Newsline December 19, 2016

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Table of Contents

Good News Item

  1. Endangered frogs rebound in Yosemite National Park.

Around EVST

  1. EVST offers certificate in Community Agriculture.

Featured Events

(See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. Solar Solstice Rally, Dec 21. 

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Eagle Capture & Banding in the Bitterroot, Dec 20.
  2. Missoula City Council seeks Impact Fee Advisory Committee Applicants, apply by Dec 21.
  3. Volunteers needed for Missoula Design Review Board, apply by Jan 4.

Educational Opportunities

  1. Webinar: Using adaptive grazing to improve soil health in grazing ecosystems, Jan 10.
  2. Community discussion of Who Stole the American Dream, Jan 11. 
  3. Online training on wetland and riparian ecology and management (Jan 9 to April 28).
  4. Community Food & Ag Coalition winter gathering, Jan 29. 
  5. Learn & earn credit on an alternative spring break to Vancouver, BC, March 2017. 
  6. Western Society of Weed Science annual meeting, Idaho, March 13-16. 

Jobs and Internships

(Local or summer jobs; for full time jobs around the US, see the envirojobs list serv)

  1. MT Audubon seeks a legislative intern for the upcoming MT Legislature.  
  2. Paid Internship (Student Trainee) with USGS in Helena, apply by Dec 19.
  3. Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program, apply by Jan 15.
  4. Naturalist Guide in Denali National Park, Alaska.
  5. Environment Montana seeks Director, Missoula based, applications now being accepted.
  6. Project Manager Position with 5th House Consulting, deadline December 23.
  7. Student Trainee positions and Recent Graduate Jobs with Idaho BLM—act now!
  8. For those graduating, job with Backcountry Hunters/Anglers.
  9. Editorial Intern, Outdoor Writer’s Association, application deadline December 26.
  10. 2017 Graduate Environmental Health (GEH) Summer Program, apply by Feb 3. 
  11. Cool summer internship for those interested in trains, travel, and transportation!

Funding

  1. Graduate Student Policy Award, apply by Jan 10.
  2. Fisheries scholarship, apply by April 1, 2017.
  3. National Park Service Student Fellowship, apply by Feb 16.
  4. Western Division American Fisheries Society Small Project Grants, deadline January 5.
  5. Montana Native Plant Society Small Grants, apply by Jan 31. 
  6. Boyd Evison Student Fellowship for research in the Greater Yellowstone. 
  7. Other funding sources for conservation projects. 

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Open Country Press call for Contemporary Montana Writing, deadline December 31.
  2. The Women’s March on Montana in Helena on Saturday, January 21, 2017.
  3. Contra Dancing Classes, Jan 12-Feb 16 and March 2-April 13. 
  4. Hiking in a Winter Wonderland.
  5. Climate scientists vow to fight. 
  6. Finding and Using Images for your Nonprofit.
  7. A handbook on the Tribal Nations of Montana, available online.
  8. Trail lovers wanted for Trail planning process in Clearwater Valley.
  9. Stay up to date on Montana's Invasive Mussel Response.  

Good News Item

Endangered frogs rebound in Yosemite National Park.

The endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog once was very abundant in the Sierra Nevada western mountain range, but has disappeared from 93% of its original range. In 2014, the US Fish and Wildlife Service added the frogs to the endangered species list. The frogs suffered greatly when lakes were stocked with non-native fish including trout that competed for food as well as ate frogs and tadpoles since the 1900s. Then, in 1970, a new fungus appeared that devastated most of the remaining population. Luckily, twenty-five years ago, Yosemite stopped stocking non-native fish and also started removing trout from lakes to revert some of these lakes back to their original fish-less conditions, and healthy frog populations are rising. The frogs also seem to have been able to adapt to resist the devastating effects of the fungus. Due to the continuing work in improving conditions for frogs, their population has rebounded, especially in Yosemite. According to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, the frog population has increased sevenfold in Yosemite National Park in the past twenty years. Study lead author Roland Knapp, a biologist at the University of California, also helped by working to remove non-native trout from lakes.  Says Knapp: “If you take a species that was once so abundant out of a food web, you’re going to have a whole series of unintended consequences,” he says. “For example, we know that when the frogs disappear from one of these sites, the garter snakes, which are one of their major predators, also disappear.” “By restoring frogs to these habitats and to these food webs, we restore the entire food web.” This is just another great story of how nature will rebound if we give it a chance! We make mistakes, but if we learn from our mistakes, we can help restore proper balance in our ecosystem for the future.

