Newsline November 21, 2016

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Table of Contents

Good News Item

  1. The Arctic Ocean won’t be drilled (for now). 
  2. More protection for Badger-Two Medicine.

Around EVST

  1. Where to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Featured Events

(See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. Free screening of the documentary ‘The Heist—Who stole the American Dream’, Nov 21.

Volunteer Opportunities

1. Check out the opportunities at Volunteer Missoula

Educational Opportunities

  1. An Active Learning Approach to Sustainable Environmental Responsibility, thru Dec 6.
  2. Climate predictions for our area – short & long term, Dec 7.
  3. Land Management in a Changing Climate presentations, Dec 10.
  4. Wetland & Riparian Ecology Course offered online, Jan to April 2017.
  5. Explore Hong Kong, Macau, and South China and Earn 4 Upper-division, IDS, or Grad credits.

Jobs and Internships

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

  • Food and Agriculture Program Coordinator, apply by Dec 5.
  • Spring Internships with Forward Montana, apply by Dec 15.
  • UM Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities (RIIC), Graduate Research Assistant.

Funding

  1. Grants for Wildlife Projects, apply by Dec 15.
  2. American Alpine Club Research Grants, Apply by January 15, 2017.

Housing

  1. Room available for grad or faculty.
  2. Residents of the Hobbit Mansion are looking for a housemate starting January 2017.
  3. The Foodshed House has room for another student. 

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Montana’s farmers and ranchers now have access to new tools to finance their operations.
  2. Giving Tuesday, Nov 29.
  3. Area Holiday Get Togehers.

Good News Item

  1. The Arctic Ocean won’t be drilled (for now).The US Interior Department and its Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has issued the final plan for the next five-year offshore drilling lease program. And the Arctic Ocean has been removed from consideration for offshore drilling. Read more at Environmental and Energy Policy or Politico.
  2. More protection for Badger-Two Medicine. On November 16, Devon Energy voluntarily relinquished its 15 oil and gas leases in the Badger-Two Medicine. With only two remaining leases in the Badger-Two Medicine, we are nearing the end of a 35-year effort to protect this special area from fossil fuel development. Read more on MT Wilderness Association Wild Word blog. 

Around EVST

Where to celebrate Thanksgiving

Many of you will be headed home for Thanksgiving. Safe trip. If not, and you are looking for a place to enjoy Thanksgiving, see the Missoulan's Free Thanksgiving dinners, events available around western Montana. If you are hosting Thanksgiving at your house, and would like to invite more EVSTers – put up a notice at the EVST office.

Featured Events

Free showing of "The Heist—Who Stole the American Dream?" Who dismantled the middle class and how was it done? Sponsored by Missoula Move to Amend. WHEN: Nov 21 at 7pm; WHERE: Missoula public library, 301 E. Main. More info: 543-3254.

Volunteer Opportunities

Check out the opportunities at Volunteer Missoula

Educational Opportunities

An Active Learning Approach to Sustainable Environmental Responsibility Webinar

Through Dec 6. Free Webinar Series on how to teach graduates and undergraduates, using inquiry and group effort, the principles and practice of applying sustainable environmental responsibility within their discipline. 30 minute webinars to fit into your busy schedule.

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 the Clark Fork Coalition Office at 140 S. 4th St W. in downtown Missoula.

Land Management in a Changing Climate presentations

Dec 10. You are invited to the2016 Healthy Acres Landowner Seminarsponsored by Five Valleys Land Trust and theMissoula County Weed/Extension Service.The seminar is free and includes a catered lunch. RSVP is required. This year’s speakers will address topics relating to land management in a changing climate.  Presentations will include:

  • "Montana Climate: Past, Present, and Future" by Nick Silverman, Montana Climate office
  • “Blackfoot Watershed Drought Response Plan” by Barry Dutton, Blackfoot Challenge
  • “Invasive Plants and Climate Change” by Jane Mangold, MSU Extension 
  • “Looking to the Past to Prepare for Tomorrow’s Climate” by Erik Kalsta, Big Hole Valley rancher

  When/Where: Saturday, December 10, 9am - 3pm at Ruby's Inn & Convention Center, 4825 N. Reserve Street, Missoula. To register and for more info, contact Steffany at the Missoula County Weed District at 406-258-4211 or      at Steffany@missoulaeduplace.org

Wetland & Riparian Ecology Course

Offered online, Jan to April 2017. This $500, 15-week on-line course will run from 1/9 to 4/28 and will offer 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. The course is designed to provide a clear interpretation of technical information to educators; tribal, state and local regulatory staff; consultants; and anyone interested in these ecosystems.

