Newsline February 20, 2017

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Good News Item

  1. No Invasive Mussels Detected in Environmental DNA Samples from Flathead Lake.

Around EVST

  1. EVST alum speaks on Climate Adaptation in the Face of Drought, Feb 22.

Featured Events

(See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. Montana Aquatic Research Symposium at Flathead Lake Biostation, April 7-9, register by March 17.

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Watershed Education Network Upcoming Events for February and March.
  2. Solar Jobs & Energy Freedom Rally, Helena, Feb 23. 
  3. Help shape the trail system of the Clearwater Valley, Feb 25. 
  4. FWP seeks comment on rules aimed at invasive mussels, comment by March 17.

Educational Opportunities

  1. Drought – how much can our plants take? Feb 22. 
  2. Effects of Recreation on Mountain Landscapes, Feb 23.
  3. Missoula’s Watershed Education Network in a documentary, Feb 23.
  4. Wintering birds of the Mission Valley, Feb 25.
  5. Alternative Spring Break service trip to Moab, UT.
  6. Spring Break Field Course – Law & Policy on the Columbia, sign up now.
  7. Wildlife Ranch Research Conference, Missoula, Feb 27 to March 1. 
  8. Climate Smart’s monthly meet-ups, First Thursdays of the month. 
  9. Montana Farm to Institution Webinar on March 2: read more here.
  10. Back-to-Basics Summit on the Cooperative Economy, Feb 27-March 1.

  11. Conservation webinars available.

Jobs and Internships

(Local or summer jobs; for full time jobs around the US, see the envirojobs list serv)

  1. Big Sky Job Fair at UM, Feb 22.
  2. Montana Trout Unlimited Seeks Executive Director, apply by Feb 28. 
  3. Field instructor in Field Science/Env Ed, early May to August, Missoula & Yellowstone.
  4. Part Time Office Assistant for Env. Education nonprofit in Missoula, apply now.
  5. Farms and Ranches Hiring Now in Montana.
  6. Montana Conservation Corps is hiring now. 
  7. Intern with community garden program, apply by March 17.

Funding

Housing

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Conservation Lobby Day Feb 22; Solar Jobs Rally, Feb 23. 
  2. Westslope Chapter Trout Unlimited Banquet, Feb 25.  
  3. Win a wild river float trip while supporting wilderness, drawing is March 17. 
  4. Apply for a Community Garden Plot by March 17!  
  5. Support Standing Rock by buying a t-shirt. 
  6. Montana ‘State of the Watersheds’ Report.
  7. Climate & Health Science Meeting available as a video.

Good News Item

No Invasive Mussels Detected in Environmental DNA Samples from Flathead Lake.

Following the November 2016 announcement of the first detections of invasive zebra or quagga mussels in Montana water bodies, the UM Bio Station, CSK Tribes and Flathead Lakers immediately collected and analyzed 130+ environmental DNA samples from 30 locations around Flathead Lake. Early detection offers the best (and perhaps only) chance of eradication or containment of these mussels, so immediate action was necessary. The results for these Flathead Lake eDNA samples have come back negative! However, there will be more testing in more lakes around Flathead. Stay tuned.

Around EVST

EVST alum speaks on Climate Adaptation in the Face of Drought, Feb 22.

EVST alum Ada Montague (now at MT DNRC) will speak on Montana’s approaches to adapt to drought. Ada Montague serves as staff for the Montana Governor's Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee and is also the lead planner for the Clark Fork and Kootenai basins, where she is tasked with implementing the Montana State Water Plan. Also speaking is Ann Schwend, a water planner for DNRC. The talk will be in Bozeman but will be live screencast at Zoom on Wednesday Feb 22, Noon to 1pm, or can be viewed later at Montana Institute of Ecosystems Rough Cut Science Series

Featured Events

Montana Aquatic Research Symposium at Flathead Lake Biostation, April 7-9, register by March 17.

The symposium will showcase, discuss, and advance aquatic ecosystem research and education in Montana. It will also build community and momentum for aquatic ecology research and collaboration across the state. Includes 10 cutting-edge research talks, two exciting keynote talks, a poster session/mixer, collaborative breakout sessions, a station tour, a field trip, food, and entertainment. Sponsors are covering much of the costs. Your costs are only $25 for students (includes food and lodging!) and $45 for ‘professionals’. Program & registration can be found here. Registration deadline is March 17.

