Newsline May 15, 2017

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Good News Item

  1. Methane capture rule saved for now!

Around EVST

  1. EVST alum offers workshop on “Drawing Food”, May 24. 
  2. EVST alum offers Spring Flower Crown Workshop, May 25. 

Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. Citizen Science trips summer with Wilderness Institute, starts June 8. sign up now!

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Farmer's Aid Day, help while you learn, May 20.
  2. Contribute to diversity at UM, proposals due May 30.
  3. Volunteers needed to put up wildlife friendly fencing, June 3.
  4. Volunteer stewardship projects in wilderness this summer & fall.
  5. What do you think the new Higgins Bridge should look like? 

Educational Opportunities

  1. Soil Health Workshop offered at Moon-Randolph, May 16.
  2. DroneFire Seminar, Free, May 16.
  3. Exercise your body, mind & spirit with a “Walk Through Time”, May 7-21
  4. Environmental/peace hero visits Missoula, May 19-21.
  5. Historic tours during May, including the Moon Randolph Homestead on May 20. 
  6. Community Lawn Party on Pesticide Use & Groundwater Protection in Missoula, May 20.
  7. Drone Experts to Offer UAS Training Course at UM May 22-26.
  8. Native Plant Walk in the Bitterroot, May 24, 29 and 31.
  9. Free Disaster Response Training, May 25 in Helena. 
  10. Wildlife Ranch Tour in the Bitterroot, May 30. 
  11. MT Audubon Bird Tours for 2017!
  12. Wilderness Walks all over Montana, May to September. Contact now.
  13. Montana Ag Summit, May 31-June 1 in Great Falls. 
  14. Fishprinting workshop, May 26.
  15. Free Workshop on Well Owner Outreach & Well Risk Assessment, June 20. 

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

  1. Garden City Harvest has two open positions, apply by May 22.
  2. Montana Wilderness Association seeks a Trail Steward for summer, apply now. 
  3. Missoula CFAC looking for a Development and Communications Coordinator, apply by May 31.
  4. Paid Environmental Education Internship for 2017-18 Academic Year, apply by June 20. 

Funding

  1. National Environmental Education Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Events Grants. 

Housing

  1. Grad student entering the EVST program in the fall and I am looking for roommates.
  2. Incoming EVST grad student looking for roommates.
  3. Room available in Lower Rattlesnake.
  4. DIVORCE YOUR CAR And live in the lower Rattlesnake!
  5. Dakota street cottage for rent.

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. UM Campus Thrift Sale (link) , May 16.
  2. Help Garden City Harvest by eating delicious food on May 16. 
  3. UM Study Shows More Communication Needed on Invasive Aquatic Species in Montana
  4. Missoula now selling compost! 
  5. UM prof publishes book on sustainable development.
  6. Local business recycles e-waste. 
  7. Paul Simon Tour will benefit biodiversity, June 21. 

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Good News Item

Methane capture rule saved for now!

Graduating EVST Senior Paul Edlund shared this good news. The US Senate rejected the proposed repeal of a recent federal rule requiring that oil and gas companies capture methane rather than ‘flaring off’ the methane. The BLM estimated that the rule would prevent roughly 180,000 tons a year of methane from escaping into the atmosphere and would boost federal revenue between $3 million and $13 million a year because firms only pay royalties on the oil and gas they capture and contain. Read more here.

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Around EVST

EVST alum offers workshop on “Drawing Food”, May 24. 

EVST alum Bethann Garramon-Merkle offers this “Drawn to Food” workshop in which you will experience food with all your senses, while increasing your skills in observation and communicating with drawing. Refreshments included. COST: $45. More info at the Moonlight Kitchens website or 406-926-2720 or at Bethann’s website. WHEN/WHERE: May 24 from 6-9pm at Moonlight Kitchens, 1951 Kensington Avenue. 

EVST alum offers Spring Flower Crown Workshop, May 25. 

Led by EVST alum Melissa Lafontaine, herbalist and owner of Earth Within Flowers. Take home a head piece made with local wildflowers, herbs and farm-cut flowers. We will discuss drying techniques and how to find lasting, wear-able flowers. Earth Within Flowers offers the community an earth-friendly alternative to flower sourcing. Melissa procures flowers from local and regional farmers and ethically forages foliage from the natural environment. She is trained as an herbalist and ethno botanist and shares the sentimental, cultural and healing nature of flowers within her designs. Cost: $35/person including tea and a dryable flower crown for all your summer festivities. Sign up here.  WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, May 25th- 6-8pm at Buttercup Cafe and Market, 1221 Helen Ave.

