Newsline April 10, 2017
- Montana Water and Climate Update from USDA is the best in several years.
- Dan Spencer to be honored at UM Employee Recognition Day!
Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)
APRIL IS EARTH MONTH!
- Clark Fork Basin Council will form at UM, April 19-20.
- Get your hands dirty for clean water! Clark Fork Coalition Volunteer Opportunities.
- MPG Ranch Volunteer has two different opportunities for April.
- Forest Thinning Project on Mount Sentinel to begin April 15.
- Save historic ranch for community garden site, April 19.
- Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD) needs volunteers for Earth Day Events, April 21 & 22.
- Watershed Planning Workshop offered at UM, April 17-18.
- Understanding Global Change and a Transition to Sustainability, April 11.
- Super Speaker Mary Power, Organismal Biology, Ecology & Evolution Seminar Series, April 12.
- Careers in Sustainability Lunch at UM, April 13.
- UM hosts annual meeting of Society of American Foresters—MT chapter, April 14-15.
- Montana Institute on Ecosystems ‘Rough Cut Seminar Series’ for spring 2017.
- Montana Natural History Center Climate Change Lecture Series, Kelsey Jensco, April 19.
- Film tribute to Missoula’s bear biologist Chuck Jonkel at Wildlife Film Festival, April 20.
- EPA Water Quality Modeling Webinars, April 20.
- PEAS Farm is recruiting students for its popular summer farming internship.
- Mansfield Library Workshop Series in April.
Jobs and Internships (Local or summer jobs; for full time jobs around the US, see the envirojobs list serv)
- Seeking Graduate Student Mentor for Five-Week International State Department Program on Environmental Issues – Full Time
- Seeking Graduate Student Mentor for Month-Long International State Department Program on Environmental Issues – Part Time.
- Become a Fellow in a U.S. Department of State Program for Global Leaders, apply by April 14.
- Job at Colorado College for those completing their MS degree, apply by April 21.
- Buttercup Market and Café Hiring Barista and Prep Cook.
- Citizens for a Better Flathead Hiring Executive Director, start approximately May 1.
- Clancy Gordon Environmental Scholarship deadline extended to April 14.
- New graduate training program, UM BRIDGES, focused on the food-energy-water nexus.
- Missoula Restoration Community Networking, April 18.
- 9th annual Superfund Run, April 21.
- It's here! Missoula's first-ever GreenHouse Gas (GHG) emissions inventory!
Montana Water and Climate Update from USDA is the best in several years.
The most recent quarterly update from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service shows snowpack and water equivalency at 100% or more for the first time in the last several years. Although smaller streams and rivers are just showing the beginnings of the spring runoff, higher flow amounts are expected soon, so be careful out there!
Dan Spencer to be honored at UM Employee Recognition Day!
EVST professor Dan Spencer will receive the Distinguished Service to International Education Award at UM’s 2017 Employee Recognition Day Award ceremony. The annual UM Employee Recognition Day event on Thursday, April 13 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the UC Ballroom. Congratulations, Dan!
APRIL IS EARTH MONTH!
As usual – April (Earth Month) is shaping up to be a busy month in Missoula. Check out the Conservation Calendar to see the many events, and let Vicki Watson know if any are missing (or need updating). Some highlights include:
April 15 & 23 – Dig Days (volunteers needed)
April 15-22 – International Wildlife Film Festival (volunteers needed)
April 17-18 – Watershed Planning Workshop at UM
April 19-20 – Clark Fork Basin Council is born at UM
April 20-24 – Walk Through Time exhibit at UM (volunteers needed)
April 20 – UM’s Sustainaganza on the Oval
April 22 – Earth Day – River Cleanup, Run for the Trees, March for Science, MUD & UMFLAT’s Earth celebrations, Ecopentathalon, Missoula Art Park events, etc. (Volunteers needed for many of these)
April 29 – Missoula People’s Climate Solidarity March & Rally (1-3) and the Grand opening of Ft. Missoula Regional Park (12-4).
Clark Fork Basin Council will form at UM, April 19-20.
