Newsline December 5, 2016

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Table of Contents

Good News Item

  1. Department of Interior issues 2-year ban on mining near Yellowstone National Park.
  2. Trump adds renewable energy advocate to Department of Energy Team.

Around EVST

  1. EVST students visit Standing Rock.
  2. EVST alum hired as Executive Director of The Redside Foundation. 
  3. Student Presentations in Applied Ecology, Dec 6 & 8, 204 Jeanette Rankin Hall.
  4. Student presentations in Watershed Conservation Ecology, Dec 6 & 8, Social Science 259E.
  5. Student reports by EVST Field Studies class – Wed Dec 7, Social Science 259E.

Featured Events

(See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. Standing Rock WINS the fight against Dakota Access Pipeline!!

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Lolo Watershed Group is looking for new leadership on our board of directors. 
  2. Help with the Missoula Christmas Bird Count, Dec 17.
  3. Eagle Capture & Banding in the Bitterroot, Dec 20.
  4. December Volunteer Opportunities with MT Natural History Center. 
Educational Opportunities
  1. Legislative Learning Session hosted by MT Wilderness Association, Dec 6.
  2. Tour of wildlife conservation ranch in the Bitterroot near Lolo, Dec 6.
  3. Permaculture video screened at UM, Free, Dec 6.
  4. Climate predictions for our area – short & long term, Dec 7.

  5. Political Ecology of N. India, Dec 7.
  6. The Role of Science in the New Political Era, Dec 7.
  7. Are you a science graduate student interested in the intersection between policy and science?
  8. Getting more out of Google Earth – new course for spring.
  9. Weird Woodpeckers – what makes them tick? Dec 12.
  10. Missoula Moves to Amend invites you to discussion of Who Stole the American Dream? Dec 12 & Jan 11.

  11. UM Sustainable Campus Committee meeting, Dec 14. 

Jobs and Internships

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

  1. Editorial Intern, Outdoor Writer’s Association, application deadline December 26.
  2. Engineering and Science Research Opportunities, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN. 
  3. Become a part of the Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) Program at ORNL in TN. 
  4. 2017 Graduate Environmental Health (GEH) Summer Program, apply by Feb 3. 

Funding

  1. National Park Service Student Fellowship, apply by Feb 16.
  2. Other funding sources for conservation projects. 

Housing

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. MT Natural History Dec events of note.
  2. Missoula Made Fair, Dec 11. 

  3. Join the UM Holiday Carolers, practice Dec 12. 
  4. Evening Program, Naturalist Trivia Night, Hosted by the Clark Fork Coalition, Dec 14.
  5. Imagine Nation Brewing Co. launches art and literature magazine, submission deadline Dec. 15.
  6. Protect your dog and other animals from traps.
  7. Ranching for Rivers Program & Video.
  8. New Wetland Education Videos Available.
  9. Winter veggies more cold hardy than kale. 
  10. Pitch your film project to potential funders, submit by Dec 31.
  11. Big Sky Documentary Film Festival makes a great gift, discounted thru Dec 31.
  12. Montana Kaimin Offers Weekly E-Newsletter.
  13. AREA HOLIDAY GET TOGETHERS.

Good News Item

Department of Interior issues 2-year ban on mining near Yellowstone National Park.

On November 21, 2016, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell banned mining development near Yellowstone National Park for a period of 2 years while a long-term ban is considered. Part of the discussion involves how climate change will drive impacts on national parks in the future. Read more in the article by the Washington Post “Obama administration moves to block mining near Yellowstone.

Trump adds renewable energy advocate to Department of Energy Team.

Kelley Mitchell, outreach vice chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, is a founding member of the Michigan Conservative Energy Forum's Leadership Council. Earlier this year, she was the co-author of an op-ed in The Oakland Press, in which she and other conservatives called for the expansion of renewable energy. The op-ed calls for an energy portfolio including a "greater mix of clean, domestic, renewable energy. This not only gives us greater control over the cost of our energy, but it keeps our hard-earned dollars right here in Michigan, instead of sending them to countries who often wish to do us harm."  The authors called on Michigan lawmakers "to stay strong in their commitment to a secure energy future, and to expand Michigan's role as a clean energy innovator and leader in our country."   

