Newsline December 18, 2017

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Good News Item

  1. Soda Butte Creek brought back to life. 

Around EVST

  1. TEACH AT UM SUMMER 2018.
  2. EVST alum receives MT Organic Association’s leadership award! 
  3. EVST Alum has graduate thesis published.
  4. EVST alum working with urban design group in New York.
  5. New edition of EVST Spotlight focuses on Water Protectors!

Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. EVST Professor Retiring at end of January.

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Training for watershed education volunteers, Jan 4.
  2. Flathead National Forest plan FEIS open to objection for 60 days. 

Educational Opportunities

  1. Global Public Health lecture series (1 credit) offered at UM this spring.
  2. New Grad seminar in Conservation Ethics and Biotechnology, spring 2018.
  3. Eagle Capture & Banding, Dec 20.
  4. Montana Watershed Coordination Council annual meeting, Jan 12, E. Helena, Registration Required.
  5. A course that Rocks, Jan 9 to Jan 30. 
  6. Best Friends help each other face climate change, Jan 8. 
  7. “Model My Watershed” webinar, Dec 21.
  8. Field courses in Belize. 
  9. Local Government meetings this week.

Jobs and Internship (local or summer jobs; for full time jobs around the US, request the envirojobs list serv, no message, just send.)

  1. Summer Internship in Washington DC for Native American students, start application now. 
  2. Lewis and Clark County seeks Planner I.
  3. Paid Spring Internship with Community Food Ag Coalition (CFAC). 
  4. Summer Internship at YNP, Resource Management Internship for Native American students.
  5. Wilderness Ranger internship, apply by Feb 16.
  6. Naturalist Guides needed in Denali, summer 2018, apply by Jan 5. 
  7. Montana Conservation Corps is recruiting for summer 2018.

Funding

  1. Research Fellowship for research in Rocky Mountain National Park.
  2. Research Fellowship for grads and undergrads to work in national parks, apply by Feb 19.
  3. Call for nominations for the 2018-2019 Bertha Morton Fellowships and Scholarships.

Housing

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. 14 year old collie looking for a home. 
  2. Need a smile? Check out the 2017 comedy wildlife photography awards here.
  3. UM Holiday Cookie Cook-off on Dec 21 (Solstice). 
  4. France launches largest dam removal project in Europe.
  5. Union of Concerned Scientists announces their Science Defenders for 2017.
  6. Bitterroot Audubon offers beautiful calendar. 
  7. Politics & culture magazine seeks articles on political movements of the prairies.
  8. Beat Food Waste.

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Good News Item

Soda Butte Creek brought back to life. 

Soda Butte Creek flows into Yellowstone Park. It was devastated by acid mine drainage from old abandoned mines. Cleanups began in the 1990’s. The Forest Service and MT DEQ removed old tailings to a repository and restored the creek (cost $24.5million). Work was completed in 2014 and now the creek has recovered enough that it was just taken off the list of impaired streams. Native fish have come back to the creek. A big thanks to the Forest Service and DEQ. Read more about it here.

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Around EVST  

TEACH AT UM SUMMER 2018.

EVST graduate students are invited to submit proposals for courses to be taught at the University of Montana in the summer session 2018. Provide a one-page proposal to Len Broberg by e-mail with the following contents:

1. Course description
2. Level of course (100, 200, 300 or 400)
3. Course timing. Summer session meets in standard slots you can find on the academic calendar but we encourage courses offered in the following timing:

  • May 14-18
  • weekends
  • end of July-August 24
  • online
4. Course description- what will you cover in general and how (classroom, field, online, mixed online and face-to-face 
5. Credits. You need 15 contact hours per credit.
The pay is variable depending on credits but should be about $1000 per credit. Deadline: December 22, 12 noon. 

EVST alum receives MT Organic Association’s leadership award! 

Congratulations to alumna Kristina "Kiki" Hubbard (MS 2006). Last weekend, she won the 2017 Leadership in Organics Award from the Montana Organic Association! The award recognizes her on-going commitment to advancing organic agriculture. She joins the ranks of many other great leaders so recognized by MOA, including US Senator Jon Tester. Hubbard is currently the Director of Advocacy and Communications at Organic Seed Alliance. 

EVST Alum has graduate thesis published.

EVST Alum Erica Langston (2015) has had her graduate thesis published recently in VICE. It's about the lack of resources available to mentally disabled sex offenders, and it features a local program called Opportunity Resources that is trying to do something about it. Read more here

EVST alum working with urban design group in New York.

