All of us here at Buffalo Field Campaign want to reach out to our supporters in the face of the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We want to reassure you that we are taking the matter seriously, staying informed, and taking actions to protect our community and volunteers.
At this time, we are now accepting incoming volunteers for both our Summer Outreach Program and Field Season. However, as government regulations change with the COVID-19 pandemic so will ours. Please stay up to date with our COVID statement to ensure we are still accepting volunteers. We are taking all of the necessary precautions to keep our coordinators and volunteers healthy and safe. We ask that incoming volunteers get tested and take all necessary precautions in public spaces for two weeks before arriving at our base camp.
Due to an uptick in covid cases in Montana, BFC is temporarily suspending our volunteer opportunities while we develop our protocol, have it assessed by medical professionals, and streamline it for field operations.
Here at Buffalo Field Campaign we recognize that we are in a good place, isolated in the woods of Montana, during this crisis. We send our healing and healthy thoughts to those affected by this illness, and encourage all to take proactive action to protect those most at risk medically from this disease.
We also send our solidarity to those affected financially and socially by the actions taken to contain the spread of the virus – to those struggling to find child care, to those who do not have paid time off of work, to those kept from their families and communities by travel bans and restrictions. The social repercussions of this crisis will be far reaching – quite likely farther reaching than the medical repercussions.
We also recognize that media-induced panic is not helpful to anyone anywhere. Our planet’s environmental crisis could use as much attention and care. We encourage everyone to turn off the news for some time of each day, to get outside, to continue to support each other, even if from a distance. Practice mutual aid – help each other, consider others, and keep fighting. The battle for our planet and her inhabitants will go on long after this has become a memory.
Stay healthy, stay sane, and yes, wash your hands.