In 1987, a group of Park County residents came together as an informal group, Crazy Paradise (an amalgam of Crazy Mountains and Paradise Valley). Their efforts focused on advocating for and celebrating wild places and wilderness in Park County.
Crazy Paradise became Park County Environmental Council (PCEC) in 1989 and was officially recognized and granted nonprofit status in 1990. Through the intervening three decades PCEC has remained true to its original mission, put forth in the articles of incorporation, “to protect the quality of life in Park County; to promote development of a sound land-use plan for Park County; to promote protection of wildlands in the Park County area; to protect our air, water and wildlife; to inform the public of benefits that result from environmental protection.”
In our time, PCEC has taken on some of the most pressing issues facing Park County. We were the first to get recycling started, with the Trash for Trees program, as well as initiating electronic waste recycling; we pressed long and hard for the cleanup of the Livingston BNSF railyard state superfund site, and served as the community liaison with Montana DEQ during the cleanup effort; we’ve taken on land use planning several times through the years, advocating for a sound growth policy and thoughtful development; we challenged and succeeded in deferring BLM oil and gas leases next door to Livingston; and most recently helped protect 30,370 acres of public land from industrial scale gold mining with the passage of the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act.