Newsline October 16, 2017
Missoula makes progress towards adding bike parks.
- Rivers as sacred places.
- EVST’er publishes in Rural Cooperatives magazine.
- Strategies for Effective Stewardship, A Watershed Wide Approach.
- Graduate/Professional Student Association Opportunity.
Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events & CHECK FOR FIRE CANCELLATIONS)
Grizzly Bear Conference at UM, Oct 17.
- Help the Elk with weeding and wildlife friendly fence, Oct 18 or 19.
- Sustainable Living Expo in Butte (Oct 20-22) still needs volunteers (you get free registration.
- Bitterroot Water Forum Volunteer Opportunities.
- Comment on Missoula’s Zero Waste Plan by Oct 27.
- How would you like to see a nonmotorized travel corridor to connect Bitterroot Valley to Flathead Lake?
- Grant Proposal writing workshops, Oct 18, Nov 1, Nov 15.
- Role Models Matter workshop, Oct 17.
- Butchering Workshop, Oct 19.
- Fire Ecologists speak to EVST students about climate change adaptation, Oct 19.
- Reflections of the Revolution: The October Revolution and Global Order, 1917-2017, at UM Oct 20-22.
- Beginning birder walk at Metcalf Refuge, Oct 21.
- Bird walk at Lee Metcalf wildlife refuge in the Bitterroot, Oct 28.
- Communicating Climate Change: How People of Faith Can Inspire Action to Care For Creation.
- Extreme Weather and Climate Change Panel, Oct 24.
- Leave it to Beavers!
- Tour of wildlife conservation ranch in the Bitterroot, Oct 31.
- BGEN 445 – Sustainability Reporting, offered spring 2018.
- The Forest Service is hiring student interns and recent graduates through the Pathways Program.
- Information session this week for students looking for full-time employment post-graduation.
- The Montana Wildlife Federation is seeking an outreach coordinator, located in Helena MT.
- Paid summer internships at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
- Environmental Education/Distance Learning job with MT Natural History Center.
- Work Study Job helping with Missoula Transportation Planning, apply by Oct 20.
- UM interdisciplinary grad program hiring half time Administrative Assistant.
- Opportunity at High Country News.
- Humanities Montana’s grant applications due Dec 20.
- Funding available from MT Trout Foundation, apply by Nov 15.
- Funding Opportunities
- Gleaning at PEAS Farm.
- Fundraiser for 1000 New Gardens, Oct 21.
- Town and Gown Dance at UM, Oct 21.
- American Fisheries Society – MT Chapter web site has fish info.
- Garden City Harvest’s Year-end Winter Storage veggie sale, Oct 18 & 19.
- Library Workshops help you build research and critical thinking skills (you paid for them already).
- Water-energy-food nexus listserv.
- Fundraiser for Women’s Voices for the Earth, Oct 26.
- 13th Annual Bulls, Blues, and Brews Benefit and Silent Auction, Oct 20.
- Fort Missoula Regional Park hosts old-fashioned Fall Family Fest on October 21.
Rivers as sacred places.
Rosalyn LaPier, UM Environmental Studies professor, recently published the article, “For Native Americans, a River is More Than a ‘Person,’ it is also a Sacred Place,” in The Conversation.
EVST’er publishes in Rural Cooperatives magazine.
EVST grad student Catie DeMets had an article published in Rural Cooperatives magazine of the USDA. It’s based on work she did in the methods course and for Lake County Community Development Corp. Check it out here. Congratulations, Catie!
John Goetz of Clean Water Services discussed questions and issues surrounding watershed management projects, including site preparation, herbicide usage, plant monitoring, and urban beaver research. For more information and links to other publications like SER News, Restore, Restoration Ecology and more, please visit this link. Get to know the Society for Ecological Restoration a little more today!
Graduate/Professional Student Association Opportunity.
