Newsline March 6, 2017

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Good News Item

  1. UM Freshmen fight hunger and food waste. 

Around EVST

  1. EVST Alum Rob Rich has new publication.
  2. EVST undergrad selected to do ecotoxicology research. 
  3. EVST profs helps organize March for Science on Earth Day, April 22. 

Featured Events

(See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. EVST alum’s film shows at the Telluride MountainFilm Festival, March 10. 

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Save a life - UM & Red Cross blood drive, March 6.
  2. Take 6th graders to Lolo Creek, March 16. 
  3. Stream Monitoring Training with Watershed Education Network, March 11, 15, 18.  
  4. Volunteer for the Montana Science Fair, March 27.  
  5. Register your group to participate in UM’s Earth Day celebration on April 20. 
  6. Inspiring Girls to focus on science & engineering, April 22. 
  7. If you love the Clearwater Basin, take this user survey. 

Educational Opportunities

  1. Produce Safety Plan Workshop, Corvallis - March 6 & 7.
  2. UM offers courses in bee keeping, beer brewing & more, open house on March 7.
  3. Local briefing on aquatic invasive mussels, March 8. 
  4. Wild Rockies Field Institute Info Session, March 8.
  5. Restoring Trumpeter Swans in western Montana, March 13. 
  6. American Fisheries Society Western Division meets in Missoula, May 22-25, abstracts due 3/21.
  7. Navigating a Changing World in the Anthropocene, lecture series starts March 29.
  8. Aquatic Invertebrate Ecology (WILD 485) offered Fall 2017.
  9. Semester in the Wild of Idaho. 
  10. Scientists & Artists interact for better communication of climate change, July.

Jobs and Internships

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

  1. Alternative Energy Resources Organization extends search for executive director, review starts 3/10. 
  2. Help protect Flathead Lake from invasive mussels (while earning money).
  3. Two Intern Opportunities with CFAC.
  4. Yellowstone Wildlife and Outreach Fellowship with National Parks Conservation Association in Bozeman.
  5. Some Montana jobs available. 
  6. New Job and Internship Listings on Farm Link Montana.
  7. Summer Jobs characterizing Montana streams. 
  8. Paid Summer Internships in Wisconsin and Illinois.  
  9. Internships with Livingston Farm-to- School program this summer (unpaid). 
  10. Now accepting applications for the 2017 Sitka Fellows Program. Applications due March 15.
  11. Organic Grain apprenticeship positions and entrepreneurial opportunities for the 2017 season, Apply now.
  12. Blue Eyed Dog Farm seeks interns.

Funding

Housing 

  1. The Foodshed is Seeking New Home-mates!

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Support Land Conservation while you ski, March 11.
  2. Fresh veggies – many options!
  3. Missoula County Trail system is Online.
  4. How you can help Homeword.
  5. Be aware of Phishing Scam.

Good News Item

UM Freshmen fight hunger and food waste. 

Mason Dow and Willem Morris collect food that would be wasted from local high schools and deliver it to the Poverello Center which feeds homeless people. Full story here.

Around EVST

EVST Alum Rob Rich has new publication.

Congratulations to Rob Rich, EVST BA 2006, on publication of feature essay/article, “Better With Beavers,” in current issue of Earth Island Journal. Rob was Outstanding Senior in Environmental Writing and published in Camas magazine as an undergraduate, and since leaving UM has earned both an MS at University of Vermont and an MFA at Western Washington U. 

EVST undergrad selected to do ecotoxicology research. 

EVST undergrad Cassidy White has been accepted for an NSF REU position with the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. She will be working with Dr. Amy Ringwood this summer, looking at impacts of coal ash and Titanium nanoparticles on freshwater muscles or stresses on coral species. Congratulations, Cassidy! 

EVST profs helps organize March for Science on Earth Day, April 22. 

You have probably heard of government agency web sites being altered, of scientists being directed to not talk with the media, to submit their scientific reports for political editing, of threats of defunding and fears of data destruction. Scientists are choosing to speak up more, to band together, and support one another and defend science. A March for Science is being planned, and EVST professor Rosalyn LaPier is on the national steering committee. The national March is set for Earth Day April 22, because organizers of Earth Day welcomed the scientists to join them on the national mall where Earth Day organizers already have a permit. There will be local marches in many other cities that same week. Another EVST professor, Vicki Watson, is working to organize a march in Missoula. If interested in helping with either of these efforts, contact Rosalyn (DC march) or Vicki (Missoula March).

