Fish, Wildlife & Recreation Projects
Park County has abundant wildlife relative to other parts of America, sitting on the northern border of Yellowstone National Park and with other federal and, less so, state public lands. In addition, large it contains large swaths of agricultural private lands that provide habitat to wildlife. And, people, come from all across the world, and Montana, to see and spend their hard earned money on our local economy. Resident and non-resident tourists spend roughly $500 million annually in Park County. Our lodging businesses generate up to $8 million a year in state taxes from which all Montanans benefit. As those born and raised in Montana know, we have a long heritage of hunting, fishing, open spaces, star-filled skies, and just being outside. The first peoples to the Americas have been using our region from Shields Valley to the Beartooth mountains for 13,000 years. If humans want future generations to enjoy wildlife…with a bow or a camera…it will take understanding, knowledge and wisdom to find ways to co-exist with them. Agencies like FWP and YNP have a huge responsibility on their shoulders. But locals have an equal responsibility. That's what our local stakeholders are all about. Collaborative ways we are trying to keep this one of the last best places in Montana…while protecting its recreational and agricultural use in a sustainable and profitable way.