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 have stopped accepting incoming volunteers. It was a difficult decision, but with the Montana stay-at-home order going into effect on the 28th, it seemed the responsible thing to do. We continue to run patrols with our small crew of coordinators and full-season volunteers. We hope that this situation resolves quickly, and look forward to opening our community to new volunteers when we are able.
Our camps are fairly isolated from the outside world, and we are taking precautions to keep our coordinators and volunteers healthy. We are taking extra sanitation precautions in our camp, encouraging through sign postings and group meetings that all of our community follows hand-washing and respiratory etiquette guidelines, and we are making sure that we are prepared with food and other supplies in the case of a quarantine situation.
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.