Fellow Graduate and Professional Students: Join us for a practical and informative networking “how-to” with experts Paul Gladen, regents professor and director of UM's Blackstone LaunchPad, and David Firth, professor of MIS and consulting with UM's Business School. As 87% of recruiters use LinkedIn to recruit (Adweek, 2015), you will learn how to create and cultivate a successful LinkedIn profile. We will provide FREE professional head shots courtesy of Blackstone LaunchPad photographer, Jake Sheridan, for the first 100 students that RSVP. You will also have an opportunity to gain real-world experience networking with community recruiters to refine your skills (85% of all jobs are filled via networking, Adler Group Survey 2016). RSVP to secure your spot (and head shot). The event will be on Oct 26 from 5-9pm at the Public House in Downtown Missoula. Food and drinks (beer, wine, and soft) provided.
Grizzly Bear Conference at UM, Oct 17.
You are invited to a conference titled Grizzly Bear Recovery: Crossroads or Crosshairs? Cosponsored by UM Environmental Studies & Wilderness Institute, Sierra Club, Flathead-Lolo-Bitterroot Citizen Task Force, Wilderness Watch, and Wild West Institute. Detailed schedule here. Brief schedule below. 2 panels debate whether to remove grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem from the protections of the Endangered Species Act, followed by representative of Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribe giving the perspective of the tribe. There will be a 7pm Featured Evening Presentation at The Public House, 130 W. Broadway titled "Grizzly Bear Movements in Western Montana" by James Jonkel, Bear Management Specialist, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. Conference: Where/When: 3:30pm in UM’s UC 330.
Help the Elk with weeding and wildlife friendly fence, Oct 18 or 19.
Bert Lindler organizes work days on the National Wildlife Federation's elk winter range in the Grant Creek valley. On Oct 18, he is looking for volunteers to help from 1 to 6 p.m. in removing about one-quarter mile of barbed wire on the boundary on the property (leaving the fence posts to continue marking the boundary). On Oct 19, from 1 to 6 p.m., he is looking for folks to help clip and bag houndstongue seed stalks on the property. If you're able to help, contact Bert or call 406- 317-1183.
Sustainable Living Expo in Butte (Oct 20-22) still needs volunteers (you get free registration.
Comment on Missoula’s Zero Waste Plan by Oct 27.
The City of Missoula requests your comments on its Zero Waste Plan. The four focus areas (Paths to Zero Waste in Missoula) are: Access, Infrastructure, Education and Policy. These paths and related strategies came into focus from studying best practices in other communities, and from YOU via our three Community Listening Sessions hosted in March. Please click on the links below to review strategies and provide comments by October 27th. View ZERO by FIFTY Paths and Strategies and Comment Online.
Bitterroot Water Forum Volunteer Opportunities.
Wednesday, October 18th, we are headed out again to finish installing browse protectors, and we could use your help! The good news is the posts have already been pounded around the plants, we'll just need to cut the fencing and wrap it around the posts. What: Volunteer Work Day on the East Fork. Where: We'll meet in Hamilton and carpool to the site. When: Wednesday, October 18th; 9am-4pm. We'll provide lunch, please let us know of any dietary restrictions! Please bring: Water, work gloves, long pants and long sleeves recommended, sturdy shoes or boots, hat, rain gear, sunscreen, & sunglasses. Also, if you have a tool to cut metal fencing like a mini bolt cutter, please bring that along too! To Signup please contact Julia.
How would you like to see a nonmotorized travel corridor to connect Bitterroot Valley to Flathead Lake?
Bike-Walk-Alliance of Missoula asks citizens to support the Peoples Way US-93 Multi-Use Path (Proposed Project), a 34 mile, 10 -foot wide, path along US-93 North on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana. This new path will stretch from Interstate 90 to Dublin Gulch/Redhorn Roads, just north of St. Ignatius. With existing and planned projects, this path will become part of a 115 mile non-motorized connection from the Bitterroot Valley to Flathead Lake. There are two key ways you can support the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes' FY 2017 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant to build The Peoples Way - U.S. Highway 93 Multi-use Path. Write a letter of support for this project to email@example.com, or call Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao (202.366.4000), Sen. Tester (406.257.3360), Sen. Daines (406.549.8198) and Chairman Finley (406.675.2700 ext. 1007).
