Newsline October 9, 2017

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Good News Item

  1. Missoula Designated a ‘Great Place’ (but we already knew that!). 

Around EVST

  1. PEAS Farm Pumpkin Party, Oct 14. 
  2. Society for Ecological Restoration Newsletter Highlights and links.

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

  1. Dr. Vicki Watson talk on “How the Montana State Water Plan addresses the Food-Energy-Water nexus.”

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. October Volunteer Opportunities with MT Natural History Center. 
  2. Help harvest willow poles for stream restoration, Oct 13. 
  3. Host an on-campus visit by Junior High School Students. 
  4. Public comment being accepted for voluntary wildlife conservation program, comment by Oct 25.

Educational Opportunities

  1. 37th Public Land Law Conference--Energy, Environment, and Empowerment in a New Era, Oct. 12-13.
  2. Montana Community Solar Tour comes to Missoula on Oct 10.
  3. Adventure Scientists: Providing Data Collected at Any Scale, From Any Environment, Webinar, Oct 11.
  4. Missoula EATS! Farmers’ Market, Oct. 12 and food access event Oct. 13.
  5. Promoting Historical Resiliency at UM, Oct 17-19.
  6. Montana Forest Collaborative Network Workshop in Missoula, Nov 6-7.

Jobs and Internship

  1. Evaluation Data Intern – open until filled (ideally by Oct. 23).
  2. Job with FoodCorps MT. 
  3. Northwest Youth Corps hiring Community Volunteer Ambassador Interns in National Parks.
  4. Bitterroot Land Trust Development Director, apply by Oct 20. 
  5. Job with National Forest Foundation in Missoula, Apply by Oct 27.

Funding

  1. Humanities Montana’s grant applications due Dec 20. 
  2. Funding available from MT Trout Foundation, apply by Nov 15.
  3. Funding Opportunities

Housing

  1. 3 bedroom/1 bath house w/yard centrally located.
  2. Short-term lease available for the month of November.

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. UM Outdoor Gear Sale, Oct 11.
  2. Missoula Tweed Ride, Oct 15. 
  3. Run Wild Missoula, Pumpkin Run on October 22.
  4. Native plant seedlings available. 
  5. Free E-waste Event, Oct 14.
  6. Citizen Science Manual for Environmental Monitoring Projects.
  7. Free books! 

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Good News Item

Missoula Designated a ‘Great Place’ (but we already knew that!). 

It’s National Community Planning Month, and The Heart of Missoula has been designated a 2017 Great Place in America by the American Planning Association! Missoula joins 274 neighborhoods, streets and public spaces around the country that have received this prestigious designation over the past 10 years. Great Places in America is the flagship program of the American Planning Association (APA), celebrating places of exemplary character, quality, and planning. The program’s goal has been to initiate conversations about what it means to create a great neighborhood, street or public space among members of the public, academics, and policy makers. Great Places are selected annually and represent the gold standard in terms of having a sense of place, cultural and historic interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow – and most importantly, a legacy of planning. The Heart of Missoula is being recognized for its catalytic redevelopment efforts like the Art Park; the community’s focus on environmental health, proposing an ambitious plan to achieve 50% carbon reduction by 2020; and the City-wide focus on multi-modal transportation with events like “Sunday Streets Missoula” and the expansion of free public transit. Read more here

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Around EVST

PEAS Farm Pumpkin Party, Oct 14. 

Carve pumpkins, drink fresh hot apple cider and tour the farm. Pumpkins cost $6-$9 but all else is free. WHEN/WHERE: Oct 14, noon to 4pm at 3010 Duncan Dr. Missoula. 

Society for Ecological Restoration Newsletter Highlights and links.

If you have wanted to know more about ecological restoration, the Society for Ecological Restoration News may be a great place to read about different efforts going on around the world. For this month’s letter from Executive Director Bethanie Walder on Innovations in Monitoring and the SER 2017 World Conference in Brazil click here. 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!

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Featured Events

Dr. Vicki Watson talk on “How the Montana State Water Plan addresses the Food-Energy-Water nexus.”