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Featured Events

Citizen Science trips summer with Wilderness Institute, starts June 8. sign up now! 

The UM Wilderness Institute’s Citizen Science Program is offering 5 trips to choose from in 3 different locations around Montana: Terry Creek Wilderness Study Area in eastern Montana, The Missouri River Breaks BLM Wilderness Study Areas, and the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness. Note that the first trip will depart June 8, so please sign up soon! This summer WI is partnering with both the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management wilderness managers to monitor for field measures of wilderness character. As always, trips are free and open to the public and entail the following: 3-6-day trips into the backcountry; learn about invasive species, native plants, wilderness character monitoring methods, and the natural history of wilderness; Backcountry experience is helpful but not necessary (review specific trip descriptions to pick the right trip for your ability level); Dinners provided daily; and Transportation is available from Missoula as well as selected towns in study vicinity. Learn more about the location and purpose of each trip on the Citizen Science Program website and sign up online today! Direct questions to Rachel at (406) 243-6916 or citizenscience@cfc.umt.edu.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Farmer's Aid Day, help while you learn, May 20.

CFAC Community Food & Ag Coalition is pleased to announce a collaboration with local farmers - 4 WORKshops that will provide practical learning and hands-on experience. Farmers are slammed with work in May, yet these local growers are open to hosting practical WORKshops as you help with work on their farms. If interested, contact your chosen farmer(s) and explore this adventure for a fun Saturday. Kids are welcome with parental supervision. Please NO pets, as many of the farms have livestock and poultry. A $10 donation from each adult is recommended. The 4 participating farms/orchards are all in Missoula (and some are operated by EVST alums). Turner FarmsGreen Bench OrchardHarts Nursery and Garden Store and Red Hen Farm. Details of what you will learn and what work you will do at each farm are described here (also contact info). At most of the farms, the WORKshop will run from 10 am to mid-afternoon. Food is provided at lunch time. Space is limited so call soon to reserve yourself a spot in the experience that fits your interests.   

Contribute to diversity at UM, proposals due May 30.

DiverseU is a campus-wide series of events focused on topics of diversity and promoting civil discourse. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members are encouraged to discuss, present, perform, and exhibit art throughout November 1-2, 2017. Please consider Submitting a Proposal to Present a Session (panels, forums, performances, etc). The deadline for submitting proposals is Wednesday, May 30, 2017. The proposal form can be found here. If you have any questions regarding your proposal, please contact Proposal Outreach committee chair, Hailey Michelson or student coordinator, Cal Reynolds

Volunteers needed to put up wildlife friendly fencing, June 3.

Some local wildlife friends plan to build a stretch of wildlife-friendly fencing on Lolo National Forest lands near Evaro Hill. The three-strand fence includes just one strand of barbed wire. The fence will keep cattle out of the LaValle and Marent Creeks, areas heavily used by the North Hills-Evaro Elk Herd. This will assist the local ranch family leasing that area (they share their private land with the elk in winter). Volunteers meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Town Pump on the NW side of Highway 93/I-90 Wye west of Missoula. Look for Bert’s tan Tacoma on the front row of the parking lot facing Highway 93 near the Exxon sign. Volunteers will work until about 1 p.m. then adjourn to a nearby grassy ridge for a Famous Dave's picnic lunch. Volunteers must wear sturdy boots, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Bring work gloves if you have them (there will be extras). Everyone working with wire must wear glasses, eyeglasses, sunglasses, safety glasses, some kind of eye protection. Fencing wire behaves unpredictably in the presence of volunteers. To volunteer, contact Bert Lindler

Volunteer stewardship projects in wilderness this summer & fall.

Montana Wilderness Association has been leading volunteer trails stewardship trips since 2012, focusing mainly on stewardship work along the Continental Divide Trail. Our 2017 project season still has a focus on the Continental Divide Trail, since this is a key corridor trail that links together many important unprotected wildlands. This focus will continue in years to come. These multi-day volunteer opportunities are a great way to get to know incredible wild places, meet new people, and give back to the trails we all enjoy. Check out our full slate of options and register here. Trip dates range from late June to early October. For more information, email mbowser@wildmontana.org

What do you think the new Higgins Bridge should look like? 