Featured Events

EVST alum’s film shows at the Telluride MountainFilm Festival, March 10. 

UM EVST alum RC Cone’s film “The Accord” will be featured on March 10, at the Roxy as part of the Telluride MountainFilm event. RC graduated from UM with a degree in environmental studies and an emphasis in photojournalism. Working on a collection of adventure documentaries — with such companies as Patagonia, Orvis and Howler Bros — cemented his love for outdoor cinema and the connections it creates. He is the founder of Tributaries Digital Media in Bozeman, Montana. Also showing is a selection of the best-loved films from the annual Memorial weekend MountainFilm festival in Telluride, Colorado. The films vary in length from 3 to 30 minutes and cover topics of adventure, mountaineering, remarkable personalities, and environmental messages and include "Strongwater" - Urban Surfers have transformed the sport and the scene in Missoula, MT. There will also be a raffle to benefit the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Wilderness Foundation. Raffle items include: backpacks, rain gear, lift tickets and more! WHEN/WHERE: March 10 at 6pm and 8:30pm at the Roxy Theater; COST: $10 students, $15 adults.

Volunteer Opportunities

Save a life - UM & Red Cross blood drive, March 6.

WHERE/WHEN: UM University Center Rooms 330 & 331 on Mon. Mar 6, 10:00am-4:00pm. Coordinator Phone Number: 406-327-2042. Click here to make an appointment

Take 6th graders to Lolo Creek, March 16. 

Volunteers are needed to assist with a field trip for 6th graders to Lolo Creek. You’ll learn about water chemistry, creek life, and some physical stream measurements. This is a joint effort of Lolo Watershed Group & Watershed Education Network. More info about this event is here. The web site shows you how to sign up for the needed training (offered on March 11 or March 15), And how to sign up on the group’s volunteer page. It also tells you what to bring, and where to go. For more info and carpooling, contact Kaeli at Lolo Watershed Group. WHEN/WHERE: March 16, 9:50am to 1:50 pm at Travelers Rest State Park near Lolo.

Stream Monitoring Training with Watershed Education Network, March 11, 15, 18.  

Interested in teaching kids about streams or collecting citizen science data? WEN's got you covered! Attend one of our stream monitoring trainings to learn our curricula and protocols. This training will cover all you need to know for volunteering on our School Stream Monitoring field trips and/or our citizen science Stream Team! RSVP to confirm your spot by emailing WEN or by calling 406.541.9287Let us know your shoe size in advance, so that we can provide waders in your size! WHEN/WHERE: Saturdays, March 11 & 18, 2-5 pm or Wed, March 15, 4-7pm at the Greenough Park Park Pavilion (map).

Volunteer for the Montana Science Fair, March 27.  

The 62nd Annual Montana Science Fair will be held Monday, March 27, at UM's Adams Center. Please consider volunteering to judge or to help with the fair. All judging for the 2017 Montana Science Fair will occur between noon and 6 pm on Monday, March 27, in the Adams Center. Judging is a valuable service; it is also an excellent opportunity to engage young students (grades 6 through 12) in discussions about science. A variety of volunteer positions are available any time from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm on the day of the fair, March 27. Judges and Volunteers can register here.  

Register your group to participate in UM’s Earth Day celebration on April 20. 

UM will celebrate Earth Day on Thursday April 20 with an event called Sustainaganza on the Oval. There will be tabling, activities, music, tours, and more. UM student groups, local community organizations and others are invited to table on the Oval and to provide a fun educational activity. Those who complete the activities can sign up for raffle prizes.  For example, UM Recycling will have info on what can and can’t be recycled on campus – and how much waste, air & water pollution, etc. is reduced by UM’s recycling. People will be invited to participate in Recycling Free Throw – where you throw recyclables and nonrecyclables into the proper bins. Those who get at least 10 items in the proper bins get a raffle ticket and may win a gift certificate for food, or a fun item made out of recyclables. To register your group to participate or for more info, contact event organizer Amelia Liberatore

Inspiring Girls to focus on science & engineering, April 22. 

The Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming are hosting an Engineer That, Girl! (ETG) event on Saturday, April 22nd from 9am-12pm in the UC South Ballroom. Despite the title, the intent is to expose girls to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. The event will be an interactive science fair where local scientists, engineers, students, education organizations give girls an idea what it is like to work in environmental science, forestry, aviation, biomimicry, wildlife studies, hydrology, restoration, and many more fields.  Girls in grades K through 5 will get hands-on experiments and activities led by volunteers. In addition to helping with the above activities, there’s also a need for volunteers willing to help prep before the event, host a booth, host an activity, organize, clean up, or serve food. If you would be interested in helping, please contact Kelsey McMullenGirl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming, or at 406-252-0488 ext. 2300. 

