Recommended Next Steps from the Plan
The strategies presented in this plan are intentionally high-level; they identify what needs to be done to prepare for and adapt to climate change. All the details for each strategy - who should be involved in implementing it, how it can be best accomplished, timeline, costs and benefits, funding sources - will need to be determined in the implementation phase.
We've formed an implementation team and initiated three working groups (Agriculture; Buildings, Land Use, and Transportation; and Wildfire Smoke, Heat, and Health). At the beginning of April, Caroline Lauer joined us as the new Climate Resilience Coordinator, a brand new position to give this effort dedicated staff capacity.
"It will take all of us."
From the plan:
"Given the far-reaching impacts of climate change, it is no surprise that the strategies presented in this plan touch on nearly every aspect of Missoula County: our health, our economy, our built environment, our natural environment, and our social cohesion. Implementation of the plan will thus, by necessity, involve dozens of organizations, individuals, city and county departments, and other government agencies that are active in these areas. It will take all of us. And given the urgency, the sooner we get started the better."
Climate Ready in the time of COVID-19
On May 18, 2020 at a joint meeting of the Missoula City Council and Missoula Board of County Commissioners, the Climate Ready Missoula plan was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners as an issue plan of the Missoula County Growth Policy and by City Council as an issue plan of the Our Missoula: City Growth Policy 2035.
The coronavirus pandemic and the climate crisis underscore the importance of how we build a resilient Missoula County. We encourage you to read the new Foreword that speaks to this.