Newsline December 11, 2017
Citizen council recommends rejecting oil terminal.
- EVST Graduates presenting thesis on Wednesday, Dec 13!
- Watershed Ecology class presentations – Dec 12 and Dec 14.
- New Edition of EVST Spotlight features Water!
Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)
EVST Professor Retiring at end of January.
- Missoula Christmas Bird Count, Dec 16 in Missoula (other towns have different dates).
- Volunteer at the Russell Elementary School Science Fair, Jan 11 or Feb 23.
- Missoula Speech and Debate Tournament needs Judges, Jan 12 or 13.
- Comment on proposal to repeal US FWS policy of working for conservation gains, comments due Jan 5.
- Spend Some Summer on the Shores of Flathead Lake! Students are already applying online!
- Aquatic Invasive Species management workshop, Dec 11 & 12 in Polson.
- Verbal Judo! Talking to those hostile to conservation, Dec 14.
- Golden Eagle Migration, Dec 11.
- Present your work at the American Fisheries Society meeting in Butte in Feb; submit abstract by Jan 1.
Jobs and Internship (local or summer jobs; for full time jobs around the US, request the envirojobs list serv, no message, just send.)
- Paid Spring Internship with Community Food Ag Coalition (CFAC).
- Summer Internship at YNP, Resource Management Internship for Native American students.
- Wilderness Ranger internship, apply by Feb 16.
- Naturalist Guides needed in Denali, summer 2018, apply by Jan 5.
- Montana Conservation Corps is recruiting for summer 2018.
- UM Hiring New Student Coordinator for DiverseU.
- National Forest Foundation seeks a full-time Tree Planting Coordinator, located in Missoula, Apply by Dec 15.
- Farms and Ranches Hiring Now in Montana!
- Links to Sustainable Agriculture & Conservation jobs in Montana.
- Research Fellowship for research in Rocky Mountain National Park.
- Research Fellowship for grads and undergrads to work in national parks, apply by Feb 19.
- Call for nominations for the 2018-2019 Bertha Morton Fellowships and Scholarships.
- Coastal science research fellowships.
- Funding opportunities.
- Holiday Parties with local conservation groups!!!
- Join the UM Carolers in spreading some cheer this holiday season!
- Ski for Conservation at Discovery, Dec 16.
- Europe’s last ancient wilderness at risk – spot the UM prof in the story.
- Fighting Plastic Pollution.
EVST Graduates presenting thesis on Wednesday, Dec 13!
Zabeth Runyan will be presenting her thesis on “Honey Bee Conservation through Environmental Education” on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 11:00am in the Payne Native American Center Building, Room 103.
Lindsay Wancour will be presenting her thesis on “Restoring Watersheds and Building Watershed Communities” on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 2:00pm in Jeanette Rankin Hall, Room 204.
Watershed Ecology class presentations – Dec 12 and Dec 14.
Everyone is invited to hear presentations on the semester research projects of the following students in Watershed Ecology. (There will be refreshments!). Presentations will be in 203 Rankin Hall on these dates and times:
Dec 12 (9:30-10:50)
Laura Speck – Butte’s Parrot mine tailings --potential threat to restored Silver Bow Creek
Naomi Neal – Monitoring Surface Water Quality Impacts of Coal Mining in Montana—legal & scientific issues
Dec 14 (10am to noon)
Chris Miller –Bitterroot Water Information Resources – availability and priorities for filling gaps
Stephanie Back – Evaluating the Bitterroot National Forest Plan with a Focus on Watershed goals
Graham Worley-Hood -- Potential Effects of the 2017 Fires on the Bitterroot Watershed
New Edition of EVST Spotlight features Water!
The New Edition of EVST Spotlight features 1987 Alum Peter Nielsen, MS. Peter talks about his passions and read about everything he has done for the Clark Fork Basin over the years. Peter is currently the Environmental Health Supervisor, Missoula Water Quality District, Missoula City-County Health Department. It also features second year graduate candidate Laura Zanolli, 2018. Laura also discusses her passions and her current research on factors causing the lower reach of Lolo Creek to dry up. She is also assessing the condition of wetland areas in the lower Lolo basin and their potential for natural water storage. Read more about these two Spotlight individuals here.
EVST Professor Retiring at end of January.