If you love the Clearwater Basin, take this user survey. 

The Clearwater Resource Council is conducting an online survey regarding trails and various forms of recreation in the Seeley area and Clearwater Basin. Please take the time to participate in the survey and encourage others that recreate in this area to also fill it out. This will help CRC gain an accurate representation from the recreationist user base up there. Survey is here.  

Educational Opportunities

Produce Safety Plan Workshop, Corvallis - March 6 & 7.

Fresh produce farmers will receive training and help developing their on-farm food safety Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) plans. Farmer participants will leave the workshop with: A draft Food Safety Plan for your farm; Insight into the food safety risks on your farm and ways to mitigate them; The ability to implement new food safety measures and assure your buyers that food safety is a priority on your farm. Others who will benefit from this on-farm food safety training are produce buyers and educators. The workshop is free for vegetable, fruit and nut crop producers. For non-produce farmers, educators and others taking the course, there is a $25 fee. Visit here to register. For more information contact Jonda Crosby or at 406-227-9161. WHEN/WHERE: March 6 (9:30 am to 4pm), and March 7 (9am to 2pm) at Western Ag Research Center, Quast Ln, Corvallis. 

UM offers courses in bee keeping, beer brewing & more, open house on March 7.

Everyone is invited to an open house at UM’s School of Extended and Lifelong Learning from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, in the Todd Building. Learn about the wide range of programs and services SELL offers, which include the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM (MOLLI), professional development courses, beekeeping certificate program, Montana Brews online course and conference planning services. Beer, wine and appetizers will be provided. The event is free and open to the public, though organizers request attendees RSVP to help them plan. For more info, email Beth, SELL marketing director, or call at 406-243-6721. 

Local briefing on aquatic invasive mussels, March 8. 

The dreaded aquatic invasive mussels that have caused such harm in the Midwest have been detected in eastern Montana, but not yet in western MT. The Clark Fork Coalition is providing a briefing on what this means for Montana, and what actions government managers and citizens can take to reduce the threat. All welcome Come learn. WHEN/WHERE: March 8, 5:15pm at the Clark Fork Coalition office 140 S 4th St W in Missoula. 

Wild Rockies Field Institute Info Session, March 8.

WRFI classes are 100% in the field – in the “Wild Rockies” or the canyon country of the American Southwest. Classes combine rigorous academic inquiry with cultural immersion and extended backcountry expeditions (backpacking, boating, & bike touring). Courses in Environmental Studies, Natural Resources & Science Management, Native American Studies, Geography, and Philosophy. WRFI’s small group size and interdisciplinary curriculum offer you a fun way to learn in the great outdoors. Scholarships Available, In-State Tuition Discount, Federal Financial Aid Applies. Learn more at Wild Rockies Field Institute, Blog or email Bethany or call 406-549-4336. WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday March 8, Noon to 1pm at Davidson Honors College, Room 119. FREE PIZZA!  

Restoring Trumpeter Swans in western Montana, March 13. 

Learn about the efforts to restore Trumpeter Swans to western Montana. Dale Becker is a wildlife biologist with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribe, and will describe their efforts to restore a viable population of trumpeter swans on reservation lands. There are similar efforts on other lands in western Montana. Nesting trumpeters on reservation lands raised at least 60 young to fledging last year. Hosted by Five Valleys Audubon. All welcome. WHEN/WHERE: March 13 at 7:30pm at UM’s Gallagher Business Building, room L14. 

American Fisheries Society Western Division meets in Missoula, May 22-25, abstracts due 3/21.

The MT Chapter of AFS is celebrating its 50th birthday by hosting this meeting. THEME: Change and Continuity: Celebrating 50 years of Fisheries in the West. Meetings are May 22-25, with field trips before & after. Click here for meeting web site. Submit your abstracts by March 31. And register by the early bird deadline of April 21. Early Bird Registration for student members is $65, and student membership is only $20 There may also be work scholarships for students. Contact: Amber Steed, AFS- MT Chapter President Elect at 406-751-4541 (office),  406-599-1584 (cell). Vicki Watson is organizing a Clark Fork Restoration symposium for the meeting. If you have related research you’d like to present, contact her. 

