Newsline September 25, 2017

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Good News Item

  1. South Korea commits to Green Growth. 

Around EVST

  1. More on EVST’s Rosalyn LaPier!
  2. EVST alum/Youtube star Hank Green writes first novel.
  3. Fundraiser for People’s Forest Project, Oct 8 (EVST alum organizer asks for volunteers).   
  4. The EVST Program seeks applications for the B & B Dawson Memorial Fund awards.

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

  1. Society for Ecological Restoration Talk, September 28.

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Help build a trail through UM’s newest native garden, Sept 29.
  2. Volunteers need for the Fall Gathering at Moon Randolph homestead on Oct 7.
  3. Volunteer Work Day on the Bitterroot River, Sept 30. 
  4. Volunteer for service projects on our public lands on Sept 30. 
  5. Help build wildlife friendly fence, Oct 7.
  6. County requests comments on plan for a new park by Oct 31. 
  7. Missoula Metropolitan Planning Organization accepting comments until Oct. 13.

Educational Opportunities

  1. Seminar on “Innovations at the Food-Energy-Water Nexus.”  Mondays. 
  2. Wolf documentary by Bob Landis, Sept 25.
  3. Mangrove protection & Restoration in El Salvadore – a community based approach, Sept 27. 
  4. EcoViva Director explains their mission in Central America, Sept 27.
  5. Wildlife Conservation Ranch Tour, Sept 27.
  6. Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practioner Program, Oct. 26-27 in Toronto, Canada.

Jobs and Internship

  1. Student GIS Technician needed at Vital Ground. 
  2. Americorps job at Milltown State Park (near Missoula), apply ASAP. 

Funding

  1. Grad fellowships for water research, apply by Nov 21.
  2. Funding for international study, info session Sept 25, apply by Nov 29. 

Housing

  1. House sitter/pet sitter needed in Frenchtown.
  2. Responsible and clean roommate wanted in a 2 bedroom/ 2 bath log cabin style home.

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Moon-Randolph Homestead’s 17th Annual Fall Gathering, Oct 7. 
  2. Imagine Nation Night with CFAC, Tuesday, Sept. 26.
  3. Compost Comedy, Sept 30.
  4. October is Campus Sustainability Month. 
  5. Meet WildEarth Guardians’ new Conservation Director, Oct 11. 
  6. National Geographic Nature Photography Contest, win $10,000!

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Good News Item

South Korea commits to Green Growth. 

Few countries are as committed to growing in an environmentally sustainable manner as Korea. When President Lee Myung-bak was inaugurated in 2008, he hailed "low-carbon, green growth" as the nation’s new guiding economic development philosophy, stressing that environmental stewardship can be an engine for economic growth. Read more about South Korea’s commitment to Green Growth here. And ask yourself, is ‘green growth’ an oxymoron? 

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Around EVST 

More on EVST’s Rosalyn LaPier!

Rosalyn LaPier, EVST professor, and history Professor David Beck created the Red Thunder Oral History Project, a new online resource that provides a detailed account of the origins, actions and outcomes of an American Indian community-based organization’s effective efforts during the 1990s to stop environmental degradation on the Fort Belknap Indian reservation in north-central Montana. The site documents a model of local grassroots activism in response to environmental injustice and adds to U.S. environmental history, Native American studies and Montana history. LaPier has also been selected as a keynote speaker for the 2017 Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science National Diversity in STEM Conference, which will be held Oct. 19-21 in Salt Lake City. 

EVST alum/Youtube star Hank Green writes first novel.

To his legions of devoted YouTube fans, Hank Green is best known as the goofy, enthusiastic host of factoid-heavy educational shows like “SciShow” and “Crash Course,” and as the younger half of “Vlogbrothers,” the chatty video show that he created in 2007 with his older brother, the best-selling novelist John Green. Over the past decade, the Green brothers have built an online video empire, with 16 shows that have collectively drawn more than 2 billion views on YouTube. EVST’ers remember Hank as a funny and thoughtful grad student. See what he's up to now in this link to the NY Times.   