The Montana Department of Transportation is seeking comments on the proposed rehabilitation of Higgins Street Bridge. Here is a link to more information. Would you like to see bike lanes separate from the car traffic? Would you like to see an under-bridge for bike/pedestrian traffic like at Madison St Bridge? Share your ideas with MT DOT. 

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Educational Opportunities

Soil Health Workshop offered at Moon-Randolph, May 16.

This spring, the Moon-Randolph Homestead is teaming up with Missoula County Extension Agent Seth Swanson to bring you a soil health workshop that covers basic soil science, soil testing, soil test interpretation, and soil building techniques. This workshop is for the curious and intrepid gardener working at any scale, large or small. Tuesday, May 16, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. FREE and open to the public. Parking at the Homestead, 1515 Spurlock Rd in Missoula. Contact us here for additional information.  

DroneFire Seminar, Free, May 16.

Please join your colleagues for a seminar by Dr. Robert Pasken from St. Louis University Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. The seminar will be on Tuesday May 16 at 2:00pm in CHCB 230. Seminar is free and separate from the UAS Training Course. 

Exercise your body, mind & spirit with a “Walk Through Time”, May 7-21.

You may recall that part of the “Walk Through Time” exhibit was displayed on the UM Oval during Earth Week. The ENTIRE "Walk Through Time" Exhibit will be available for viewing from May 7-21, down in Hamilton at the Council on Aging property (310 Old Corvallis Rd., Hamilton -- about 1/2 mile north of the fairgrounds). Almost 100 beautiful panels depict the formation and transformation of our solar system, Earth and life on Earth. Created for Earth Day 1997, the exhibit was envisioned by physicist Sidney Liebes of HP labs and created with the help of artists and creative writers. The panels in the exhibit are set up to represent the passage of time (every foot in distance between the panels = 1 million years). The experience of walking through millions of years, from star dust to us, helps you realize that we are part of an awesome, miraculous explosion of life on planet Earth. Hadn't we better take good care of it? Questions? Call Jill at 642-3601.  

Environmental/peace hero visits Missoula, May 19-21. 

Brian Wilson, Vietnam vet and peace activist, lost his legs while blocking a train shipping US weapons to Central America. The local chapter of Vets for Peace is hosting Brian for a book reading from his book Blood on the Tracks (May 19 at 7pm at Shakespeare & Co) and a screening of the new film ‘Paying the Price for Peace’ (May 21 at 7pm at Public House). Discussion follows. Free but donations to cover expenses appreciated. 

Historic tours during May, including the Moon Randolph Homestead on May 20. 

May is Historic Preservation Month in Missoula. There are tours every Saturday. Here are the remaining ones: Saturday May 20 from 1-3pm: Hiking Tour - Waterworks Hill and Moon Randolph Homestead: Meet at the Waterworks Hill trailhead on Duncan Drive. The tour will include a history of Missoula’s early development as seen from the hill along with changes that have occurred over the years. The tour will conclude with the Moon Randolph Homestead. Jim McDonald and Philip Maechling will lead the tour. Saturday May 27 from 1-4pm: Bus Tour of the Bonner to Fort Missoula Trolley Line: Meet at the parking area to the north of the corner of Spruce and Madison Streets between the railroad tracks and Interstate 90. This tour will talk about the homes and commercial buildings along the Trolley Line after it entered Missoula at Rattlesnake Creek, proceed along Pine Street to Higgins and through the Southside and Westside Historic Districts. The tour will stop at the original Trolley Barns at 14th and Catlin, and continue to the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula to view the restored Trolley Car that ran from Bonner to Fort Missoula. Museum staff will lead the tour. This tour limited to 35-40 people for the bus, please RSVP here. For more information visit our website

Community Lawn Party on Pesticide Use & Groundwater Protection in Missoula, May 20.

There will be lawn games, kid’s activities, speakers, and open mic. All welcome. Free. For more info, call 406-396-2124. Hosted by UM Chapter of AERO. For more info, call 406-396-2124. WHEN/WHERE: May 20, noon to 3pm on the Missoula County Courthouse lawn, 200 W. Broadway. 

Drone Experts to Offer UAS Training Course at UM May 22-26.