Around EVST

EVST offers certificate in Community Agriculture.

All over the country non-profit organizations are growing food to address issues not typically associated with agriculture – self-determination, job training, youth development etc., that’s Community Agriculture. EVST now offers a certificate in Community Agriculture focused on training future leaders in this growing movement.   Students will spend a summer taking courses on the PEAS farm, and then spend a second summer interning with a partner organization here, or far away. If you have any questions, please contact (Joshua.Slotnick@mso.umt.edu) or (Neva.Hassanein@mso.umt.edu).

Featured Events

Solar Solstice Rally, Dec 21. 

What: Help us make Missoula the image of solar energy! Super short words of inspiration at 5:10, photo op at 5:20. Bring lights or candles, dress in bright yellows and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies.  Sing the Solar Carol (below) Facebook event can be found here. Who: Climate Smart Missoula, 350 Missoula, AERO, Hellgate S.A.V.E., Missoula Community Foundation, MT Conservation Votes Education Fund, MREA, Sierra Club. When: Winter Solstice, Wednesday Dec 21, 5-5:30. Where: Downtown at Higgins and Banks St, site of our solar phone charger (outside of Hunter Bay) near Higgins Street Bridge. Solar Carol found here.

Volunteer Opportunities

Eagle Capture & Banding in the Bitterroot, Dec 20.

Help MPG Ranch and Raptor View Research Institute by observing the live capture & helping with banding of bald and golden eagles. We will live-stream video from the capture site to a large screen in a warm house so visitors can observe the trapping process while remaining at a safe distance. Spotting scopes will be available for an alternate view from the outside deck overlooking the capture site. Researchers will bring the eagles to the house for banding. The day will include an overview of the research to date, including migratory flight data showing the extent of the eagles' range into Alaska. Contact Joshua Lisbon to register, with any questions, or at 406-396-6285. WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, 12/20, 11am - 3pm at MPG Ranch near Lolo. 

Missoula City Council seeks Impact Fee Advisory Committee Applicants, apply by Dec 21.


Missoula City Council has one volunteer position available on the City's Impact Fee Advisory Committee. The committee's mission is to calculate, assess and advise the City Council about impact fee revenues as provided by Montana State law. The Committee members must be residents of Missoula County. The term for this position begins immediately and ends on November 30, 2020.  The applicants for the committee will interview with the City Council's Administration & Finance Committee. Applications are due on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 5 pm. If you have any questions about the board position or qualifications to apply, please call Marty Rehbein, City Clerk at 552-6078. Applications found here.

Volunteers needed for Missoula Design Review Board, apply by Jan 4.

The City Council is seeking applications for volunteers to serve on the Design Review Board -- One Regular Member & one Alternate (serves in absence of regular member). The Design Review Board reviews and decides on sign packages, building graphics, deviations from certain development standards, Multi-dwelling Building design standards, Townhouse standards, etc. Qualifications include being a Missoula County resident and any interest or expertise background such as a historian, graphic artist, architect and landscape professional. The board meets monthly. The terms begin on January 1, 2017 and are one to three years at the discretion of the City Council Land Use and Planning committee. Apply by Jan 4, 2017. More info: Marty Rehbein, CMC, City Clerk, at 552-6078. Applications found here

Educational Opportunities

Webinar: Using adaptive grazing to improve soil health in grazing ecosystems, Jan 10.

