Newsline August 28, 2017

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Good News Item

  1. Renewables Now Provide More Electricity Than Nuclear Power.

Around EVST

  1. Release of new book by Dr. Rosalyn LaPier.
  2. EVST prof presents papers on Teaching to Transform and the Politics of Place. 
  3. EVST alum sends greetings and Indigenous Vision Newsletter.

Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. Bear Fair in UM’s UC, Aug 28 from 7-9 pm.

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Help save bears while making cider! 
  2. Comment on the National Bison Range Plan and EIS, meeting in Missoula, Aug 30. 
  3. Feeling fired up? Put your passion and strengths to good use in our community!
  4. Comment period on Clean Water Rule repeal extended to Sept 27.
  5. Missoula Planning seeks volunteers to count bicycles and pedestrians in Missoula this September.
  6. Interested in learning more about Neighborhood Council leadership teams? Office of Neighborhoods leadership training is August 31st @ 6:00 PM. Please RSVP 552-6081.
  7. Missoula Planning wants your input: Public Survey on Pedestrian Infrastructure to inform the development of the Pedestrian Facilities Master Plan

Educational Opportunities

  1. ENST 494, Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture Education, offered this fall. 
  2. Wilderness Management Distance Education Course, NRSM 406/563, Wilderness Management Planning.
  3. NW Tribal Climate Summit, Aug 29-31, Polson. 
  4. Getting to know Montana Moose, Aug 31 in Seeley Lake. 
  5. Workshop on Fulbright Student Program, Sept 5. 
  6. Fork to Farm Tour, Sept 17.
  7. Montana Youth Organizing Summit, Sept 9. 
  8. Wildland Hydrology offers field courses in applied river hydrology, summer 2018.

Jobs and Internship

  1. Environmental Jobs with Missoula County. 
  2. UM Recycling program seeks workers. 
  3. UM Student Employment Fair, Sept 7.
  4. Job at the Rankin Peace Center.
  5. Montana Sierra Club Chapter Director job (Missoula or Helena). Part time. Apply ASAP.
  6. Links to conservation jobs in MT & the West.

Funding

  1. Links to Funding Opportunities for conservation projects.

Housing

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. UM Dining offers new commuter meal plans.
  2. WildFest 2017, Sept 8-9.
  3. Norman Maclean Festival celebrates the Blackfoot Sept 8-10.
  4. UM’s Crown of the Continent e-magazine.
  5. UM’s Native Plant Garden thrives for 50 years.

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Good News Item

Renewables Now Provide More Electricity Than Nuclear Power.

According to the online news service EcoWatch, the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information's "Electric Power Monthly" (with data through April 30, 2017) reveals that—for the first time since the beginning of the nuclear era—renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar—inc. small-scale PV, wind) are now providing a greater share of the nation's electrical generation than nuclear power. Full article here. 

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Around EVST

Release of new book by Dr. Rosalyn LaPier.

Fact & Fiction will host a reading of Dr. LaPier's new book, “Invisible Reality: Storytellers, Storytakers and the Supernatural World of the Blackfeet” on Thursday, Sept. 21st, 7pm. This is during Native American week at UM, Mon. to Fri., Sept. 18th to 22nd.

EVST prof presents papers on Teaching to Transform and the Politics of Place. 

EVST Professor Neva Hassanein presented research on “Food and the Politics of Place: Exploring a Civic Food Network in Montana” at the annual meeting of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society in June. She also presented a paper on “Teaching to Transform: Reflections on Pedagogy and Activism” at the meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences.

EVST alum sends greetings and Indigenous Vision Newsletter.

EVST alum Souta Calling Last is the director and co-founder of Indigenous Vision which is focused on revitalizing Indigenous communities, culture, people and land, by providing educational activities and resources through quality programs that promote well-being. She invites EVST’ers to visit their web site Indigenous Vision where their latest newsletter will be appearing soon. 

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Featured Events

Bear Fair in UM’s UC, Aug 28.

Connect with student groups, programs and people at the Bear Fair in the University Center on Aug 28 from 7-9pm.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Help save bears while making cider! 

To keep bears out of yards with apple trees, the Great Bear Foundation organizes volunteers to pick unwanted fruit and take it to Western Cider to be made into Great Bear Community cider. You can join the pickers, or you can bring your own fruit to Western Cider. For every 40 lbs of useable apples or pears, you’ll get a $5 gift certificate for cider. When the Great Bear cider is sold, Western Cider donates 10% of the proceeds to GBF’s Bears & Apples program (note the Bears & Apples link shows you how to volunteer). You can bring donated apples to Western Cider from noon to 6pm, 7 days a week. 