Volunteer Opportunities

Watershed Education Network Upcoming Events for February and March.

WEN Stream Team Documentary film premiere - Thursday, February 23rd; Westslope Chapter Trout Unlimited Banquet - Feb. 25, Saturday in the U.C. Ballroom; Stream Monitoring Trainings - March 11th, 15th & 18th in Greenough Park; Coming in April - WEN Fundraiser with Chris Dombrowski reading his new book, Body of Water. Click on links for more information on these events. 

Solar Jobs & Energy Freedom Rally, Helena, Feb 23. 

Clean Green energy groups urge citizens to rally in Helena on Feb 23, to protect Montana’s net metering law and to speak out on other bills that have an impact on clean energy development in Montana. More info via Facebook. Sign up for rides here. Rally is at the Capitol, Feb 23 at noon. 

Help shape the trail system of the Clearwater Valley, Feb 25. 

The Seeley Lake Trails Project Open House on February 25 will seek your ideas on how to create a comprehensive trails plan for the Clearwater Valley that will work to benefit all user groups - non-motorized and motorized. See what is planned for a trails system in the Clearwater Valley and provide your input. Comments accepted until June 30. WHEN/WHERE: Feb 25, 1-4pm at the Seeley Lake Community Hall. More info: email Cathy or Jenny or call 406-754-0034. 

FWP seeks comment on rules aimed at invasive mussels, comment by March 17.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comment on proposed amendments to rules that outline new regulations needed in the battle to contain, detect and prevent the risk of spreading invasive mussels and other aquatic invasive species to other state waters. Invasive mussel larvae or DNA were detected for the first time in Montana waters in October 2016. The discovery triggered a natural resource emergency in Montana and led to several recommended strategies to manage the threat of invasive mussels spreading to other areas. The proposed rule amendments outline several new regulations, See musselresponse.mt.gov. Comments on the proposed rule amendments are due by March 17. Comments can be emailed to fwpexotics@mt.gov; or mailed to: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Fisheries Division, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.

Educational Opportunities

Drought – how much can our plants take? Feb 22. 

Increased drought is one of the expected parts of climate change for our region. Two UM plant ecologists look at just how much drought our local plants can take. Beth Roskilly: "Drought vulnerability in conifers" and Gerard Sapes:  "Why Do Plants Die under Drought?" WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, February 22, Noon - 12:50 pm in Jeannette Rankin Hall Room 202. 

Effects of Recreation on Mountain Landscapes, Feb 23.

Western historian Annie Gilbert Coleman will explore how recreational consumption has fragmented mountain landscapes, both visually and politically in her talk: “The Problem with Going Pro: A Short History of Public Land, Outdoor Sports and Visual Culture”.  Coleman is an associate professor of history at the University of Notre Dame and author of “Ski Style: Sport and Culture in the Rockies.” Her lecture will examine how outdoor recreation over the past century has fueled the preservation of mountainous public land throughout the Rockies but also prompted extended legal battles and political conflict. Free. More info at jody.pavilack@umontana.edu. WHEN/WHERE: Feb 23, at 7 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 106. 

Missoula’s Watershed Education Network in a documentary, Feb 23.

A documentary about Missoula’s Watershed Education Network citizen science program, Stream Team, will premiere at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. You might see someone you know. Tickets: Tickets are $5 and can be purchase here. When/Where: Feb 23, 4 pm at The Public House, 130 E Broadway St. 

Wintering birds of the Mission Valley, Feb 25.

Got cabin fever? Get out and about with Five Valleys Audubon on Saturday, February 25 to view raptors and other wintering birds in the Mission Valley. Participants will depart from the northwest corner of UM’s Adams Center parking lot at 7:50 a.m. or meet at the Cenex station on the south side of Ronan at 9 a.m. Dress warmly and bring a lunch for this all-day trip. For more information call Larry at 549-5632. 

Alternative Spring Break service trip to Moab, UT.

