Local Development Corp. executive director Joe Willauer knows very well that fabulous outdoor experiences are part of Butte's culture. And so he believes it's ...


'A Live Well Lived': REI's Marc Berejka to Address the Power of the Great Outdoors at Montana Governor's Conference April 15-17 in Big Sky. :


The Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development welcomes REI's Marc Berejka to the stage of the 2018 Governor's Conference on Tourism and Recreation, April 15-17 in Big Sky. Mr. Berejka, ...


Analysis of outdoor recreation industry finds its contribution to GDP larger than that of oil, gas extraction:


A federal government analysis of the outdoor recreation's economic impact reaffirms what many conservation groups have said for decades. Outdoor recreation is a big business. For the first time ever ...


Secret Life of a Search and Rescue Volunteer:


When someone goes missing on a frozen mountaintop or in a wildfire, my team heads out to help when no one else can -- even if all we can do is bring back their bodies. Story by Chris Muldoon Illustrations ...


130 pack Lewistown, Montana courtroom to talk about wilderness bill; verdict split:


More than 130 people packed into a Fergus County Courtroom Wednesday to give opinions on a bill that would remove five wilderness study areas (WSA) totaling 449,550 acres in Montana from future wilderness ...


The federal government has recognized outdoor recreation as an official industry.:


In early February, the Commerce Department announced that outdoor rec contributed more than $373 billion toward the gross domestic product in 2016, about 2 percent of the total. It's the first time that ...


Forest Service turns to volunteers for trail repair - Come Join the Fun - Back Country Horsemen Of Missoula Membership Meeting - 2/24 - Missoula:


The U.S. Forest Service hopes to double the workload of its volunteer helpers as it attacks a backlog of trail maintenance largely in Montana. The Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex's 3,200 miles of trail ...


B.O.S.S. Butte Outdoor Sector Summit - 3/8 - Butte, Montana:


Those of us lucky enough to call Butte home understand the incredible amount of outdoor recreation resources at our disposal. No other region in the state boast the availability of the most attractive ...


The Vast Economic Footprint of the Outdoor Recreation Industry:




Back Country Horsemen Of Missoula Membership Meeting - 2/24 - Missoula:


The BCH of Missoula will hold its annual membership roundup Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Lolo Community Center on U.S. Highway 93. The event will begin at 6:30PM with a meet and greet followed by ...


'Untapped and unrealized potential': Montana Parks in Focus Commission talks challenges, solutions for Montana State Parks:


A commission tasked with steering the future of Montana State Parks met for the first time Friday, taking an initial dive into financial and cultural challenges that have troubled the park system for ...


Smoke Elser - Time for Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project:


The best place for a man is the back of a horse. I've devoted my life to sharing our beloved Bob Marshall Wilderness Country with folks from all over the world. For over 50 years I've made my living ...


Great Northern Powder Guides - Snowcats in griz country: Family business digs into tiny niche:


Sometimes it takes a cat to survive in grizzly country. The logo of Great Northern Powder Guides http://greatnorthernpowderguides.com/ looks suspiciously similar to Montana State University's mascot, ...


UM Wilderness Institute to Present Free Lecture Series, 'The Rivers Will Run':


The Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana invites UM students and the public to the annual Wilderness Issues Lecture Series, held at 7 p.m. each Tuesday of spring semester in Gallagher Business ...


Class war in the American west: the rich landowners blocking access to public lands :


"It's essentially locking Montanans out of their backyard." Public land access over private land has always been a fairly fraught issue, but with the West growing more crowded, it has taken on a ...


Montana Wilderness Association Offers Winter Excursions :


Anyone looking for some winter outdoor exercise can find inspiration and education in the Montana Wilderness Association's 2018 Wild Winter Offerings http://wildmontana.org/downloads/180103_2018_wild_winter_offerings.pdf ...


What the two-wheeled tourist can offer tiny towns:


Cycling tourism contributes nearly $377 million annually to Montana's economy. Micah Drew/Seeley Swan Pathfinder http://www.hcn.org/articles/the-montana-gap-rural-towns-capitalize-on-cycling-tourism?utm_source=wcn1&utm_medium=email ...


Million Acre Amber: New Helena brew celebrates land conservation milestone:


The Montana Land Reliance http://mtlandreliance.org/ is celebrating the preservation of 1 million acres of land with an amber ale from Lewis and Clark Brewing Company http://lewisandclarkbrewing.com/ ...


Backcountry Film Fest At The Wilma - 2/2 - Missoula, Montana:


The Wilma & Montana Backcountry Alliance present the 13th Annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival, showing in Missoula on February 2, 2018 at The Wilma. All proceeds benefit Montana ...


56th Annual Horse And Mule Packing Class With The Legendary Smoke Elser - 1/27-3/3 - Missoula:


Have you ever wanted to learn the art of packing all of your gear onto your horses and hitting the trail for parts unknown? You will learn everything you need to know to safely pack up and head ...


"Montana In Focus: The Musher" - The Montana Experience: Stories from Big Sky Country:


Montana In Focus: The Musher follows the dogsledding career of Livingston-native Jenny Roddewig, who won Montana's prestigious Race to the Sky as an 18 year old and competed multiple times in Alaska's ...


The GOP Wants Chouinard to Testify? He Should Accept.:


The intensifying war between Republicans and Patagonia could now move to Capitol Hill--exactly where the outdoor industry could make the most impact It's the latest salvo in an escalating quarrel ...


Public Lands Make America Great - Montana Governor Steve Bullock:


It's past time folks in the West extended an invitation to the President to get outdoors. A little time in the backcountry has a way of helping us remember who we are and where we come from. It's hard ...


Preserve wilderness as-is:


Wilderness is a critical part of Americans' way of life and should be protected and kept as it is. Congress is currently considering legislation that would undermine a bedrock law that protects Montana's ...


Montana Senator Daines bill would release wilderness study areas for other uses:


Five wilderness study areas left in legislative limbo for 35 years would be released to multiple use planning under a proposed bill by Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana. “He’s on a single-minded mission ...


Montana's new economic champion:




Texas Billionaire Brothers Offer a Cautionary Tale for Public Lands:




Tourism is thriving year round in northwest Montana:


An unexpected greeting was scheduled for a passenger flying into Glacier Park International Airport on Saturday afternoon. Following a record-breaking summer, the airport's management and Kalispell ...


Welcome to the Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper:


The Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper (BBRK) is dedicated to the protection and preservation of one of the most beautiful rivers in America -- western Montana's Big Blackfoot River. Check out our new website ...


Montana's Wilderness Study Areas Must Be Cherished and Protected:


We're calling on our elected officials to handle these places with the respect they deserve. The lifeblood of our state depends on it. CONRAD ANKER, KAREN ASPEVIG STEVENSON, DANIEL R. SAVAGE and KATHY ...

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