Dr. Vicki Watson will be retiring at the end of January. She has been with the Environmental Studies department since 1985, has been a major contributor to the Clark Fork Superfund cleanup plans through the Clark Fork Task Force, has been the Chief Organizer of the Clark Fork Symposium, and an icon in Watershed CPR…Conservation, Preservation and Restoration. All the projects she has been involved in are NUMEROUS. Anyone who knows Vicki won’t be surprised that she is not wanting a retirement party, but rest assured we will be planning one in the spring where we can gather with Vicki next to the stream. Be sure to email her or stop by her office to share your thoughts. Vicki, thank you for your dedication and service, Good Luck and Best Wishes, you will be missed at UM!
Missoula Christmas Bird Count, Dec 16 in Missoula (other towns have different dates).
The Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is an annual tradition for families, communities and the Conservation movement. Areas participating in CBC’s are described here. Missoula’s CBC will be Dec 16. Groups are assigned the week before the count. If you want to participate in the field count, contact Larry Weeks at 406-540-3064. If you are interested in being a feeder watcher, contact Rose Leach at 406-370-1999. The Count day will end with a potluck dinner at the home of Larry Weeks, 2428 West Kent, which is near Rosauers. Potluck guests are welcome to arrive at 6 PM. Dinner will commence at 6:30 PM. Please bring your favorite potluck offering, or A-L, bring a salad or dessert, and M-Z, a hot dish.
Volunteer at the Russell Elementary School Science Fair, Jan 11 or Feb 23.
UM faculty members and graduate students are invited to serve as judges for Russell Elementarys Science Fair on February 23 from 8:30 am until approximately 10:30 am. Additionally, judges are invited to help inspire Russell Elementary students about science and the science fair at an all-school assembly on January 11 at 9 am. Bring a short (~10 min), visually engaging demonstration and share why you are passionate about your research. UM faculty members and graduate students are invited to sign up for either or both of these opportunities. We Are Montana in the Classroom will provide transportation to Russell Elementary School and can purchase supplies for your activity. If you are interested in serving as a judge or sharing a demonstration, please contact Harley Fredriksen.
Missoula Speech and Debate Tournament needs Judges, Jan 12 or 13.
Missoula’s annual Speech and Debate Tournament for area high schools will be held January 12th and 13th. All speech events will be held at Big Sky High School; debate events will all be at Sentinel. Debate & speech sessions are at 4, 6 & 8pm on Friday. On Saturday, sessions are at 8am, 10am, 12:30 pm, 2:30pm, 4pm, 6pm. We will offer a judge clinic on January 10 at 7 PM in the cafeteria at Sentinel High School. If you are willing to judge – click this link to Sign up here and pick a specific session. You will receive a confirmation email within the week.
Comment on proposal to repeal US FWS policy of working for conservation gains, comments due Jan 5.
In 2016, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) decided that its 1981 Mitigation Policy needed to be strengthened due to accelerating loss of habitats, effects of climate change, and better scientific understanding. The 2016 Mitigation Policy aimed to achieve “a net gain in conservation outcomes” or at least, no net loss. It also, for the first time, committed the U.S. to “improve the resilience of resources in the face of climate change.” Fast forward a year, and FWS wants to repeal the 2016 policy. From now until January 5th it is soliciting public comments that “specifically address the advisability of retaining or removing references to net conservation gain from the Service's overall mitigation planning goal.” This website has information on how to submit comments and how to access the 2016 policy.
Spend Some Summer on the Shores of Flathead Lake! Students are already applying online!
UM’s Flathead Lake Biological Station offers high quality and rewarding hands-on learning in all areas of field ecology, taught outside under the open sky. Coupled with cutting-edge methods and technologies, the FLBS summer academic program offers rich and rigorous field ecology experiences taught by outstanding faculty from UM and beyond. Courses are upper division (many available for grad credit). In addition to the usual field ecology courses, there are new courses in environmental sensors and using drones in field studies. There are 2-week courses & 4-week courses. Some start June 25 and others run through August 17, 2018. For Deadlines, Courses Offered, Scholarships and Logistics, see the website and/or contact Marie Kohler, or call 406-982-3301 ext. 221.
Aquatic Invasive Species management workshop, Dec 11 & 12 in Polson.
Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribe (CSKT) and Upper Columbia Conservation Commission (UC3) host an Aquatic Invasive Species Watercraft Inspections & Monitoring 2017 Season Wrap-Up Workshop. Participants will share information on AIS inspections and monitoring efforts in the Upper Columbia watershed from the 2017 season, as well as begin coordination for next season. This is a public meeting with the objective of a focused discussion between partners that had active watercraft inspection or survey/monitoring projects in the 2017 season. RSVP to Kate Wilson ASAP (a head count is needed). Get location from Kate.
DATE/TIMES: DEC 11 & 12, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM both days
DAY 1: Watercraft Inspections 8:30 AM – Welcome
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Presentations on 2017 inspections efforts (Invited speakers: reps from tribes, counties, national parks, MFWP, BC).
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM – Addressing concerns. Facilitated questions and discussion on enhancing coordination for 2018 season.
DAY 2: Monitoring results 8:30 AM – Welcome
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Presentations on 2017 inspections efforts (Invited speakers: reps from tribes, counties, national parks, MFWP, BC)
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM – Addressing concerns. Facilitated questions and discussion on enhancing coordination for 2018 season.
Verbal Judo! Talking to those hostile to conservation, Dec 14.
Successfully conversing with people who do not see the value in protecting the environment is critical to conservation scientists, especially in today’s society. This webinar illustrates conversational techniques you can use to defuse conflict and improve the odds that the other side will listen to your point of view. The instructor, Dr. Scott Bonar, is on the faculty of the University of Arizona and is leader of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. He has won numerous awards during his 30 years of natural resources work in state and federal agencies, academia, and private industry. Dr. Bonar’s years of research and personal experiences helped him develop and write The Conservation Professional’s Guide to Working with People, a book called “a must read for conservation professionals” by the journal Ecology. Time of webinar, Dec 14, 11 am to noon, MST. More info & registration here.
Golden Eagle Migration, Dec 11.
5 Valleys Audubon hosts this talk & slide show by Rob Domenech, Exec Director/Founder of Raptor View Research Institute. Free, all welcome. Rob has degree in wildlife biology from UM. WHEN/WHERE: Dec 11 at 7pm in UM's Gallagher Business Building, room 123.
Present your work at the American Fisheries Society meeting in Butte in Feb; submit abstract by Jan 1.
Montana Chapter of American Fisheries Society invites you to present a paper or poster at their annual meeting in Butte, Jan 29-Feb 2. Theme - Management across jurisdictional boundaries: working together to get the big and small jobs done. A block of rooms is reserved at reduced rate at the Copper King Hotel (406-565-5001) and will be held until January 6, 2018. Abstract submissions (paper and poster) will be done through google docs. A link will be posted on the chapter website. Simply fill out the form and submit. You should receive a confirmation email shortly after submitting. Abstracts can be edited up until the submission deadline of January 1, 2018. Registration will be available on the website shortly. For more info, contact Brian Ertel.
Paid Spring Internship with Community Food Ag Coalition (CFAC).
Want to help Montana’s beginning farmers grow successful, sustainable businesses? Want to learn about how to develop new resources, plan educational opportunities, host events, and evaluate programs? CFAC is looking for an intern for this spring to assist with a range of projects, including: Promoting/marketing Farm Link Montana to farmers and ranchers and the people who work with them across the state (throughout the spring); Planning, promoting, administering, and evaluating a series of workshops in Missoula on legal, land access and business management topics relevant to farmers and ranchers (January – March); Supporting MSU Extension and small business staff across Montana in offering business planning workshops in their communities (January – March); Working with a range of farmers to collect reports and data from farm equipment investment project (January), and designing guides for project reports (throughout the spring); Planning and promoting a series of on-farm, farmer-led Field Days, covering production topics (offered over the summer, planning and promotion in March – May); Note: you will not be expected to lead these projects, but will have the opportunity to assist in development and management. As an intern, you will have the opportunity to assist with multiple projects. We can offer a $1,000 stipend to applicants able to offer at least 10 hours/week between January and May. To apply, email Dave at Farm Link with your resume and a note on the project(s) in which you’re interested and any additional relevant information not covered in your resume. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis with a planned intern start date of January 29th.
Summer Internship at YNP, Resource Management Internship for Native American students.
