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Old 06-11-2011, 07:58 AM
 
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I've lived in both and I find the two states pretty different, though there's definitely some similarities. The Cascades are in many ways a similar environment to the Montana Rockies, and the Blue Mountains of the east are even more Montana-like.

The main difference I would say is Oregon is more liberal and has a coastline. What do you think?
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Old 06-11-2011, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Pluto's Home Town
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Sure, both states have gorgeous landscapes and had large indigenous populations, attracted settlers who built a long-term resource-dependent economies, and have more recently attracted amenity seeking people from the coasts and urban areas. Some areas are tremendously gentrified (Bozeman, Ashland), whereas other areas are largely the old population (E. Oregon and E. Montana). Consequently, there is a lot of contention about the future of both states. Many of the newcomers, often who made money in real estate, the corporate world, entertainment,etc. have arrived with their financial resources that dwarf the locals', and yet they feel like their education and status allow them to get self-righteous about land uses they don't value, and have no problem telling others what to do, especially on federal land. Locals are usedt o viewing the federal lands as theirs. That is one reason why both states can have acrimonious land use debates. I would guess that Portland is a pretty big difference. No parallel in Montana. Perhaps Oregon would compare more broadly with Colorado (Willamette Valley and Front Range rule the roost).
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Old 06-11-2011, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Montana is a big place. Western Montana is a part of the Pacific Northwest. Eastern Montana is part of the Great Prairie.
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