Newsline December 4, 2017

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Good News Item

  1. Good News from the Missoula County Commissioners & City Council.

Around EVST

  1. Watershed Ecology class presentations – Dec 7 to Dec 14. 
  2. EVST alum speaks on using GIS data to make post fire work safer.
  3. EVST professor and former grad student publish in Renewable Ag journal.
  4. EVST alum works to protect native fish in Flathead Lake.

Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events & CHECK FOR FIRE CANCELLATIONS)

  1. EVST alum & state legislator speaks at UM on Food/energy/water connections, Dec 4. 

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Comment on proposal to repeal US FWS policy of working for conservation gains, comments due Jan 5. 
  2. December volunteer opportunities with MT Natural History Center. 

Educational Opportunities

  1. Madison Stream Team Film Release! 
  2. Conservation Film double feature, Dec 7.
  3. Wilderness Character Monitoring – a 53-year old mandate, Dec 5. 
  4. Spend Some Summer on the Shores of Flathead Lake! Students are already applying online!
  5. Aquatic Invasive Species management workshop, Dec 11 & 12 in Polson. 
  6. Women’s Workshop @ Freecycles - December 7. 
  7. Verbal Judo! Talking to those hostile to conservation, Dec 14. 
  8. Golden Eagle Migration, Dec 11.
  9. Community meeting on closed Frenchtown pulp mill Superfund Site, December 7.
  10. Present your work at the American Fisheries Society meeting in Butte in Feb; submit abstract by Jan 1. 

Jobs and Internship

  1. Naturalist Guides needed in Denali, summer 2018, apply by Jan 5. 
  2. Montana Conservation Corps is recruiting for summer 2018.
  3. UM Hiring New Student Coordinator for DiverseU.
  4. National Forest Foundation seeks a full-time Tree Planting Coordinator, located in Missoula, Apply by Dec 15. 
  5. Farms and Ranches Hiring Now in Montana!
  6. Links to Sustainable Agriculture & Conservation jobs in Montana.

Funding

Housing

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Holiday Parties with local conservation groups!!!
  2. Join the UM Carolers in spreading some cheer this holiday season! 
  3. Gathering of western Montana outdoor writers/photographers, Dec 6. 
  4. Mount Jumbo Winter Wildlife Closure Begins Dec. 1.
  5. MT chapter of American Fisheries Society seeking pictures/stories of 2017 field season. 
  6. Storing your work for future use. 
  7. Bike thefts are on the rise!

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Good News Item

Good News from the Missoula County Commissioners & City Council.

The City and County approved funding for a conservation easement on 50 acres of prime open space along the Bitterroot River, donated by The Western Montana Retriever Club. The city has $490,000 left from the 2006 Open Space bond. The city council also passed a resolution reaffirming its commitment to climate action in light of President Donald Trump’s recent proposal to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Agreement. After President Trump’s announcement to withdraw from the Paris accord, the Mayors National Climate Change Agenda, made up of 292 U.S. Mayors, including Missoula Mayor John Engen, signed a commitment to “adopt, honor and uphold Paris Climate Agreement goals.” Missoula, along with Bozeman and Whitefish, are the only partner cities in Montana. In 2013, the city adopted the Conservation & Climate Action Plan, with the goal of carbon neutrality by 2025. In 2016, the city adopted the Zero Waste Resolution, with the goal of reducing landfill materials by 90 % by 2050.  

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Around EVST  

Watershed Ecology class presentations – Dec 7 to 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 7 (9:30-10:50) –

      Mason Parker – Invasive Flowering Rush – beautiful to the human eye, but not to trout eyes

      Maggie Hamilton -- Owning our responsibilities to public lands – a photo campaign  

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

EVST alum speaks on using GIS data to make post fire work safer.

EVST alum Rob Ahl recently spoke on the UM campus about the role of his group of USFS GIS workers who led the post fire restoration and salvage logging planning process. Using his group’s geospatial data made on-the-ground work safer and more efficient. See the story map that tells about the work

EVST professor and former grad student publish in Renewable Ag journal.

Environmental Studies Professor Neva Hassanein and her former graduate student Sam Plotkin recently published his MS research “Cultivating Opportunity: Do Land Transfer Tools Improve Land Access for Beginning Farmers?” in Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. 

EVST alum works to protect native fish in Flathead Lake.