Grant Proposal writing workshops, Oct 18, Nov 1, Nov 15.
UM Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) offers a four-part series on proposal writing this fall. The sessions will be structured to include a presentation of concepts, time for questions, and hands-on exercises to help you build your best grant proposal. Attend any or all of the sessions in the series! Grad students welcome. Session 1, finding funding and framing your initial pitch, took place on October 4, 2017. Don’t worry if you missed it. You can still attend the other sessions in the series. Session 2: Designing your project and managing submission of a proposal, Wednesday, October 18, 3:30-5 p.m. TODD 203. note room change. Register here. Session 3: Writing an effective proposal narrative. Wednesday, November 1, 3:30-5 p.m. UC 225. Understand the steps to building an effective narrative by discussing strategies with a successful principal investigator and reviewing examples of proposal submissions. Register here. Session 4: Building a budget that augments your proposal. Wednesday, November 15, 3:30-5 p.m. TODD 203. Expert grant administrators will walk through the ideal way to build a budget, common pitfalls, and examples of budgets and justifications. Register here.
Role Models Matter workshop, Oct 17.
We Are Montana in the Classroom places UM faculty members, graduate students, and professionals in K-12 classrooms to inspire students about the opportunities that await them in higher education and career pathways. Participants will leave the Role Models Matter workshop with concrete ideas for a hands- or minds-on activity to lead in the classroom and will have the opportunity to sign up for upcoming role model visits this fall. To attend, please email here. WHEN/WHERE: Date: October 17th, 2pm-4pm at Phyllis J. Washington Education Building, Room 314.
Butchering Workshop, Oct 19.
Gain butchering competence by learning the basics from MUD's own Heather Graham! Click here for info and to register. One of Missoula Urban Demo's workshops. Thurs. Oct 19 from 7-9pm @ Nourishing Cultures Kitchen.
Fire Ecologists speak to EVST students about climate change adaptation, Oct 19.
This summer’s extreme fire season makes clear our need to have a better understanding of fire regimes and how they affect local ecosystem, and how management can hamper or help forest recovery/resilience. EVST has invited two of UM’s fire ecologists to speak to EVST students on Oct 19. Everyone is invited. Philip Higuera will present some basic fire history information and the role of climate change in driving fire activity, with a focus on the Northern Rockies, and the 2017 fires. Andrew Larson will focus on forest management with an emphasis on fire, forest restoration, fuel reduction, climate change adaptation. WHEN:/WHERE: Oct 19 from 12:30-1:50pm at Rankin Hall 204.
Reflections of the Revolution: The October Revolution and Global Order, 1917-2017, at UM Oct 20-22.
An international conference at UM that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution in Russia. Presentations and discussions will focus on revolutions of the past as well as explore the possibility of revolutionary scenarios today. More information here. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, October 20-22.
Beginning birder walk at Metcalf Refuge, Oct 21.
Are you curious about migrating or wintering birds? Then this beginning birding field trip on Saturday, October 21 may be of interest. Learn basic skills of bird identification, including use of binoculars and field guides, key field marks, and much more. Binoculars are available if needed. Families are welcome. Minimal walking is involved. Meet at the Metcalf NWR headquarters at 10 a.m. for this 2-hour field trip. For more information contact Larry at 549-5632. Sponsored by Bitterroot Audubon, Five Valleys Audubon, and Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. Five Valleys Audubon invites you on these birding field trips, Oct 21, Oct 28, Nov 9.
Bird walk at Lee Metcalf wildlife refuge in the Bitterroot, Oct 28.
10am to noon. Meet leader at the Refuge’s visitor center. Oct 28: All day trip to Brown’s Lake near Ovando – to look for scoters and loons. Meet in NW corner of UM’s Adams Center parking lot at 8:50 am. Nov 4: All day trip to Lee Metcalf wildlife refuge. Meet in NW corner of UM Adams Center parking lot at 8:50 am. For more info, contact Larry Weeks, or 549-5632.