Fundraiser for People’s Forest Project, Oct 8 (EVST alum organizer asks for volunteers).   

EVST alum Bryan Nickerson co-founded an organization called The Peoples' Forest Project. The project’s vision is to empower the locals in the Putumayo region of the Colombian Amazon to sustain themselves economically and to purchase land for The Peoples' Forest Project to develop restoration and conservation efforts. The project has a fundraiser on Oct 8 from 3 to 8pm at Imagine Nation, 1151 W Broadway St, Missoula. If you are willing to help, contact Bryan (put Volunteer in the subject line).  

The EVST Program seeks applications for the B & B Dawson Memorial Fund awards.

These awards would be applied towards expenses of work on Thesis, Professional Paper, or Portfolio projects for Fall 2017 and/or Spring 2018. To be eligible to apply you must be enrolled for a minimum of (1) credit hour, Autumn 2017 semester, and have completed a minimum of one semester in the EVST graduate program. The Application deadline is Friday, October 20th, at Noon. The Dawson Degree Project Completion Award covers Out-of-Pocket Expenses only. Award amounts may vary from $100 to $1000; please be aware that the total available Dawson funds for this fall is $3000, and the selection process will be competitive. Email applications to Susan Elliott in EVST office with email subject line - Dawson Application. For more information, please click this link.

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Featured Events

Society for Ecological Restoration Talk, September 28.

SER and Northwest Chapter are hosting another Pub Talk in Missoula aimed at increasing local learning and networking opportunities related to ecological restoration. Elizabeth (Libby) Metcalf of UM will be talking about “Building social capacity for restoration success: An examination of the Clark Fork River”. There will be plenty of time for socializing and networking and anyone interested in ecological restoration is welcome to attend. Please contact EVST alum Amy Sacry with any questions. WHEN/WHERE: Sept 28 from 6:00-8:00pm at Imagine Nation Community Room, 1151 W. Broadway. 

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Volunteer Opportunities

Help build a trail through UM’s newest native garden, Sept 29.

We will be building a new trail in our newly established subalpine Parkland Garden. Join us in expanding the garden space and enjoying the native plants before winter sets in. Bring gloves and wear shoes for your protection. Tools & refreshments will be furnished. Contact Kelly Chadwick here or call at 258-5439 for more information. When/Where: September 29, 2-7pm (and anytime between) at the Montana Native Botanic Gardens by the Natural Sciences Greenhouse. Meet at the northwest side of the Greenhouse east of Rankin hall. 

Volunteers need for the Fall Gathering at Moon Randolph homestead on Oct 7.

Sign up to volunteer during the Fall Gathering at this online sign-up, or email the EVST alum at Moon Randolph. Volunteers get in for free, get a warm meal, and one free drink ticket! More on this event in the Miscellaneous section. 

Volunteer Work Day on the Bitterroot River, Sept 30. 

Bitterroot Water Forum invites you to help plant 460 plants on the East Fork of the Bitterroot River & help with putting browse protectors on plants. These native plants help stabilize streambanks, provide shade to lower stream temperatures, and buffer against non-point source pollution. Please bring: Water, work gloves, long pants and long sleeves recommended, sturdy shoes or boots, hat, rain gear, sunscreen, & sunglasses. Lunch provided. If you have a tool to cut metal fencing like a diagonal cutter or mini bolt cutter, please bring that along too! When/Where: Sept 30 from 9-4; meet in Hamilton and carpool to site. To Signup: email Julia. If we don’t finish Saturday, we'll also work on Tuesday, October 3. Let Julia know if you can help on Oct 3! 

Volunteer for service projects on our public lands on Sept 30. 