The trip will take place over spring break, March 19th- 25th. Students will be working with Plateau Restoration Inc. to restore native habitat in Arches National Park. Students will learn about and take part in the environmental conservation efforts taking place on the Colorado Plateau in Moab. The cost of the trip is $300, including transportation and accommodations. If anyone is interested, please stop by the Civic Engagement office in DHC 020 and fill one out by February 24. If you have any questions, please contact: Kellie Hofstetter, Alternative Breaks Coordinator, UM Civic Engagement in DHC 020 or call 360.325.3390

Spring Break Field Course – Law & Policy on the Columbia, sign up now.

What Could You Do With 12 Million Cubic Yards of Concrete? You could: Build a sidewalk four feet wide and four inches thick all the way around the Equator…twice. Build a highway from Seattle to Miami…or build the Grand Coulee Dam and, if you want to tour it and do a bunch of other awesome stuff, then sign up for our SPRING BREAK FIELD TRIP COURSE: Law and Policy on the Columbia! You only have a few days left to get in on the magic that will be our field trip so SIGN UP NOW!! Also, get your passport because we are planning on going to Canada (and coming back). Questions, ask Monte Mills, UM Law School or 406-243-2544. 

Wildlife Ranch Research Conference, Missoula, Feb 27 to March 1. 

MPG Ranch is a wildlife conservation ranch near Lolo Montana. The ranch is run for the benefit of wildlife and is managed by wildlife scientists. Many UM students conduct research there. Others have participated in service projects there. MPG invites the public to their annual conference at which MPG staff and supported researchers will present recent findings and describe future goals. Topics include rangeland restoration, bird & mammal ecology, pollinators, biological soil crusts, and soil ecology, among others. No need to register. For Schedule and Abstracts, Contact jlisbon@mpgranch.com or 406-396-6285. WHEN/WHERE: Feb 27 to March 1, 8am to 5pm at the Holiday Inn Parkside, Missoula. 

Climate Smart’s monthly meet-ups, First Thursdays of the month. 

Join Climate Smart to work on solutions for Missoula. First Thursdays, 5-7pm at ImagineNation (1151 W. Broadway, Missoula). Upcoming meeting topics: March 2: Healthy Community; April 6: Energy Efficiency, Energy Conservation and Green Building; May 4: Local Food and Agriculture.  

Montana Farm to Institution Webinar on March 2: read more here.

Back-to-Basics Summit on the Cooperative Economy, Feb 27-March 1.

This summit is designed to bring together cooperative leaders from all walks of life to learn from one another and from experts in cooperative development. The summit has four tracks especially for agricultural producers, housing advocates, consumer and worker cooperatives, and community developers. These tracks have been developed to encourage regional dialogue and hands-on learning. WHEN/WHERE: Feb 27-March 1 at Fairmont Hot Springs. Details here and Schedule of workshops & speakers

Conservation webinars available.

EPA Trash Free Waters Webinar: the distribution of microplastics in the environment February 28, at 11:00 am. The second webinar in this series, on the distribution of microplastics in the environment, will be presented by Dr. Kara Lavender Law of the Sea Education Association, Inc. More info on the webinar series: (murphy.margaret@epa.gov); Webinar: Strengthening Your Advocacy and Community Organizing 03/16/2017, Noon to 1:30pm. Regardless of political affiliations, the general public remains interested and committed to having clean and ample water for our everyday activities and operations. How we go about protecting our watersheds largely depends on our strategies and public policies, despite our limited resources; Webinar Series – Nonprofit Financial Management Training; 03/02/2017 – 08/03/2017 11am -12:30pm  Webinars are first Thursday of every month March to August, at (March 2, April 6, May 4, June 8, July 6, August 3); CBWN Webinar: Understanding Basin Water Resources Tue, Apr 4, 2017 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM MDT. Columbia Basin Trust provides this report on the current state of water knowledge in the Columbia Basin region. CBWN Webinar Recordings Earlier Columbia Basin webinars can be listened to at this web site.

Jobs and Internships

Big Sky Job Fair at UM, Feb 22.