Nonnative lake trout and whitefish are changing the food web of Flathead Lake, threatening native fish. The Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribe encourage harvesting these nonnative fish in order to protect native fish. Tribal fisheries biologist (and EVST alum) Barry Hansen says ‘we’ve been focused on reducing the number of lake trout to benefit both bull trout and cutthroats. Our overall objective… is conservation”. Last spring, the Tribal Council approved the incorporation of the nonprofit, tribally owned Native Fish Keepers Inc. business that has begun selling some of the lake trout and whitefish caught in both netting operations and during the spring and fall Mack Days fishing contests hosted by the tribes. Read more in the Missoulian.

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Featured Events 

EVST alum & state legislator speaks at UM on Food/energy/water connections, Dec 4. 

EVST alum Zach Brown is member of the Montana House of Representatives serving his second term representing District 63 in Bozeman. He is Co-Chair of the House Sportsmen’s Caucus and the ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources and Water Policy Committees. Originally from Bozeman, Zach completed his undergraduate degree at UM in 2013, where he focused his Environmental Studies degree on fisheries management, water policy and climate change. He served as the UM student body president in 2012-13, and after graduation, he went on to lead a research project at Georgetown University on U.S. immigration reform. Zach is a Program Manager at One Montana, leading the Resilient Montana program, which focuses on climate science communication and adaptation support for rural Montana communities. Zach spends much of his time in both the Legislature and at One Montana building bridges between leaders and individuals who work and live at the food-energy-water nexus. Specifically, Zach has helped Gallatin River irrigators build connections and communicate shared values with the urban Bozeman community and members of conservation organizations. In this seminar, Zach will speak about his experience in the Legislature and his interest in continuing to engage Montana's agricultural communities in a discussion about climate change science and adaptation. WHEN/WHERE: Monday December 4th from 4:30-5:20pm in Stone Hall 304.

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Volunteer Opportunities 

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. 

December volunteer opportunities with MT Natural History Center. 

Visiting Naturalist in the Schools --Most school days in December - December is fruit month! Students dissect three types of native Montana fruits, exploring their structures and searching for clues to their functions. In the process, we learn how each fruit is specially adapted to spread its seeds. As a volunteer, you assist staff naturalists. Even if you have not volunteered with VNS before, you can still sign up to help! Click here to see the December VNS class schedule. To sign up or for more information, contact Drew LeFebvreWanted: Discovery Day Leaders! Lead your own Discovery Day walk or hike!  Take a group on your favorite outing, either in Missoula or out of town. It can be as long or short as you like, for families or seasoned hikers, instructional or just based on sharing a sense of wonder. Look for birds on the river trail, walk in the North Hills, snowshoe out of town - let us know what you're interested in, and we'll help you brainstorm an activity! For more information, contact Christine Morris.  

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Educational Opportunities  

Madison Stream Team Film Release! 

For the past 8 years, the Madison Conservation District has worked along numerous volunteers, landowners, and conservation partners to carry out one of the most successful citizen science water monitoring programs in the state. The Madison Stream Team has collected a wealth of information about the condition of the streams and rivers throughout the watershed. This information will help the community better understand conditions across the landscape and will guide management decisions to ensure clean water for future generations. You can watch the film here

Conservation Film double feature, Dec 7.

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative hosts a conservation film double feature at the Roxy, followed by a panel of wildlife biologists. WHEN/WHERE: Dec 7 at 6pm at the Roxy Theater, 718 S Higgins Ave. 

Wilderness Character Monitoring – a 53-year old mandate, Dec 5. 

Peter Landres, a Research Ecologist with the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute for 25 years, will give a talk titled, “Wrapping up: wilderness character monitoring across the National Wilderness Preservation System and fulfilling a 53-year old legal mandate.” Peter is retiring at the end of December, so don’t miss your chance to hear from him! This is a potluck event to celebrate Peter’s successful career. You are welcome to bring a dish to share, but it is not required for attendance. This event is open to all. WHEN: Dec 5, noon – 1pm; WHERE: 2st floor conference room of the Forestry Sciences Lab (FoSL) located at 800 East Beckwith Avenue, just south of the Clapp Building. 

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. 

DRAFT AGENDA

DATE/TIMES: DEC 11 & 12, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM both days 

DAY 1Watercraft 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 2Monitoring 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.  

Women’s Workshop @ Freecycles - December 7. 

Emily Jensen will lead a workshop to help women become more confident working on their bikes. Maintenance tips for riding in the winter will be emphasized. Bring your bike, your questions, food and/or drink to share, and enjoy the camaraderie of other women interested in being more independent with their bikes. Free admission, yet donations are appreciated. Held with the help of Women Bike Missoula. WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, Dec 7 at 6pm; Free Cycles, 732 S. 1st St. West. 