Please join us Monday October 9th from 4:30-5:20pm in Stone Hall 304 for a talk by Vicki Watson titled “How the Montana State Water Plan addresses the Food-Energy-Water nexus.” Dr. Watson’s research, teaching, and service focuses on watershed CPR: conservation, preservation, and restoration. She has spent her career tirelessly facilitating water quality monitoring on Montana streams, has organized 30 years of Clark Fork River Symposia, and helped develop US and Montana water quality standards and the Clark Fork portion of the state water plan. Dr. Watson has served as PI/co-PI on over $3 million in grants in her career and still provides pro bono research assistance through the UM Watershed Clinic. In this seminar, Dr. Watson will introduce the Montana State Water Plan and discuss her role on the state appointed Clark Fork Basin Council charged with updating parts of the Plan. For the first time, the Plan recognizes that water quality and quantity are inextricably linked and that climate change and population growth greatly add to the challenge of managing the food-energy-water nexus. 

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Volunteer Opportunities

October Volunteer Opportunities with MT Natural History Center. 

Oct 11, Oct 18 and Oct 25 – front desk assistance during evening programs (usually 6-9pm); Oct 28 from 2 to 3:30pm – Kids activity –help kids with projects; Garden Help – any time; Hands on Projects – any time (some carpentry, some painting). For more info or to volunteer, contact Christine Morris

Help harvest willow poles for stream restoration, Oct 13. 

The Clark Fork Coalition is looking for some volunteers to help harvest willows for a stream bank stabilization project in the Upper Clark Fork. We’re looking for 2-4 volunteers willing to spend the morning cutting willows and learning about river restoration techniques. No experience required and lunch will be provided! The project is near Deer Lodge (we’ll give you a ride!) and will take a few hours. Ideally, we’re hoping to harvest on Friday, October 13th leaving Missoula at 8am and returning around 1:30pm (these hours are flexible). If there is enough interest, we could move the cutting to Saturday, October 14th to accommodate students’ schedules. Contact: Katie Racette, Stewardship Coordinator, Clark Fork Coalition or at (406) 542-0539 ext. 212. 

Host an on-campus visit by Junior High School Students. 

We Are Montana in the Classroom has received a request for UM role models to host a group of 20 students from Evergreen Junior High School who will be visiting UM this month. Faculty and graduate student role models from all academic disciplines are invited to lead a hands-on or minds-on activity and share their higher education and career experiences with students. WHEN/WHERE: October 16th and 17th (choose one or both days); Time: 1-1:45 pm. We can book a campus classroom, or let us know if you have a lab or other space where you would prefer to host. To sign up or for more information, contact Harley Fredriksen

Public comment being accepted for voluntary wildlife conservation program, comment by Oct 25.

To learn more about the proposed, "Statewide Montana Greater Sage-grouse and Declining Grassland Songbirds Programmatic Candidate Conservation Agreement" by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, click here. Comments must be received by October 25, 2017. For more information about how to submit comments, click here.  

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Educational Opportunities

37th Public Land Law Conference--Energy, Environment, and Empowerment in a New Era, Oct. 12-13.

This Conference seeks to answer the question: How do we bridge divides and find common vision to manage our energy and environmental resources in an evolving political climate? The conference will bring together voices of local communities, federal and state actors, tribal nations, and private and nonprofit interests, to work toward a common vision of the law and policy of energy and the environment. To register and see the full agenda, visit this link. Day 1 includes a field trip through the Upper Clark Fork River Basin to study on-the-ground examples of mining reclamation and energy development. (7 CLE credits pending). Day 2 includes panels on Water, Wind & Wildlife; Energy, Infrastructure & Culture; and The Theory and Practice of Sustainable Energy Development. (7 CLE credits pending). Our key addresses include: Daniel Jorjani, U.S. Department of Interior, discussing Current Policy Directions and Opportunities for Bridge Building on Federal Lands. Professor Charles Wilkinson, University of Colorado School of Law, discussing Collaborative Management of Public Lands and Natural Resources. Professor Scott Slovic, English Department, University of Idaho, on Language Matters: Environmental Controversy and the Quest for Common Ground. 

Montana Community Solar Tour comes to Missoula on Oct 10.

Montana Renewable Energy Association are touring the state to hear from you about solar in your community. #DYK: Solar installations don't have to be huge to make a difference: community solar projects could be shared solar grids in your neighborhood, group purchasing programs, or a solar installation on your library or city hall!  Share your ideas about how we can move Montana's energy economy forward and MREA wants to hear from you. Learn more about the Montana Community Solar Tour here! WHEN/WHERE: October 10th, 4 pm at The Public House, 130 E. Broadway St. 

Adventure Scientists: Providing Data Collected at Any Scale, From Any Environment, Webinar, Oct 11.