Montana updated its state water plan in 2015. Clark Fork basin citizens worked hard to get this plan to include for the first time: the need to manage water for natural system health and a recognition of the challenges of climate change. Citizens who have worked on these state water plans for decades realized that there was little chance of getting this plan implemented unless a river basin council was formed that was dedicated to pushing for implementation. On April 19-20, the Clark Fork Basin Council will create itself on the UM campus. All watershed citizens are welcome. If you wish to attend, RSVP here, so we have enough snacks. The Agenda is here…More background info is here. If you can only drop in for some parts of the 2 days, please sit toward the back of the room, so that your coming & going does not disturb those who are there for the entire event.
Get your hands dirty for clean water! Clark Fork Coalition Volunteer Opportunities.
Join the Clark Fork Coalition and partners as we jump start an important season of river cleanups and restoration projects. Here are 4 ways you can help the river this spring. Annual Clark Fork River Cleanup: April 22nd, 10am-noon at Caras Park - Be part of this treasured Missoula event! Last year nearly 700 volunteers cleaned up over 4,000 pounds of trash. Create your own team of co-workers, friends, or family and join the community in keeping our river clean. Free BBQ, give-aways, and raffle! Volunteer Behind the Scenes at the Cleanup: April 22nd, 11:30am-12:45pm - We're looking for 12 helpers to serve lunches to hungry cleanup volunteers on April 22nd. Free BBQ, give-aways, and raffle for volunteers! Contact Katie for more info or to sign up! Lolo Creek Planting: April 30, 9:30am - 12:30pm - Clark Fork Coalition is teaming up with Lolo Watershed Group again this year to reduce sedimentation of Lolo Creek. Last year, volunteers planted 1000+ plants and worked hard to keep them alive through the hot, dry summer. Now, we're heading back to replace some plants that died and keep the sites looking great! Lunch provided! Contact Katie to RSVP. Volunteer Educators: May 25th and June 1st, 11:30am-2pm - Students from Clinton Elementary will be taking part in our Riparian Rx curriculum this spring. These kids will be working on creating a restoration plan for the Rock Creek/Clark Fork River confluence. We're looking for volunteers on May 25th and June 1st to help these kids implement their restoration plan--i.e. help them plant native riparian trees and pull invasive weeds. It will be a fun and rewarding day! Upcoming Events...Thursday, May 25th 5pm-8pm: Volunteer Appreciation Party at the Roxy Theater! Here at the Clark Fork Coalition, we are SO thankful for the help of all our volunteers, and we want to throw you a party! Please join us on May 25th at the Roxy Theater for popcorn, a water-themed film, and mingling with CFC volunteers and staff. Haven't volunteered in a while? No worries! This event is for anyone who has EVER volunteered with the Clark Fork Coalition. We'll have information on how to get back involved, and some brand-new opportunities to give back to the river that you love. Stay tuned for more info!
MPG Ranch Volunteer has two different opportunities for April.
Join MPG and Raptor View Research Institute scientists as we track the spring raptor migration. Volunteers will help observe and identify migrating raptors. Please be sure to bring binoculars and dress for the spring weather! Space is limited to 6 volunteers per trip. No lunch provided on these days. Please RSVP for each event to get directions and details. WHEN/WHERE: April 11, 13, 19 and 25 from 11am to 3 pm at MPG. Also, Join MPG and Oxbow Cattle Company as we partner to make our shared border friendlier to wildlife. Volunteers will remove barbed top and bottom strands of wire and replace them with smooth-strand fence and drop clips. This project will greatly reduce the potential for injury to wildlife as they cross between properties. It is an exciting partnership between neighbors. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP for details and directions. WHEN/WHERE: Sunday April 23 from 9:30am - 4:30pm at MPG. Contact Joshua Lisbon to register or with any questions at 406-396-6285.
Forest Thinning Project on Mount Sentinel to begin April 15.
