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What brought you to Gallatin County? What keeps you here? What keeps Gallatin County special? We can give you our answer and talk about why we support the open lands levy.

It’s the open spaces. Vistas of young calves in a green valley against white mountains, sights and smells in the valley of flowers, of earth fresh tilled or harvest ripening in hot sun. Following a forest trail with its rotting and growing verdure filling our senses. The river splashing and pooling, the whole watercourse full of fish and birds and bugs and animals big and small.

We, and you, valued open space and voted twice for open space. These ballot issues provided $20 million, which the County Open Lands Board leveraged 5 for 1, stretching our investment into $100 million dollars of open space. We preserved 50,000 acres (that’s 78 square miles!) of Gallatin County’s natural areas, ranches and wildlife habitat.

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Jeff Krauss is a current Bozeman Commissioner and former Mayor, was the Gallatin County Treasurer/Assessor. He resides in West Bozeman. Carmen McSpadden served on the Gallatin County Planning Board, Chaired the Open Space Task Force and the first Open Lands Board. She is the director of the MSU Leadership Institute.

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