MRCI aims to create a framework that incorporates the experiences of all Montanans and therefore, the 21 summit locations were chosen to relfect the wide, cultural, geographical and climatic diversity of Montana. These locations can be divided into 3 categories: Population Centers, Tribal Communities and MID-URN Communities.
These 9 communities represent large population centers within the states seven climate divisions. (Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Havre, Helena, Kalispell, Miles City and Missoula).
MRCI recognizes the unique culture and political importance of tribal communities within our state.To respect the diverse viewpoints both between and within the state’s eight tribal nations, MRCI will be visiting each tribal headquarters individually to engage a variety of local stakeholders and assess each community’s varied needs.
In 2015, the State of Montana participated in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC), a competitive grant process that awarded nearly $1 billion to states and communities for innovative projects that addressed natural disaster mitigation, response, and recovery.Through the NDRC grant process, the State identified eight sub-county areas that meet the Most Impacted and Distressed Criteria and have an eligible amount of Unmet Recovery Need (MID-URN) to focus on for funding.While Montana ultimately did not receive HUD funding, MRCI aims to build off the progress made during the NDRC process by directly engaging communities identified as MID-URN during this process, to help make these communities more resilient. (Crow Indian Reservation, Fort Belknap Reservation, Glasgow, Helena, Laurel, Fergus County and Roundup).
Montana’s geography, and in turn its climate, varies across the vast expanse of the state.To overcome the challenges involved in assessing long-term climate trends over such a large area, MRCI employs a classification system based on state-wide geographical climate divisions, seen above. The seven divisions are a subset of 344 national climate divisions developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).These divisions were chosen because they base their boundaries on a combination of political, climatic, agricultural and watershed systems and are used in creating the 2017 Montana Climate Assessment (MCA). Data from the MCA will be used to inform content and discussion within theResiliency Framework. More information on the Montana Climate Assessment can be found here.