The University of Montana Autonomous Aerial Systems Office and Sands Unmanned Aviation Training of Kalispell will team up to offer a Basic Unmanned Aviation Systems Training Course next month. Held on the UM campus May 22-26, the intensive training provides ground instruction, hands-on flight instruction with small quadcopters, preparation for FAA licensing, and an overview of GIS and sensor applications. Taught by Justin Sands and Hovig Yaralian of SUAT and Kevin McManigal of UM’s Department of Geography, the training aims to convert people with little to no UAS – or unmanned aviation system – experience into beginner pilots who understand and operate in a safe and productive manner. There are a multitude of reasons someone may want to consider UAS training. The skillset can lead to employment in precision agriculture, public safety and utilities inspections, to name a few fields. Registration for the Basic UAS Training Course is open to the public, and participants can earn two college credits. The course is being offered through UM’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and the School of Extended and Lifelong Learning. For more information or to register, call 406-529-9174 or email Jaylene Naylor

Native Plant Walk in the Bitterroot, May 24, 29, and 31.

Join MPG Ranch for a native plant walk led by our staff botanist. Bring a camera! Be prepared to hike in the spring weather. Be careful of barbed wire, metal or wood, uneven terrain, and other potential hazards. RSVP for each event to get directions and details or call 406-396-6285. WHEN: 5/24 and 5/29, 1pm-4:30pm and 5/31, 10am-1:30pm. 

Free Disaster Response Training, May 25 in Helena. 

Montana DNRC and DES are offering a free Disaster Response Training event on May 25 at the Helena Best Western Great Northern Hotel. Presenters will include officials from the states of Mississippi, Colorado, and Montana. This is useful training for anyone likely to work for local, state or federal government. Visit the training section of DNRC’s website for registration and more information, including the event agenda. CFM credits will be offered for this event. 

Wildlife Ranch Tour in the Bitterroot, May 30. 

Visit MPG Ranch to learn about our 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. Be careful of barbed wire, metal or wood, uneven terrain, and other potential hazards. Tour is limited to 6 participants. RSVP to get directions and details. or call 406-396-6285. 

MT Audubon Bird Tours for 2017!

Got a rich uncle or aunt wondering what to give you as a present? Montana Audubon is offering two remarkable birding tours this coming year, featuring some of the most wild and iconic landscapes in Montana: The Centennial Valley and the Rocky Mountain Front. Both tours will immerse participants in the birds and natural history of each area for an unforgettable experience! Space is limited!  Click here to learn more or reserve your spot! You may also reach us at 406.443.3949 or by email.  Centennial Valley-Red Rock Lakes: May 26 - 28, 2017; Rocky Mountain Front: June 15 - 17, 2017. 

Wilderness Walks all over Montana, May to September. Contact now.

Montana Wilderness Association offers wilderness walks. To sign up for a Walk, first download our Discover Wild Montana publication and find the Wilderness Walk that's right for you. Then sign up for a walk by using the username "publiclands" and the password "publichands." We have more than 100 hikes to choose from (from May through September), so sign up now. For questions about our Wilderness Walks, contact ahagerty@wildmontana.org or at (406) 443-7350 ext. 108. 

Montana Ag Summit, May 31-June 1 in Great Falls. 

The Montana Ag Summit will focus on international trade, technological advancements, promoting the next generation of farmers & ranchers, and ag policies. More information at the Ag summit here. 

Fishprinting workshop, May 26.

Artist Bruce Koike will attend the upcoming meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Missoula in late May, and will offer a 3-hour workshop on the Japanese art of Gyotaku – Fish printing. WHEN/WHERE: May 26, 9am to noon in UM Skaggs building room 230. Cost is $60 for students & $80 for others. Register by emailing koike.bruce@gmail.com

Free Workshop on Well Owner Outreach & Well Risk Assessment, June 20. 

Workshop covers how to engage & educate private well owners and how to assess a well or spring to determine its risk for contamination. Please read this flyer for more information and REGISTER ONLINE. Sponsored by MT Env. Health Association. Questions: Contact jcampbell@map-inc.org. WHEN/WHERE: June 20, 8 am to noon; Missoula Health Department room 210, 301 W. Alder.

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Jobs and Internships

Garden City Harvest has two open positions, apply by May 22.