Recent alum Leah Lynch sends her greetings to EVST. She is working for AECOM, an urban design group. She is the Assistant Project Manager for the Rebuild by Design Hudson River project, planning a floodwall for the city of Hoboken, Weehawken, and Jersey City. She'll also be working on evacuation planning and operations. Obviously, there's concern about rising seas with climate change.  

New edition of EVST Spotlight focuses on Water Protectors!

The new edition of EVST Spotlight focuses on EVST alum Peter Nielsen, MS 1987, his passions and his role as the Environmental Health Supervisor, Missoula Water Quality District, Missoula City-County Health Department. Also in the Spotlight is Second Year EVST MS candidate Laura Zanolli 2018, and her passions and current research on riparian wetland areas of Lolo Creek. Read more about both of these people here.

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Featured Events 

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! 

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Volunteer Opportunities 

Training for watershed education volunteers, Jan 4.

This winter, the Clark Fork Coalition is gearing up to engage students in river conservation education all over the watershed–and we need volunteers to pull it off! Our winter-time education program, Snow and Tell, gets kids out in the field and learning about how important Montana’s snowpack is to a healthy watershed. Volunteers will help in the field, keeping kids on task and out of trouble, but don’t need to have any experience with snow science. Want to learn more? Come to our Education Volunteer Orientation on Thursday, January 4 at 5:30pm at the Clark Fork Coalition Office. We’ll have pizza and drinks and will chat about what we do and how you can fit in. Questions or RSVP to Katie here, or Learn more here about our volunteer opportunities and fill out a Volunteer Application here

Flathead National Forest plan FEIS open to objection for 60 days. 

The Flathead National Forest has released the final environmental impact statement (EIS) and draft record of decision ROD for the Flathead National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (referred to as the “forest plan”). The revised forest plan provides direction for managing the forest’s ecological, social, and economic resources for the next 10 to 15 years. The Forest Service is concurrently amending the forest plans of the Helena-Lewis and Clark, Kootenai, and Lolo National Forests to incorporate habitat management direction for the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) grizzly bear population. The Flathead NF incorporates the NCDE grizzly bear habitat management direction as part of its plan revision process. The Forest Service has prepared a single FEIS for its forest plan and the forest plan amendments, a draft ROD for the revised forest plan, and a draft ROD for the forest plan amendments. A 60-day objection period started on December 14, 2017. The forest plan, amendments, final EIS, and other documentation are available at the following links for your review: Flathead National Forest’s plan revision webpage; Forest plan amendments webpage; and USDA Forest Service Northern Region’s species of conservation concern webpage.

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Educational Opportunities

Global Public Health lecture series (1 credit) offered at UM this spring.

The Global Public Health program announces the 4th Global Public Health lecture series "Global Public Health: Experiences and Insights." This lecture series is offered as a 1‐credit pass/no pass course (PSCI 191) for students, and is free and open to the public. This series features weekly lectures by prominent Montana health‐care practitioners and professionals who work locally and in countries around the world. These lectures cover timely topics from sanitation to Ebola through the real world experiences of Montana health-care practitioners. Lecture series is PSCI 191 (CRN38285) and will meet Wednesdays 6:30 -8pm in Gallagher 123. Lecture series schedule is here

New Grad seminar in Conservation Ethics and Biotechnology, spring 2018.

The idea that the earth is moving into the “Anthropocene” (a new epoch where human activity is altering the earth’s biophysical processes) is becoming increasingly popular. One feature of the “Anthropocene” is a major loss of the earth’s biodiversity, a sixth mass extinction event. This seminar explores important ethical questions in light of high extinction rates: How should conservationists and societies respond to the high rates of loss of biodiversity? What conservation goals should be pursued?  What tools ought to be used to pursue those goals? The course will explore these questions by reading scientists, conservationists and philosophers such as Aldo Leopold, Michael Soulé, Holmes Rolston, Peter Kareiva and E. O. Wilson. While we will discuss the ethics of various controversial techniques and proposals, such as managed relocation and E. O. Wilson’s Half-Earth proposal, the main focus of the seminar will be when, how, and if, emerging biotechnologies (e.g., genome editing, gene drives) should be used to assist conservation efforts. Instructors include faculty from Forestry & Biology. 1 credit - WILD 595.04M; Thursdays, 3:00PM to 4:15PM; Mansfield Center Conference Room, MLIB 454. 

Eagle Capture & Banding, Dec 20.