This USDA webinar is part of USDA’s Conservation webinars series.  It focuses on strategies for improving soil function on range and pastures, including an emphasis on management of livestock like large migratory herds in natural systems for proper herd impact and increased nutrient and water cycling in grass ecosystemsDetails. WHEN/WHERE: Jan. 10 at noon to 4 pm Mountain Time. 

Community discussion of Who Stole the American Dream, Jan 11. 

Missoula Moves to Amend invites you to discussion of Who Stole the American Dream? Visit the link to the documentary if you have not seen it yet. WHEN/WHERE: Jan 11 at 7pm at Missoula Public Library meeting room. 

Online training on wetland and riparian ecology and management (Jan 9 to April 28).

This 15 week course runs from 1/9 to 4/28 and offers a thorough introduction to wetland and riparian ecology of the Rocky Mountain and Northern Great Plains as well as the regulations and public mandates that guide their management, and the human and global disturbances that continue to shape these systems. Details Cost $500. 

Community Food & Ag Coalition winter gathering, Jan 29. 

CFAC invites you to share in celebrating their new strategic plan – and see their exciting new projects. WHEN/WHERE: Jan 29 from 5-7pm at The Iron Griz, by the UM Golf Course (515 South Ave E). 

Learn & earn credit on an alternative spring break to Vancouver, BC, March 2017. 

UM’s Alternative spring break trips focus on understanding and addressing critical social issues. Emmaus Campus Ministry is offering an alternative spring break trip to Vancouver, BC in March 2017. The trip is open to any UM student and other young adults in the area.  The focus is on homelessness, poverty, race, LGBTQ issues, indigenous culture, and religion. The trip will be March 18-26, and you will need a passport. You can earn 1-3 Honors service learning credits (optional). The $200 cost per person covers all travel and most meals. The group will be housed at a church and will prepare its own meals there. Participants are encouraged to bring from $50 to $100 extra dollars for meals on the road, and one ‘night on the town’. For more info, contact John.Lund@umontana.edu and see www.ecmum.org. 

Western Society of Weed Science annual meeting, Idaho, March 13-16. 

Western Society of Weed Science will meet with the Western Aquatic Plant Management Society. Focus is on Climate Change & Weeds/Invasive Species. For more info please visit Western Society of Weed Science. WHERE/WHEN:Coeur d’Alene, ID. March 13 thru 16, 2017.

Jobs and Internships

MT Audubon seeks a legislative intern for the upcoming MT Legislature.  

Montana Audubon is hiring one intern for the 2017 Montana Legislative session in Helena. The internship runs from January 2 to April 28, 2017. Duties include assisting Montana Audubon’s lobbyist and, if time permits, helping run the day-to-day operation of the Audubon office. Salary:  $1,450/month. Past interns have arranged college credits for their experience. If interested:  Send a resume and cover letter ASAP, to Amy Seaman, aseaman@mtaudubon.org (email preferred) or Montana Audubon, P.O. Box 595, Helena, MT 59624. For a complete description of the internship visit us at Montana Audubon. 

Paid Internship (Student Trainee) with USGS in Helena, apply by Dec 19.

USGS's Water Science Center for Wyoming and Montana is seeking graduate students to work as paid interns for a few years while they complete their degree programs and then become eligible for easy transition to a permanent position with USGS. We're current seeking a grad. student to help with GIS, remote sensing, and geospatial analysis work on a variety of hydrologic studies.  This paper is a good example of the kinds of studies in which the intern/student might be involved: Predicting alpine headwater stream intermittency: a case study in the northern Rocky Mountains. There's a fair bit of flexibility in hours a student would need to work while completing their degree program and telework is an option.  So even students enrolled in colleges or universities not within commuting distance of Helena, Montana or Cheyenne, Wyoming will be strongly considered. Please note the application period is Dec. 12 to Dec. 19, 2016.  Here's a link to the announcement

Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program, apply by Jan 15.