Missoula Parks and Recreation will use a $67,000 grant from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to thin a section of forest on Mount Sentinel. The project is in cooperation with the University of Montana, as the area to be thinned spans land owned by UM and the City of Missoula. The project aims to improve the health of the forest on Mount Sentinel by thinning early growth Douglas fir saplings that are crowding the forest understory. The project site lies above the University’s M Trail, and results of the work will be visible from the valley floor. Thinning work will begin in summer and continue over the next year. As part of the project, UM students Schuyler Moulton and Rebekah Tueller will host a volunteer day from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, on Mount Sentinel. Volunteers will thin Douglas fir saplings using loppers and handsaws, then use the trimmings to cover undesignated trails on Mount Sentinel. These unofficial trails kill native vegetation and cause erosion on the mountain. Volunteers should meet at the M trailhead at 1 p.m. and be prepared to walk a mile uphill to the project site. Volunteers should bring work gloves and water. Hand tools are provided, and participants are welcome to bring their own saws and loppers. Organizers also are looking for volunteers who can supply their own chain saws and safety equipment. Snacks will be provided. This event is not recommended for children under 10, and dogs are not allowed. Volunteers are asked to RSVP by Thursday, April 13, by emailing Schuyler Moulton or Rebekah Tueller.
Save historic ranch for community garden site, April 19.
Freedom Gardens invites everyone interested in Saving the Lalonde Ranch as an Agricultural and Historical site, to a meeting to discuss strategies for restricting the use of this property to Agriculture. The agenda will include a presentation on the history of the property, a questionand answer period and an open discussion of how the community can get involved in saving this landmark. The Missoula County Commissioners and the development park manager, Dori Brownlow are invited to attend to answer questions from the public on their intentions for this publicly owned property. Free refreshments. WHEN\WHERE: Wednesday, April 19, 5:30-7 pm, Union Club Theater Room. 208 E. Main, upstairs.
Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD) needs volunteers for Earth Day Events, April 21, 22.
Watershed Planning Workshop offered at UM, April 17-18.
Register now for Montana Watershed Coordination Council's Spring Training on "Creative and Effective Watershed Planning. " Offered in partnership with the Montana DEQ non-point source program and includes training on watershed restoration planning, including five primary topic areas: stakeholder and community engagement, drafting and development, and implementation. Experienced trainers will discuss planning strategies as well as technical and financial resources available for each planning stage. For more information and to register click here. WHEN/WHERE: April 17-18 at UM’s UC. Cost: $125.
Understanding Global Change and a Transition to Sustainability, April 11.
This free public lecture is by Dr. Peter Vitousek, Professor in Population and Resource Studies at Stanford University, and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment. His research interests include: evaluating the global cycles of nitrogen and phosphorus, and how they are altered by human activity; understanding how the interaction of land and culture contribute to the sustainability of Hawaiian agriculture and society before European contact; and working to make fertilizer applications more efficient and less environmentally damaging. He is a Fellow of National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. WHEN/WHERE: April 11 @7pm in UC Theater.
Super Speaker Mary Power, Organismal Biology, Ecology & Evolution Seminar Series, April 12.
Join us to hear Super Speaker Mary Power of the University of California – Berkeley talk about “Upland-river-coastal linkages in algal-based food webs”. WHEN/WHERE: April 12 from 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm in Interdisciplinary Sciences Building (ISB) 110.
Careers in Sustainability Lunch at UM, April 13.
‘Sustainability coordinator’ is a growing career field. Universities, businesses, local, state & federal government agencies employ sustainability professions to integrate environmental responsibility into their operations. UM Sustainability Coordinator (& EVST alum) Eva Rocke will welcome 3 sustainability professionals to campus to discuss their backgrounds, experiences and how interested students can pursue this career. Light refreshments served, and bring your brown bag lunches. More information, please contact Eva Rocke. WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, April 13, noon to 1:30pm at UM’s Davidson Honors College Lounge.
UM hosts annual meeting of Society of American Foresters—MT chapter, April 14-15.
This year’s meeting of the Montana state chapter of the Society of American Foresters takes place at the University of Montana campus April 14-15. The public and UM students are invited to register and attend a full day of presentations on Friday, April 14. Field trips on Saturday, April 15. The registration form and further details are online and students can attend Friday’s presentation at a reduced rate of $15. Read more here. UM to Host State Society of American Foresters Meeting.
Montana Institute on Ecosystems ‘Rough Cut Seminar Series’ for spring 2017.
