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Jill manages the Clark Fork Coalition's communications and publications, including the website, all social marketing, newsletters, grant proposals, reports, and publications, and she also coordinates the Coalition's Climate Action in the Clark Fork program.  She serves on the City of Missoula's Climate Action Task Force and is a member of River Network's Peer Learning Network on Water and Energy, a national network of conservation professionals.  Jill received a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia in 2000, followed by an M.F.A. and M.A. in Literature from the University of Montana in 2006.  Other employment highlights include: managing the Online Program in Nonprofit Administration at The University of Montana, teaching English Composition at The University of Montana, and working in public relations and marketing in the sports and entertainment field while living in Washington DC and Buffalo, NY.  Other hobbies include writing, running, biking, skiing, fly-fishing, and backpacking with her husband. 

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Low Flows and Hot Trout: Dealing with the Effects of Climate Change in the Clark Fork Watershed

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Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Agriculture
Conservation / Restoration
Fisheries
Forestry
Land Use Planning
Tourism / Recreation
Water Resources
Wildlife
Summary: 

The Clark Fork watershed extends from Butte, MT to Sandpoint, ID and drains nearly the entire western portion of Montana. Based on decades of data and observations, it is clear that the Clark Fork River basin is already experiencing changing climate conditions including droughts, increased wildfires, decreased snowpack, shrinking glaciers, and early runoff.

Preparing for a Changing Climate in Missoula County and Western Montana

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Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Agriculture
Conservation / Restoration
Development (socioeconomic)
Education / Outreach
Energy
Fisheries
Forestry
Land Use Planning
Policy
Public Health
Research
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Tourism / Recreation
Transportation / Infrastructure
Water Resources
Wildlife
Summary: 

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.