Navigating a Changing World in the Anthropocene, lecture series starts March 29.

Humans are changing Earth’s natural systems in rapid and unprecedented ways. This has propelled our planet into a new geologic era: the Anthropocene. How do we navigate these changes and where do we find hope? The Montana Natural History Center (MNHC) has gathered UM natural & social scientists and ethicists to help answer these questions. Lectures listed here.  WHEN/WHERE: 7pm, March 29, April 19, May 10, Sept 20, Oct 18, and Nov 8 at MNHC, 120 Hickory St. Cost$10; FREE for high school and college students. 

Aquatic Invertebrate Ecology (WILD 485) offered Fall 2017.

Aquatic invertebrates are key parts of freshwater ecosystems. In the lecture portion of this course, you will gain in-depth knowledge of the biology and ecology of invertebrates, particularly insects, in freshwater streams and lakes. In the lab section, you will participate in a long-term monitoring project on Ninemile Creek. Samples you collect will be used to hone identification skills, develop water quality indices, and to assess the efficacy of restoration efforts on the creek. The class has no prerequisites. For more info, Email the instructor, Diana Six

Semester in the Wild of Idaho. 

Semester in The Wild (offered by the U of Idaho) takes place in the heart of the Frank Church—River of No Return Wilderness, where you can earn 17 credits during fall semester. Details are here. 

Scientists & Artists interact for better communication of climate change, July.

There is increasing interest among scientists and artists/writers to work together to better communicate complicated information about climate change and other environmental issues. The Oregon Arts Commission offers 2 residency programs during the summer to bring scientists and artists together. There is a Climate Change Communication residency program offered July 3-14 in Summer Lake OR. It is intended to bring together artists and scientists to interact and share ideas on communicating about climate change. See file Climate Change. There is also a second residency program that is focused on Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) that is held July 17 to Aug 11. See file TEK

Jobs and Internships

Alternative Energy Resources Organization extends search for executive director, review starts March 10.  

Over the past two years, AERO has grown in staff size, program capacity, and membership, and seeks a passionate, capable leader to carry that momentum forward. This leader will bring their unique vision to share with AERO’s grassroots membership, while adding to AERO’s 40-year history of change-making and community building. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, though initial review will begin March 10. The full job description is here

Help protect Flathead Lake from invasive mussels (while earning money).

Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks is looking for seasonal employees to run Aquatic Invasive Species Inspection and Decontamination Stations around the state. Successful applicants receive competitive pay and benefits and the opportunity to help protect Montana’s precious water resources. Qualifications include: Must be 18 years old or older and possess a valid driver’s license and clean driving record; Must have excellent customer service skills and enjoy working with the public; Must be responsible, dependable, and can work as part of a team; A background or interest in natural resources is desirable but not required. If interested, bring your resume or a completed state application to Kalispell Interviews WHEN: March 17 (9a.m. to 4 p.m.) and March 18 (9a.m. to noon); WHERE:  FWP Headquarters on N. Meridian Road in Kalispell. For questions call: Kim Worthy at 406-444-1289 or Carol Fah at 406-444-4657. 

Two Intern Opportunities with CFAC.

Food Access Outreach - Summer Vista Opportunity (suitable for undergrad or grad). CFAC, in partnership with MT Campus Compact, is searching for a Community Relations Coordinator Summer Vista Associate. The Coordinator will be responsible for implementing an outreach plan to increase awareness of the Double SNAP Dollars (DSD) program. Coordinator is eligible for an Americorps education award once 300 hours of service are completed. More information here. Food Access Program Evaluation Intern - Paid! (grad students only). The Community Food and Agriculture Coalition (CFAC) is searching for a qualified intern to design, implement, and report on an evaluation of its USDA Community Food Project: “Food Security and Strong Communities.” This is a great opportunity to exercise academic learning, take part in real community initiatives, network with local food professionals, and publish a report that will be reviewed by the USDA. Work will also be used for future fundraising, communications, outreach, and other endeavors to improve and further develop CFAC’s food access program. $4,500 stipend. Intern must be enrolled for internship credit or receive a TARA waiver. This project can also be tailored to meet graduate portfolio, thesis, or professional paper needs if being used for a graduate project. For the right person, this opportunity may also be combined with the Summer Vista opportunity. More info here

Yellowstone Wildlife and Outreach Fellowship with National Parks Conservation Association in Bozeman.