UM College of Forestry worked with Yellowstone NP to create this internship program. Interns work with NPS employees and volunteers. The internship is fulltime 10-12 weeks, and housing is provided. This year’s internships are in: Resource Management Operations: work on a crew on hazard tree management, invasive plant control, wildlife/visitor management, data entry, and integrated pest management. Youth Work-based learning programs: Assist with YCC programs for 15-18 year old students. Intern assists with resource education lessons, weekend recreation outings, such as hiking, rafting, fishing; and mentoring students. More information can be found here. Native American undergraduates and graduate students from all majors are encouraged to apply. To apply, submit by Feb 1, 2018: resume; unofficial college transcript; cover letter explaining why you want to intern at the park; one letter of recommendation (from faculty member, employer, etc.). Email your application to Jennifer Harrington or turn into Forestry room 101. More info: (406) 243-5561.
Wilderness Ranger internship, apply by Feb 16.
The goals of the Selway Bitterroot (SBFC) Wilderness Ranger Intern (WRI) program are to train, educate, mentor and provide employment development opportunities for the next generations of wilderness professionals and provide skilled support to the Forest Service for accomplishing priority wilderness work. This is a 14-week internship for military veterans and college students doing under-graduate or graduate work in conservation, resource management, wilderness, recreation or related fields. The internship offers 2 full weeks of wilderness skills training—crosscut saw use and certification, hand tool use, stock handling and packing, Leave No Trace and Wilderness First Responder training, followed by 12 weeks working in the Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church Wilderness areas, with trained wilderness professionals, US Forest Service managers and volunteers. The intern will also learn about the Wilderness Act and how it established a framework for wilderness stewardship, what wilderness character is and how to conduct wilderness character monitoring. In 2018, interns will receive an AmeriCorps award. The application will close on February 16, 2018 at 5pm MST. More info & application here.
Naturalist Guides needed in Denali, summer 2018, apply by Jan 5.
Camp Denali and North Face Lodge in Denali National Park, Alaska are looking for skilled and experienced Naturalist Guides for summer 2018. 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 natural sciences required (MS preferred). Experience in arctic/sub-arctic or alpine regions desired. This is a rewarding and challenging position, set in an unparalleled location, among an interesting, committed, and conservation-minded community. For over 60 years, Camp Denali and North Face Lodge have been family-owned and -operated lodges with a reputation for excellence. A three-season commitment is required. Applications are due January 5, 2018. Early applications are encouraged with interviews beginning early December. For more information or to apply, please visit the website or contact us here.
Montana Conservation Corps is recruiting for summer 2018.
Whether you're...A military veteran looking for a new way to serve (see Veterans Green Corps program!) An experienced leader who loves working with youth (see Youth Program Leader positions!) A college student/recent grad looking for professional experience in a conservation field (Conservation Intern program!) Just looking to dip your toe in the world of conservation service (see Crew Member position – application available December 18!) ...there is a place for you in the MCC. Every position receives extensive outdoor and leadership training, a living stipend, and an AmeriCorps education award that can be used for past or future education costs. There are serviceships available to assist with some of the financial costs! Help care for public lands by applying today!
UM Hiring New Student Coordinator for DiverseU.
DiverseU is also hiring a new student coordinator. This individual will be responsible for the planning and the execution of this annual event, which includes conducting and leading committee meetings, working with marketing and campus departments as well as Missoula community. DiverseU is a symposium that provides a forum for honest dialogue in order to explore the complexities of human experience, promote understanding, and create community through the practice of civil discourse. The coordinator will work with the proposal outreach and keynote committees, coordinate with event planning and catering for event set up and meeting spaces. Market the event and assist on an evaluation/assessment tool for the event. The student coordinator will be responsible for logistics, scheduling, volunteers, and registration. The position will begin spring semester, 15 to 18 hours per week. To apply click here.
National Forest Foundation seeks a full-time Tree Planting Coordinator, located in Missoula, Apply by Dec 15.
The Coordinator will support the execution of a campaign to plant 50 million trees on National Forests. Duties include: developing and stewarding mid-range funding partnerships; tracking the financial status of reforestation projects; maintain project data and records, report financial and programmatic results, and field inquiries from funding partners and the public. Candidate should be able to perform basic financial calculations, have excellent written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills, and prioritization skills. Candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree and three-years’ experience in program management. No phone inquiries. For complete job description visit this link. To Apply: Send resume and cover letter electronically to Sheree’ Bombard by December 15, 2017.