Nina Hadley, Director of Project Creation, Adventure Scientists Adventure Scientists works with partners to create a world in which access to data will no longer limit the ability to address the world’s challenges. Since 2011, Adventure Scientists has taken on select projects around the world, tackling environmental issues in which access to physical […] info here. WHEN: October 11, 2017, 12-1pm, MDT. 

Missoula EATS! Farmers’ Market, Oct. 12 and food access event Oct. 13.

All are welcome to this free community event for sharing and learning tools for growing, buying, and preparing healthy food. Enjoy communal meals, cooking demonstrations, and how-to sessions designed to help everyone improve access to healthy and affordable foods. Have fun, eat, share, and learn so we can Ensure Access Together!  Topics include Local food, nutrition and budgeting tips, and being fit while you sit, plus Senator Tester is hosting a Farm Bill Forum on the Nutrition title of the Farm Bill that is open to the public! Visit the Facebook Event Page for more info or contact Kim Gilchrist

Promoting Historical Resiliency at UM, Oct 17-19.

Missoula Urban Indian Health Center Presents the Fall 2017 Historical Trauma Conference. Agenda: Interventions for Promoting Historical Resiliency. Tuesday will focus on Historical and Current use of Traditional Games-Defining Resilience and Wednesday on Historical Trauma Resilience. Contact Lida Running Crane or at (406) 829-9515. WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday-Thursday, October 17-19, 5:30-8 pm, Payne Family Native American Center at UM.  

Montana Forest Collaborative Network Workshop in Missoula, Nov 6-7.

Assisting collaboration in forest and grassland restoration, conservation and resource utilization—for the benefit of all. For more information and registration, visit this link. WHEN/WHERE: November 6 and 7 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula. 

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Jobs and Internships

Evaluation Data Intern – open until filled (ideally by Oct. 23).

CFAC’s food access program is looking for a detail-oriented student intern or dedicated volunteer to join the food access program evaluation team. The Double SNAP Dollars program is in the midst of yearly evaluation that will inform grant reporting requirements as well as future program growth or enhancements. Main duties include compiling evaluation data into a format that can then be analyzed. Intern will have the opportunity to learn about non-profits, local food systems, and program evaluation methods. The intern is also invited to participate in evaluation methods, data analysis and recommendation discussions. The position requires a minimum of approximately 3-5 hours a week through the beginning of December but schedule and hours are flexible, in part determined by the candidate’s preferences. The position can be tailored to meet class requirements. Contact Kim Gilchrist with questions, or to apply send an email detailing your academic and professional experience and why you are interested in this position. Position is open until filled, ideally by October 23. 

Job with FoodCorps MT. 

FoodCorps Montana is hiring a Program Manager to lead, coach, and support a state cohort of FoodCorps members who will help grow healthy schools. Full job description and application available through Hiring Thing. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with the intended start date in March 2018. 

Northwest Youth Corps hiring Community Volunteer Ambassador Interns in National Parks.

We are looking for candidates (21-30 years old) that will work with diverse communities and national parks to increase public involvement in environmental stewardship. We are offering a  52-week, paid AmeriCorps internship that comes: $1760/ month living allowance, On-site housing/ housing assistance for the year of relocation at a national park, a monetary education award that can be applied to student loans or tuition; a 2-year distinctive, non-competitive hiring status on USAjobs.gov! Learn more about Community Volunteer Ambassador here, and Northwest Youth Corps here. Here is a link to the application. The deadline for first consideration is October 23rd. Final submissions must be in by November 6th. Positions starts February 12th, 2018. 

Bitterroot Land Trust Development Director, apply by Oct 20. 

Responsibilities include: annual fundraising, planned giving, database management. For a full job description, visit us here

Job with National Forest Foundation in Missoula, Apply by Oct 27.

The National Forest Foundation (NFF), a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization chartered by Congress, engages America in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the 193-million-acre National Forest System, and administers private gifts of funds and land for the benefit of the National Forests. The Conservation Programs Officer works closely with NFF staff to manage award programs to support the mission and strategic conservation goals of the NFF and its local, regional and national partners. This position's responsibilities include a combination of grants management, grants administration, and communications. Specifically, the position involves the development and distribution of requests for proposals, coordination and development of specific granting programs, evaluations and handling of inquiries regarding program selection criteria and potential partners; tracking project progress and accurate disbursing, documentation and reporting of dollars invested. Position located in Missoula, MT.  No phone inquiries. Excellent compensation package. Application Deadline: Friday, October 27, 2017. Learn more here

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Funding

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 

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Housing

3 bedroom/1 bath house w/yard centrally located.

