Thanksgiving might have officially ended a few days ago, but we can still give thanks for our good fortune, can’t we? We’ve got it pretty good here in Montana. Amidst all the hustle of the Holiday Season, we pause to be appreciative of the good things.
Clean air, water, and open spaces. Thanks to the many groups and organizations dedicated to protecting what we love and enjoy daily. Groups like Montana Trout Unlimited, the Montana Land Reliance, the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, Prickly Pear Land Trust, Upper Missouri Watershed Alliance and many more, all ensure we have plenty of places to wet-a-line, take a hike, and leave things better than we found them.
Helena and the Gallatin Valley’s community parks and events. For small mountain towns, residents and visitors to our area have access to a great parks, ball fields, trails, kid’s playgrounds and more. We also have arts programs, performing arts centers, and many great community-centric events. Many volunteers have played vital roles in making these things a reality.
Public lands. We live in a state where public lands, both federal and state, allow us ample opportunity to partake in the things we love to do: fish, ski, hike, bike, hunt, and more. We’ve got it good in Montana with the amount of public land we use on a regular basis.
Local knowledge and professionals. Within a hundred mile radius of our waters, hundreds of outdoor recreation professionals live and work. These professionals operate stores, run clinics, and are our neighbors. People travel thousands of miles to spend time with the fishing outfitters and guides, ski instructors, horse-wranglers, and other professionals in our area. Be thankful we have this amount of expertise so close to home.
Sharing with friends and family. The best memories are often created with friends and family. This one’s pretty simple: try to find time to spend outdoors with the important people in your life. You'll be glad you did.
If you are looking for a good group to support for some year end philanthropy and future trout karma building look no further than these:
Upper Missouri Watershed Alliance
Prickly Pear Land Trust
Gallatin Valley Land Trust
Montana Land Reliance
Montana Trout Unlimited