March 13, 2018
5:00pm - 8:00pm
About Blackfoot Challenge
Our mission is to coordinate efforts that conserve and enhance the natural resources and rural way of life in the Blackfoot Watershed. We have facilitated continued use of natural resources on more than 400,000 acres of working land, reduced livestock loss while the grizzly bear population recovers, and developed a community-based response that conserves tens of millions of gallons of water in drought years, allowing irrigators to water agricultural fields and leaving water in the Blackfoot River and critical tributaries for fish. These outcomes are achieved by involving those affected by changing conditions, coordinating the exchange of information, building trust, and focusing on shared values to develop lasting solutions. Results are achieved through a strategy of private and public partnerships, and sustained by leveraging relationships and resources.
We serve the entire Blackfoot River Watershed which includes the communities of: Seeley Lake, Lincoln, Ovando, Helmville, & Bonner.
Project / Needs
A current need this year is funding to help support our Water Resources program. The primary work of this program is coordinating efforts between local landowners and state agencies to help identify and implement drought response plans in a ‘shared-sacrifice’ model across the watershed. Our Water Steward also works with other watershed groups (upstream, down and over the ridge) to share knowledge on these programs. We’ve seen funding for water-related programs drop over the last several years but continue to run this program as a direct benefit for everyone who farms, ranches, fishes or floats the Blackfoot River.
Our 2017 Fundraising calendar includes: a spring campaign, both online and direct mail, to raise matching funds to support the Water Program; ‘Pint Nights’ in our surrounding communities; grant proposals to private and government agencies; Starting a Planned Giving Campaign; Intimate gatherings for our major donors in the summer; and our end-of-year Annual Appeal
How will the funds be used
The Challenge, as a collaborative, community-drive organization hosts a wide array of projects from wildlife, to forestry, weeds and education. Plans for these funds would go into our general pool, to support individual programs on an as-needed basis (likely the Water Program this year). However, we encourage you to take a look at our website or Facebook page and if you’d like to specify a program area, would be happy to direct funds to one of our causes the Lewis & Clark Brewing Co feels strongly about.