Newsline October 23, 2017
Huge Victory! Cleaning Product Right to Know Act Signed into Law in California!
- Check out the New EVST Spotlight!
- EVST Alum starts food scraps recycling service!
Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events & CHECK FOR FIRE CANCELLATIONS)
How Do We Live With Fire? Oct 24.
- Comment on Montana's Five-Year Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Plan by Oct 24.
- Pedestrian Facilities Master Plan Open House/First Meeting, Oct 25.
- Tour Missoula’s Zero Waste (almost) wastewater treatment plant/composting plant and tree plantation, Oct 25.
- Watchdogging for Science: A Video Conference Call with the Center for Science and Democracy, Oct 25.
- Sustainable Farming Field Trip, Oct 27-28.
- Birding field trip to Brown’s Lake, Oct 28.
- Tour of wildlife conservation ranch in the Bitterroot, Oct 31.
- Free webinars on the value of floodplain protection (Oct & Nov).
- MT Society of Conservation Biology Research Symposium (Nov 6-7 in MIssoula), register now and submit abstracts.
- Study Abroad in Zambia and Botswana early summer, info session coming soon.
- Links to jobs in Montana.
- The Forest Service is hiring student interns and recent graduates through the Pathways Program.
- 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.
- UM interdisciplinary grad program hiring half time Administrative Assistant.
- Opportunity at High Country News.
- Humanities Montana’s grant applications due Dec 20.
- AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship, apply by Jan 15.
- Links to some funding opportunities.
- Fundraiser for Women’s Voices for the Earth, Oct 26.
- Gleaning at PEAS Farm, Oct 23 – 26, 9am – 6:30pm.
- MontPIRG Fireside Gathering, Oct 25.
- Home ReSource 7th Annual Banquet & Benefit Auction, Nov 3.
Huge Victory! Cleaning Product Right to Know Act Signed into Law in California!
California is the first State in the Nation to pass a law that requires disclosure of ingredients used in institutional and household cleaning products. SB 258, co-sponsored by Women’s Voices for the Earth, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Environmental Working Group (EWG), is the first law in the nation to require disclosure of ingredients directly on the label AND disclosure of fragrance ingredients. This is a huge victory for our right to know that we have been working toward for over a decade and is the direct result of women raising their voices. Please help us continue the important work of eliminating the toxic chemicals that harm our health and communities. Learn more about this law and Women’s Voices for the Earth here.
Check out the New EVST Spotlight!
Spotlight is a new publication created and produced by EVST Alums Neva Hassanein and Bryony Schwan that is “Shining a light on the Alumni and Students of the University of Montana's Environmental Studies Program”. This editions Spotlight is on 2006 Alum Kiki Hubbard and 2018 Candidate Hannah Oblock. Check it out here today!
EVST Alum starts food scraps recycling service!
Last year, EVST alum Sean Doty learned first-hand about Missoula's need to accelerate the transition to Zero Waste as Energy Corps service member with the City of Missoula working on ZERO by FIFTY. So what did he decide to do? Start Missoula's first residential & commercial curbside collection service for food scraps, that's what! AND Missoula Compost Collection will donate 10% off collection service sign-up fees to Home ReSource between now and our Benefit Auction! It's a Zero Waste double whammy! Go Sean! Read more in this Missoula Independent article.
How Do We Live With Fire? Oct 24.
A Public Forum moderated by Frank Allen, former environment editor of Wall Street Journal and former dean of UM Journalism. WHEN/WHERE: Tues. Oct. 24, 7-9 p.m. in UM’s UC Theater (Also streamed via Facebook Live). Reception before event, starting at 6:30 p.m. in foyer outside UC Theater. Panelists are: Colin Hardy - Manager of Fire, Fuel and Smoke Science Program at USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station; Sarah Coefield - Missoula County air specialist; Phil Higuera - fire ecologist in the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation; Bob Yokelson – smoke researcher with UM Chemistry Dept.; Greg Poncin - National Type 1 incident commander; Matt Arno - local government liason with the MT Dept. of Natural Resources and Conservation; Bill Avey - supervisor of the Helena/Lewis and Clark National Forests; Emily Rindal - Farmers Insurance agent in Seeley Lake.
Comment on Montana's Five-Year Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Plan by Oct 24.