The AAAS (American Assn for Advancement of Science) Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program places science, engineering, and mathematics students at media organizations nationwide. Fellows have worked as reporters, editors, researchers, and production assistants at media outlets like the LA Times, WIRED, National Public Radio, National Geographic Society, and Scientific American. AAAS Fellows use their academic training in the sciences as they research, write and report today’s headlines, while sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to the public. The Fellowship experience broadens the fellow’s career path while increasing the public’s understanding of science and technology. For additional information about the program visit aaas.org/mmfellowship. Fellows are provided a weekly stipend of $500 as well as travel expenses to and from their sites. AAAS does not provide housing or an additional housing stipend.  

Naturalist Guide in Denali National Park, Alaska.

Camp Denali and North Face Lodge - private, family-owned lodges inside Denali National Park, Alaska- are looking for skilled and experienced Naturalist Guides for the summer of 2017. Our naturalist guides are teachers of experiential learning, backcountry hiking guides, and competent drivers.  Guides are responsible for: leading lodge guests into the trail-less backcountry of Denali National Park; using creative teaching techniques to expand the guests’ knowledge of Alaskan ecosystems and to encourage land stewardship; and safely transporting people over the unpaved, mountainous park road.  Current WFR and CPR certifications and a solid academic background in the natural sciences are required (MS preferred).   Experience in arctic/sub-arctic or alpine regions is desired.  This is a rewarding and challenging position, set in an unparalleled location, among an interesting, committed, and conservation-minded community of staff.  For over 60 years, Camp Denali and North Face Lodge have been family-owned and operated lodges with a reputation for excellence.  This is not your average job in Denali.  A three-season commitment is required.  Applications are due January 6, 2017.  For more information or to apply, please see the employment page at Camp Denali or Contact them directly. The Program Manager is EVST alumna Laurie Schlueb and resides in Missoula in winter. 

Environment Montana seeks Director, Missoula based, applications now being accepted.

Environment Montana is part of a national federation (Public Interest Network) of environmental groups with offices in 29 states and Washington, D.C. The State Director is responsible for helping choose issues and campaigns to prioritize in Montana, and developing strategy, approach, and local message. The State Director will also meet with decision-makers and opinion leaders in Montana, and represent the organization to allies, state media, and when needed, demonstrate grassroots and online support. State Director will help recruit staff and volunteers, fundraise, and maintain systems for tracking and building on our work. Full job description here and Application here. Direct your application to Kyle Larson, Hiring Director for The Public Interest Network. 

Project Manager Position with 5th House Consulting, deadline December 23.

5th House Consulting, a local community minded consulting firm, is looking for an innovative self-starter to manage current projects and develop new projects that help organizations understand, measure, communicate and improve their outcomes. Job Description: The Project Manager is responsible for managing existing projects to ensure that they are smoothly executed and will conduct research and do outreach to bring in additional business. This position will work collaboratively with 5th House Consulting’s founder, Rachel Gooen. Most duties are performed independently but some are performed together. This role was made for you if: You have an understanding of social justice practices, believe that people are essentially good and want to help organizations and people reach their potential. You have superior organizational skills, impeccable accuracy and attention to detail. You have experience creating workshops, writing reports and love researching best practices to make professional presentations. You can market the heck out of something and get people’s attention and attendance in a professional and inspiring manner. Qualifications: Bachelor or Master Degree in social work, environmental studies, communications, or marketing or equivalent combination of training and experience. Experience in social service, environmental and or government organizations. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Experience in marketing and outreach. Very self-motivated with an entrepreneurial spirit and ideas for how to drum up business. Can take a large undefined project and break it down into manageable tasks. Computer savvy with the ability to learn new software programs quickly. Salary: 20 hours per week, well paid professional position (dependent on experience). To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to rachel@5thhouseconsulting.com Deadline: December 23rd, 2016. 

Student Trainee positions and Recent Graduate Jobs with Idaho BLM—act now!

EVST alum David Freiberg alerted us that some great opportunities are available now with the Idaho BLM. Some are student trainee positions (called the Pathways program) and others are aimed at recent graduates. Often the window to apply for these is very narrow, so if you would be interested in working for the Idaho BLM (or the BLM in other states) take a quick look at this link USAJOBS. The ones marked in the Announcement Line "DEU" are open to the public, and the ones marked "Recent Graduate" can be quickly filled by recent graduates. Veterans can also be hired more easily under certain authorities. 

