Rural Montana Life Community Groups
The Town of [Wild Horse] Plains, in the Cabinet Mountians Valley of western Montana, was named for the thousands of wild horses grazing in the mild winter months a century ago. The residents of the Plains area are the members of community groups who vision, plan, and work together on community goals.
Introduction Title Page
Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. — Francis of Assisi
When the community plans, the community shapes its identity. The four focus areas are:
Vision and plan for town parks, playgrounds, clean-up days, public events, handicapped members, sidewalks & bikeways.
Plan for severe weather events, conserve water with native pollinator flowers/plants and increase the use of solar panels. Summer heat is a health risk for children, seniors, and those who work outside.
A Local Newspaper
Produce a bi-weekly newspaper for Plains area residents written by community members.
Montana Main Street Program
Introduction of AI & machine learning, business cooperatives, Main Street remodel, employee housing, and growth from within existing businesses.
For two years, I have listened to the members of the community talk about the future of the Plains area. The conversations settle into four general areas:
Community Groups Climate Adaptation
A Local Newspaper Main Street Montana Dr. Charles Bickenheuser, OFS, EdD