Around EVST

EVST students visit Standing Rock.

EVST student Kat Todd and others joined the Oceti Sakowin Camp for Thanksgiving to show their gratitude for the stand the water protectors are taking. Kat, a member of Students for Peace and Justice, says the students shared prayers, action and essential supplies with the water protectors. The camp continues to grow, and people have already winterized the camp with many permanent structures. There are also large temporary structures for night shelter and day meetings. There are many who plan to stay the winter, but are uncertain of the future afterwards. The Army Corps of Engineers issued an Executive Order, asking the water protectors to vacate the area by December 5. This could subject them to fines or detainment if they choose to remain on the land.  Read response of The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Chairman here. If you wish to express your views on how the USACE should respond to the Tribe, you can Call Omaha District Public Affairs at:  402-995-2417 and leave a message for USACE Omaha District Commander Col. John Henderson. 

EVST alum hired as Executive Director of The Redside Foundation. 

The Redside Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the Idaho guiding community, has announced the selection of Emerald LaFortune (EVST BA 2013) as its new Executive Director. LaFortune, previously the foundation’s Media Coordinator, was chosen by the Board of Directors for her background in guiding, education in non-profit management, and dedication to the Idaho guiding/outfitting community. Earlier Emerald worked for Wild Rockies Field Institute and as a free-lance writer, publishing in many outdoor adventure journals.  More on Emerald and the Redside Foundation here.

Student Presentations in Applied Ecology, Dec 6 & 8, 204 Jeanette Rankin Hall.

Everyone is invited to enjoy these presentations by graduate students. When/Where: 12:30-2pm; 204 Rankin Hall. Dec 6 – Patrick Doyle – Another superfund site in the Clark Fork floodplain – the old Frenchtown pulp mill – risk & remediation. Thomas Sentner –Coordinating Weed Management in the Crown of the Continent. Dec 8 – Claire Foley & Erin Chiniewicz - Oil, Tribal Rights, and Ecology.

Student presentations in Watershed Conservation Ecology, Dec 6 & 8, Social Science 259E.

Everyone is invited to hear the following presentations offered by the ENSC 540 class. These presentations will be in Social Science 259E from 9:30 to 11 am on the following dates. Dec 6 – Patrick Doyle – Another Clark Fork River superfund site – the Frenchtown pulp mill – Hazards and Remediation options. Laura Zanolli – Lolo Creek dewatering and the role of wetlands. Dec 8 - Elissa Chott—Missoula new stormwater utility – need, structure, funding, suggested improvements. Sylvia Doyle – Watershed Education Network High School Curriculum on Floating Islands – Pattee Creek pond case study.

Student reports by EVST Field Studies class – Wed Dec 7, Social Science 259E.

Patrick Doyle – Remedial Investigation Study Design at the Frenchtown pulp mill superfund site Jennifer Harrington – Superfund studies at Missoula’s White Pine Sash superfund site Laura Zanolli – Multiagency study design of the Lolo Creek Dewatering problem Kelsey Ramsey – Study design investigating microorganisms living in Yellowstone harsh environments.

Featured Events

Standing Rock WINS the fight against Dakota Access Pipeline!!

In a stunning development on Sunday, the US Army Corps of Engineers has denied a permit for the easement of the Dakota Access Pipeline numerous sources have said, including the Standing Rock Tribe “Engineers Decision to Not Grant Easement”, the Department of the Army “Army will not grant easement for Dakota Access Pipeline crossing”, the Department of Justice “Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Regarding the Army’s Decision”, CNN “US Army Corp of Engineers: Dakota Pipeline to be re-routed”, and NPR “Army Corps Denies Easement For Dakota Access Pipeline”. Let us all take a moment in reflection in thanks for the saving of the Standing Rock Sioux lands, the environment, and the water resources in this area.

Volunteer Opportunities

Lolo Watershed Group is looking for new leadership on our board of directors. 