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. 

Community meeting on closed Frenchtown pulp mill Superfund Site, December 7.

The Frenchtown community has created a Community Advisory Group (CAG) to discuss and comment on EPA’s plans to clean up the closed pulp mill on the Clark Fork River near Frenchtown. The next meeting will be Dec 7 at 6pm at the Frenchtown Fire Hall, 16863 Marion St, Frenchtown. Everyone welcome. 

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.

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Jobs and Internships 

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

Climate Change internships for spring 2018 (info meeting on Nov 28). 

UM’s Climate Change Studies (CCS) minor program offers the following internships for spring 2018. For list of organizations that interns will work with and job descriptions/qualifications. Open House on Tuesday, November 28, from 4-5 pm in the Davidson Honors College Lounge, to meet representatives from these organizations, hear about their work, and learn about any unfilled internship opportunities. All students welcome. If you are interested in one of these internships, email the CCS director Nicky Phear by December 1. Your email to Nicky should explain why you are interested and how you are qualified for that internship. Nicky will arrange meetings between well qualified students and organizations. Each internship requires about six hours of work per week with the sponsoring organization (and some additional work assigned by Nicky as the faculty advisor to these internships). Interns earn three credits as CCS 398, Climate Change Internship. 

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

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Miscellaneous - Resources 

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 5 - Homeword’s Holiday Open House (Homeword provides earth-friendly, affordable housing) WHEN/WHERE: Dec 5, 4-7pm at Solstice, 1535 Liberty Lane, Suite 114.
  • Dec 6 - Swan Valley Connections celebrates 20 years, 5:30 - 7:30 pm at Swan Valley Community Hall, Condon, MT.
  • Dec 7 - Climate Smart Celebration/fundraiser. 5-8pm at Imagine Nation, 1151 W Broadway St, Missoula.
  • Dec 7 - Headwaters Montana & MT Wilderness Society/Flathead holiday party, (new film on legendary Montana conservationist, Bud Moore, of the Swan Valley), 6-8pm at Whitefish Community Center, 121 East Second Street, Whitefish.
  • 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 lboman@aol.com.
  • Dec 12 - Bitterroot Water Forum Holiday Party, 5:30-7:30pm, Hamilton Elks Lodge, 203 State St.  

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 4 (M) AND Dec 8 (F) NOON – Practice in Brantly Hall President’s room - take your pick or come to both. 
  • 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.

Gathering of western Montana outdoor writers/photographers, Dec 6. 

Off the Record, a gathering of western Montana outdoor writers & photographers, meet at the Union Club for a chat about outdoor story telling. WHEN/WHERE: Dec 6, from 7-10pm at the Union Club at 208 E. Main. 

Mount Jumbo Winter Wildlife Closure Begins Dec. 1.

Most of Mount Jumbo closes to recreational use during the winter months to protect wintering wildlife. The North Zone, including areas north of the Saddle Road, will be closed December 1 to May 1. Jumbo’s South Zone, south of the Saddle Road, will be closed December 1 to March 15. The “L” and I-90 trails remain open all year, and dogs must be leashed during the winter closure. Parks and Recreation is seeking volunteers for the “Elk Spotters” program. Call 721-PARK or click here for more information

MT chapter of American Fisheries Society seeking pictures/stories of 2017 field season. 

Hope everyone had a great field season, and has many stories, pictures, and fun events to share with our MF AFS chapter. Our newsletter committee chair Sam Bourret is soliciting entries for a January 2018 Outlet newsletter. We encourage pictures from the field season that show fisheries folks hard at work and having fun, with a brief written explanation on the project or sampling event! Please send submissions to Sam Bourret by December 15, 2017. 

Storing your work for future use. 

Students should archive their papers/projects in a private account or other safe location so that these will be available to you later as you construct portfolios of your work for academic purposes or job searches. Faculty can’t access your work months/years after classes have ended in order to write letters of recommendation, and flash drives aren’t reliable as permanent storage. UM EVST department recommends that its students store such items in the cloud via Box (students do have access to this – see the website here) or a private account (Google Drive, other). 

Bike thefts are on the rise!

Please secure your bike with a U type lock while parking on campus. Cable locks are easily and quickly snipped. If you are leaving for the break do not leave your bike in a rack. Your bike can be stored in a Residence Hall room as long as it doesn’t hinder entry and staff can clean the room. From UM Police Dept. 

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

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