On Public Lands Day, citizens volunteer for service projects on public lands all over the country. In Missoula, Parks and Recreation, Missoula Conservation Corps, and REI are hosting a volunteer work day to complete the new trails on the recently acquired Barmeyer-Pattee Canyon conservation lands. Lunch is provided for all volunteers, as well as tools and supplies needed for the project. Bring water, snacks and work gloves if you have them. Limited parking available; you can catch a shuttle to the site starting at 8:30 a.m. from Shadow’s Keep lower parking lot (102 Ben Hogan Dr.). For more information, contact Recreation Specialist Tyler Decker. WHEN: Sept 30, 9am to 1pm.  

Help build wildlife friendly fence, Oct 7.

MPG Ranch is a wildlife conservation/research area near Lolo. Help MPG Ranch make its shared borders friendlier to wildlife. Volunteers will remove barbed top and bottom strands of wire and replace them with smooth-strand fence and drop clips allowing the fence to be compressed when not in use. This project will greatly reduce injury to wildlife as they cross between properties. It is an exciting partnership between MPG and Red Quill Ranch. Lunch and tools will be provided. No experience necessary. Contact Joshua Lisbon to register or with any questions or call 406-396-6285. A UM vehicle will be going for the day. Contact Vicki Watson about riding in UM vehicle. Please be aware that you may encounter old barbed wire, metal, uneven terrain, and other potential hazards. Please remain aware and use good judgment to avoid injury. WHEN/WHERE: Oct. 7, 10am - 4pm at MPG Ranch, near Lolo. 

County requests comments on plan for a new park by Oct 31. 

Missoula County Parks, Trails & Open Lands program is seeking public comment on the proposed master plan for New Meadows Park, located at 7619 Mullan Road, Missoula. Staff presented the proposed master plan on September 12, 2017 at a public meeting at Hellgate Middle School. Information that was presented can be found here. Public Comment period will be open until October 31, 2017.  Please submit your comments to G Swanson at this link

Missoula Metropolitan Planning Organization accepting comments until Oct. 13.

Missoula Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will accept comments until October 13 on the 2016 Missoula Long Range Transportation Plan and FFY 2018-2022 Transportation Improvement Program

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Educational Opportunities

Seminar on “Innovations at the Food-Energy-Water Nexus.”  Mondays. 

Food production, water use and energy production/use are inextricably linked. Demands for all three are rapidly rising due to growth in population, consumption and economies. How will we meet these challenges? Students will gain an understanding of research and action opportunities in these interconnected fields from interacting with invited speakers and one another. Revised syllabus with lecture schedule here. Students can still add the seminar up until just before the seminar on Monday Sept 25 before 4:30pm, Contact Brian Chaffin here. The presentations are open to the public so anyone can come hear the talks that interest them. 

Wolf documentary by Bob Landis, Sept 25.

Bob Landis is a long time Montana documentary filmmaker and wolf advocate. SHE WOLF is one of his best films about Yellowstone wolves. He has been filming wolves since they were restored to Yellowstone beginning in 1995. Millions have seen his films telling the stories of the wolves and their interactions with each other and the rest of the wildlife in our first national park. BUY TICKETS HERE! Film followed by a panel discussion of Threats to the Endangered Species and Wilderness Act with reps from: Endangered Species CoalitionWolves of the RockiesWilderness Watch. WHEN/WHERE: September 25 at 7PM at the Roxy Theater, 718 S Higgins Ave. 

Mangrove protection & Restoration in El Salvadore – a community based approach, Sept 27. 

Come hear about the innovative work of EcoViva and the Mangrove Alliance, a coalition of community-based conservation organizations concerned with protecting the mangrove forests of El Salvador. The Mangrove Alliance facilitates coordination and collaboration among all the actors who have a stake in the wellbeing of the mangrove forests of El Salvador – first and foremost the local communities who live from the forest, as well as conservation organizations, scientists and other experts, and policymakers. WHEN/WHERE: September 27, 4:00 pm in the UM’s Davidson Honors College Lounge. 

EcoViva Director explains their mission in Central America, Sept 27.

