Developers and Republicans kill the bill-

Story in New West by. By Courtney Lowery.

It’s hard to find a bright light during the great recession, but if it is killing off the rural sprawl developers who killed the bill, there is at least a bright flicker.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

2 Responses to Measure to Regulate Development Along Montana Rivers Likely Dead

  1. avatar jerry b says:

    If the “mainstream” conservation/hunter groups thought that there was a chance they could shoot elk or deer along these rivers, you would see more of an effort and more pressure on our culturally retarded legislators to protect these areas. Too much “no hunting” private property along the rivers.
    The 3rd, 4th, 5th, generation Montanans couldn’t care less…the rivers are their local dump sites.
    Eventually it will impact the economics of the fly fishing industry when the out of state fisherman decide that floating and fly fishing through neighborhoods isn’t that aesthetically pleasing.
    That’s what is happening along the Bitterroot.

  2. This is good news for the outdoors. It is the hard way to do it, but local governments refused to plan, and would never say “no” to sleezy land developers. I hope sales fall so far that remote subdivisions just collapse.

    Sales of second homes fall 30 percent. AP


March 2009


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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