The job fair will have employers from 70 local, regional, national and international companies. The event will offer recruiting opportunities for students in all academic disciplines, including professional full-time and part-time positions, as well as summer jobs and internships. Many recruiters will return Thursday, Feb. 23, to interview students and alumni for open positions in their organizations. Students and alumni can go online here to view a complete schedule and list of companies attending the fair and add themselves to a mailing list. Through their Griz eRecruiting account, students also can see who will be on campus recruiting this semester and sign up for on-campus interviews being held the day after the fair and throughout spring semester. Students can contact the Office of Career Services to set up their free Griz eRecruiting account. More info 406-243-2022. WHEN/WHERE: Feb 22, 9am to 3pm in the University Center Ballroom, 3rd floor. 

Montana Trout Unlimited Seeks Executive Director, apply by Feb 28. 

Montana’s leading grassroots conservation group focusing on protection of fisheries and rivers seeks an executive director to supervise a staff of five and work with a large volunteer base. Candidate must be knowledgeable in water and fisheries policy, experienced in fundraising and nonprofit administration, demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be willing to travel regularly in state. Bachelor’s degree and background in natural sciences desirable. Location is Missoula. Benefits include health insurance and 403 (b). Salary DOE. Send hard-copy resume, cover letter and two writing samples to Executive Director Application, P.O. Box 5539, Whitefish, Montana 59937. Application deadline is Tuesday February 28, 2017.  No phone calls or electronic applications.  Full job description can be found here

Field instructor in Field Science/Env Ed, early May to August, Missoula & Yellowstone.

Ecology Project International (EPI) is hiring instructors to teach field-based science/conservation/environmental educational programs for middle and high school students. We are currently hiring for the summer Yellowstone wildlife ecology program. EPI is an international non-profit organization dedicated to addressing critical conservation issues through field-based partnerships between local experts and high school students. We engage adolescent youth from local communities and visiting youth from other regions in applied conservation hands-on science and conservation as they learn about and help protect threatened species and habitats. Through EPI’s programs in five countries throughout the U.S. and Latin America, teens are inspired and empowered to engage in conservation efforts at home and worldwide to become the next generation of conservation leaders. More information can be found at www.ecologyproject.org. The position will be open until filled. For a complete job description and application, visit EPI. 

Part Time Office Assistant for Env. Education nonprofit in Missoula, apply now.

Ecology Project International seeks a part-time office assistant to help with EPI’s Yellowstone Program course delivery by supporting the team’s permanent staff in completing routine office tasks and projects (i.e. printing, scanning, collating, shredding, around town errands). Schedule and Location: This position is based at EPI’s Missoula, Montana office and is a temporary position. Term of contract will be February 20 – August 31. Exact schedule will be determined with selected candidate, and will total 15 hours per week Feb – April and 30 hours per week May – August. Compensation: $9/hour. This temporary position is not eligible for a benefits package. Read More here. 

Farms and Ranches Hiring Now in Montana.

Start a career, learn new skills and have an adventure! The farm season will be here before you know it! Spend your summer outdoors, get your hands dirty and experience the tough and rewarding work of farming or ranching in Montana. Amid the breathtaking views and endless wilderness recreation, Montana boasts an incredible range of agriculture. On Farm Link Montana, you can find jobs producing wheat and pulses, organic vegetables, cattle, dairy, hops and more. This FREE web resource connects job and internship seekers with Montana farms and ranches. The site features a searchable map displaying farms and ranches with open positions. Read information about each operation and fill out one common application form to apply for all the jobs that interest you. Although each position is different, most jobs and internships run the whole season, April to November. Apply now as many farmers and ranchers try to wrap up their hiring in the next month or so. For more information and to apply now, visit www.farmlinkmontana.org or contact dave@farmlinkmontana.org

Montana Conservation Corps is hiring now. 

Whether you're...A Corps novice looking to dip your toe in the world of conservation service (check out Crew Member May to Aug or May to Nov). A military veteran looking for a new way to serve (check out our Veterans Green Corps program!). Or, an experienced leader who loves working with youth (check out our Youth Crew Leader and Youth Conservation Corps Crew Leader positions!). There is a place for you in MT Conservation Corps. Every position receives extensive outdoor and leadership training, a living stipend, and an AmeriCorps education award that can be used to pay for past or future schooling. We even have serviceships available to assist with some of the financial costs! Now is the time to join a group dedicated to caring for our public lands. Please join us in building a better tomorrow by applying todayPosition listings with locations and dates. Also have Conservation Intern positions. Note Big Sky Watershed Corps is already filled for this year, but you can express interest for 2018. 