We are seeking members to broaden our depth of knowledge, experience, and ideas. Board positions are unpaid, but very rewarding for guiding work in our watershed. Please contact our secretary Kascie Herron with any questions. 

Help with the Missoula Christmas Bird Count, Dec 17.

Grab your binoculars and join in the annual Missoula Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 17. All levels of birders are welcome to participate, either by joining a group in the field or by observing bird feeders at home. Meeting time and duration are determined by participants and group leaders. To participate in the count, contact Larry at 549-5632 or bwsgenea@gmail.com. Participants will gather that evening for a potluck and to tally results. Last year’s count totaled 82 species and over 7,000 individual birds. 

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.

December Volunteer Opportunities with MT Natural History Center. 

Visiting Naturalist in the School – slots available most school days in Dec. Help MNHC naturalists as they teach about plants & seeds in local schools. December class schedule at this link. To sign up or for more info, contact Youth Programs Coordinator S. Potts. Greeter at Evening programs – Dec 7 & 14. Staff the front desk and greet attendees to these evening programs. To sign up or for more info, contact Community Programs Coordinator C. Morris. Wednesday, December 7th, 7-8pm:  Working Dogs for Conservation. Wednesday, December 14th 7-9pm: Naturalist Trivia Night.

Educational Opportunities

Legislative Learning Session hosted by MT Wilderness Association, Dec 6.

During Montana's upcoming legislative session, those who care deeply for Montana’s wild places will have to work hard to protect the natural beauty of our state and keep access open for all. Our outdoor way of life – hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and other types of outdoor recreation – depends on it. Join Montana Wilderness Association and State Representative Nate McConnell for a short discussion about how you can make a direct impact in the 2017 Legislative Session. Rep. McConnell has been a legislative champion for natural resource issues and can help us understand how to make our voices heard. Pizza and beverages provided. For more information, contact Kayje Booker. WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, December 6, 6 - 8 p.m. at UM’s University Center, Room 332.

Tour of wildlife conservation ranch in the Bitterroot near Lolo, Dec 6.

Visit MPG Ranch to learn about our current projects and long-term goals. Driving tour is limited to accessible roads and by weather. Plan to spend some time walking and dress for the weather. The tour is limited to 6 participants. Contact Joshua Lisbon to register or with any questions or at 406-396-6285. WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, 12/6 from 1pm - 3:30pm at MPG Ranch near Lolo.

Permaculture video screened at UM, Free, Dec 6.

The documentary film Inhabit shows the people practicing permaculture on US farms, in suburbia and in inner cities. A diverse set of voices explain the principles of permaculture by showing how they use it on their farm, city lot, top of buildings. WHEN/WHERE: Dec 6, 3:30 to 5pm at UM’s Social Science building, room 352. See the Trailer (free) or if you would like to rent or buy the film (or other documentaries) please visit Vimeo.

Climate predictions for our area – short & long term, Dec 7.

Join the Clark Fork Coalition on December 7 at 5:30pm to learn from local climate expert, Nick Silverman, about what this winter might look like for Western Montana. Silverman will talk about the La Niña forecast and what that means for Missoula’s snowpack, as well as give an overview of long term predictions from the Montana Climate Assessment. Free and open to all! Beverages and light snacks will be provided. WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday Dec 7 at 5:30pm at Clark Fork Coalition Office at 140 S. 4th St W.

Political Ecology of N. India, Dec 7.

Laura Caplins of Geography will present her doctoral research on the Political Ecology of N. India (the Himalayas). All welcome. WHEN/WHERE: Dec 7, 3-5pm at UM’s Stone Hall 217.

The Role of Science in the New Political Era, Dec 7.

The Union of Concerned Scientists invites you to a post-election webinar to discuss the vital role scientists and experts should play in informing the new administration of the need to make use of the best available science in decision making. Date: Wednesday, December 7 11am to noon MST. Speakers: Ken Kimmell, UCS president; Andrew Rosenberg, director, Center for Science and Democracy at UCS. Register for the Webinar Today.

Are you a science graduate student interested in the intersection between policy and science?