Communicating Climate Change: How People of Faith Can Inspire Action to Care For Creation.
Join the Faith and Climate Action group to learn how you can help. Dinner provided. Contact EVST ALUM Abby. WHEN/WHERE: Monday, October 23, 6-8 pm, University Congregational Church Fireside Room (on University Avenue 1 block from UM).
Extreme Weather and Climate Change Panel, Oct 24.
Montana Conservation Voters invites you to an Extreme Weather and Climate Change Panel at UM. Details here. HEN/WHERE: October 24th @ 5:30pm at UC Room 332.
Leave it to Beavers!
Clark Fork Coalition is putting a spotlight on the hard-working, fur-ball hero of the watershed – the beaver. Beaver are ecosystem engineers who change their landscape like no other animals (except humans!) Join the Clark Fork Coalition and the National Wildlife Federation, and river ecologist Amy Chadwick for a presentation about Busting Beaver Myths on Wed., Oct 25. Amy will discuss beaver ecology, beavers’ role in western watersheds as ‘ecosystem engineers,’ and the implications of lost beaver habitats on our water budget. When/Where: October 25th, 5:15-6:15 pm at Imagine Nation Brewing Co., 1151 West Broadway.
Tour of wildlife conservation ranch in the Bitterroot, Oct 31.
Visit MPG Ranch to learn about our current projects and long-term goals. Driving tour is limited to accessible roads and by weather. Plan to spend some time walking and dress for the weather. The tour is limited to 6 participants. Please contact us to register. We will reply with directions. Contact Joshua Lisbon to register or with any questions, or 406-396-6285. WHEN: Tuesday, Oct 31 from 10:30am-1:30pm.
BGEN 445 – Sustainability Reporting, offered spring 2018.
Open to ALL UM juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Reporting on environmental and social performance has moved into the mainstream and is now standard practice for businesses and other organizations everywhere. Course topics include: What organizations actually report about environmental and social issues, AND what they should report; The Global Reporting Initiative; Greenwashing; Integrated Reporting and more. 3 credits (CRN: 37392); TR 2:00 – 3:20 PM. For more information contact the instructor Kent Swift or 243-4182.
The Forest Service is hiring student interns and recent graduates through the Pathways Program.
The 2017 Society of American Foresters Convention. How to apply: Online at USAJOBS: October 12-25 for merit applications or October 16-20 for intern indefinites and recent graduate application; In-person during the 2017 Society of American Foresters Convention (in Albuquerque, NM), November 15-16. Positions for current students (undergraduates and graduates): Natural Resource Specialist, Forester, Forestry Technician, NEPA Planner, Biological Scientist, Positions for recent graduates: Natural Resource Specialist, Forester, NEPA Planner, Forestry Technician, Biological Scientist. What You Need to Do: For detailed information about the Pathways hiring event, including eligibility and position locations, visit the Forest Service SAF website. Help is Available and if you have questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information session this week for students looking for full-time employment post-graduation.
Info session on full-time advocacy jobs with Impact and learn about the organization, open positions, the application process, and setting up a first-round interview. When/Where: Tuesday, Oct. 17th, 3-4 pm, Lommasson Center Suite 154.
The Montana Wildlife Federation is seeking an outreach coordinator, located in Helena MT.
Please see attached for a complete job description. This is an exciting time at MWF, and this position is a crucial part of our team. For more information please visit our site.
Paid summer internships at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
SBD is on the northeast shore of Lake Michigan. Attached brochure for 2018 Summer Internship opportunities. For more info, visit us here.
Environmental Education/Distance Learning job with MT Natural History Center.
The Montana Natural History Center seeks an experienced, creative, and well-organized individual to fill the ID Nature Coordinator position. We are looking for a person who is passionate about distance learning and environmental education. The successful hire will work with our talented team to deliver exceptional programming using green screen technology and web-conferencing in remote, rural classrooms and other offsite venues. Full time job. For the full job description or to apply, visit us here.
Work Study Job helping with Missoula Transportation Planning, apply by Oct 20.
