PROTECT & RESPECT
Enjoy the outdoors responsibly. Do your part to preserve and protect our public lands and heritage sites for your next visit and for generations to come.
Each year, there are millions of visitors to Montana State Parks. We need your help to protect and respect the special places we all value. Respect for the land and consideration for other outdoor enthusiasts will ensure a quality experience for everyone.
Take a look at our Park Regulations and The Leave No Trace Principles to guide you when visiting a Montana State Park. You can also learn about our new energy efficiency program and participate by recycling.
Montana State Parks is committed to increasing our energy efficiency, decreasing water consumption, and diverting a larger portion of our waste from the landfill, in order to preserve the recreational, natural, and cultural resources of Montana for present and future generations.
- During 2012, we have insulated electric hot water heaters, lowered hot water heater thermostats to 120°, and installed energy efficient lighting to reduce our energy consumption.
- At Lone Pine Visitor Center, 45 incandescent light bulbs were replaced with 45 light emitting diodes (LEDs), saving us an estimated 8,307 kilowatt hours (kWH) per year, or a $450 reduction per year in energy related costs. To conserve precious water resources, 70 faucet aerators, 38 low-flow showerheads, and 23 low-flow toilets have been installed at facilities state-wide. The 1.28 gallon per flush toilets alone will conserve approximately 83,000 gallons of water per year.
- Eden Bridge on the Smith River, Big Arm, Finley Point, Lone Pine, Wayfarers, West Shore and Whitefish Lake state parks offer recycling bins for aluminum and plastic, a program we hope to expand in the future. Montana State Parks is dedicated to continuing our efforts in sustainability.