WHITEFISH, Mont. — William P. Foley II pointed to the mountain. Owns it, mostly. A timber company began logging in view of his front yard a few years back. He thought they were cutting too much, so he bought the land.
Mr. Foley belongs to a new wave of investors and landowners across the West who are snapping up open spaces as private playgrounds on the borders of national parks and national forests.
The West is changing at a breakneck speed and if we don’t watch out we are going to be in a world where literally there is no open land for elk, moose, sheep, antelope and deer to roam and have free reign and when that happens the numbers of these animals are going to decline. I hope that every one of you gets out there and opens up your wallet to organizations like the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, The Mule Deer Foundation and others listed in our resource tab. We need to donate, fund raise and buy up land under conservation easements that allow the land to be open for hunting but not for open development.
With large tracks of lands by companies like Plum Creek we have to strike while the iron is hot and suck up this land and work with these companies to gain as much critical habitat as we can before these developers can get it carved up.