1 block from the river trail, close to McCormick Park and Osprey Stadium, close to the Sawmill District development and the Good Food Store. 1 bedroom is located upstairs, two bedrooms and a bonus room in the basement. 1300 month + utilities (heat & electric & trash) + 1200 security deposit. Available for lease Nov 1-May 31st. Would consider a shorter lease through April or mid-May. Pets allowed on a case-by-case basis. Additional pet damage deposit of $1500 required. To view pictures see Craigslist ad

Short-term lease available for the month of November.

Welcome fall in a cute 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath fully furnished house in Orchard Homes neighborhood, just a few blocks off of the Milwaukee Trail bike path. Pets considered. If you're up for watering a few houseplants, we'll ask an affordable $475. Contact Grace for information.  

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Miscellaneous - Resources

UM Outdoor Gear Sale, Oct 11.

The Outdoor Gear Sale organized by the University of Montana's Outdoor Program will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the University Center Atrium. Students and the general public are invited to buy or sell used outdoor equipment including bikes, skiing equipment, climbing gear, camping gear, clothing and more. Those interested in selling gear can drop off their items between 7 and 11 a.m. the day of the sale in the UC Atrium. Sellers can pick up unsold gear and receive a cash payout for their sold items between 6 and 7:30 p.m. the same day. The UM Outdoor Program will collect 20 percent of the selling price and uses the proceeds to new programs and equipment for the Outdoor Program. VOLUNTEER: The UM Outdoor Program also seeks volunteers to help with the event. Flexible shifts and roles are available throughout the day, and those that work at least three hours gain access to a special preview sale. To volunteer call 406-243-5172 or email us here. For more information call 406-243-5172 or visit this link

Missoula Tweed Ride, Oct 15. 

Over 100 riders will take to the streets and trails in the heart of Missoula on a beautiful fall day… having fun, raising awareness for bicycle riding, and raising funds for the Free Cycles community bike shop. A combination of sponsors and silent auction items bring in the bulk of the funds. Schedule: Come to the bike shop at 1pm Sunday. Socialize and drink tea, listen to sweet street tunes. Ride leaves at 1:30 for a 5 mile loop, with tea stops downtown and in Greenough Park. We’ll arrive back at Free Cycles around 3:30 for tunes, ‘best of’ contests, good food and drink and games galore…featuring music by Caitlin Jemma. WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, October 15 from 1pm-5pm at FreeCycles 732 S 1st St W. 

Run Wild Missoula, Pumpkin Run on October 22.

Our 22nd Annual Pumpkin Run and Kid's Dash is a fun way to spend a Sunday in the fall! This year's courses will run along the Riverfront South and Milwaukee Trails. The Pumpkin Run is our most budget friendly race at just $15 for the 5K, and $4 for the Kid's Dash! Don't forget, the overall winner of this year's race is 222nd place! Proceeds from this year's race will go towards energy efficiency measures at the new Missoula Public Library. For more information about the races and to register, click here

Native plant seedlings available. 

The Montana Conservation Seedling Nursery is contacting you to spread the word about seedling availability for planting projects you might have in the works for this year. We have many Willow species available from the Mike Horse area in our 175 cubic inch container. Please feel free to contact us with questions you might have about this year’s inventory as well as needs for future years. Current Inventory/price list available here. Located at 2705 Spurgin Road; Missoula. 

Free E-waste Event, Oct 14.

For this event we are only taking these items: Computer towers, LCD flat screen monitors, Cellphones, Tablets, Cables and cords and sealed lead acid batteries. Free hard drive destruction. WHEN/WHERE:  Saturday, October 14, 9 am-2 pm, Missoula Federal Credit Union on Brooks St. 

Citizen Science Manual for Environmental Monitoring Projects.

Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic is pleased to share with you a Manual for Citizens Scientists Starting or Participating in Data Collection and Environmental Monitoring Projects. Here is a link to the manual. If you have questions or suggestions about the manual, contact Wendy B. Jacobs at Emmett Clinical Professor of Environmental Law and Director, Harvard Law School Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic. 

Free books! 

As faculty and staff retire, often they have lots of books to give away. A long-time staffer has left a ton of books in the basement hallway of the Natural Science building (on top of the green cabinets between rooms 116 and 117). He would love for EVST students to help themselves.  

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

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