Join MPG Ranch and the Raptor View Research Institute to observe the live capture of bald and golden eagles and participate in the banding process. This event is based out of a ranch house, so participants can stay warm. We will live-stream video from the capture site to a large screen at the 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 processing. 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 & get directions, or at 406-396-6285. WHEN: Wednesday, 12/20 from 11am - 3pm. 

Montana Watershed Coordination Council annual meeting, Jan 12, E. Helena, Registration Required.

  • 9am Keynote: Economic Benefits of Healthy Watersheds. Mark Haggerty, Headwaters Economics.
  • 10am State Agency Directors Panel: MT watershed groups are a key part of natural resource management. State agency directors (FWP, DEQ, DNRC, DOA) will discuss added value of working with local groups as well as partnership opportunities in 2018.      
  • 11:30p Lunch
  • 12:30pmDefining the Watershed Approach: Over the years, MWCC has been asked, “What IS a watershed group?” Watershed groups include non-profits, local and tribal governments. What do we have in common? Watershed groups can define their role in the 2019 legislative session. MWCC will provide an overview of this opportunity, the UM will present data regarding shared principles among the MWCC directory, and meeting attendees can participate in a discussion on defining the watershed approach.
  • 2:45p Local Watershed Panel. Watershed coordinators from across the state will discuss next steps.
  • 4pm Reception at the Kleffner Ranch. WHEN/WHERE: Friday, January 12th, 2018  at Kleffner Ranch in East Helena, Montana. Registration Required

A course that Rocks, Jan 9 to Jan 30. 

Montana Natural History Center offers this short course with Geologist Bruce Baty who will introduce you to a number of amazing rock-forming and ore minerals during this four-part series. Discover their properties and local distribution. Experiment with a large collection of mineral specimens. Learn how to identify minerals based on a set of clues: crystal shape, hardness, streak, specific gravity, fracture, and luster. The series includes lectures and hands-on activities to best engage your geological interest. Amaze yourself, your family and friends as you find minerals wherever you go! Registration is required. Buy tickets HERE! WHEN/WHERE: January 9, 16, 23, & 30 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. 

Best Friends help each other face climate change, Jan 8. 

Come hear Forest Service ecologist Bob Keane discuss, Best Friends Forever: The Importance of the Mutualistic Relationship of the Whitebark Pine and Clark's Nutcracker in an Uncertain Climate Future. Joint meeting of Montana Native Plant Society and Montana Audubon. WHEN/WHERE: Monday, January 8, 7:00pm in Rm 123 Gallagher Business Building.  

“Model My Watershed” webinar, Dec 21.

The next NACD Urban and Community Conservation webinar is scheduled for 12:00 noon-1:00 pm Eastern time on December 21, 2017 and will feature the online app, Model My Watershed (MMW), which is part of the WikiWatershed.org toolkit. The development of this online resource, led by Stroud Water Research Center, provides the means to easily visualize maps and model outputs that show [more info here]. 

Field courses in Belize. 

Center for Engaged Learning Abroad offers the field courses below. Note that this group is not affiliated with UM, so check it out to your satisfaction before enrolling. Lake Ecology: An Introduction to Field Research with CELA in Belize is an intensive field course that leads students to a comprehensive understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological processes that influence lake dynamics.  This will be accomplished through lecture, field investigation, and laboratory analysis. Students learn basic and modern methods of field and laboratory studies of lake ecosystems. Includes how to monitor water quality parameters, how to collect aquatic invertebrates in various habitats, how to taxonomically and genetically identify aquatic invertebrates. When: May 12 - 26, 2018. Cost:  $2,825 for one course. Two weeks for three credit hours, and the credit can transfer from a US or Belizean institution. For full details on the courses, syllabi, student reviews and pricing, please click on the links below, or the website at CELA Belize. Our courses are also offered over the winter break. See also: Wildlife Health, Ecology and Conservation, May 26 - June 9, June 9 - 23, 2018. 

Local Government meetings this week.

  • Conservation Lands Advisory Committee

When: 4 p.m. Monday. Where: Currents Aquatic Center, 600 Cregg Lane.

  • Missoula City Council 

When: 7 p.m. Monday. Where: City Council Chambers, 140 W. Pine St.

  • Transportation Policy Coordination Committee

When: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.Where: City Council Chambers, 140 W. Pine St.

  • Business Improvement District Board

When: 3 p.m. Tuesday.Where: Missoula Downtown Office, 218 E. Main St. Suite C.

  • Missoula Consolidated Planning Board

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday.Where: City Council Chambers, 140 W. Pine St.