For those graduating, job with Backcountry Hunters/Anglers.

Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, a national non-profit conservation organization based in Missoula, is looking to hire--immediately--an Office Manager. This is a rapidly expanding organization that offers opportunity for professional growth. Kelly Webster of the UM Writing Center says they do really good work. If interested, contact Grant or Tawney

Editorial Intern, Outdoor Writer’s Association, application deadline December 26.

Job Number: 68950 Job Location: Missoula Employment Dates: to Work Schedule: flexible Salary: Volunteer Job Description: The Editorial Intern's main duty will be writing articles for Outdoors Unlimited magazine, a publication focused on helping outdoor communicators improve their crafts. Other duties will include copy editing and posting information on our website. Qualifications: The perfect intern will be passionate about the outdoors, knows AP style and is interested in pursuing a career in outdoor journalism or communication. Application Instructions: This internship does not pay, but school credit is available and hours are flexible. To apply, please send a letter of interest, a resume and 3 writing samples to Editor Ms. Kelsey Dayton at OWAA. Deadline: December 26, 2016. 

2017 Graduate Environmental Health (GEH) Summer Program, apply by Feb 3. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) in Atlanta, Georgia, invite applications for their Graduate Environmental Health (GEH) Summer Program. Over the course of the summer, students will be exposed to a broad overview of environmental health issues at the Federal level. Students will have the opportunity to participate in weekly journal club discussions, briefings & field trips, preparing and presenting on assigned environmental health projects, participating in professional development trainings including career development, communication, leadership and inquiry and analysis. Students will be matched with a project supervisor based on their experience and skill set. Students will also have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with seasoned environmental health professionals during this internship. See examples of past GEH internship projects. Qualifications: Graduate student in environmental studies. Students who will graduate in Spring 2017 are not eligible. GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Student will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Ideal candidates would have extra-curricular activities or volunteer work related to the field of environmental health or the environment, including holding positions of leadership in these organizations or activities. Students should have a passion for the environment and an eagerness to learn about the environment's link to human health. For more info, please visit Summer Term; ORISE Posting Number:  CDC-NCEH-2017-0021. For any additional information, please contact Marilyn DuffooApplication deadline February 3, 2017

Cool summer internship for those interested in trains, travel, and transportation!

The ultimate summer internship could be yours. The National Association of Railroad Passengers is launching year two of our Summer by Rail program, and we're looking for a smart, dedicated young person to spend a month riding, biking, and hiking across a connected America! During our first Summer by Rail, we sent Elena, a George Washington University student, on a month-long train trip across 15 states and 20 cities. She explored the connections between rail and bikes, ferries, and transit along the way. On her journey across America’s transportation network, she met with mayors and transportation officials, reporters, local cyclists and advocacy groups, and hundreds of fellow travelers. NARP will be relaunching the Summer by Rail program for Summer 2017—and we want smart, dedicated college students to apply for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Details can be found at this link.

Funding

Graduate Student Policy Award, apply by Jan 10.

Ecological Society of America invites you to apply for the 2017 Graduate Student Policy Award (GSPA). Awardees receive first-hand engagement at the interface of science and public policy. From April 24-26, 2017, Awardees will participate in Ecological Sciences Coalition Congressional Visits Day, an annual event that brings scientists to the nation's capital to speak-up for federal investment in the sciences. You’ll also receive policy and communications training. Domestic travel, hotel, and meal expenses are paid by ESA. You must be a member of ESA to get the award, so be sure to join before you apply. The deadline to apply is January 10, 2017. 

Fisheries scholarship, apply by April 1, 2017.

