Montana is a land of vast natural resources, and there is perhaps no better time to show thankfulness for the vast wealth in our forests, minerals, and soil than Earth Day. By capitalizing on these natural resources without being encumbered by government bureaucracy or environmentalist red tape, Montana can enjoy the riches provided in our beautiful landscape.
The Big Sky State consists of 147,040 square miles of pristine resources, all of which can be used to help those who live here, increase industry, make businesses profitable, and increase human flourishing throughout our state and the entire world.
Montana has 13 million acres of forests on public land, with aged lumber prime for harvesting. Many millions of more wooded acres are privately owned and together, the forested timber properties could, should government restrictions be removed, used to make Montana one of the wealthiest states in the union.
Additionally, Montana boasts 58 million acres of farmland, ranking only behind Texas, with its top crops being wheat, oats, corn, barley, and sugar beets. These crops produce $1,475,312 annually for state producers. Montana’s pasture land and animal production creates $1,588,241 annually for ranches. These industries produce an additional $954,550 in miscellaneous farm income, and all in total, exploiting our farm resources generates a whopping $4.39 billion in revenue every year.
Montana’s mines are also a source of vast wealth. Precious gems, palladium, silver, gold, copper, and even crushed sand and gravel have created an industry worth billions of dollars. Montana’s petroleum industry, which has recently taken a massive hit, fund 5.6% of the state budget. Thanks to petroleum production, the average wage in Montana for those in the industry are 2/3 higher than other industries in the state and have created 29 thousand jobs for Montanans.
While environmentalist groups like the Sierra Club have done everything possible to stop the exploitation of natural resources, the answer to virtually all of Montana’s financial woes are found in our soil, pastures, and forests.
Earth Day was founded in 1970 as a holiday among environmentalists, largely devoted to curtailing the development of natural resources. But in Montana, residents recognize that our natural resources exist to be developed, grow our economy, and help humanity thrive to our fullest potential.