The single largest message I take away from this is not one of "self-interest" even though some jaded souls can construe it as such , but of love. That is love of the land and the environment in which one lives and the very natural desire to protect it.
Sometimes I can not help but feel that people that are born in Cities and live their entire lives in Cities are lacking when it comes to reverence for the land and its ecosystems. The natural world is a mind numbingly beautiful place from its deserts to its forests to its tundra and mountains and seas. I have never been to Eastern Montana but can envision the place. There are many who would just drive through it to get someplace else and to these I would suggest just spend some time in these areas, open your heart and soul and SEE.
Congratulations to the people of Montana and all those who participated in this attempt to protect the land.