Farms and Ranches Hiring Now in Montana!
Farm Link Montana is a free, searchable database of current listings for jobs, internships, and land opportunities in Montana. It features a searchable map of farms and ranches across the state hiring for the upcoming season. Learn about each operation and complete one application to apply for all of the jobs that interest you. Opportunities range from organic veggies, wheat, and pulses to hops to dairy and more! Now is the time to apply! Farmers and ranchers are already hiring for the upcoming season and many will try to have all positions filled within the next month or so. For more information and to apply now, visit Farm Link Montana or contact Dave Renn.
Links to Sustainable Agriculture & Conservation jobs in Montana.
The Folks at Cowboy Cricket Farms in Belgrade are hiring a Farm Supervisor and Educator
Friends of the Missouri Breaks National Monument are hiring an Outreach Manager
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in Missoula is hiring a Director of Habitat Stewardship Programs
The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks in Helena is hiring an Administrative Assistant
Research Fellowship for research in Rocky Mountain National Park.
The Rocky Mountain Conservancy and Rocky Mountain National Park are requesting proposals for The Bailey Research Fellowship. This is an opportunity for one graduate level student to spend three to four months conducting research in Rocky Mountain National Park. Job Description: This fellowship opportunity invites a broad range of research proposals to be reviewed and conducted in Rocky Mountain National Park, including wildlife management, vegetation and riparian studies, fire ecology, cultural sciences, archaeology and historic structures preservation, as well as other topics in botany, zoology, geology, history, ecology and ornithology. The graduate student awarded the Research Fellowship will work with Rocky Mountain National Park staff for a period of three to four months. Applicants must submit a preliminary research proposal and the chosen fellow will be expected to convey research finding to the general public as well as to professional audiences. Wage/Salary: Housing plus a $8,000 honorarium and a $3,000 support budget for incidentals. Application Instructions: Please email a cover letter, resume, transcripts, and research proposal to Rachel Balduzzi. By February 1, 2018 for consideration of this fellowship.
Research Fellowship for grads and undergrads to work in national parks, apply by Feb 19.
Applications are now being accepted for the Glacier National Park Conservancy - Jerry O'Neal Research Fellowship for work in Glacier National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS, and Little Bighorn Battlefield NM. 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 clearly address the following: natural resource issues ecology of fire, land & water systems, invasive plants, and climate change; cultural resource issues, (history, architecture, cultural landscape reports, ethnographic research, archeology); social science that informs resource management about natural or cultural topics, visitor impacts). Who may apply: graduate students & outstanding upper division undergraduate students. Awards range from $1000-5000. Applications must be submitted electronically by February 19, 2018. More info and application instructions here.
Call for nominations for the 2018-2019 Bertha Morton Fellowships and Scholarships.
The Bertha Morton Scholarship application process will be part of the University of Montana general scholarship application. Kelly Speer, the Graduate School’s manager, will be available to faculty and graduate students if there are any questions or if anyone needs assistance. You can contact Kelly at 406-243-2701 or by e-mail. All graduate students are invited to apply for consideration as a Bertha Morton nominee. All applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 2nd, 2018. Following are the instructions for students who are interested in applying to their department as a Bertha Morton nominee:
- Complete the University of Montana general application available at: http://www.umt.edu/finaid/scholarships/um-scholarship-portal/default.php. You will then be able to select the Bertha Morton opportunity.
- Upload a personal statement describing why you would be the best candidate to receive an award. (500 word limit)
- Upload a statement of honors and awards, certifications, research, etc. (List these qualifications in order of significance, starting with the most significant) *A student who previously received a Bertha Morton award and seeks an additional nomination can only claim accomplishments not specified on the awarded application.
- Faculty in the departments and schools will review the submitted applications and choose which applicant(s) to nominate based on the number allowed by the Graduate School which is based on enrollment numbers. The department will then submit a letter of nomination for their selected applicants.
- The Graduate Council will evaluate and rank all nominations for scholarship or fellowship awards. Nomination documentation and recommendations should be based on the student’s academic record and accomplishments in one or more of the following areas:
- Honors and awards
Professional certifications and credentials
c. Evidence of research and other academic achievements
d. Evidence of professional and community achievements
e. Additional achievements and creative activities
- Honors and awards
- All candidates will be notified no later than April 13thregarding the status of the application.