National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), the nation’s leading national park advocacy organization, seeks a full-time termed Yellowstone Wildlife and Outreach Fellow to conduct on-the-ground wildlife habitat improvement projects adjacent to Yellowstone National Park. Through targeted outreach, events, meetings, and media, the Yellowstone Wildlife and Outreach Fellow will work to educate the public and improve habitat conditions for Yellowstone wildlife beyond park boundaries. For a full job description and application instructions, visit the careers page. Qualified applicants please submit your resume and cover letter directly online here. No phone calls please. NPCA is an EOE. 

Some Montana jobs available. 

Strike Farms near Bozeman hiring SIX positions for the summer!
The Montana Wilderness Association in Helena is hiring a Stewardship Director.
CFAC in Missoula is hiring a Development & Communications Coordinator.
The Montana Land Reliance is hiring a Development Coordinator.

New Job and Internship Listings on Farm Link Montana.

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. Visit Farm Link Montana or contact Dave.  

Summer Jobs characterizing Montana streams. 

Every summer the Montana Department of Environmental Quality hires some EVST grad students to travel around the state characterizing some of our least impacted, healthiest streams (reference streams) which they use to judge the condition of more impacted streams. The workers are trained in physical, chemical and biological methods of characterizing streams, and they get to see some beautiful places. Workers must be able to hike long distances with heavy packs. Training is usually at the end of June, and field work is July & August. Workers who can continue working into September would be especially helpful. Pay is $12/hr with time and half for overtime, and there is a lot of overtime. All travel, housing, food costs covered. Workers are out in the field much of the summer, only returning to Missoula for brief periods. If you would be interested in being considered for one of these positions, contact Vicki Watson

Paid Summer Internships in Wisconsin and Illinois.  

Science Communication Intern (link)apply by March 14; Job info: $5000 for the summer, late May to mid-late August at Trout Lake Station in Vilas County, WI (beautiful place). Aquatic Invasive Species Intern with ngo (link) , apply by March 24; Job info: May to August, 325 hours at $11/hr with River Alliance of Wisconsin in La Crosse, WI. Aquatic Invasive Species Project Intern with county (Link), apply by March 24; Job info: summer full time, pays $10.34/hr with Waukesha County, Waukesha, WI. GIS and Planning and Wetland Protection internships, IL, apply by March 17; Job Info: $13/hr, 40 hrs/week for up to 15 weeks. Start: Late May with Lake County Stormwater Management, Libertyville, IL. See these links for GIS, Planning, and Wetlands positions. 

Internships with Livingston Farm-to- School program this summer (unpaid). 

If you were planning to be in Livingston anyway, you could help the school grow fresh food to serve to kids who continue to receive school lunches through the summer (June-Aug). Lots of good experience. See file Farm-to-School

Now accepting applications for the 2017 Sitka Fellows Program. Applications due March 15.

Spend your summer in Sitka, Alaska, creating new work with other emerging artists, activists, and thinkers. The Sitka Fellows Program is a multidisciplinary group residency program on the Sheldon Jackson Campus in Sitka for emerging artists, activists, and thinkers under the age of 30. The program offers a chance for passionate individuals to immerse themselves in their work alongside people from different backgrounds and disciplines. The program is founded on the belief that great work is grounded in community and place, and that the conversations amongst fellows and with their environment are potent and valuable. It provides an unparalleled space for fellows to create new work on the edge of a beautiful, vibrant wilderness. The Sitka Fellows Program is coordinated by the Island Institute in partnership with the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. Applications Due: March 15, 2017, Fee: $25, (Free for AK residents), Program Dates: July 17-August 30. Apply here

Organic Grain apprenticeship positions and entrepreneurial opportunities for the 2017 season, Apply now.

