Isn’t the root of the controversy surrounding Holland Lake Lodge an example of NIMBY (Not in My Back Yard)? The paradox of NIMBY is, “I got to come here, but I don’t want you to come because you will ruin it.” This is an old song that Montanans have sung for decades. HLL is on federal public land and governed by a complex set of laws that apply to all special permit users all over our country. Most ski areas, hiking trails, and campgrounds are on publicly owned lands. I am glad that there are rules and regulations that define how my natural resources can be used, in a way that still allows me to enjoy them. I regularly see thousands of people enjoying outdoor recreation in Montana. Why should HLL be different? I trust the permit process to continue to protect our natural resources. I believe the owners of HLL are following the permit process and ensuring the project will support everyone’s goals; to keep our Montana Big Sky exceptional so more people can enjoy it.
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