The Missoula Development Services - Transportation Division is pleased to announce that a work-study position is available to assist with the 2016 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). We would like to immediately fill a work-study position to assist in the development of various project lists, data inventories related, online mapping and policy documents. The position will deal primarily with tasks that include spreadsheets, databases and mapping. Therefore, the student must have a good understanding of ArcGIS and database applications. The student will work with staff to ensure data consistency and accuracy. The Transportation Division will be the supervisory body and the position will be in an office setting in City Hall. However, there may be some field work required. Interested applicants must qualify for in-state work-study and submit a resume and cover letter through Handshake or to David Gray no later than 5pm on October 20, 2017.
UM interdisciplinary grad program hiring half time Administrative Assistant.
Position serves as a program assistant, providing a variety of administrative support and student customer service duties for the UM BRIDGES program. A graduate student traineeship for interdisciplinary studies at the food-energy-water nexus at University of Montana. The position is part-time, at 0.5 FTE. Position is contingent on program funding, which is currently scheduled through August 31, 2021. The full vacancy announcement and application procedures can be found on UM's Jobs Website. UM is a ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Employer and for more info contact Alisa A. Wade.
Opportunity at High Country News.
For more information about this position please visit our website.
Humanities Montana’s grant applications due Dec 20.
Humanities Montana’s next grant application deadline is December 20, 2017 for regular grants (over $1,000) as well as research fellowships. Opportunity grant applications are once again open for projects beginning November 1 or later. Learn more here.
Funding available from MT Trout Foundation, apply by Nov 15.
The Montana Trout Foundation (MTF) is once again requesting grant proposals from individuals or groups this fall; MTF works to preserve and enhance Montana's one-of-a-kind trout resources through funding scientific research, fisheries education, and trout habitat enhancement. This year's grant cycle is intended to promote restoration and enhancement of wild trout habitat. Other funding sources for improving fisheries habitat, such as Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' Future Fisheries Improvement Program, are intended for project implementation. An MTF grant can fund initial project assessment, planning, and design that will qualify a project for additional funding through these other sources. Applications will be reviewed later in the fall and grants funded beginning in the spring of 2018. Grants are typically between $5000 & $15000. To apply for a grant or for more information about The Montana Trout Foundation, visit the MTF website. The deadline for submission of the proposals is November 15, 2017 (postmarked or received via email, pdf preferred. Or write to: Montana Trout Foundation, PO Box 3165, Bozeman, MT 59772.
Funding Opportunities:NAWCA FY18 U.S. Small Grants (North American Wetlands Conservation)
Conservation Alliance Grants
Value Added Producer Grants
Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund (NWTF) Grant Program
Environmental Education Teacher Professional Development Program
Sustainable Forestry Initiative: Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program
Ranching for Rivers Cost Share
Montana Growth Through Agriculture
Temper of the Times Foundation Invites Applications for Environmental Marketing Expenses
Quadratec Cares ‘Energize The Environment’ Grant Program
Click here to see more
Gleaning at PEAS Farm.
There will be a gleaning at the PEAS Farm this week, although we don’t have exact times. Please contact the PEAS Farm, 3010 Duncan Drive or at 406-523-3663.
Fundraiser for 1000 New Gardens, Oct 21.
1000 New Gardens helps Missoulians put food gardens in their yards. Their annual Bring it Home joint fundraiser with Free Cycles is at Free Cycles on Saturday, Oct 21. Food from local farms, beer, music and a raffle. $5 for food, $5 for beer or $8 for both. Starts around 4pm! Goes til?
Town and Gown Dance at UM, Oct 21.
Hosted by the UM and Missoula Folklore Societies, this annual event invites the Missoula community to join UM for a fun old time community dance. The dances (called contra dance) are Americanized versions of European country dances, and all dances are taught and called. Dances are fun and easy to learn, and participants get to dance with everyone there in these group dances. No experience or partner necessary. If you can smile and walk at the same time, you can contra dance. Live music features Irish tunes and old time Appalachian mountain music. A beginner’s workshop is offered at 7:30 p.m. (not required but it will increase your fun), and the dance goes from 8 to 11 p.m. Dress is casual, with comfortable shoes essential. Dance is FREE (donations gratefully accepted). Video of a dance here. More information here, or contact Vicki Watson, UM Folklore Society advisor, phone 243-5153.
