The idea is one we can all embrace–celebrate all the ways that open land enhances the quality of life for Montanans. Whether you are a hiker, biker, or hunter, whether you ranch the land or just enjoy the scenery, there is much to be thankful for in our beautiful state. Governor Bullock has joined in encouraging people across Montana to observe the first ever Montana Open Land Month this July. For all of us, those who make our living from the land or simply enjoy its bounty, this is a time to honor the places and experiences we so love about Montana. Montana Open Land Month offers a chance to reflect on all that open land represents–our agricultural heritage, vast outdoor recreational opportunities, clean water, diverse wildlife habitat, scenic splendor, tremendous economic benefits, a vibrant tourism industry, freedom to roam and so much more. People and organizations from around the state are part of the party, and everyone is invited to be part of the fun. You can help celebrate in countless ways.
Check out the Montana Open Land Month Facebook community page, like it and invite your friends. Join with others such as the Red Ants Pants Music Festival, Montana Office of Tourism, Montana Association of Land Trusts and become a sponsor or partner of Montana Open Land Month. Write an article, commentary or blog that explores the importance of open land to Montana–whether your focus is kids, business, local people, recreation, gardening, or you name it, Montana Open Land Month offers a unique lens to view the topics you write about. Share your open land experiences using images, words, video by tagging interesting stories, posts, photos and thoughts using #openlandmt or participate in the July #mymontana photo blitz where randomly selected posters will be selected for weekly prize drawings.
No matter how you choose to do it, the important thing is to have fun honoring Montana’s open land, and all open land means to Montana’s way of life and economy. For more information on how you can celebrate Montana, visit openlandmt.org/. •