COMX 491 (UG) - Hong Kong, Macau, & China: International Communication, Culture, & Society

Explore Hong Kong, Macau, and South China and Earn 4 Upper-division, IDS, or Grad credits. No summer tuition for full-time UM students registered by January 2017. Course Title: COMX 491 (UG) - Hong Kong, Macau, & China: International Communication, Culture, & Society. China is a key player on the global stage. Taking back Hong Kong from the British and Macau from the Portuguese in 1997/98 after 100 years of colonial rule, China is asserting influence against the waves of globalization and democratization at its doorsteps. Through site visits and dialogue with local scholars, activists, journalists, legislators, and business professionals, you will learn about international communication issues such as multinational organization communication, press freedom, Internet censorship, social media for social change, cultural convergence and divergence, and discourses of development.  While immersed in the sights, sounds, and smells of the place, you will have the opportunity to connect with local young people to exchange views on transnational phenomena and to experience intercultural communication at the confluence of the East and the West. For complete details, visit the Studio Abroad website.  To find out more about this unique study-abroad opportunity, come to one of the following informational meetings in LA 302.  Please RSVP.  Contact: phyllis.ngai@umontana.edu·      

  • November 17, Thursday, 5 PM
  • November 29, Tuesday, 5 PM
  • December 8, Thursday, 5 PM
  • December 15, Thursday, 5:30 PM
  • December 19, Monday, 5:30 PM 

Jobs and Internships

Food and Agriculture Program Coordinator

Apply by Dec 5. Employer: Lake County Community Development Corp/Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center – Ronan, MT. Summary: Primarily responsible for providing support to food and agriculture programs of Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center (MMFEC), including Food and Agriculture Development Center (FADC), Cooperative Development program, and Farm to Institution program, through event planning, marketing and promotion, communication and outreach, social media, and program coordination. Secondary responsibilities include providing marketing and promotional support to the overall corporation’s goals and objectives. Deadline to apply: Monday, December 5. To apply, please see the full posting with Polson Job Service or for questions contact lccdc@lakecountycdc.org.

Forward Montana Internships

Spring Internships with Forward Montana, apply by Dec 15. Forward Montana is looking for 8 spring 2017 interns interested in learning the ins and outs of grassroots organizing in Montana. Through a combination of class time and field-hours interns develop skill sets in volunteer recruitment, fundraising, campaign planning, event planning, citizen lobbying, mobilizing peers, organizing technology and voter registration all while earning 2 upper division credits. Please contact Michael Nelson at michael@forwardmontana.org with questions. Apply today using the online Montana Foundation Internship Application! All applications are due no later than December 15, 2016. 

Graduate Research Assistan, UM Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities (RIIC)

RIIC invites applications for a Graduate Research Assistant. Job Description: The Research Assistant will work under the supervision of the Project Director to design, plan, and implement research projects and products. Tasks may include: preparing and mailing research and training materials; data entry with a PC using Microsoft Excel; using search terms to find, procure and organize scholarly articles; contributing to research articles and presentations; attending project meetings; collaborating with other team members to complete assigned duties. Qualifications: Excellent written and verbal communication skills; effective and efficient organizational and management skills; detail oriented and ability to follow specific instructions; ability to take initiative and perform assigned job responsibilities independently; experience with computer software programs such as Microsoft Office. Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Physical/Occupational Therapy, Social Science, Social Work, Nursing, or other related field that prepares students for working in a research team. Apply online via Griz eRecruiting.

Funding

Grants for Wildlife Projects

Apply by Dec 15.  Applications are now being accepted for the Audubon Wildlife Fund of Montana grant program through December 15, 2016. The program gives small grants (approx. $500 suggested maximum) to projects benefiting nongame wildlife and their habitats. Funds can be used for mileage, equipment, printing, and communications (but not salaries, stipends, and personal equipment). For more information, including a grant application, guidelines, and a list of past grant recipients, visit the Montana Audubon website.

