"I'm not a radical person demonstrating with a placard," says Gardner, whose primary residence is in Seattle, "but my wife and I are environmentally aware and we certainly appreciate what the developer's concern has meant for us - as well as the wildlife."
Like Gardner, Paul Thomas is quick to say he shouldn't be counted among the "tree huggers" either. But he says he can't imagine anyone appreciating the natural surroundings as much as he and his wife do. Why else would they leave balmy southern California to fly north in the middle of a Montana winter?
"We love watching the elk bed down and the flock of pheasants in the pasture," Thomas says. "Once I looked up and counted 15 bald eagles . I said to my wife it was like being inside a National Geographic special."
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