Big Sky is seeing unprecedented growth, partially due to the area’s access to open lands. How should the Big Sky community balance growth and the preservation of these open lands?
“With Big Sky being encompassed by 14 million acres of wild lands – including Yellowstone National Park, national forests and wilderness – the community is already utilizing that land for our own recreation and personal lifestyles. The organizations already formed like the Big Sky Community Corporation and the Chamber [of Commerce] are doing a great job of maintaining the balance of private versus public lands. For instance, the new Hummocks and Uplands trails required numerous grants of easements.”
“A lot of it will have to do with community groups such as the Gallatin River Task Force and the Big Sky Community Corporation. We need more groups like this to spread awareness and keep the balance.”
“The goal of each is counterintuitive to the other. We want the place to be bigger, but also the bigger it gets the more disconnected we feel from a small town. A lot of people say, ‘Well, we’re not Aspen yet,’ but it’s a double-edged sword. You can’t have pristine, untouched beauty along with the development that growth entails.”