Meet Karolo Aparicio, Executive Director of EcoViva, a US-based NGO that has long-term partnerships with grassroots movements in El Salvador and Honduras. In the aftermath of a devastating civil war in the 1980s, El Salvador has been working to restore a civil society based on principles of community solidarity, economic fairness, environmental protection, and agricultural sustainability. EcoViva has been a major partner in these efforts. WHEN/WHERE: September 27, 7 pm, The Natural History Center (120 Hickory). 

Wildlife Conservation Ranch Tour, Sept 27.

MPG Ranch is near Lolo and is devoted to wildlife conservation and research. Visit MPG to learn about 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. Contact Joshua Lisbon to register or with any questions or at 406-396-6285. WHEN: Oct. 27, 10:30am-1:30pm. 

Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practioner Program, Oct. 26-27 in Toronto, Canada.

Earn the globally recognized CSR-P Certification and become CMI Certified Sustainability Practitioner; Gain advanced knowledge from CSE's annual research of Sustainability Reporting and access CSE business network: leaders from Fortune 500, NASA, Universities and Government Representatives; Develop a two-year sustainability plan integrating sustainability across the organization value chain. To learn more about this program and make your reservation, please visit this link

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Jobs and Internships

Student GIS Technician needed at Vital Ground. 

Vital Ground is searching for a GIS Technician to join our team for fall semester 2017. The qualified student will be responsible for creating, editing and analyzing GIS datasets and developing an Esri Story Map website. The ideal candidate will come with basic knowledge and experience using the ArcGIS Platform, initiative and creativity with a flair for design. As a Vital Ground intern, you should perform well under deadlines, be detail-oriented and responsive to the Story Map development team. log into Handshake and search for Vital Ground to apply.  

Americorps job at Milltown State Park (near Missoula), apply ASAP. 

Term of Service & schedule: Jan 15 to Nov 16, 2018 -- a minimum of 1,715 hours over a 44-week term, averaging 41 hours per week (with 80 hours for sick, vacation, or other personal leave). Position Summary: Abundant outdoor opportunities and a rich cultural heritage converge at the newly restored confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers at the heart of the Milltown State Park. This position will focus on launching new park developments in the park’s Gateway and Confluence areas slated for a 2018 grand opening. Duties will also entail work on the restored floodplain of the Clark Fork River and the Milltown State Park Overlook. The ideal candidate will have strong writing and editing skills; enjoy working with the public; and have experience/interest in working in the outdoors in a variety of conditions. Your supervisor will be park ranger Mike Kustudia, an EVST alum! He can answer questions about this. FULL JOB Description here. To Apply: Apply ASAP since job will be filled when a suitable candidate applies. Montana State Parks AmeriCorps only accepts applications through the portal and you can APPLY HERE. Note, all state parks jobs are thru this site, so you won’t see this specific job listed here. 

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Funding

Grad fellowships for water research, apply by Nov 21. 

Each year, the MT Water Center provides Water Resource Fellowships to MT grad students. Funds can be used for materials, travel, lab fees, etc. Maximum request is $2000. Proposals are due Nov 21. Funds are available for use from 3/1/2018 to 2/28/2019. Application info here:  Graduate Student Water Resource Fellowship program, (scroll down to 2018 Request for Proposals), or contact Whitney Lonsdale or 406-994-4454, new assistant director at the Water Center.

Funding for international study, info session Sept 25, apply by Nov 29. 

Michael Saffle from Institute of International Education will be visiting UM campus to talk about Boren Awards for international study. He will be doing an information session on Monday, September 25, 2-3 pm University Center Room 332. Boren awards are awards up to $20,000 from National Security Education Program for undergraduate and graduate level students for studying abroad for semester, academic year, or summer outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. Boren Scholarships are for undergraduate students and Boren Fellowships are for graduate students. The scholarships are awarded with preference for countries, languages, and fields of study critical to U.S. national security. All scholarship recipients must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement. The on-campus deadline for Boren Award application for 2018-2019 is November 29. More info about the Boren campus review process at Education Abroad website.  

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Housing

House sitter/pet sitter needed in Frenchtown.

