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By Larry Swanson
OConnor Center for the Rocky Mountain West, University of Montana 

This is Montana Montana: One state with three changing regions


Last updated 3/13/2019 at 10:51am

Montana is a single state. But in reality, there are many Montanas – some defined by variations in terrain and vegetation, others by climate and still others by land use and population density. Area economies also vary considerably from one part of Montana to the next.

From east to west, the state splits into two vastly different regions, one defined by rolling grasslands stretching across sp...

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