Montana Parks in Focus Commission
But Montana is changing.
Montana is growing and changing. We spend far less today to manage our trails, public lands, and wildlife than we did forty years ago. Visitor use and outdoor recreation are taking off, but the investments to support and enhance our public lands, wildlife, and outdoor infrastructure are not.
Campgrounds and State Parks
Visitation to state parks and campgrounds has gone up over 50% since 2011.
Montana invests 30% less in our state parks than neighboring states do.
Trail Building and Maintenance
Funding to maintain and build new trails isn’t keeping pace with the growing demand and federal trails funding is not reliable or sufficient.
In the last five years, 113 community trail-improvement projects across Montana were shelved because they didn’t receive adequate public funding.
Congress has cut federal funding for trails by 32% since 1980.
Montana Trails Coalition
Wildlife Conservation and Habitat
Wildlife conservation is more complicated than it used to be, and hunters and anglers are currently bearing the full weight of wildlife conservation and habitat protection through purchase of hunting and fishing licenses.
Montana’s state agencies have identified hundreds of critical projects to protect habitat and protect fish and wildlife that are currently unfunded.
Over 1.5 million acres of public lands in Montana are landlocked and inaccessible to the public.
Massive fish kills from rising water temperatures and the spread of aquatic disease is forcing Montana to close more rivers and tributaries in recent years.