Governor Gianforte and the 2021 Montana Legislature ushered in one of the most dramatic expansions of healthcare access in recent memory and made Montana a leader in free market healthcare. The Free Market Healthcare Hub maps where verified Direct Patient Care (DPC) clinics are operating in Montana. The Hub also links to other resources that...View Report
"Even when public land managers, officials and researchers agree that this mitigation work is needed on a landscape, the tools that reduce wildfire severity face a long, bureaucratic process of approvals and delays."
"Policymakers must ask whether the minuscule risk of an escaped prescribed burn is worth doing nothing, allowing fuels to build up and putting the forest at a higher risk of an all-consuming destructive wildfire."
"Protecting old-growth forests from wildfire risks is a worthy cause, but simply spending more money on existing bureaucratic processes will not solve the problem."
"Punishing Good Samaritans with unlimited liability for doing good when an original mine owner is nowhere to be found is the wrong approach."
"The focus on active restoration instead of strict preservation will go a long way to confront the wildfire crisis, but only if red tape and regulatory challenges don’t interfere."
"Advances in geothermal energy technology provide Montana the opportunity to enhance our energy sector while powering the nation."
Money alone will not solve the problem if lawsuits continue to hold up on-the-ground projects. Reforming litigation will improve the ability to effectively put resources to work in our forests.
Over just a few years, Montana has proven a capable leader in conducting forest restoration work on federal lands under a Good Neighbor Authority agreement.
It's time for Montana to reassess what it can do to reduce future wildfire risk.
After a summer of flames and smoke, policymakers can—and must—improve policies to reduce the risk of future catastrophic wildfires.