Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes - Climate Change Strategic Plan

Michael Durglo Jr., Jim Durglo, Rich Janssen, Roian Matt, Clayton Matt, Tony Incashola
Posted on: 2/13/2017 - Updated on: 1/16/2019

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This Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Climate Change Strategic Plan represents an early step towards addressing the impacts of climate change on the Flathead Reservation in Montana. This initiative’s purpose is to improve the Tribal community and Natural Resources resiliency by effectively informing climate change impact planning decisions made by the Tribes. It is designed to initiate collectively beneficial climate change impact mitigation and adaptation solutions.

This plan represents an early step in the Tribes’ effort to mitigate the effects of climate change on the Flathead Reservation. It is designed to serve as the foundation for developing effective strategies to protect and preserve the local environment. Results from this planning should be incorporated into guiding documents, such as the Comprehensive Resource Management Plan and the Forestry Management Plan. This strategic plan should be regularly revisited and modified as priorities and needs of the Tribes change and new information regarding the climate science and impacts becomes available. As implementation plans are developed, effective monitoring and evaluation policies and procedures should be established. These measures should determine if the Tribes’ actions are meeting the Tribes’ preparedness goals.