The 2017 Plan focuses on strategies for reducing diffuse or nonpoint sources of pollution to Montana's waterbodies through a program that supports voluntary improvements to land management practices. It outlines goals and tactics for the next five years and identifies the resources and collaborative approaches available to reduce nonpoint source pollution in Montana. To view the draft plan, click here. Comments may be submitted electronically by clicking here. For more information, contact Robert Ray, Water Quality Specialist, or at (406) 444-5319. Public comments must be received by October 24th.
Pedestrian Facilities Master Plan Open House/First Meeting, Oct 25.
Please join the Missoula Metropolitan Planning Organization for the first public meeting and open house for the Pedestrian Facilities Master Plan. A short presentation will kick-off the meeting with an open house to follow. There will plenty of time for citizens to provide input that will ultimately help develop priorities for improving Missoula’s pedestrian network. We hope to see you there! When/Where: Oct 25, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the Missoula Public Library.
Tour Missoula’s Zero Waste (almost) wastewater treatment plant/composting plant and tree plantation, Oct 25.
Missoula is striving to achieve zero waste in many of its functions, including wastewater treatment. We have a state of the art wastewater treatment plant, which composts its biosolids, and uses its treated wastewater to irrigate a nearby tree plantation. The plant also captures its methane gas to produce energy. Tour the plant, composting facility and tree plantation and meet some of the EVST alums who helped make this happen. WHEN/WHERE: UM vans will leave UM’s tennis courts parking lot at 2pm on Oct 25 (return sometime after 5pm). The vans are for students in EVST classes with field trip fees. Others are welcome to tag along in their own vehicles, OR meet us at the wastewater plant at 2:15 pm at 1100 Clark Fork Lane (not Clark Fork Drive – that’s the old entrance). For more info, contact Vicki Watson.
Watchdogging for Science: A Video Conference Call with the Center for Science and Democracy, Oct 25.
Presenters: Gretchen Goldman, Director of Research, and Yogin Kothari, Washington representative, from the Center for Science and Democracy at Union of Concerned Scientists. Date: Wednesday, October 25. Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT. Register Today.
Sustainable Farming Field Trip, Oct 27-28.
Emmaus Campus Ministry will lead this trip to visit a farm in Fort Benton to focus on farms, farming, sustainability, and the local food movement in Montana. We’ll drive up at 4 pm on Friday, spend the night in Fort Benton, tour the farm on Saturday, and be back to Missoula by 9 pm on Saturday. Spend the day with Casey Bailey, one of the farmers featured in our First-Year Reading Book, Lentil Underground. For more info, contact John Lund.
Birding field trip to Brown’s Lake, Oct 28.
Join Five Valleys Audubon on Saturday, October 28 for an all-day outing to Brown’s Lake and the upper Blackfoot valley. The group will look for migrating scoters and loons. Meet in the northwest corner of UM’s Adams Center parking lot at 8:50 a.m. Dress appropriately and bring a lunch. For more info call Larry at 549-5632.
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 at 406-396-6285. When: Tuesday, 10/31, 10:30am-1:30pm at MPG Ranch.
Free webinars on the value of floodplain protection (Oct & Nov).
The National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) is a federal incentive program that provides flood insurance policyholders with discounts on their premiums in communities taking actions to reduce flood risk. This free webinar series will specifically highlight how communities may achieve success in the green elements of the program. This four-part webinar series is your opportunity to learn more about nature-based solutions for community resilience, hear success stories from around the country, ask questions, and share input. CRS experts will share their experience and knowledge about tools, regulations and the process for building community resilience through the CRS. Individual registration is required for each session. All sessions will run from 2:00 – 3:30PM EST. Webinar #1: October 30, The CRS Green Guide and Natural & Beneficial Functions of Floodplains. Webinar #2: November 6, Building CRS Capacity: Success Stories at the Local and State Level. Webinar #3: November 13, CRS Open Space Preservation (Activity 420) Tools, Guidance and Success Stories. Webinar #4: November 27, CRS Stormwater Management (Activity 450) and Urban Flood Management Best Practices. COST: Free, but registration is required. Space is limited, register early. REGISTRATION: Individual registration is required for each webinar. Click the date for each event above to register. All webinar presentations and materials will be made available through the CRS for Community Resilience website.
