We are already experiencing the impacts of climate change in Missoula County, and those impacts are projected to intensify over the coming decades and to touch every sector of our county. Changes are likely to include reduced low elevation snowpack, earlier spring snowmelt, more frequent and intense droughts and wildfires, and impacts to agriculture, recreation, and human health. The earlier that we understand and prepare for these changes, the greater our chances of mitigating their impacts on health and safety, the natural environment, and our local economy.
Missoula County, the City of Missoula, and Climate Smart Missoula are working together to lead a county-wide effort to better understand our greatest vulnerabilities in the face of climate change, and to develop a coordinated plan to prepare our county for the changes we are facing. This effort is titled Climate Ready Communities: Building Resiliency in Missoula County. Click the link for details.