The Western Division of the American Fisheries Society offers a graduate-level student scholarship.  Applications are due April 1, 2017.  This scholarship program provides up to $5,000 annually in scholarships to master's or doctoral students in the general area of fisheries science; awards will be presented to one to three individual students. The Sustainable Fisheries Foundation augmented the Western Division scholarship program by establishing the William Trachtenberg Memorial Scholarship Fund 2002.  This fund provides up to $600 annually to a graduate-level student conducting studies on fisheries sustainability.  All applications for the Western Division scholarship program are considered for the Sustainable Fisheries Foundation scholarship program as well. More information can be found in attachment Fisheries

National Park Service Student Fellowship, apply by Feb 16.

Applications are being accepted for the Jerry O'Neal Student Fellowship for work in Glacier National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. The fellowship aims to provide educational assistance for students seeking to understand natural and cultural resources issues and how these interact with human values. Special consideration will be given to proposals that address the following: 1. natural resource issues such as aquatic ecology, terrestrial ecology, fire ecology, invasive plants, and climate change. 2. cultural resource issues, such as history and architectural studies, cultural landscape reports, archeology, and ethnographic research. 3. social science that informs resource management about a natural or cultural topic and/or that addresses visitor impacts to park resources. Competition is open to graduate students or superior upper division undergraduate students at Rocky Mountain Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit universities and colleges only.  Awards range from $1000-5000. Applications must be submitted electronically by February 16, 2017. For more information and details on the application process please read this announcement

Western Division American Fisheries Society Small Project Grants, deadline January 5.

The mission of the American Fisheries Society is to “improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals”. The Western Division currently has project funding available for Division Chapters, Subunits, and other fisheries-related groups. Grants are usually modest but can help get a project started or be used to complement other funding sources. This year, the WDAFS Executive Committee approved a budget of $5,000 to fund as many small projects as appropriate. Applications must be received by the Western Division Past President no later than January 5, 2017. Questions should be directed to WDAFS Past President Jim Bowker. More information can be found in attachment WDAFS

Montana Native Plant Society Small Grants, apply by Jan 31. 

Each year MNPS offers grants up to $1500 for projects or research pertaining to Montana’s flora. These grants are intended to promote native plant conservation through better understanding and appreciation for Montana’s native plants and plant communities. The deadline for submitting proposals is January 31, 2017 and we expect to award those selected by March 15. The full “call for proposals” and submission instructions are on our website. For more information contact Betty Kuropat, Small Grants Committee Chair. 

Boyd Evison Student Fellowship for research in the Greater Yellowstone. 

The Grand Teton Association offers a graduate fellowship of up to $10,000/project for graduate studies focused on documenting the almost intangible and disappearing aspects of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, including Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, Rockefeller Memorial Parkway, and other public or private lands. Emphasis areas are lesser-known ecosystem elements such as air and water; geologic or other processes; plants, insects, reptiles, or amphibians, fungi; natural soundscapes; and social science related to public understanding of natural resources and their use or management. Graduate students pursuing either a Master’s or Doctoral degree are invited to submit proposals on the application form by February 10, 2017. See attachment Evison Fellowship

Other funding sources for conservation projects.

National Fish and Wildlife Federation Grants, Due 12/15/16 – Northern Great Plains Initiative. Montana DNRC Reclamation and Development Program Planning Grants, Due 12/20/16. NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants, Due 1/9/17. USFWS Endangered Species Conservation - Recovery Implementation Grants, Due 7/31/17.

Housing

Miscellaneous - Resources

Open Country Press call for Contemporary Montana Writing, deadline December 31.

Open Country Press seeks submissions from dynamic and original voices for BRIGHT BONES: CONTEMPORARY MONTANA WRITING, an anthology of innovative literature. We are looking for fresh poems, stories, lyric essays and translations, as well as cross-genre, collaborative and experimental works. Emerging and established writers from Montana and/or those who have spent a significant amount of time in Montana are invited to submit 3-5 poems or up to 20 pages of prose or other (no previously published work, please). The Deadline is DECEMBER 31! 