ESA (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. The event will occur April 24-26, 2017. Participants receive: Travel costs to Washington DC to participate in a day of scientists lobbying Congress; Policy and communications training, including information on the legislative process and trends in federal science funding; Meetings with congressional policymakers on Capitol Hill to discuss the importance of federal investments in the biological sciences. You need to be an ESA member to apply, but you can join now before applying. The deadline to apply is January 10, 2017.

Getting more out of Google Earth – new course for spring.

Course: NRSM 595, Analysis in Google EE Credits: 3; Taught by Brady Allred in Forestry. Location and time: Spring 2017, Mondays 2-4, Clapp Building 452 (time may be changed to minimize conflicts). Google Earth Engine is a geospatial analysis platform, providing access to public data and optimized parallel processing. It provides the complete catalog of Landsat, MODIS, and other remote imagery; climate data (historical and forecasts); the ability to import your own data; and much more. Earth Engine is designed to facilitate data analysis by providing the resources and flexibility to focus on questions rather than data. Analyses are performed on Google’s platform allowing the user to ask and answer questions that are out of the operational capacity of even high end computing resources. Students will gain access to Earth Engine, learn javascript and python APIs, assist one another in analysis, create web applications, and answer cool questions. The classroom will be completely interactive and collaborative, and is supported by Google developers. For more information contact Brady Allred. Requirements: cool geospatial ideas! A laptop and willingness to learn, explore, and help others.

Weird Woodpeckers – what makes them tick? Dec 12. 

North America’s most unusual woodpecker is a fairly common breeding resident in most of Montana. But across the western U.S. Lewis’s Woodpecker is declining and is a species of concern in Montana. On Monday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. in room L14 (lower level) of UM’s Gallagher Business Building, Bird biologist William Blake will describe what factors influence nesting success and habitat selection of these charismatic birds in the Bitterroot Valley.

Missoula Moves to Amend invites you to discussion of Who Stole the American Dream? Dec 12 & Jan 11.

Missoula Moves to Amend recently hosted a screening of the documentary ‘Heist: who stole the American dream?’ which provides a history of the role of big money in our elections, at the state and national level. Those attending wanted to gather to discuss the documentary and what citizens can do to address the issues revealed by the film, particularly during the upcoming MT legislature. You are invited to discussions at the time and dates below. If you have not seen Who Stole the American Dream? It can be viewed Youtube. MMTA is working on the constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. For more info, contact Sue K at 406-543-3254. WHEN/WHERE: Dec 12 & Jan 11 at 7pm at the Missoula Public Library meeting room.

UM Sustainable Campus Committee meeting, Dec 14. 

Everyone is welcome to attend the monthly meetings of UM’s Sustainable Campus Committee. WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, Dec 14, 1:15pm-2:30pm at Fitness Center, 2nd floor conference room.

Jobs and Internships

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.

Engineering and Science Research Opportunities, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN. 

For spring term, apply by Dec 31 at Spring Term. For summer term, apply by Feb 28 at Summer Term. For: Current students in Environmental Science, Engineering, Earth and Geosciences, Marine Sciences, Life Health and Medical Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Nanotechnology, Chemistry, Physics, International Relations, Political Science, Government, Policy, Risk Analysis, Science Writing, Public Affairs, and Computer Sciences. Stipend based on academic status – range from $529/week to $935/week for full-time; pro-rated for part-time - Travel/Housing assistance (if eligible) - Professional development activities - Minimum GPA - 3.0/4.0 - Open to U.S. Citizens, Legal Permanent Residents (LPR) and Eligible International Citizenship. Visit Oak Ridge National Laboratory or contact ORNL Education Programs for more information.

Become a part of the Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) Program at ORNL in TN.

Opportunities for students, alums to participate in hands-on basic or applied research in a real-world setting with scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Highlights of the program. Stipend based on academic status - Open to Undergraduates, Recent-BS and AAS, MS, PhD and Faculty – in Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) - Applications are accepted year-round - Full-time and part-time appointments; Appointments can start and end at any time during the year - Minimum GPA - 2.5/4.0 - U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) - Limited travel and housing allowances (if eligible) - Professional development activities. Visit Oak Ridge National Laboratory or contact ORNL Science Education Programs for more information.

