The Big Sky Forestry Initiative will help deliver NWTF’s mission through the promotion of natural resource conservation by addressing critical ecological challenges in Montana.
The Big Sky Forestry Initiative will build partnerships and combine resources for additional funding assistance across Montana where ecosystems require restoration. Forging strong partnerships with numerous organizations and agencies will strengthen public acceptance and increase credibility. Protecting shared values, setting shared priorities, and implementing work with shared investments will be high priority to achieving success
Our Forests: Many of the forests across the state are increasingly experiencing declining health due to a variety of factors including: fire suppression, altered forest management, climate change, drought, insects, and disease.
Forest Fires: Montana’s landscape is naturally shaped by fire. Today, Montana’s wildfire seasons are longer and more severe. Studies estimate that over 85% of Montana’s forests are at elevated risk of wildfire. Our communities, landscapes and wildlife are all equally at risk due to “tinderbox” forest conditions that are prone to catastrophic wildfires!
We can create a catalyst for achieving our shared goals through Shared Stewardship: safer communities, cleaner water, accessible recreation and healthy wildlife habitat. Shared Stewardship in Montana involves determining management needs in Montana. It is about doing the right work in the right places at the right scale, using all available tools for active management.
Montana has shovel-ready projects, a signed Shared Stewardship Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and is already using the Good Neighbor Authority to expedite forest restoration projects. By partnering with the United States Forest Service (USFS) along with other federal, state and private partners, stakeholders and interest groups in Montana, we can make Montana more fire resilient.