Talks by Montana University system faculty. All talks are on the MSU campus, and will be recorded and posted to the IoE website here. April 19 - Wyatt Cross, Bruce Maxwell, & Cathy Whitlock – MSU Montana Climate Assessment - April 26 - Dominik Kulakowski - Clark University, Geography - Understanding and Managing Forest Ecosystems in the Context of Climatic Variability and Long-Term Views of Resilience.
Montana Natural History Center Climate Change Lecture Series, Kelsey Jensco, April 19.
The second lecture in our series features Kelsey Jensco, State Climatologist, Water Hydrologist, and Assistant Professor at the University of Montana. Join us for his lecture, "The State Climate Report: Impact on Hydrology and Agriculture." Learn about the most recent findings of the State Climate Report. How is local hydrology impacted by this data and what does it mean for agriculture in Montana? How can we adapt to change? Click HERE for more information on our climate change lecture series! WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, April 19th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at MNHC. Students are free, General public may purchase tickets HERE! Visit MNHC for information on the many ways they have to connect people with nature!
Film tribute to Missoula’s bear biologist Chuck Jonkel at Wildlife Film Festival, April 20.
After conducting the first capture-and-handling studies on black bears in Montana, Chuck Jonkel explored the Canadian Arctic, pioneering polar bear biology. Walking Bear Comes Home examines Jonkel’s contributions to wildlife biology, conservation, and community through interviews and archival footage. Nine years in the making, the Great Bear Foundation and Caribou Crossing are thrilled to announce the premiere of Walking Bear Comes Home: The life and work of Charles Jonkel, at the 40th International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, April 20 from 5 to 6 PM at the Roxy Theater. Join us at the Roxy at 4pm for a reception, poetry reading by Victor Charlo, and the unveiling of a permanent memorial to Chuck. DVDs available at the screening, and you can order DVDS here. The film will be followed by a party at Western Cider, 501 N. California Street, to celebrate the launch of their Great Bear Cider, a hard cider made with the gleanings of GBF’s Bears & Apples program that organizes volunteers to harvest fruit in residential areas to prevent human-bear conflict. Western Cider donates 10% of the proceeds from this cider to GBF’s Bears & Apples project.
EPA Water Quality Modeling Webinars, April 20.
EPA is hosting a series of webinars to help water quality professionals better understand surface water quality modeling and how models can be used by water quality regulators. The webinars are focused on modeling for Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), Standards, and Water Quality Permitting Programs, and more. These two-hour webinars cover everything from modeling basics (e.g., model setup and calibration) to applied water quality modeling of different pollutants. The first webinar, titled “Introduction to SWAT”, is scheduled for Thursday April 20th at 1pm Eastern. This webinar will introduce the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) water quality model. SWAT is a public domain model widely used in assessing soil erosion prevention and control, non-point source pollution control and regional management in watersheds. There will be a broad overview of the SWAT model & several examples where SWAT has been applied in real world settings. Registration is required and is now available. Previous webinars are available here.
PEAS Farm is recruiting students for its popular summer farming internship.
This six-credit class lets students get their hands dirty on a 10-acre vegetable farm, doing everything from sowing seeds and transplanting to irrigating and harvesting. The PEAS Farm, located in Missoula’s Rattlesnake Valley north of campus, grows tens of thousands of pounds of produce for its 100-member Community Supported Agriculture program, the Missoula Food Bank, the WIC program and a mobile market for seniors. PEAS Farm interns learn about propagation in the greenhouse, season extension, transplanting, direct seeding, farm planning, use of cover crops, harvest and post-harvest care of vegetable crops, drip and overhead irrigation, tractor implements, hand and mechanical cultivation, composting, weeds and pests, Community Supported Agriculture management and distribution, orchard care and more. Farm interns also learn to cook for the class and to collaborate with other Missoula community groups. The 2017 summer PEAS class runs from May 15 to Aug. 30. Students learn farming skills from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, the class will take field trips to other farms in the area. Students also get two weeks off of their choosing during the summer. Applicants who are not current UM students are eligible to enroll. PEAS Farm credits often are transferrable. Click here for registration information, then click on “Summer Semester 2017 Only Admission Status.” For more information visit the PEAS internship website or contact Josh Slotnick, UM director of the PEAS Farm, 406-239-6993.
