Our Mission

People of the Bitterroot Valley taking action to mitigate the impacts of climate change and mitigate or change human activities that contribute to climate change, acting with respect and civility to all.

How will we accomplish this?

Through Education

  • Sponsor four science lectures/webinars on climate topics important to our community
  • Sponsor the video/discussion series “Climate Solutions 101”
  • Produce eight (8) e-newsletters to inform our membership about current issues and BCAG activities
  • Continue to develop BCAG’s website as a source of information and inspiration
  • Continue to develop the ResilienceMT project with the University of Montana to bring climate science exhibits to Bitterroot high schools and the community in 2023
  • Sponsor the Chapter One/BCAG Book Club

Through Resilience and Mitigation

  • Distribute portable HEPA air purifiers to disadvantaged families through Ravalli County WIC as part of our Wildfire Smoke Mitigation Project.
  • Participate in the City of Hamilton’s Envision Hamilton meetings to bring climate issues forward in City planning
  • Participate in the Fire in the Root meetings to bring climate issues forward in the update of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)
  • Continue to develop the ResilienceMT project with the University of Montana to sponsor and facilitate community climate resilience forums in Hamilton and Corvallis in 2023
  • Increase BCAG Membership in 2022 by 100% (to 250 members)
  • Sponsor a Mitigation project in collaboration with a local nonprofit partner
  • Sponsor our volunteer Hwy 93 cleanup project in April and again in October
  • Work with the City of Hamilton to complete installation of the Electric Vehicle Charging Station on 2nd Street in Hamilton.

Through Advocacy

  • Continue meeting with local elected officials to influence local policy and planning
  • Prepare and coordinate BCAG input into the USFS NEPA process to bring climate science considerations to forest management decisions
  • Create Action Alerts to the BCAG membership around critical climate change issues requiring local public comment and advocacy

Through Hope and Community

  • Operate the Victor Community Garden program with the Hamilton Community Garden as opportunities for hands-on community participation in building local food resilience in our valley
  • Sponsor two “Climate Cafes” in different valley locations for community members to share feelings, concerns, ideas and inspiration on climate change
  • Partner with at least two local nonprofits in presenting climate action opportunities in 2022
  • Create a page on the BCAG website to direct visitors to new and ongoing activities to connect with community members around climate change mitigation and resilience
  • Present BCAG’s Annual Meeting in October 2022 to elect the new board and draw feedback and input from members

On September 2, 2021 BCAG Chair Peter Reynolds and Vice Chair Aimee Kelley presented an overview of BCAG's work to Climate Smart Montana, a statewide coalition of scientists and activists working on climate change issues. The meeting was hosted by MSU Political Science professor Paul Lachappelle.  Check this video out for a picture of BCAG's work in the fall, 2021.