American Fisheries Society – MT Chapter web site has fish info.
AFS MT Chapter has a new website where you can see fish related jobs, events, scholarships, the annual meeting and local fish news & pictures.
Garden City Harvest’s Year-end Winter Storage veggie sale, Oct 18 & 19.
What? Stock up on late season storage crops including potatoes, garlic, onions, beets, winter squash, and much more! When? October 18th and 19th, 2 until 6 pm. Where? River Road Neighborhood Farm, 1657 River Road, map.
Library Workshops help you build research and critical thinking skills (you paid for them already).
UM’s Mansfield Library offers many workshops to help you build research and critical thinking skills. Workshops can help with research in science or history; in doing literature reviews, and in evaluating the credibility of sources. All critical skills for informed and engaged citizens. The schedule of workshops can be found here. Be sure to scroll down to see the descriptions of the different workshops. You already paid for these workshops with your tuition – so get your money’s worth.
Water-energy-food nexus listserv.
UM BRIDGES, the graduate training program for research and studies at the food-energy-water nexus has started a listserv for discussion of all things at the nexus of water-energy-food (broadly defined). UM BRIDGES will post general notices of jobs/workshops/funding/seminars/conferences related to the nexus. You are invited to join the list serv thus: send an email from (your non-umontana alias) email here, with the following text, in the message body (using your name): SUBSCRIBE UM-BRIDGES-L Firstname Lastname. If you are at UM and want to use your UM address to join, please DO NOT USE your umontana alias. Faculty and staff should join using their mso.umt.edu address. Students should join using their umconnect address. After the various authorization/verification processes are successful, you’ll receive a welcome email from the listserv. It states how to manage your list subscription, but foremost, you may want to limit the email you receive by receiving only the daily digest version. From your subscribed email, with the following text, in the message body: SET UM-BRIDGES-L DIGEST. After you are subscribed to the list, you can POST to the list by sending an email, with an informative subject line, here.
Fundraiser for Women’s Voices for the Earth, Oct 26.
Women’s Voices for the Earth amplifies women’s voices to eliminate the toxic chemicals that harm our health and communities. Co-founded by an EVST alumna, Bryony Schwan, WVE has had a steady list of EVST alumni, students, faculty, and friends involved in the organization as staff and supporters. Learn how you can stand up for women’s health and against toxic products – while also supporting WVE at this event. And enjoy some tasty refreshments and good company. WHEN/WHERE: Oct 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Galaxy Lounge at 242 N. Higgins, Missoula. Facebook event page here. For more info & to RSVP, contact Robyn. You can also give by texting THRIVE to 52886.
13th Annual Bulls, Blues, and Brews Benefit and Silent Auction, Oct 20.
This festive affair promotes one goal: the use of our laws to protect Montana’s environment. This year’s event will raise money to support MEIC Montana Environmental Information Center. What: Bulls, Blues, and Brews Silent Auction. When: Friday, October 20th at 6:00 PM. Where: Garlington, Lohn, and Robinson, 350 Ryman St., Missoula.
Fort Missoula Regional Park hosts old-fashioned Fall Family Fest on October 21.
Fall is here… it’s time for hayrides, apple cider and an old-fashioned harvest festival! Fort Missoula Regional Park invites kids and their families to the 17th Annual Fall Family Fest and Kaboom! Play Day on Saturday, October 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fall Family Fest is great fun for the whole family and includes wheelchair-accessible hayrides, arcade games and crafts for all ages, face painting, parachute and cooperative games, cider pressing, active games, Strider bikes, folf and much more. Fall Family Fest features live music with The Salamanders, and food and beverage vendors will be on hand. The suggested donation is $1 per person; proceeds benefit “Share The Fun” Youth Recreation Grants.