Cheyenna Burrows, BCAG Board Member & Intern for Resilience MT
$5,000 NOAA Grant
Propels BCAG into Climate Change Planning
BCAG, in 2023, plunges into work to create a forum process to address climate planning in the Bitterroot Valley. BCAG is the community partner for ResilienceMT, a program of the University of Montana Environmental Studies department and spectrUM discovery center. The $450,000 total grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is to present environmental education and climate resilience planning in Ravalli County and on the Fort Belknap and Blackfeet Indian reservations.
The NOAA grant funds spectrUM to design and present climate science exhibits in the Hamilton and Corvallis schools later in 2023. BCAG’s role will be to facilitate the community portion of the project, which is aimed at developing resource material and a community planning process for climate resilience in water use, wildfire mitigation, and sustainable agriculture. We expect the forums to take place in autumn 2023 in Hamilton. BCAG’s $5,000 portion of the grant helps pay for coordination, planning, venue expenses, logistical and promotional expenses.
Heading up BCAG’s ResilienceMT efforts is Cheyenna Burrows, a recent graduate of Humboldt State University, now Cal Poly Humboldt, with a degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Energy and Climate. Cheyenna serves on the BCAG board and currently heads up our monthly book club with Chapter One Bookstore. She will help BCAG recruit participants for the forum process, organize logistics and promotion for the event(s) and coordinate with our partners, including other local nonprofit organizations with a stake in climate change. Welcome, Cheyenna, to this process! We are so happy to have you working on this.
Watch for more in this newsletter as this project develops!