MWCC Impacts: Watershed Fund Capacity Support
The MWCC Watershed Fund is making a positive, measurable impact on watershed health across Montana by supporting local conservation goals. In the past two years, Watershed Fund Capacity Support has provided $81,000 in grants to 11 local watershed organizations to fill critical capacity gaps, enabling them to more sustainably and effectively pursue targeted conservation goals identified within their communities. The following are some examples of the impacts of this funding:
- The Big Hole Watershed Committee developed an upland and forest health restoration program.
- The Blackfoot Challenge is increasing the pace and scale of prescribed burning on public and private lands.
- The Lolo Watershed Group hired a paid coordinator to fund and carry out community conservation goals.
- The Musselshell Watershed Coalition established a Cooperative Weed Management Area to improve communication among diverse partners, better manage weeds, and increase treatment of invasives.
The Watershed Fund has also awarded nearly $225,000 in additional capacity-related funding to support professional development training opportunities, hosting Big Sky Watershed Corps members, and responding and adapting to the Covid-19 pandemic.
An additional $40,000 in direct Capacity Support is available for 2021-2022. For more details, see the Request for Proposals.
We thank the following funders who have contributed to Watershed Fund Capacity Support since 2019