Climate Smart Partners With FVCC To Host Montana Climate Science Day

MONTANA CLIMATE SCIENCE DAY – A presentation of the first Montana Climate Assessment by a team of scientists at the University of Montana and Montana State University, followed by a discussion with local foresters, farmers and water experts. Co-sponsored by UM, MSU, and Flathead Valley Community College.

Monday, October 16, 1-4 p.m. in Kalispell:  Venue: FVCC Arts and Technology Building Large Community Room.

At 7 p.m. in the same room, Glacier National Park Superintendent Jeff Mow will use the 2017 Montana Climate Assessment as a launching point to discuss climate change and Glacier National Park in a talk entitled “Fire and Ice: Are Extreme Conditions the New Normal in Glacier National Park?

 The Montana Climate Assessment is available online here: View the MSU and UM announcement about the September 20 release of the MCA here.
For more information about the event, see this article.

Montana Climate Science Day Program Agenda
Monday, Oct. 16, 2017
Flathead Valley Community College, Arts and Technology Building Large Community Room

Montana Climate Assessment Forum – 1:00pm – 4:00pm

1:00 p.m. Welcome, Introductions – Steve Thompson, Climate Smart Glacier Country, Bruce Maxwell, co-Director MT IoE, MSU

1:05 p.m. MCA Climate Sector – Kelsey Jencso, Sector Author

1:20 p.m. MCA Water Sector – Alex Leone, Sector Author

1:35 p.m. Tom Bansak, Assistant Director, UM Flathead Lake Biological Station
Mike Koopal, Executive Director, Whitefish Lake Institute

1:50 p.m. Water Question & Answer

2:00 p.m. MCA Agriculture Sector – Bruce Maxwell, Lead Sector Author

2:15 p.m. Brooke Bohannon, Wicked Good Farm
Ron de Yong, former Director, MT Dept. of Agriculture

2:30 p.m. Agriculture Question & Answer

2:40 p.m. BREAK

2:55 p.m. MCA Forestry Sector – Ash Ballantyne, Sector Author

3:10 p.m. Greg Poncin, DNRC – Kalispell Unit Forest Manager, Type 1 Wildfire Incident Commander
Ed Lieser, Whitefish Area Fire Safe Council, Fire Behavior Analyst

3:25 p.m. Forestry Question & Answer

3:35 p.m. Next steps for MCA – moderated by Bruce

4:00 p.m. Closing

Evening Presentation – 7 p.m.

Jeff Mow, Glacier National Park Superintendent, “Fire and Ice: Are Extreme Conditions the New Normal in Glacier National Park?”