Join Future West and the Montana Watershed Coordination Council online on Thursday, November 11 from 8:30 am to noon for a capacity-building peer-to-peer exchange: “Building Organizational and Community Resiliency in the New West.” This FREE event will offer watershed groups, conservation districts, and other local conservation leaders the space to discuss ongoing changes in our communities and to share resources for adapting and responding – while staying true to our organizational missions and visions.
Resiliency – amidst drought, wildfires, the Covid-19 pandemic, growing recreational demands, and changing community demographics, to name just a few – is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. But we cannot achieve resiliency without first understanding the factors (social, political, environmental, industry-related, and economic) that are impacting our communities, our organizations, and our missions. We believe that the path to sustainability at both the community and organizational level requires a solid awareness of these factors so we can identify, create, and adapt effective options for working with them.
Registration is free. To register, click HERE.
Beginning in October, join MWCC and our watershed partners on occasional Wednesdays for an hour of learning, sharing, and connecting over lunch. These informal, online gatherings will begin at noon with a brief (10- to 15-minute) presentation by one of MWCC’s network partners on a topic relevant to local watershed conservation. The rest of the hour will be dedicated to questions and discussion.
To kick off the series, on October 13 we’ll celebrate and learn from one of our 2021 Watershed Stewardship Award recipients. Termaine Edmo, Climate Change Coordinator for the Blackfeet Environmental Office, will speak about the Blackfeet Nation Ksik Stakii (Beaver) Project, including challenges and successes.
On November 10, Wendy Weaver, Executive Director of Montana Freshwater Partners (MFP) (formerly Montana Aquatic Resources Services), will talk about the many services MFP offers to local watershed conservation organizations, including Channel Migration Zone Easements, mitigation for stream and wetland impacts, and a wide range of technical services.
Registration for all lunchtime Conservation Conversations is free.
To register for the October 13 Conservation Conversation with MWCC and the Blackfeet Ksik Stakii Project, click HERE. To register for the November 10 Conservation Conversation with MWCC and Montana Freshwater Partners, click HERE. If you’d like to present at an upcoming Conservation Conversation with MWCC, reach out to Watershed Programs Coordinator Terri Nichols at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about MWCC’s Trainings:
The Montana Watershed Coordination Council provides training opportunities for watershed professionals around the state. Available trainings will be announced as they are developed. Check back soon for upcoming training opportunities. In addition, MWCC provides professional development funding to qualified organizations to cover registration and travel costs associated with trainings and events (click here to learn more)
You can see a full list of training opportunities from our partners by visiting our training calendar.