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.

Funding

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.

Other funding sources for conservation projects.

Housing

Miscellaneous - Resources

MT Natural History Dec events of note:

Dec 4--Book Sale Supporting MNHC at Fact & Fiction Books, noon to 4pm. Great time to get their new MT Field Notes book. Dec 7 --Working Dogs for Conservation – learn how these canine friends help wildlife. Raffle for ball caps & kids shirts at 7pm. January – 4 classes called Geology Rocks, Jan 10, 17, 24, and 31; 7-8:30pm. $35. Visit link to register and info. MNHC has a Youtube channel, visit link to view.

Missoula Made Fair, Dec 11. 

The MADE fair is an alternative arts & craft market, featuring local and regional artists held twice a year (summer & holiday). This is not your ordinary craft fair! The Missoula MADE fair is a full day featuring local and regional artists making unique one-of-a-kind creations. WHERE/WHEN: Dec 11, 11am to 6pm at UM’s Adams Center.

Join the UM Holiday Carolers, practice Dec 12. 

For many years, the UM Holiday Carolers have brought cheer to the UM campus and senior homes and other venues. If you enjoy singing holiday carols with others, come join the fun. First rehearsals are Monday Dec 12 at noon and again at 5pm in President’s Room of Brantly Hall. Please attend one of these to get your music and meet your co-carolers. Performances are being scheduled from Dec. 14-20.  Some will be at noon on weekdays, some on the weekend, and some in the evenings. Attend any that work for you. Your voice is welcomed. For more info, Contact Vicki Watson or Judy Wellert. Wed., Dec. 14, Noon – St. Patrick Hospital cafeteria (free lunch!); 6 p.m. – Riverside Health Care. Thurs., Dec. 15, 12:15 – UC Atrium. Sat., Dec. 17, 1 p.m. Clark Fork Riverside – sing-along. Sun., Dec. 18, 2:30 p.m. – Village Senior Residence – sing-along. Mon., Dec. 19, 12:15 p.m. – Skaggs Bldg. New Directions Holiday Party (free lunch!).

Evening Program, Naturalist Trivia Night, Hosted by the Clark Fork Coalition, Dec 14.  

Compete in a fun evening of Naturalist Trivia, this month with a Clark Fork Watershed theme. Learn new facts about the river and its flora and fauna or show off your knowledge. Everyone is welcome! WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, December 14, 7:00 pm at Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St., Suite A. $5 donation; MNHC members free, BYOB!  More Information found at this link.

Imagine Nation Brewing Co. launches art and literature magazine, submission deadline Dec. 15.

Imagine Nation Brewing Co. is launching an art and literature magazine that celebrates beer’s place in our lives: Beyond Beer. The magazine represents an extension of Imagine Nation’s mission to joyfully address the challenges of our time and fuel social change through celebration and dialogue. They’re inviting writers, artists, and beer lovers to submit for publication their best written and visual arts—fiction, nonfiction, photography, painting—anything that would be best enjoyed while sipping a good beverage. Submission deadline is December 15th. More information on Submission guidelines can be found on the website and you can also contact Beyond Beer's Editor, and EVST Alum, Colin May.

Protect your dog and other animals from traps.

Footloose Montana reminds Montanans that the wolf-trapping season begins December 15, 2016 and ends February 28, 2017.  Large, dangerous steel leg-hold traps are hidden across Montana’s landscape, often encircling bait that lures any animal or carnivorous bird.  Dog owners should be on alert and will be safest recreating with their dogs on trap-free areas such as Bass Creek, Pattee Canyon and Blue Mountain around Missoula.  The Rattlesnake National Recreation Area is trap-free but does not allow dogs during the winter months. Ground set traps are prohibited in the Lake Como Ski Area from December 1 through March 31. For details on trapping in other areas, visit the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks link, or pick up a copy at your local FWP office. Traps do not have warning signs.  A 150-foot setback is required for wolf traps along open roads and hiking trails on public lands. Trapping licenses are available to anyone 12 years or older and there is no limit to the number of traps in an area.  If you see a trap, if your pet or livestock is missing or caught in a trap, please notify Footloose Montana, so we can post the location on our map for others to check before planning outings. Your name will be kept confidential.

