By A. Lee Boman
Seeley Lake, Mont. 

Open spaces = Montana


August 30, 2018

What draws more than 12 million guests to Montana each year? Why has Missoula County grown in population by almost 50 percent since 1990? Why has the outdoor recreation industry grown to be our state’s largest industry? Why is Missoula County so appealing to residents and guests? My guess it is not the traffic on Reserve Street that appeals to folks. All indications are it is our open and wild spaces that generate the Montana magic that draws people to Missoula County.

Our open and wild spaces require attention and appreciation if they are to remain. If they disappear under pavement they...

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