Summit to Stream is fast approaching! Thank you to our sponsors who have allowed us to provide free entry to all of this year's attendees. Check out the Summit to Stream website for more information about this year's sponsors and how to become a sponsor.
This Watershed News we say goodbye to Summer and hello to Fall and all the funding opportunities that come with it! There are many opportunities that you can find on our Funding Opportunities webpage, but we wanted to take the time to highlight a few special opportunities that are particularly relevant.
The Montana Invasive Species Council is now accepting grant applications to fund Aquatic Invasive Species Projects. Up to $50,000 is available per project to Montana communities, including local, state, tribal, or other entities within the state, as well as Montana-based non-governmental entities.
The work we do at MWCC would not be possible without the support of so many of our partners. This includes the State of Montana employees who choose to give to our organization through the State Employee Charitable Giving Campaign. This opportunity to give to MWCC has just started, and we hope you'll support our efforts to sustain healthy and productive landscapes by making a contribution before November 6th. As an added bonus, giving to MWCC also means you are recognized as a member of our Partnership Program. Thank you for your support, and thank you for all the meaningful work you do as employees for the State of Montana.
Approaching Climate Change
The North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center partnered with several NGO and universities to learn how different land managers expect to manage public land in the face of climate change. They have released an article of their findings which details how managers differed in their "best practices." The answers ranged from preserving existing ecosystems based on historical standards to transforming ecosystems that might better survive climate change.
"Many managers pointed out that numerous problems, such as the spread of forest pests and invasive species, can only be solved by coordinated landscape-level efforts, yet individual land managers are often restricted to working on relatively small scales with limited budgets. However they suggested that small-scale interventions can be used to test management strategies and to protect small populations that can repopulate larger areas in the future."
Heather grew up on the Front Range of Colorado and spent several summers working trail crew before attending Colorado State University for her B.S. in Natural Resource Management and Forestry. Her career led her to restoration work in the wetlands and floodplains of the Bay Area in California before moving to Missoula. Heather worked as a crew foreman for the DNRC native plant nursery and eventually became a project manager for Trout Unlimited focusing on the Bitterroot Watershed. She earned her certificate in restoration ecology from University of Idaho and has spent the last two years acquiring her certification in GIS and Science Technology from University of Montana. Heather’s interests include raising her silly daughter Alice, geeking out on maps and trying to decide what outdoor activity to do next.