- Bertha Morton was a Helena, Montana native who worked most of her adult life for the Internal Revenue Service in Helena. She was not an alumnus of The University of Montana, nor did she actually attend any university. She worked hard and saved her money. When she died in 1977, she left a large part of her estate to the UM Foundation because she desired to encourage and help serious students obtain an education here. Bertha Morton fellowships and scholarships have subsequently become our most prestigious awards for graduate students.
Coastal science research fellowships.
The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is now accepting applications for 2018 fellowships. more about these fellowships! What does a Gulf Research Program fellow do? Early-Career Research Fellows receive two years of unrestricted funding to pursue the innovative research and unique collaborations that move coastal science forward. Science Policy Fellows gain first-hand experience at the interface of science and policy as they spend one year alongside decision-makers at agencies across Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Florida.
Holiday Parties with local conservation groups!!!
Enjoy visiting with your fellow conservationists at the following holiday parties (there’s always fun, food, and the chance to make new friends).
Dec 11 - Montana Wilderness Association holiday party/potluck, Dec 11, 6-8pm at Imagine Nation, 1151 W. Broadway. For more information, contact Lee Boman at 509-521-3646 or email@example.com.
Dec 12 - Bitterroot Water Forum Holiday Party, 5:30-7:30pm, Hamilton Elks Lodge, 203 State St.
Dec 13 - Blackfoot Challenge Holiday Party. Enjoy good food & friends and celebrate a year of conservation efforts for the Blackfoot. Staff will share plans for the coming year. WHEN/WHERE: Dec 13, 6-8pm at Double Arrow Resort (Main Lodge) in Seeley Lake.
Join the UM Carolers in spreading some cheer this holiday season!
If you like doing a little Fa-La-Laing at this time of the year, join UM faculty, staff and students who Deck the Halls in the Bleak Midwinter with the help of Frosty and Rudolph. Below are the times and places planned so far.
Dec 11 (M) 4:30-5 -- UM Holiday Party in UC ballroom (we’ll lead a singalong near the end of the party)
Dec 13 (W) NOON – Physical Therapy party in Skaggs ground floor (with treats! as in the past)
Dec 15 (F) NOON – UC atrium – at the piano by the Source
Dec 20 (W) NOON --Missoula Senior Center
If you’d like the songbook used by the UM Carolers, email Vicki and she’ll email it to you. And she’ll add you to the email list for notices of any additions or changes.
Ski for Conservation at Discovery, Dec 16.
Help protect the lands you love with a day of skiing! A portion of every lift ticket will support the conservation efforts of Five Valleys Land Trust. Adult lift tickets start at $34 (a discounted price!). The fun starts at 9 am. For more information, visit Discovery's website. While you're there, swing by the lodge to say hello to the Five Valleys crew and enter raffle to win some Five Valleys gear. More info: contact Lena at Five Valleys. When: Saturday, December 16; 9:00am - 5:00pm. Where: Discovery Ski Area (view map).
Europe’s last ancient wilderness at risk – spot the UM prof in the story.
Poland’s last old growth forest (Białowieża Forest) is in jeopardy from an outbreak of the spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus), a voracious insect that kills weak spruce trees. Polish state forest managers say logging is the only way to stop the threat and tripled the amount of logging permitted in part of the forest. Environmental groups and many ecologists say the ministry’s cure is far worse than the disease, and that nothing less than the future of Europe’s last ancient wilderness is at stake. Read the full story here and spot the UM prof quoted in the story.
Fighting Plastic Pollution.
At the current rate of decline in fish populations and rate of increase in plastic pollution, plastic might exceed fish (by weight) in the ocean by 2050 (according to a 2016 study by MacArthur Foundation & World Economic Forum). International Coastal Cleanup Day involves more people (12 million this year) and plastic every year. What about going after the source of the plastic? Communities are auditing their litter pickups and identifying which companies produce most of the plastic that winds up on the beach. Filipino activists conducted an 8-day beach cleanup and audit. Half of the waste collected was plastic. And six international brands are responsible for nearly 54 % of that plastic waste. Nestle, Procter & Gamble, Unilever were some of the biggest plastic polluters. See what activists are doing to reduce plastic pollution.