Mansfield Library Workshop Series in April.
The Mansfield Library has many different types of workshops to help you organize, create and excel at UM. Please visit the Workshop Series website for detailed information on their flexible schedule.
Seeking Graduate Student Mentor for Five-Week International State Department Program on Environmental Issues – Full Time.
Full-Time Commitment June 28 – August 2, 2017 with Students from Japan, Brazil, Russia, China, and India. A great paid opportunity to share your passions as you travel with international student leaders! Led by Dr. Len Broberg of UM's Environmental Studies Program, this Institute will bring twenty student leaders to Montana, Texas, and Washington, DC for five weeks, from June 28 - August 2. The group includes undergraduate students from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and Japan. The program offers a comprehensive study of environmental issues and U.S. culture and society through multiple perspectives. We organize a syllabus that integrates speakers from the University and the community; field visits throughout the region to places such as the Flathead Indian Reservation, the Clark Fork Superfund Complex, the PEAS Farm, and Missoula's wastewater treatment facility; overnight visits to Helena and Glacier National Park; and a number of cultural activities such as whitewater rafting, baseball games, concerts, etc. We pay $3200, plus trip expenses. You are required to work an average of 50 hours a week throughout the five-week program, drive a van during field trips, assist with logistics and showing them summer activities you enjoy. We expect you to be available throughout the program, but you share day to day work with another grad student (you'll have at least one weekend off, etc.). There are a lot of long days at the beginning as we orient participants to Missoula and the program. For more information, please contact Program Director Deena Mansour.
Seeking Graduate Student Mentor for Month-Long International State Department Program on Environmental Issues – Part Time.
Part-Time Commitment: August 30 – September 27, 2017 with Students from Southeast Asia. A great paid opportunity to share your passions as you work with international student leaders! The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI): Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on Global Environmental Issues is led by Dr. Nicky Phear and Dr. Len Broberg. This Institute brings twenty student leaders from Southeast Asia to Montana for one month. As this program takes place during the academic year, we are seeking four graduate students at an average commitment of 15-25 hours per week. The program is a comprehensive look at global environmental issues and U.S. culture and society, integrating speakers from the University and the community; field visits throughout the region to places such as the Flathead Indian Reservation, Helena, and the Milltown Dam; a two-night visit to Glacier; and a number of cultural activities such as whitewater rafting, baseball games, concerts, etc. We pay $12/hour plus expenses for trips beyond Missoula. For more information, please contact Program Director Deena Mansour.
Become a Fellow in a U.S. Department of State Program for Global Leaders, apply by April 14.
Take Advantage of this Opportunity to become a UM Student Leader for Students from Brazil, Russia, India and China. We invite you to become part of this exciting program to develop your leadership skills, enhance your understanding of cross-cultural relations, develop a network with students across the world, earn a global designation on your resume, and enjoy fun activities, like white water rafting, that help international students better understand our part of the world. Each summer, the Mansfield Center at UM hosts a project of the U.S. Department of State to support global environmental education. Twenty undergraduate students from Brazil, Russia, India and China will live at UM this summer to study environmental issues and learn about U.S. society and culture. If you are selected for this program, you would: Join in cultural activities. This would include some, but not all, of the following: a half-day rafting trip through the Alberton Gorge, a barbecue, a baseball game, and other social activities. You might also include the students in your Fourth of July activities or attend the Salish Kootenai Pow Wow; Participate in leadership development activities, such as the Leadership Ropes Course at McCormick Park; Show the students what you love about Missoula – take them on a hike, to the farmer’s market, or to hang out with your friends. Your time commitment to the program is what you make of it, with only a minimum ten-hour commitment between June 29 – July 24. Interested? For more information, e-mail Logan Reid by April 14.
Job at Colorado College for those completing their MS degree, apply by April 21.
Colorado College seeks a director for the State of the Rockies Project to build the Project’s regional outreach and impact on current issues in the Rocky Mountain West. The director will additionally sustain strong faculty and student involvement, and create a high level of campus awareness of current issues of the Rocky Mountain West. Candidate must be experienced in research, familiar with natural resource policy in the Rocky Mountain West, and demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills. Bachelor's degree and two years of graduate education required. For a complete job description and qualifications, visit Colorado College HR posting.