  • Missoula Housing Authority Board

When: 5:30 Wednesday.Where: Missoula Housing Authority, 1235 34th St. 

  • Missoula City-County Health Board

When: 12:15 p.m. Thursday.Where: Health Board Conference Room, 301 W. Alder St.

  • Missoula County Parks and Trails Advisory Board

When: 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Where: 323 W. Alder St.

  • Missoula County Open Lands Advisory Committee

When: 6 p.m. Thursday.Where: CAPS office Conference Room, 323 W. Alder St.

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Jobs and Internships 

Summer Internship in Washington DC for Native American students, start application now. 

The Udall Internship national deadline is January 31, 2018. This is a great summer internship program in Washington DC for Native American students (undergraduates, graduate students or law students). This program does not require a nomination, but it is important for the students to contact Laure Drake ASAP for application coaching, or at (406) 243-6140. 

Lewis and Clark County seeks Planner I.

The Community Development and Planning Department is seeking applicants for the Planner I position. More information and application details can be found here. Application deadline January 7, 2018. 

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

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Funding  

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
  • 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.

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Miscellaneous - Resources 

14 year old collie looking for a home. 

Andie is a 14 year old, mostly collie/shepherd dog. Her owner is moving to an apartment and cannot take her with him. If you would be interested in giving Andie a home, contact Kathy McAllister or 728-7195) ASAP.  

Need a smile? Check out the 2017 comedy wildlife photography awards here.

UM Holiday Cookie Cook-off on Dec 21 (Solstice). 

UM students, faculty, staff and their families are invited to join UM Dining for some tasty and charitable holiday fun at the 20th annual Great UM Christmas Cookie Cook-Off.  This year’s event, themed “The Nutcracker,” will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, in the Lommasson Center’s Food Zoo dining room. Guests may bring home up to half the cookies they bake, and the remainder will be donated to local youth homes, senior homes, group shelters and other nonprofit organizations. Event sponsor Sysco Food Service of Montana will donate about 800 pounds of cookie dough ingredients and decorations this year. Participants only need to bring their holiday spirit. The event also features beverages, music and a children’s play area. 

France launches largest dam removal project in Europe.

With thousands of proposed dams threatening Europe's few remaining free flowing rivers, France's decision to remove two large dams could signal the start of a new era on the continent - with countries focusing on reviving their rivers and on large scale dam destruction rather than construction. Read more here

Union of Concerned Scientists announces their Science Defenders for 2017.

To take a stand for science is always an act of bravery, but it has special resonance today. Many scientists working for the US government feel that the current administration in Washington DC has imposed a chilling environment that sidelines science and scientists, wipes away references to climate change from federal websites, favors special interests over public health and safety, and ignores and/or denies evidence and facts. The Union of Concerned Scientists is proud to announce Got Science? Defenders for 2017: five people and groups who have refused to be silent. See them here. 

Bitterroot Audubon offers beautiful calendar. 

Need a last-minute Montana-themed gift for that nature lover? Get Bitterroot Audubon's 2018 calendar! This visually stunning piece, created by local photographers with artwork by area 4th-graders, benefits education and conservation projects in the Bitterroot valley. Order yours here. 

Politics & culture magazine seeks articles on political movements of the prairies.

Briarpatch is an award-winning magazine of politics and culture. Fiercely independent and proudly polemical, Briarpatch offers original reporting, insight, and analysis from a grassroots perspective. This May, Briarpatch will publish a special themed issue about the Prairies. We’re seeking stories that unpack the political history social movements of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, confront the challenges of radical organizing in the region, grapple with the place of the Prairies in national and international political questions, center treaty relationships, and look to the future of anti-oppressive politics that respond to the political, social, economic, and environmental realities of the people who live here. We want stories that span geographies and sites of resistance, from the neighborhood to the region. We are also looking to connect with Prairie-based artists, illustrators, photographers, and graphic designers! 

Beat Food Waste.

Nearly 1,000 people joined Center for Biodiversity’s Beat Food Waste Challenge this fall to learn how to slash their household food waste. The official challenge may be over, but these resources can help you save food, money and wildlife in the coming weeks and year. 
1) The shopping guide gives you tips for the store and when you get your groceries home.
2) The cooking guide provides recipes and ideas for using all the food you buy.
3) The fridge guide helps you get organized to save food before it spoils.
4) If you're entertaining, check out Save the Food's The Guest-imator to help you serve just the right amount.
5) The FoodKeeper App is your A-to-Z guide for keeping food fresh longer.

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

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