Comment on the National Bison Range Plan and EIS, meeting in Missoula, Aug 30. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the public comment period on the future of the National Bison Range. That means: Public comments are again being accepted for the National Bison Range’s Comprehensive Conservation Plan and accompanying Environmental Impact Statement.   There will be a public meeting at Missoula Public Library Wednesday, Aug 30 at 6pm. More info here USFWS Reopens Public Comment On Future Of National Bison Range. Comments can be emailed to: Scoping_nbr@fws.gov. The due date for comments was not mentioned in the article but will likely be explained at the meeting on Aug 30. 

Feeling fired up? Put your passion and strengths to good use in our community!

GUTS! (girls using their strengths) is currently looking for volunteers who identify with womanhood to co-facilitate GUTS! after-school and/or lunch programs with Missoula girls. This is a great opportunity to build your leadership, experience with youth, bolster your resume, and have fun in the process! About the program:  GUTS! is a girls leadership project of the YWCA Missoula that serves girls ages 9-18. Our basic goals are to encourage girls to discover their personal strengths, develop their leadership skills and activate positive community change. GUTS! works towards these goals in a group setting through fun, interactive and creative activities. Volunteering: Volunteers co-facilitate weekly after-school or lunchtime groups at schools with 5-12 girls. Your role as a volunteer is to foster the growth of girls and encourage them to develop as leaders through mentorship, group activities and projects. Volunteers dedicate around 2-3 hours each week (including travel and planning time) for an entire semester beginning the week of September 19th and running every week the students have school until December 9th. Application deadline is September 10. Please submit to Tabby at YWCA or YWCA of Missoula 1130 W Broadway St. Missoula, MT 59802. 

Comment period on Clean Water Rule repeal extended to Sept 27.

The current administration has ordered the EPA to reconsider the Clean Water Rule, and the public comment period on this decision has been extended to Sept 27. The CWR was passed in 2015 (with 87% public support) to ensure that rules associated with the landmark Clean Water Act safeguard our most important and vulnerable waterways, especially headwater streams. Here is EPA’s press release on the subject. The Clark Fork Coalition, a respected local water watchdog group provides these thoughts on the Clean Water Rule. To submit your thoughts on the Clean Water Rule: Send comments to the EPA on or before Wed, September 27Submit comments online. Click on the link for "Definition of Waters of United States - Recodification of Pre-Existing Rules"; Include docket # – Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0203; Copy your comments to your congressional delegation. In Montana contact: Senator Steve Daines: (202) 224-2651 (Washington, DC); or email; Senator Jon Tester: (202) 224-2644 (Washington, DC); or email; Representative Greg Gianforte: (202) 225-3211 (Washington, DC); or email; For other states, find contact information here

Missoula Planning seeks volunteers to count bicycles and pedestrians in Missoula this September. 

Interested in learning more about Neighborhood Council leadership teams? Office of Neighborhoods leadership training is August 31st @ 6:00 PM. Please RSVP 552-6081. 

Missoula Planning wants your input: Public Survey on Pedestrian Infrastructure to inform the development of the Pedestrian Facilities Master Plan

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Educational Opportunities

ENST 494, Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture Education, offered this fall. 

Teach kids about food and farming while getting outside. Sign up for ENST 494.01: Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture Education at the PEAS Farm! This semester long practicum is open to graduate and undergraduate students, offering a practical experience teaching Missoula's school-age youth in a hands-on environment. You’ll lead two field trips each week for 5 to 6 weeks with school groups visiting the PEAS Farm, teaching fun-filled educational activities focused on the social, scientific, and nutritional components of sustainable agriculture and the food system. Class meets twice a week the first 3 weeks of the semester, Wednesday 2:00-3:20pm and Friday 10:00-11:20am, then only on Friday mornings for the final 12 weeks. Prior experience as a PEAS Farm intern is helpful. The PEAS Farm is located in the Rattlesnake Valley at 3010 Duncan Drive. If you have questions email instructor, Jason Mandala. ENST494.01, 3 Credits, Class meets Wednesday 2:00-3:20 (only the first 3 weeks) & Friday 10:00-11:20, all semester.  

Wilderness Management Distance Education Course, NRSM 406/563, Wilderness Management Planning.

