Think about that for a second. Can you imagine how much time it took Bill to meet with every single sportsmenʼs group in a state as big as Montana, and then transfer all of that detailed local knowledge and personal experience onto one huge map? Not, mind you, so he could horn in on the best places to hunt and fish, or so he could share that valuable information with his buddies. But so every time a major new project popped up--say, a request to lease an area for natural gas exploration, or to site a new high voltage power line, or to start the ball rolling on a new shopping center or housing development--the state of Montana would know whether or not the proposal was likely to have a disproportionate impact on our hunting and fishing. In essence, Bill gave the policy makers at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks the chance to cross-reference their hard biological data with a treasure trove of personal information from long-time hunters and anglers. Billʼs ability to get local sportsmen to sit down and map out their favorite spots was nothing short of amazing, and I canʼt begin to tell you how important that kind of empirical information is--especially here in the West where so many of the places we hunt and fish are managed by state or federal agencies. Billʼs mapping project illustrates the kind of creative thinking weʼll need to protect our sporting heritage for future generations.