So now Joe Maurier, director of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, has suggested to the 17-member Environmental Quality Council that the number of state parks in Montana should be cut. What a terrible idea!
One of the primary reasons Montana is the “Last Best Place” is because of its state parks. In the 1920s and 1930s, our forefathers realized that natural beauty and wonder were one of the things that make life worth living.
The numbers tell the story: in 2010, there were almost 2 million visitors to state parks, a 50 percent increase over 2002, and Montana residents accounted for almost 80 percent of the use of state parks. We should be creating more state parks for Montana’s citizens to enjoy, not cutting the ones we have. Montana has lots of money in the bank and with all the oil drilling more petro-tax dollars will be rolling in.
If you agree, write Joe Maurier, director, Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena, and let him know how you feel about his idea for “improving” Montana.
Mary Catherine Dunphy