Registration Deadline: September 27, 2017. Course Dates: October 2, 2017 – January 26, 2018. This course explores basic planning theory, planning concepts, and effective plan writing. The course provides a thorough treatment of the elements that characterize effective planning on public lands. A substantial part of this discussion is the role of public participation in planning. It also discusses differences in planning among the four federal land management agencies, with a comparison of the philosophy and application of each. Moving from planning to application, the course then provides examples of the Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC) framework and Keeping It Wild (KIW2), currently two of the most widely used planning processes in wilderness. This provides a model for identifying the elements necessary to provide a workable plan, one that is ultimately capable of being implemented. The role of indicators and standards of quality in wilderness is likewise discussed, as is the importance of executing a monitoring program. To register visit this link

NW Tribal Climate Summit, Aug 29-31, Polson. 

Hosted by the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes, this summit will cover holistic planning for climate change. Northwest Tribal Summit: Holistic Planning for Climate Change. To register or for more info contact Ryan Evans or visit this link. WHERE: Polson, MT at KwaTaqNuk Resort, 49708 US 93.  

Getting to know Montana Moose, Aug 31 in Seeley Lake. 

Nick DeCesare is a wildlife biologist with MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks, leading a study of Montana moose populations. This 10-year study began in 2013, and Nick will present the results of the first 4 years of study. Free, family friendly, refreshments (& the air is OK inside). WHEN/WHERE: Aug 31 at 7 pm at the Seeley Lake Historical Barn in Seeley Lake, MT. 

Workshop on Fulbright Student Program, Sept 5. 

For those interested in fully funded grants to study, research or teach English in 140 different countries, two representatives of the national Fullbright program (including one UM alum) will be on campus on September 5th to talk about Fulbright opportunities. WHEN/WHERE: Sept 5, 3-4:30pm at the Native American Center NAC 201.

Fork to Farm Tour, Sept 17.

The Fork to Farm tour is back! The 2nd annual ride will be on Sunday, September 17. This year's 40-mile ride will begin at the Western Agriculture Research Center (WARC) in Corvallis, and will include stops at four Bitterroot farms where riders will enjoy food and drink produced from locally grown vegetables, fruits, and livestock. Participating farms include SweetRoot Farm, Lifeline Dairy, Mill Crick Farm, and Willow Mountain Winery. The ride will conclude at WARC with more local food, libations, and music. Registration is limited to 125 people, so don’t delay! Visit Bike/Walk Bitterroot to register by Wednesday September 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm. The cost is $50 if you register before Sept 6. $70 after. WHEN/WHERE: Sept. 2, at 10:30 AM at 580 Quast Ln, Corvallis, MT. 

Montana Youth Organizing Summit, Sept 9. 

Hosted by Forward Montana on September 9 in Helena, MT, the Summit seeks to bring young Montanans together from every corner of the state to grow their networks and skills ultimately building the power of our generation's voice. The Summit is geared toward 15 to 30ish year-olds and workshops will meet a variety of skill and experience levels. More info & registration here. WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, September 9, 9am to 4pm at Helena College, Helena, MT. 

Wildland Hydrology offers field courses in applied river hydrology, summer 2018.

Many government agencies have their workers take these Wildland Hydrology courses.
Some that will be offered locally (at Seeley Lake) are: Basic Survey Skills, June 2-3, 2018 Cost $400: Also, Applied Fluvial Geomorphology June 4-8,  $1600; Information and Registration link here.

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Jobs and Internships

Environmental Jobs with Missoula County. 

Planner II with Missoula County. Experience in long range planning, housing, economic development/redevelopment and/or transportation is especially desired. Apply by September 18. For more information visit this link. Energy Conservation and Sustainability Coordinator with Missoula County. Apply by September 18. For more information visit this link

UM Recycling program seeks workers. 

UM Recycling manages recycling for the entire campus. Most of the workers are students. To stretch the budget as much as possible, students with work-study are particularly invited to apply. However, all students who are serious about working in recycling will be considered. Internship credit is also available. We will work around your class schedule, but we need for you to be able to work at least 10 hours a week. The pay is $8.25 per hour. To apply contact UM Recycling coordinator Edi Stan

UM Student Employment Fair, Sept 7.

UM Career Services will host the Student Employment Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, in the University Center Ballroom. The fair is open to all organizations or departments on and off campus that need college students for part-time, internship or volunteer positions. Employers can register online. For more information, call or email Alexandria Harris, student employment coordinator, at 406-243-2239. 

Job at the Rankin Peace Center.

The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center is looking for a creative person to make a difference in the world as Manager of their Fair Trade store, The Olive Branch. Approximately 25-35 hours per week. Schedule flexible with some weekends and holidays required. Retail and financial management experience, excellent organizational and people skills required. Knowledge of fair trade and computer software expertise preferred. Resume and Cover Letter to Betsy Mulligan-Dague or JRPC, 519 S. Higgins, Missoula, MT 59801. 

