Administrative support for the Montana Climate Office is provided by the Montana Forest and Conservation Experiment Station. MFCES is a state-wide agency and the research unit of the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation. It was founded in 1937 and is responsible for administering a very active research and outreach program across Montana and the World. A wide variety of projects are on-going at any time with Climate Change, Protected Area Management, Wildlife Biology, Water Resources, Landscape Ecology, Applied Forest Management, and Wildland Fire being really significant topics in the first decade of the 21st century.
The mission of the National Climate Services Partnership is to effectively provide the nation with high-quality, timely, and relevant climate services. This comes at a time when the demand for climate services is at record levels and is expected to continue growing. The National Climate Services Partnership, comprised of national and regional centers and American Association of State Climatologists (AASC) recognized state climate offices, was created to meet this need.
State climate offices provide climate services at the state and local level in partnership with NOAA and other federal agencies, including the Regional Climate Centers (RCC), Regionally Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program, the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), the National Weather Service (NWS), and the USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). State climate offices (SCO) have experienced first-hand the increased demand of climate services, driven by the interest in climate change and society's increased sensitivity to climate and weather events. Learn more about State Climate Offices Role In National Climate Services