Buttercup Market and Café Hiring Barista and Prep Cook.
We seek individuals with a commitment to a sustainable food shed who have received Safe Serve training or are willing to as soon as possible. Experience and good references are a must, and enjoying being a part of a team serving healthy, well-prepared food and espresso drinks to a diverse and interesting neighborhood base is key. Apply by dropping off a current resume at the Buttercup, 7 to 5:30 daily or 8 to 2 weekends.
Citizens for a Better Flathead Hiring Executive Director, start approximately May 1.
Citizens for a Better Flathead is searching for a new Executive Director. More information can be found on their website, and a full job description and application materials can be found here. An undergraduate degree is required, graduate degree preferable, and applications are only accepted through the Montana Job Service (see job description link).
Clancy Gordon Environmental Scholarship deadline extended to April 14.
The purpose of the Clancy Gordon Environmental Scholarship is to provide an annual award to a graduate student at UM who has demonstrated ability and effectiveness in working with environmental problems. Students from the biological, physical and social sciences and environmental studies will be eligible. Apply through AcademicWorks link found here.
New graduate training program, UM BRIDGES, focused on the food-energy-water nexus.
Any STEM graduate student at UM interested in the food-energy-water nexus can apply to participate as a trainee in the UM BRIDGES program. Trainees participating in UM BRIDGES will reside within their home departments (we are a cross-department, cross-college program). In addition to taking 7.0 credits of campus and field-based coursework focused on food-energy-water, trainees participate in a range of professional development activities, including computational, numeracy, and communication workshops. Trainees are also eligible for financial support for internships, international experiences, and travel. Most importantly, trainees have the opportunity to develop an intellectual community within a diverse, interdisciplinary cohort of graduate students. For a detailed description of the UM BRIDGES program, please visit our website. UM BRIDGES is a five-year program funded by the NSF National Research Traineeship (NRT) program. NSF’s NRT program goals are to catalyze and advance interdisciplinary research, prepare STEM graduate students for successful careers within or outside academia, and develop models and knowledge that promote transformative improvements in graduate education.
Missoula Restoration Community Networking, April 18.
An Ecological Restoration Networking Event, sponsored by the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER). This is the first of what we expect will be a monthly ecological restoration networking social to be held in Missoula and nearby towns. Non-SER members welcome! At this first gathering, come to socialize, learn the latest on the Milltown Dam floodplain restoration work, hear about the Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner Certification Program recently launched by SER, and find out how to get more involved with the Society for Ecological Restoration and restoration professionals working in Montana. Please contact Bethanie Walder or Cara Nelson with questions. WHEN/WHERE: April 18, 5:30-7:30 pm at Imagine Nation, 1151 W Broadway, Missoula.
9th annual Superfund Run, April 21.
All runners receive a pair of cool running socks. You can sign up at Competitive Timing or Friends of 2 Rivers. Kids are free! If you're not a kid (through 8th grade) the cost is $25, and after the run, stay for a Superfund Soup supper at Our Saviors Lutheran Church. Questions, contact Sue Furey or at 406-546-1835.
It's here! Missoula's first-ever GreenHouse Gas (GHG) emissions inventory!
So, this is a Big Deal. We're thrilled to release Missoula's very first community-wide inventory - a comprehensive account of our sources of greenhouse gas emissions. With this baseline energy use data, we can better prioritize and track progress towards efforts to cut our community carbon footprint. Here are a few highlights from the full report, available on our website. Our overall community footprint is 913,250 metric tons (MT) CO2e for the year 2014. Given the 2014 population for this area (84,239 individuals), this is an average of ~10.84 MT CO2e/person. That's about the equivalent of driving a medium sized car 27,000 miles. Our sector-specific energy breakdown: Transportation (37%), Commercial Energy (28%), Residential Energy (24%), Solid Waste (9%), and Industrial Energy (2%).
This Newsline prepared by Vicki Watson and Laura Zanolli. Please send any comments to the Editor.