Montana communities increasingly seek alternatives to buying energy from Saudi Arabia and vegetables from Mexico. Community-based agriculture and renewable energy projects are booming across Montana. Conservationists also help Montana cities, towns and counties to plan for their future and reduce haphazard rural sprawl that increases wildfire danger, fragments wildlife habitat, and costs taxpayers more to provide basic public services. Land trusts work with ranchers and farmers to make sure agriculture remains viable.
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Judith Landing, Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument