Climate change presents an uncertain future with potentially high costs for Missoula County in western Montana. The area's economy and high quality of life that draw and keep people in the region could be in jeopardy due to changes in average temperature, stream flows, and precipitation. While the exact trajectory of change is unknown, preparations can be made for the future based on a reasonable range of expected scenarios. Preparing for climate change is similar to preparing for other potential events, such as fire or drought. In 2011, close to 100 citizens, local experts, and decision-makers attended a two-day ClimateWise workshop, in which they discussed how climate change could impact the community, economy, and natural systems of Missoula County. Participants identified the top five risks to the future of Missoula County's land, water, and community, and devised a list of strategies and actions to address each risk.