Intern with community garden program, apply by March 17.

Garden City Harvest’s Community Garden Program is currently seeking an individual to assist in building community through agriculture at our ten Community Gardens. This program supports over 350 garden plots and one therapeutic hospital garden; providing healthy community spaces, tools and essentials for Missoula residents, families, and groups to grow their own food. Begins early April and continues through early November. 6-10 hours/week. Unpaid internship. Full internship details can be found here. Apply by March 17 by sending your resume to patrick@gardencityharvest.org.

Funding

Housing

Miscellaneous - Resources

Conservation Lobby Day Feb 22; Solar Jobs Rally, Feb 23. 

Montana conservation groups invite citizens to these 2 events in Helena where you can make your voice heard. Conservation Lobby Day agenda and RSVP page (not required but helpful). Solar Jobs Rally, February 23 at noon in the capitol. Rides available leaving Missoula at 9am and get back around 3pm. Signup here for rides. For more info, contact: Brian Fadie, office: 406-443-2520 or mobile: 406-210-7591

Westslope Chapter Trout Unlimited Banquet, Feb 25.

Party with fellow river lovers! Check out the Smith River guided trip up for auction and more! For Banquet details, tickets, and to bid on auction items online, visit the TU website. When/Where: Feb 255:30-9:30 PM in the UM Campus UC Ballroom (3rd floor of UC).   

Win a wild river float trip while supporting wilderness, drawing is March 17. 

Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation is raffling 2 great float trips – on the Salmon River’s middle fork and lower river. Middle Fork trip must be between Aug 15 & Sept 24. Salmon River canyon trip must be between July 9 & Sept 24. Raffle tickets are $20. Drawing is March 17. Email your orders to info@selwaybitterroot.org

Apply for a Community Garden Plot by March 17! 

Looking to join a community, feel inspired, find a hobby, or grow your own food? Apply online for a garden plot here by March 17. Applications received after 3/17 will be added to the wait-list.  Each of our community gardens follows sustainable gardening practices and provides participants with a 15 x 15-foot plot, tools, water, compost, straw, common space, and educational opportunities. The cost is a $40 plot fee, plus a $15 refundable deposit. Garden City Harvest builds community through agriculture at its four neighborhood farms, seven school gardens, and ten community gardens scattered across Missoula. We are a non-profit organization established in 1996 to grow food with and for others, providing local and sustainably grown produce to everyone in the community, regardless of income. For more information about community gardening, visit our website at www.gardencityharvest.org or call us at 406-523-FOOD. 

Support Standing Rock by buying a t-shirt. 

Jim Morris Environmental t-shirts has a fundraiser for Standing Rock. For each Water is Life t-shirt purchased, they will donate $1 to Standing Rock and for each Standing Rock t-shirt  purchased, they will donate $5 to Standing Rock. The company has been donating funds & t-shirts to the Standing Rock effort, so this is a continuation of the help they have been giving. 

Montana ‘State of the Watersheds’ Report.

The Montana Watershed Coordination Council recently published a ‘State of the Watersheds Report’ for Montana. The 44-page report highlights the work of more than 50 watershed groups (paragraph and photo of each group). The report also includes maps highlighting basin councils as well as individual watershed groups statewide. It concludes with a table showing the activities of each watershed group, an overview of most used funding opportunities, and a directory of watershed groups. You can download the full report here.  

Climate & Health Science Meeting available as a video.

The American Public Health Association (APHA) calls 2017 “the year of climate change and health.” Climate Reality held a Climate & Health Meeting on 2/16/2017 in partnership with the APHA, the University of Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment, and other leading science organizations. Led by Climate Reality Founder Al Gore, the event allowed climate scientists, public health officials, health care providers, and other diverse stakeholders to discuss solutions to the critical impacts of the climate crisis on public health issues, such as extreme weather events, transmission of infectious diseases, clean water, and food security. The Meeting featured scientists from APHA; Harvard Global Health Institute; University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute; and many more respected scientific organizations. Watch a video of the live-stream of the event here. See Al Gore’s perspective on the climate crisis and public health in this blog post.

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