The Women’s March on Montana in Helena on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

A grassroots movement is taking place across the State of Montana brought about by the recent political election cycle. Organizers statewide are forming local groups to unite and march in Helena, MT on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from Noon to 3pm. A national march in Washington DC, the Women’s March on Washington, is slated for the same day and the Helena march is being held in solidarity. Other states are joining in the same call for solidarity by marching in their state capitols. See attached Press Release Women’s March

Contra Dancing Classes, Jan 12-Feb 16 and March 2-April 13. 

Missoula Parks & Recreation is teaming up with the Missoula (&UM) Folklore Society to offer Contra Dance classes at the Hip Strip Ballroom (in the Missoula Senior Center at 705 S. Higgins, just a few blocks from UM). Introduction to Contra Dancing will be offered Thursdays, Jan 12-Feb 16, from 7-8pm. Complicated Contras (for experienced dancers) will be Thursdays (7-8pm), March 2 to April 13 (except no class on March 23). Cost: $15 HOW TO REGISTER: Call 721-PARK (7275) and register with a Visa or Mastercard. Or you can register in person at Currents Aquatics Center in McCormick Park (600 Cregg Lane). Please register no later than Jan 9. What is Contra? If you can walk and smile at the same time, you can contra. Visit these links on You Tube to see what Contra is about. Link 1, Link 2, First Intro Lesson.  

Hiking in a Winter Wonderland.

Tis the season to get out and explore Montana's finest winter wonderlands. Join Montana Wilderness Association on one of their snowshoe hikes this winter. These Walks offer wonderful opportunities to explore and enjoy our state's wildlands with like-minded people who share a love for the outdoors. Last year, more than 1,000 people visited 150 landscapes across the state. To sign up for a winter Wilderness Walk please visit wildmontana.org/walksFor more information, contact Amanda at 406-443-7350 Ext. 108 or ahagerty@wildmontana.org

Climate scientists vow to fight. 

With President-elect Donald Trump naming climate change skeptics to Cabinet positions and sending mixed messages about his own view of established climate science, the world's researchers say they fear and dread the next four to eight years. As more than 20,000 earth and climate scientists gathered in San Francisco for the American Geophysical Union's first major meeting since the election, they vowed to combat any federal effort to stifle their work. For a short time Tuesday, dry presentations of research papers were replaced with protests. Scientists, some donning white lab coats, chanted "Out of the lab, into the streets!" and "Resistance, resistance, resistance" in defense of their work. Read more at Climate Wire

Finding and Using Images for your Nonprofit.

There are plenty of images online that your organization can use, but how do you find the best ones for your website, newsletter, or annual report? And how do you know if you need permission to use the images you find? Learn the basics on sourcing and utilizing good images

A handbook on the Tribal Nations of Montana, available online.

In 1995, The Tribal Nations of Montana: A Handbook for Legislators was published by the Montana Legislative Council's Committee on Indian Affairs. The Handbook's purpose was described as educational, and the committee believed that, "accurate information provides a strong foundation for mutual respect and mutually rewarding relationships between people with different traditions, beliefs, and world views who nevertheless share common rights of citizenship and common aspirations for the state as a whole." Eleven years later and the handbook has been updated, continuing to provide relevant and important information about Tribal entities in Montana, and can be found at the link above. 

Trail lovers wanted for Trail planning process in Clearwater Valley.

The Seeley Lake Trails Project seeks trail enthusiasts to provide leadership for local trails planning. Over the next 12-18 months, we will develop a trails plan for the Clearwater Valley that has the support of the local community, large land managers, visitors and general public. Our goal is to make our trail system work for all kinds of users (hikers, bikers, horsemen, ATV users, skiers, snowmobilers). A public input process will start January 2017, so we need new Trails Advisory Council members to guide that process. Anyone who uses the Clearwater Valley is invited to apply to be on the Advisory Council. Contact Cathy Kahnle at cath@crc.mt.org  or  406-531-4152. 

Stay up to date on Montana's Invasive Mussel Response.  

This Newsline prepared by Vicki Watson and Laura Zanolli. Please send any comments to the Editor.