Testimonials

What your neighbors say about the Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition

Living in Lincoln County is a true blessing. With the beautiful atmosphere of rural Montana mixed with amazing outdoor opportunities year round, life is always an adventure. By collaboratively working together for the future, northwestern Montana will remain a place to live life to the fullest.

Tracy McIntyre

Montana Memories and Events, Eureka

The map of northwestern Montana is surrounded by the green of public forests that I cherish for all they symbolize. Opening a business in Libby has inspired life-altering decisions and being surrounded by people with similarly adventurous spirits has been a terrific opportunity.

Kristin Smith

Co-owner, Cabinet Mountain Brewing, Libby

Those around the table connect with the Kootenai National Forest in many ways. It is where we work, raise our families, create memories, build friendships, share experiences and build a life. Our shared esteem for the Kootenai National Forest is the common bond from which solutions flow.

Paul McKenzie

Lands & Resource Manager, F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber, Columbia Falls

Being able to retire in NW Montana has been a true blessing. With over 2 million acres of public lands and the multitude of recreational opportunities that exist will keep all outdoor enthusiasts enjoying the great outdoors of NW Montana.

Scott Mattheis

Montanans For Multiple Use, North Lincoln County Chapter

Water quality and quantity is intensely important to us at Ducks Unlimited. We support decisions and management actions that maintain or enhance wetland resources. Wetland habitats are critical for the survival and health of a myriad species. For these reasons, Ducks Unlimited supports the local efforts of the Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition.

Jon Jeresek

President, Kootenai Valley Ducks Unlimited , Libby

I was born and raised in Troy, always assuming that I would live somewhere else as an adult. While my partner and I meant to be here temporarily, we both found work that aligns with our education. We have become intertwined in a strong community network, feeling empowered in our work and supported as we raise our family.

Shawna Kelsey

Community Development Coordinator, Yaak Valley Forest Council, Troy

Northwestern Montana is a paradise when it comes to recreation — snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, wood cutting, berry picking, hiking, and just breathing the fresh air. Working together with varied groups gives me a perspective of their vision for the future. We may not always agree, but we respect each others’ vision and goals.

Jerry Wandler

Troy Snowmobile Club, Troy

Montana was founded on it’s natural resources and we’re all here for one reason or another because of this. We need to continue working together and talking about our challenges. This is the only path forward.

Shawn Morgan

Thompson River Lumber, Inc

I moved to the base of the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, a more rural part of Montana, to work on the roadblocks to community prosperity. Our collective and careful evaluation of natural resources and management (our ‘treasures’) in the Kootenai National Forest will safeguard our area for generations and support diverse aspirations.

Tina Oliphant

Kootenai River Development Council/Lincoln County Port authority

The Three Rivers Challenge opened the door and helped this community realize that we don’t have to live in an “either-or” world regarding the use of our local natural resources. The Kootenai Stakeholders Group has not only swung the door wide open, but has kicked it off its hinges.

By proving to the community and especially to each other that on this 2.2 million acres of Kootenai National Forest there is plenty of room for all user groups, from recreation to timber harvest, a much more valuable lesson has been illuminated. Namely, that the world belongs to optimists and to neighbors who will always come back to the table, decide to be courageous, look each other in the eyes, and work together for the future benefit of everyone.

Tim Linehan

Linehan Outfitting Co., Troy