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‘Discovery Tour’ Touts Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front

PHOTO: Rocky Mountain Front Sawtooth Ridge
PHOTO: Rocky Mountain Front Sawtooth Ridge
May 1, 2012

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - Great outdoors vacations are in Montana's back yard. The Rocky Mountain Front Discovery Tour kicks off today in Great Falls to promote home-grown recreation and tourism.

Bill Cunningham is a Bob Marshall Wilderness outfitter who will be sharing photos and stories about some of the most beautiful but yet-to-be-protected areas along the Front.

"We hope that we can attract some new folks that are just curious, or just maybe out to learn to more about an amazing part of the landscape that we all own together and hopefully will help protect together."

Cunningham says the Front is a world-class destination, yet not all Montanans realize it, even though there's something for everyone, from hard-core hunting and fishing to hiking and bird-watching.

"If we can encourage people to discover what we have in our own backyard, the more that they will appreciate it and the less they'll take it for granted."

The Coalition to Protect the Rocky Mountain Front and several outdoor businesses are coordinating the tour, and to pique more interest, attendees can enter to win outdoor adventures and gear. There will also be a discussion about the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act.

The tour is planning stops in Missoula Wednesday and Helena on Thursday.

Event listings - Tuesday, Great Falls Public Library, 6-7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Missoula Public Library, 7-8:30 p.m.; Helena, Montana Wild Auditorium, 2668 Broadwater Ave., 7-8:30 p.m. Mills Wilderness Adventures, Sweetgrass Fly Rods, Mystery Ranch Backpacks and Sitka Gear are some of the sponsors.

Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - MT