MT Society of Conservation Biology Research Symposium (Nov 6-7 in MIssoula), register now and submit abstracts.
This symposium will be in Missoula and it is now possible to register online. It is also possible to register onsite at the event. Organizers will continue to accept abstracts for posters until Nov 6. Please email poster abstracts with your name, affiliation, poster title and 250-word (maximum) description to MTSCB. Registration is only $15 for students and includes a year long membership in the MT Society for Conservation Biology.
Study Abroad in Zambia and Botswana early summer, info session coming soon.
Earn six credits in Sustaining Society and Natural Environments (PTRM 345 for undergrad & PTRM 595 for grad students). Students will travel to Africa to learn about international conservation and development in national parks and wildlife areas of Zambia and Botswana. This course will cover issues of livelihoods and sustainable development in using the Livingstone Region of the Zambezi River as a model to explore the complex interactions between natural resources, local people, NGOs, government agencies, tourism providers, resource managers and tourists. We will focus our discussions on livelihoods, livelihood change and nature-based tourism in the context of sustainable development. In addition, students will engage with local communities, visit Victoria Falls World Heritage Site and Natural Wonder of the World, and spend time in iconic parks, like Chobe National Park, and engage with wildlife and managers! Possible to stay after the course & find internships. Cost: $2,961 (includes all costs except airfare), Financial Aid Available. WHEN: May 18-June 7, 2017. Click here to apply for the trip. We will be organizing an info session soon, so if interested, contact Jennifer Thomsen.
Links to jobs in Montana.ID Nature Coordinator, Montana Natural History Center
Web Application Developer, NCAT
Restoration & Outreach Coordinator, Howard EcoWorks (HEW)
GIS Coordinator/Analyst, FWP
Media Coordinator, Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC)
Conservation Programs Officer, National Forest Foundation
Montana Program Manager, FoodCorps
Montana Chapter Coordinator, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship, apply by Jan 15.
The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship places science, engineering, and mathematics students and postdocs at media organizations nationwide. They have worked as reporters, editors, researchers, and production assistants at media outlets that include the Los Angeles Times, WIRED, National Public Radio, National Geographic, and Scientific American. The Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows use their academic training in the sciences as they research, write and report today’s headlines, while sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to the public. The Fellowship experience broadens the participant’s career path while increasing the public’s understanding of science and technology. For additional information about the program visit AAAS here.
Links to some funding opportunities.Local Foods, Local Places
NRCS Accepting Applications for Three-County Yellowstone Region Conservation Project
Montana Growth through Agriculture
Western IPM Center
Montana Disaster Recovery Services
Reclamation and Development Grants Program Planning Grants – Call for Applications
Aquatic Invasive Species Activities through BSWC
Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) Project Proposals
Nature Works Everywhere Grant Project
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.
Gleaning at PEAS Farm, Oct 23 – 26, 9am – 6:30pm.
The PEAS Farm is offering free greens (kale, collards, and chard) gleaning this week from Monday October 23 - Thursday October 26 between the hours of 9:00AM and 6:30PM. Please bring your own bags or boxes! The beds available for gleaning will be marked with orange stakes. 3010 Duncan Drive.
MontPIRG Fireside Gathering, Oct 25.
Join MontPIRG for an evening of fun, food and drinks, and an opportunity to hear directly from the students who are working every day to make Montana a stronger, more engaged state. Already this year MontPIRG has knocked on thousands of doors across Montana, helped thousands of Montanans take action to defend our public lands, and empowered hundreds of young people to register to vote. This work is more important than ever and we're excited to share our plans of how we do even more in 2018! Join hosts Tim Lovely, Carol and Pat Williams, Chris and Jennifer Newbold, and other MontPIRG supporters for a fun night to benefit future generations of civic leaders. RSVP Today! WHEN/WHERE: Oct 25, 5:30 pm, at 3228 Cummins Way.
Home ReSource 7th Annual Banquet & Benefit Auction, Nov 3.
Celebrating Reuse, Building Community. Hand-crafted items in the live and silent auction include pieces from the SponCon building contest & Paint-a-Door activity, a Doodad table by Deb Scott, a painting of the Merc on Merc wood by B. Martinez and many, many more! tickets online. WHEN/WHERE: Friday, November 3, 5-9 pm, at the Wilma on Higgins just north of the river.