Vilicus Farms is a first generation, nationally recognized organic, dryland crop farm located in northern Hill County, Montana. Established in 2009, Vilicus Farms grows a diverse array of heirloom and specialty grains, pulse, oilseed and broadleaf crops within 5 and 7 year rotations on approximately 5,600 acres. Integral to Vilicus Farms’ mission of land stewardship is an aspiration to also steward new organic farm professionals.  Increasing demand for organic grain and the increasing age of farmers, and landowners, provide substantial opportunities for organic farming professionals and entrepreneurs. Apprentice positions are a minimum of an 8-month commitment and immerse new agrarians in all facets of drylands organic production. Registered apprenticeships are 2 year commitments. For Veteran candidates we can make a 3 year commitment because of a partnership with NCAT’s Armed to Farm program. Applicants must have a keen interest in farming and becoming a farmer. They must be self-starters, have the ability to work independently, appreciate the challenges and joys of working outside in all conditions, be a solid problem solver, with an open creative mind, and embrace diversity.  The chosen applicants must be mature individuals and excited to engage in their own learning process. Candidates with formal training in agriculture or farm management are desired but not required. Candidates need to show hands on agricultural experiences. Ideal candidates have worked on a farm and have enough basic experience in agriculture to know they want to pursue additional skills in larger scale land management. An ability to apply whole systems thinking, curiosity, and a broad ability to learn and be reflective is a necessity. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license with a good record, and a passport allowing travel to Canada. International candidates are welcome as Vilicus Farms has been working with the Communicating for Agricultural Enhance Program to enable the educational VISA process. Entrepreneurial opportunities are for individuals with a more developed business idea, looking for a location to launch with an enabling environment. All symbolic ideas welcome. For more information contact Anna Jones-Crabtree or 406-459-9944. 

Blue Eyed Dog Farm seeks interns.

For an opportunity that would include practical hands-on experience with organic farming operations, applied sustainability practices, and active contribution to the ongoing development of a semi-urban farm-stead in Missoula. Interns with this program will gain valuable experience as an integral part of a thriving Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and Wholesale farm. Internship Timing: 5-7 months, starting in June (student would be welcome to start sooner) and ending in October. This would align well to be credited for the fall semester schedule, with a minimum of 20 hours per week for internship positions, and the potential for 40 hours per week, based on the intern’s availability and interest. This is an unpaid internship, but interns will be provided a vegetable share. Farm is easily accessed via the bike trails of Missoula, and is a 15-minute bike ride from the University Area. For more information contact Leah Proctor or 253-227-6803.

Funding

Housing

The Foodshed is Seeking New Home-mates!

Spring is coming! Time to plant onions, build chicken coops, start beehives, and spend afternoons in the dirt! If you’d like to live in a household where you can start any one of these projects, or realize other sustainability-oriented dreams, ask about living at the Foodshed! The Foodshed is a house located a few blocks from campus where community is built through sharing meals and skills to become more self-sufficient. For over two years, students and alumni have shared this space, creating a sustainable, nourishing living situation. We have THREE rooms opening this May and would love to hear from anyone passionate about this idea! Contact us through our email to get more information!

Miscellaneous - Resources

Support Land Conservation while you ski, March 11.

Five Valleys Land Trust will be the recipient of Discovery Ski Area's Ski for a Cause on March 11. $12 from every lift ticket will be donated to Five Valleys Land Trust to support their work developing conservation easements in western Montana. Adult lift tickets start at $34 (a discounted price). The lifts open at 9:30am. For more information, visit Discovery's website. While you're there, swing by the lodge to say hello to the Five Valleys crew and enter their raffle to win some Five Valleys gear. For more information, contact Lena at Five Valleys Land Trust. WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, March 11th; 9:30am - 4:30pm at Discovery Ski Area. 

Fresh veggies – many options!

CSAs (community supported agriculture shares), allow participants to sign up for weekly deliveries of fresh local farm produce. Garden City Harvest offers CSAs at a number of places in Missoula (including the PEAS farm). UM is now offering a CSA with pickup at the University Center. Pickups will be Thursdays, June 1 to Oct 12.  Full share $530 (8-12 lbs/week); regular share $370 (6-8 lbs/week). That’s a little more than Garden City Harvest CSAs, but convenient for folks on campus. To sign up, send an email with the subject line “UM CSA”. An account will be set up for you, and soon you’ll receive an email with a link to a secure payment page. Take advantage of one of these CSA opportunities to support local farmers and eat fresh, nutritious food throughout the summer and fall. Questions about the UM CSA can be directed to Trevor Lowell or (406) 243-4042. 

Missoula County Trail system is Online.

Explore Missoula County’s entire system of 90 pars and more than 40 miles of trails through this online resource

How you can help Homeword.

Homeword builds affordable sustainable housing, and provides homeowner education to help low income folks get into homeownership. Recently, they published a wish list of some things you might help them with: Coloring books and crayons, new or gently used books & board games. View full Wish List. To donate any of these, email Jessica or 406-532-4663 ext.16. 

Be aware of Phishing Scam.

There has been reports of an e-fax phishing scam happening in some emails. It states that you have an e-fax available and asks you to open the image. Unless you are specifically expecting an e-fax from a known party, do not open.

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