Montana Sierra Club Chapter Director job (Missoula or Helena). Part time. Apply ASAP.

If selected for this position, you would be the only non-volunteer working solely for the Montana Sierra Club Chapter. Your job would be to help the rest of us to more effectively advocate for keeping our Montana "the last best place." For 18.75 hours-per-week you would: organize the volunteer leaders in our chapter, involve members in interesting activities relevant to the Sierra Club’s mission, recruit and nurture new grassroots leaders within Montana, and help direct us in effectively advocating for the protection of our biologically important wildlands and in doing the organizing and coalition-building necessary to foster a swift and lasting transition from significant carbon-based energy activity to a state economy whose energy sector is 100% clean. See here for a full job description. No application deadline is specified, but that usually means a rolling review and it’s best to apply ASAP. 

Links to conservation jobs in MT & the West.

Director of Development, Montana Conservation Corps (MCC)
Education Coordinator, National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Missoula, MT
Program Manager, Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition. OR
Sustainability Program Manager, Bellevue College, WA
Cross-Watershed Network/Tamarisk Coalition (peer-to-peer learning network that helps river stewards) CO
Archaeology Technician – Craters of the Moon, Great Basin Institute, ID
Points of Intervention Tour Coordinator, PLAN, around the US

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Miscellaneous - Resources

UM Dining offers new commuter meal plans.

80-Plan is available to students residing off campus and UM faculty and staff. For $500, you get 80 all-you-care-to-eat visits per semester to the Food Zoo dining center for only $6.25 per visit. Participants in the 80-Plan may add additional funds in $25 increments and lock into this discounted rate. 40- plan is available to students residing off campus and UM faculty and staff. For $290, you get 40 all-you-care-to-eat visits per semester to the Food Zoo dining center for $7.25 per visit. Find out more here

WildFest 2017, Sept 8-9.

Celebrate Montana's amazing wild places with MT Wilderness Association. Hike all day and celebrate all night. Check out the teaser videoWildfest info here. Friday, Sept 8: Swap adventure stories, learn about MWA’s work, and get training on making your voice heard for public lands. Saturday, Sept 9: Join guided hikes, walk with expert birders, tour historic Ninemile Ranger Station, or go see bighorn sheep. From 3 – 6 p.m., learn backcountry first aid or how to build an ultralight alcohol stove, get adventure tips, watch raptors soar, dissect owl pellets, and more. Saturday evening, kick back with local food and drink while enjoying delta blues and bluegrass from regional stars. Fort Missoula Regional Park, 3401 South Avenue West, Missoula

Norman Maclean Festival celebrates the Blackfoot Sept 8-10.

The Norman Maclean Festival is Sept. 8-10 in Seeley Lake and Missoula. Remembering the Blackfoot: Blackfoot Valley History on Native American history, valley geology, tales from Blackfoot Valley ranches and three decades of river restoration is planned Sept. 8 at the Double Arrow Lodge in Seeley Lake; Spirit of the Blackfoot: Literature from the Headwaters, is Sept. 9 at the Double Arrow; and From the Book to the Big Screen: A River Runs Through It, is planned Sept. 10 at the Wilma Theater in Missoula. Actor Tom Skerritt, producer Patrick Markey and screenwriter Richard Friedenberg have confirmed they will attend. Plus a celebration to mark the first 30 years of successful restoration on the Blackfoot and the anniversary of the founding of the Big Blackfoot chapter of TU is planned Sept. 17 in Seeley Lake where some of the early leaders will be honored. 

UM’s Crown of the Continent e-magazine.

The latest issue of UM’s new e-magazine delves into a potential gold mine near Yellowstone National Park, sculptures in the wild near Lincoln, the threat of invasive mussels to area waterways and much more. The 60-page summer 2017 issue of the Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone Magazine is online here. More info on the magazine here.   

UM’s Native Plant Garden thrives for 50 years.

One of UM’s deeply rooted traditions is the Montana Native Botanic Garden. During a decade when expansive lawns of Kentucky bluegrass dominated landscaping, UM botanists Klaus Lackschewitz and Sherman Preece envisioned a different environment for their students: a garden with only native species to serve as a hands-on teaching tool. In 1967, the two started planting the gardens that surround UM’s Natural Sciences annex and greenhouse with the vision of representing all of Montana and its various ecosystems. Today, several dedicated volunteer gardeners maintain that original vision. Video of the Native Plant Garden, read more: Native Plant Garden Thrives 50 Years at UM.

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

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