This project demonstrates on-the-ground solutions that land managers can use to adapt to a changing climate future. Climate scenarios predict wetter, hotter conditions in Southwest Montana and a change in snowmelt patterns. This project demonstrates restoration techniques that slow snowmelt when it is abundant, so that more is available later in the season.  We will quantify the water storage gains (cfs of water) from our work and evaluate the costs and benefits of our work.

Who We Area

The Big Hole Watershed Committee represents ranchers, recreation interests, residents and agency personnel who manage the natural resources of the watershed. Since its founding the committee has maintained a collaborative trust-based mechanism to work together to avoid the worst-case scenario for the watershed: A river with no water in it.  The Big Hole River Drought Management plan has established the most important and most difficult of the elements needed for resiliency in a climate change future, namely, a collaborative spirit among divergent interests to share sacrifices and successes around a common natural resource value.