...The time has come to consider zoning the whole 2,600-square-mile county.That is the only way, Skinner has reluctantly decided, for Gallatin County to preserve its wild landscapes and also save a treasured way of life in farm and ranching communities. Last year, the county won a Trust for Public Lands award for a $20 million open-space program that’s saving 40 square miles from subdivision. But the county’s three commissioners have come to believe that’s not nearly enough to get a handle on growth that’s overwhelming isolated communities and ruining wildlife habitats. “Even though you’re not seeing a lot of development up here now, you will,” Skinner told Sedan’s ranching families. “We need to start doing things differently.”
Keeping the Wild in the West
Cattle ranchers may have to think the unthinkable — zoning open space to keep developers from eating it all up.