Growing up in Northern Idaho and Western Montana, I was raised with an appreciation for public lands and the value they add to our lives. I am an avid user of our outdoor infrastructure, both mechanized and human powered. I feel lucky to live in a place that allows me to recreate in any manner I wish, right outside my doorstep. It’s no secret that we live in an amazing place and must take steps to continue to keep it that way as people continue to migrate here.
As a developer of affordable housing, I recognize population trends and the need to keep up with ever growing demand. Programs that rely on Federal and State funding need proactive measures taken to stay ahead of the curve. When referring to public lands, this means continuing to maintain and expand trail systems, parks, and all the other aspects of our infrastructure that ensure a quality experience for generations to come. I believe it’s important for this conversation to happen as soon as possible to ensure we keep up with current needs and so that all user groups are heard and considered equally going into the future.