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The Zeal of ZaneRay

Headwaters The Zeal of ZaneRay A Whitefish company with a funny-sounding name carves out a home in the tech industry by building quality websites for some of the biggest brands in the outdoor industry. STORY BY JUSTIN FRANZ “T he internet is not a ‘Field of...

The Cutting Edge

Headwaters The Cutting Edge Technological advances are making logging safer, more precise, and better for the planet. Illustration by George Giavasis (Highline Design Co.)     STORY BY KATIE CANTRELL “T he cab of a John Deere 959MH harvester looks like...

Conservation Easements

Headwaters Conservation easements: Preserving Montana’s land, water, and way of life. STORY BY FLATHEAD LAND TRUST Our Family’s Story Ron de Yong “M y dad grew up on a piece of land right next to what would become our family farm, about a mile west of...

Preserving a Sense of Place

Headwaters Preserving a Sense of Place How native plants help build community. Forestoration collaborated with the city of Whitefish to design and install a native landscape within the median located on Central Avenue in downtown Whitefish. BY MEGHAN VOSS B efore I’d...

Citizens Toolkit

Headwaters Citizens’ toolkit We need to get more involved with local development and growth.   But first, let’s understand the landscape. How does private property get developed, and how can we make sure it happens in the best way possible? The Flathead...

Everything is not fine (and that’s okay)

Headwaters Everything is not fine (and that’s OK) Photo by Mandy Mohler BY STEPHANIE MALTARICH I n the year 2000 Sara Boilen opened up a map of the U.S., closed her eyes, and waved her finger in the air before plopping it down. She opened her eyes to find that she had...