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MTNCLIM is a new biennial research conference, sponsored by the Consortium for Integrated Climate Research on Western Mountains (CIRMOUNT), dedicated to mountain climate sciences and effects of climate variability on ecosystems, natural resources, and conservation in western North American mountains. The first conference, MTNCLIM 2005, featured invited and contributed talks, poster sessions, and action-oriented working-group sessions. A post-conference workshop, “Climate 101” addressed implications of climate variability and change to natural resource managers. MTNCLIM 2005 was held March 1-4, 2005, at Chico Hot Springs Historic Resort, in Pray, Montana, near Yellowstone National Park and a one-hour drive from Gallatin Airport in Bozeman, MT.

MTNCLIM 2005 Participation
Open to all scientists, students, managers, policy makers and other professionals interested in mountain climate sciences, their effects on ecosystems and interactions with resource management, conservation, policy, and society.

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MTNCLIM aims to advance the sciences related to climate and its interaction with physical, ecological, and social systems of western North American mountains. Within this arena, MTNCLIM goals are to:

Provide a biennial forum for presenting and encouraging current, interdisciplinary research through invited and contributed oral and poster sessions
Promote active integration of science into resource-management application through focused sessions, panels, and ongoing problem-oriented working groups
Advance other goals of CIRMOUNT through ad hoc committees, networking opportunities, co-hosting meetings, and targeted fund-raising efforts

MTNCLIM 2005 is sponsored by CIRMOUNT, with funding and support from the following agencies and institutions:

Montana State University, Big Sky Institute
NOAA, Office of Global Programs, Climate Diagnostics Center, and Paleoclimatology Branch
USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Sierra Nevada Research
   Center and Pacific Northwest Research Station, Fire and Environmental Research Applications
University of California, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
USGS Water Resources, Geological and Biological Resources Divisions
Mountain Research Initiative
Desert Research Institute, Western Regional Climate Center
University of Arizona, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research
University of California, White Mountain Research Station
California Bay-Delta Authority

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Dennis Machida

We are sad to report the death of Dennis Machida, of the California Tahoe Conservancy, Friday, March 4, 2005. Those of you who were at the MTNCLIM 2005 Conference at Chico Hot Springs (MT) know that Dennis was delivering a synthesis talk in our final session when he collapsed midpoint in a visionary, cogent charge to the group. The collapse was sudden and was not preceded by any sign of distress. Several trained EMT colleagues attended to him immediately and were joined shortly by two emergency medical teams. He was pronounced dead at the Livingston Hospital about an hour later. The doctor and EMTs assure us that everything possible was done to resuscitate him.

For those who were with us at MTNCLIM 2005, we are grateful for your professionalism and support in a time of crisis. Our community benefited greatly from Dennis' leadership.

TAHOE DAILY TRIBUNE article 3/8/05

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