Local watershed worker is seeking a house sitter/pet sitter for her home in Frenchtown – for when she has to be away for work. She usually pays $10/hr or $50 for an overnight stay. She has 2 BIG dogs and some other animals. Would love to find a nice responsible student for this. (and you’d learn a lot about local watershed issues from her). If interested, contact Caryn.

Responsible and clean roommate wanted in a 2 bedroom/ 2 bath log cabin style home.

Located in the lower Rattlesnake. Female preferred. Seeking a graduate student or young professional. Dogs ok, but must get along with my well behaved Labrador dog. No smokers. Rent is $687/month utilities not included. $687 deposit. 9 month lease. Available now. Call/ text Lacey 970-422-2546 or email to set up a time to come see it and see if we'll be a good fit!

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Miscellaneous - Resources

Moon-Randolph Homestead’s 17th Annual Fall Gathering, Oct 7. 

Celebrate the full harvest moon at the Moon-Randolph Homestead’s 17th Annual Fall Gathering. Our biggest fundraiser and community celebration of the year, the Gathering supports our efforts exploring, teaching, and celebrating Missoula’s human, ecological, and agricultural history. Join us for warm soup, cider, apple pressing, and live music from Scrapyard Lullaby. Family friendly. All proceeds benefit the Moon-Randolph Homestead. No dogs, please. Tickets: $12 adults / $5 kids in advance; At the gate: $15 adults / $7 kids. Tickets include harvest meal. Cider & other beverages available for purchase. WHEN/WHERE: Oct 7, 4-10pm; 1515 Spurlock Rd. Parking for those arriving by car will be along Spurlock Road. Please park only on the right side of the road to allow local vehicles to pass. Walk up the road to the Homestead or wait for a Missoula Parks & Recreation shuttle to pick you up. Bicycle parking at the Homestead. You can WALK to the Homestead via Missoula’s North Hills Open Space Trails (Mountain View, Waterworks, or Orange Street trailheads). 

Imagine Nation Night with CFAC, Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Community Food & Agriculture Coalition (CFAC) and Imagine Nation invite ALL Missoulians to join in the culminating celebration of the 2017 SNAP Challenge. Live music; Tacos for sale by Cruz Tacos; Raffle with amazing prizes including Patagonia "Eat Local" hats! First beer free with a $10 donation to help continue the Double SNAP Dollars program. 

Compost Comedy, Sept 30.

Missoula Grain & Vegetable Co. is proud to host the return of COMPOST COMEDY! The World's only open mic where the audience is armed with rotten tomatoes! Join MGVC, Harlequin produce and a bevy of supporting, local organizations for an end of season celebration like no other! $5 Suggested donation at the door; sign up to perform and get in FREE! Recommended to wear clothing that will likely get... saucy. WHEN/WHERE: Doors at 6pm, Open Mic/Comedy at 7:30; Live music by Holy Smokes and the Godforsaken Rollers to close out the night! FreeCycles, 732 S 1st St W. 

October is Campus Sustainability Month. 

During Campus Sustainability Month, educational institutions around the world engage and inspire incoming students and other campus stakeholders to become leaders for sustainability. This year’s theme is water conservation. Visit the Campus Sustainability Month website which includes a toolkit to help you promote your institution's celebrations and share your institution's events. If interested in helping at UM, contact UM’s sustainability coordinators through their web page

Meet WildEarth Guardians’ new Conservation Director, Oct 11. 

Welcome Sarah McMillan to her new role as Conservation Director and hear about WildEarth Guardians’ latest work and programs, innovative strategies, and advocacy. When/Where: Wednesday, October 11, 6 - 8pm at Imagine Nation, 1151 W Broadway St. To RSVP or for more information, email Caitlin or call us at (505) 819-1060. 

National Geographic Nature Photography Contest, win $10,000!

National Geographic has been showcasing inspiring images from around the world for more than a century. Now it’s your turn to inspire us. Enter your most powerful photos for a chance to win up to $10,000 and a chance to be published in National Geographic magazine. ENTER NOW

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

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