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Skye Borden
State Director, Environment Montana

Author: Skye Borden

State Director, Environment Montana

Ms. Borden has over ten years of experience working to protect open space and promote clean air, clean water, and clean energy sources for everyone. Before she came to Environment Montana Research and Policy Center, she worked as a political consultant on environmental issue campaigns and as a legal consultant in environmental court cases, including the multidistrict BP oil spill litigation. She is also the author of a nonfiction book about water scarcity in Atlanta, Thirsty City, which was a finalist for the Southern Environmental Law Center's 2016 Reed Environmental Writing Award.

She graduated with high honors from Vermont Law School in 2011, where she recieved both a juris doctorate degree and a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy. She graduated from Middlebury College with honors in 2006. 

Last week, we had the opportunity to visit the site of Glacier’s infamous 2003 Robert wildfire. The impacted site stretched across the entire western shore of Lake McDonald and covered more than 57,000 acres.

The Robert fire was just one of many in a historically bad wildfire season that ended up burning through 13% of Glacier National Park’s total acreage. The fires began during an unusually dry and warm period of summer weather.  

Wildfires are an important part of Glacier’s ecosystem, and they contribute to the area’s rich biodiversity. However, scientists are warning that climate change may be causing too much of a good thing.

The Union of Concerned Scientists predict that the annual burn area around Glacier will double with an additional 1.8°F rise in global temperature that is likely to occur before 2050. Other parts of the state fare even worse: Yellowstone’s ecosystem is predicted to experience a shocking 650% increase in burn areas during the same time frame.  

Glacier's 2003 fire season was dangerous and costly. Unfortunately, seasons like that may become the new normal. 

Skye Borden
State Director, Environment Montana

Author: Skye Borden

State Director, Environment Montana

Ms. Borden has over ten years of experience working to protect open space and promote clean air, clean water, and clean energy sources for everyone. Before she came to Environment Montana Research and Policy Center, she worked as a political consultant on environmental issue campaigns and as a legal consultant in environmental court cases, including the multidistrict BP oil spill litigation. She is also the author of a nonfiction book about water scarcity in Atlanta, Thirsty City, which was a finalist for the Southern Environmental Law Center's 2016 Reed Environmental Writing Award.

She graduated with high honors from Vermont Law School in 2011, where she recieved both a juris doctorate degree and a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy. She graduated from Middlebury College with honors in 2006.