American Alpine Club Research Grants

Apply by January 15, 2017. The AAC Research Grants support scientific endeavors in the mountains and crags around the world. Grant Objective: Fund projects that contribute vital knowledge of our climbing environment, enrich our understanding of global climber impacts and support and improve the health and sustainability of mountain environments and habitats. Grant Amounts: $200-$1500. Application Period: November 15, 2016 – January 15, 2017. Application Instructions areavailable on the AAC Research Grants webpage.

Housing

  1. Room available for grad or faculty. Room for rent in wonderful ​Rattlesnake house. ​For photos and info are avilable on Criag's List.
  2. Residents of the Hobbit Mansion are looking for a housemate starting January 2017. Our home is on the Northside of Missoula, about a 15-minute bike ride to campus and within easy walking distance to Waterworks' Orange Street entrance. If interested, please e-mail Rachel Cramer (rachel.cramer@umontana.edu). We would prefer a female graduate student or professional. Thanks!
  3. The Foodshed House has room for another student. The Foodshed is a student home dedicated to local food and sustainable living practices. We aim to strengthen and support Missoula's local farm and food options while exploring the potential of local food for building community and empowering Missoulians.  We aspire to eat as locally as possible in all seasons, teach homesteading workshops, and build community around local food and shared meals. Besides our emphasis on food, we strive to live as sustainably as possible in a model college home.  We value maintaining a diverse household in order to normalize sustainable living beyond the realm of environmental studies majors. “The foodshed can provide a place for us to ground ourselves in the biological and social realities of living on the land and from the land in a place that we can call home, a place to which we are or can become native.” - Jack Kloppenburg et. al.  from Coming into the Foodshed. If interested, please contact nicomatamej@gmail.com, 503-330-1433.

Miscellaneous - Resources

Community Food & Agriculture Coalition (CFAC) Mini-Grant

Montana’s farmers and ranchers now have access to new tools to finance their operations. This week, the Community Food & Agriculture Coalition (CFAC) in Missoula launched a statewide specialty crop mini-grant, a regional 0% interest loan, and a free technical assistance program for those considering Farm Service Agency financing in Western and Southwest Montana. The Specialty Crop Mini-Grant program offers grants from $1,000 to $5,000 to specialty crop producers. CFAC Program Director Annie Heuscher says the goal of the grant program is to support beginning specialty crop producers and others to expand specialty crops across Montana. The grant application can be found online on the Specialty Crops Mini-Grant website and potential applicants are encouraged to contact Heuscher in advance of applying. Also on offer are 0% interest, zero fee, crowdfunded loans through the international microlending platform, Kiva. CFAC has recently registered a trustee on the site and will be able to endorse local borrowers, increasing their likelihood of being funded on the site. Loans can be up to $10,000. Finally, CFAC was recently awarded a cooperative agreement with the Farm Service Agency to provide hands-on, one-on-one technical assistance to potential FSA borrowers in Western and Southwest Montana. CFAC provides introductory meetings for farmers to learn about the broad array of FSA programs, longer-term support with developing business, marketing, and financial plans, and assistance filling out and submitting FSA applications. More information about this opportunity can be found on the Community Food Agricultural Coalition of Missoula County website. For more information on any of these programs, interested farmers and ranchers can also email Annie Heuscher at annie@farmlinkmontana.org

Giving Tuesday

Nov 29. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community. We've created a directory to help you find organizations, charities, events and more in your own community. Many local organizations are participating and may send you a direct link to their page. If you work with a group that is an official charity (501(c)3), you can sign up your group.

Area Holiday Get Togethers

  • Clark Fork Coalition’s annual Holiday Party, Dec 2. Join your fellow river rats in celebrating the season – great food & drinks – all free. You can support the Coalition by buying raffle tickets, participating in their online auction, or just JOINING! When/Where:  Friday, Dec 2, 5-9pm, 140 S. 4th W.
  • Five Valleys Land Trust Holiday Party, Dec 2. Enjoy some holiday cheer with friends and discuss this year’s challenges and accomplishments. When/Where: Dec 2 from 5-7pm at 120 Hickory Street. 
  • 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.

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