What the Montana grasslands are really like: An examination
Montanans are having a field day with the state’s wildland and scenic lands, but there’s a lot of mystery to be found in what the Montanaskans call their natural environment.
Montananaskan writer Jim Follin describes it as a “state of mystery.”
A great deal of Montana’s wildlands are undeveloped and undevelopment-only.
They’re not managed, not managed in a way that’s conducive to sustainable land use, and certainly not managed to meet the needs of an ever-growing population.
Follins explains that “Montana is not a pristine wilderness.
It is not pristine.”
And yet, we are a place of “an amazing amount of mystery and great uncertainty about our place in the world.”
Follingin notes that while “we know very little about our natural environment, we know a great deal about what the environment does.”
The Montananaskan grasslands have not been completely destroyed by development.
But the extent of their degradation is a significant problem.
According to the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), in 2015, the number of acres lost to development in Montana totaled more than 4.5 million acres.
Of that total, more than 10 percent was attributed to human activity.
The loss of the Montana prairie to development has been particularly dramatic since the 1960s.
Since then, the prairie has become an integral part of the state landscape, with prairie grasses in particular providing habitat for prairie dogs and prairie chickens.
The Great Plains have also seen a decline in the number and range of prairie animals, as well as their ability to support diverse and productive populations.
The amount of grasslands that are in “wilderness-only” status in Montana, according to the DEQ, is estimated to be about 7 million acres (roughly 4 percent of the land area of the United States).
According to Follion, this “wild” designation is not something that is just a temporary one.
Follsingin says, “In Montana, we’ve got some really large areas that are not wilderness.
There’s a huge difference between what the state does and what the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea does, for example.”
In this context, the term “wildlands” is used to describe a broad area of land that is not managed as an ecological or conservation reserve, but instead is classified as a land that has been designated as “protected” from development.
The state Department is currently working to clarify its definitions of “protected wilderness,” but it’s clear that the term is used by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to refer to a broad swath of land in Montana.
While many of the areas listed as “wild”, or protected, are located in the southeastern part of Montana, they’re also in places where development has increased.
The area with the most acres “protected,” according to Follsin, is the central region of the Great Plains.
In 2016, there were nearly 10 million acres of “wild,” or “protected,” lands in Montana (roughLY 8 percent of Montana state land).
According, the most “protected”-owned land in the state is in Montana’s northwest corner, which is also home to some of the largest concentrations of prairies and prairies-only areas.
In this area, there are roughly 25,000 acres of federally managed “wild.”
“I’ve been living here for a while, and this is the most interesting part,” said Montana native and former BLM director of lands, Matt Smith.
“I live right next to one of the highest densities of praise in the United State.
You can get up to 20 prairie cows here.
And it’s only a couple of hours drive from my house, so it’s pretty incredible to be here.
We’re talking hundreds of cows.
I’ve never seen this kind of density of praire in this state.
This is the land of the wild.
It’s the land where the buffalo come to graze.”
This is a wild, undevelopmental, and undeclared area of Montana.
“This is a place that’s been left untouched by development for hundreds of years,” Smith added.
And the land is not just unoccupied.
The land is surrounded by a series of fences that protect it from human encroachment and development.
“When I was a kid, my dad would take me to see our old ranch where we had some of our prairie and cattle grazing.
And we’d go on the ranch to take a tour of the old buildings and the trails and everything,” said Smith.
That experience taught Smith and his family that they should never, ever, ever leave their land to any “development company.”
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