Ranching for Rivers Program & Video.


Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana (SWCDM) has been working with ranchers along the Missouri River corridor to showcase the importance of managed riparian grazing and how this can benefit water quality, livestock production, and riparian health. This is accomplished through off-site water development, riparian fencing, and grazing management plans. The purpose of the project is to show that healthy riparian areas and livestock operations can coexist using proper grazing management, without the need for total livestock exclusion. See a recently produced video (6 min) on the Ranching for Rivers program. For more info, contact Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana or (406) 443-5711.

New Wetland Education Videos Available.

MSU-Gallatin County Extension recently developed a series of six wetland education videos that discuss topics like water quality, water storage, fish production, flood attenuation, and shoreline stabilization. For more information please contact Brad Bauer, Montana State University Extension or (406) 582-3283.

Winter veggies more cold hardy than kale. 

Right about now you may be wishing you have planted more winter hardy veggies. Read about some to try next year in this Mother Hubbard article.

Pitch your film project to potential funders, submit by Dec 31.

The Big Sky Pitch is an exceptional opportunity for filmmaking teams to "pitch" their documentary work-in-progress to a panel of the top funders for documentary film. Submissions are open now through December 31 for works in progress!  Past pitch panelists have included HBO documentary Films, Participant Media, POV, Tribeca Film Institute and Sundance Doc Fund. Submit your project for a chance to pitch to industry panelists at the 2017 DocShop filmmaker's conference at Big Sky Doc Fest.  More information on The Big Sky Pitch is found at this link.

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival makes a great gift, discounted thru Dec 31.

If you have a film lover on your holiday gift list, look no further! A festival pass is your passport to 10 days of inspiration at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (Feb 17-26). Unwrap the adventure of 150 films, live performance, special events, industry networking and the spirit of Downtown Missoula this coming February. Discount Offer ends December 31st! More information, tickets and passes. All Screening Pass - $140 (regular price $175, offer ends 12/31/16) Includes all films. All Access Pass - $275 (regular price $325, offer ends 12/31/16) includes films, workshops, parties, other events.

Montana Kaimin Offers Weekly E-Newsletter.

The Montana Kaimin, UM’s student-run news source, has created a weekly e-newsletter that can be emailed directly to your inbox. Please sign-up for the newsletter. The Montana Kaimin includes a student-funded and produced website and weekly print edition that feature news on the UM administration, student life, ASUM and statewide coverage. Campus news is delivered in many forms, from general news stories to in-depth features and videos. 

AREA HOLIDAY GET TOGETHERS.

  • Montana Wilderness Association Holiday Party & potluck. Dec 5. Holiday cheer & friends plus Wilderness Hero award, info on WildFest 2017 & Winter Wilderness Walks, elections & annual report of accomplishments. WHEN/WHERE: Dec 5, 6-8pm at 2230 McDonald Ave.
  • Bitterroot Water Forum Holiday Party – a Celebration of Clean Water and Community! When/Where: Tuesday, December 13th from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at the Elks Lodge 203 State St, Hamilton, MT 59840 What: A chance to celebrate and thank you for your support of clean water in the Bitterroot.
  • Lolo Watershed Group's holiday celebration, Dec 15.Let it Snow, so Lolo Creek Flows! Holiday cheer, live music, story-telling, silent auction and Lolo Watershed Group displays. All welcome and more information found on LWG Facebook page. WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, December 15, 5:30-8pm at Travelers Rest State Park visitors center, 6717 HWY 12, a few miles west of Lolo. If you would like to carpool to this event, contact Laura.
  • Volunteer Appreciation Party, Watershed Education Network, Dec 9th. 

    A bit of food, drink and fun to thank you for all your time and talent. Come share stories from the season! Friday, Dec. 9th, from 4-6M at WEN's Office, 802 East Front St.

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