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2019 recreation innovation lab

When it comes to getting outdoors, Montana's communities innovate. In some places, it is to connect the frontcountry to the backcountry; in some, it's how to manage competing uses; and in others, it's how to use outdoor recreation for economic development. 

On October 10-11, 2019 Office of Outdoor Recreation in partnership with Crown of the Continent GeoTourism and Montana Access Project are hosting Montana's first Recreation Innovation Lab.   For details CLICK HERE

Teams from around the state will gather to learn and share what works in creating and sustaining quality outdoor recreation essential for economic vitality, health and wellness and quality of life.  Early registration for teams; general registration opens September 3.  

ongoing projects

Close the Loop


Twelve years in, the Whitefish Legacy Partners' vision of creating a loop trail around Whitefish Lake is well underway but challenging sections remain. MAP partners Diane Conradi and Forestoration are guiding real estate and legal complexities, permitting, and trail location and design. 

frontcountry roundup


How do you get outdoors close to home? We want to know.  

To take the Survey CLICK HERE

Montana Access Project, with the Montana Office of Outdoor Recreation, wants to learn more about what is on the ground, and what is necessary for communities to succeed in creating and sustaining quality outdoor recreation for health, environment and for the economy. 

Result?  Better tools for success, better strategies, better networks for more recreation options across the state.  

bigfork's backyard


 Bigfork is amazing--if you haven't been there, go.  When Community Foundation for A Better Bigfork decided Bigfork needs more trails for residents and visitors to enjoy, they turned to MAP.  MAP partners Diane Conradi and Forestoration's Greg Gunderson are helping CFBB navigate the complexities of landowner PacifiCorp's hydroelectric licensing obligations to share Bigfork's vision for its recreation future.