Community Gardens Outreach Coordinator: This position works in a tight knit team environment of Community Garden staff and volunteers. The work includes organizing and empowering volunteer leaders at each of our 10 gardens and fostering community at the gardens thorough effective outreach, education, and communication. This job is a wonderful blend of outdoor work, assisting the operations coordinator, and indoor work coordinating gardeners, garden leadership volunteers, and organizing events. Application deadline: May 22, 2017. To apply: Send your resume and cover letter to Genevieve Jessop Marsh. More information: Full job description. Youth Harvest Internship: This is a therapy-based, service-oriented work program for at-risk teenagers. Up to ten youth are employed each growing season to perform daily farm tasks, operate a mobile market at senior residences, and serve at the local food bank. Includes $500 stipend; college credit is available. Application deadline: May 23, 2017. To apply: send your resume and cover letter to Tami McDaniel. More information: Full job description

Montana Wilderness Association seeks a Trail Steward for summer, apply now. 

Compensation: $8.50/hour, June 19th to August 26th, 2017 (10 weeks). Classification: Temporary, Non-Exempt (internship/college credit options available). Location: Whitefish, MT and backcountry settings. Duties: The Trail Steward assists in volunteer trail projects throughout the state of Montana, along the CDNST and in MWA campaign areas. The Trail Steward will work in conjunction with the US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and other partners to complete successful projects in the field. Full job description found here

Missoula CFAC looking for a Development and Communications Coordinator, apply by May 31.

The Community Food & Agriculture Coalition (CFAC) is seeking a Development & Communications Coordinator to lead our donor engagement, communications and community outreach efforts.  The position provides support to the Executive Director to fulfill the organization’s overall fund development and communications plan.  Duties will include donor and sponsorship cultivation, membership outreach through social media and events, donor database management, website upkeep, grant coordination, event planning and implementation. The coordinator will actively work to build a solid relationship with community organizations, businesses, and individual supporters. More information about our programs is on our website. This position is a full-time, year-round position that reports directly to the Executive Director. CFAC’s mission is to develop and strengthen Missoula County's food system: promoting sustainable agriculture; building regional self-reliance; and assuring all citizens equal access to healthy, affordable, and culturally-appropriate food.  CFAC facilitates dialogue, education, and collaboration within the community, encouraging creative problem-solving and proactive policy advocacy.  It is essential for all staff, including the Development & Communications Coordinator, to whole-heartedly embrace this vision and grassroots approach.  As a small organization with a holistic mission, staff contributes to projects across the organization, regardless of their job titles. Fundraising: Assist the Executive Director in implementing the fundraising and community outreach plan including: Meeting with donors and communicating with them on a regular basis; Maintaining and updating the donor management database; Assisting program staff and the ED with grant tracking and reporting. Communications: Facilitate and execute CFAC’s communication needs including: Maintaining and updating the website; Managing and creating social media; Working with traditional media (print, TV and radio); Organizing events to educate and update CFAC members; Producing and sending newsletters and action alerts to CFAC members. Qualifications: In-depth experience with traditional and social media, website maintenance and community outreach; Excellent oral and written communication skills; Proven project management skills and the ability to work independently, take initiative, meet deadlines, and relate cooperatively and constructively with a diversity of stakeholders, staff and volunteers; Proven success at donor and corporate sponsor cultivation or like skills; Solid computer skills, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, donor database software; Confident, professional, and demonstrated passion for our mission; Optimistic, positive and charismatic disposition; College degree and/or graduate degree preferred. Compensation: This is a full-time position. Depending on experience, the Development and Communications Coordinator will earn $33,000-36,000 per year, plus a generous benefits package that includes paid vacation, personal days, and health insurance. Application: To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Bonnie Buckingham. The cover letter should cover the following: a) how the applicant has a personal connection to CFAC’s mission and work; b) how the applicant’s past experience will strengthen CFAC’s outreach within the community; and c) how the applicant’s skills and disposition are a good fit for the position and organization (e.g., collaboration, writing, public speaking, fundraising, social media expertise, media relations, etc.). The deadline for applications is May 31, 2017, however, the position will remain open until filled. 

Paid Environmental Education Internship for 2017-18 Academic Year, apply by June 20. 

Montana Natural History Center is hiring an intern to join the Wings Over Water Osprey education program which connects middle-school teachers and students to STEM experts in the lab and in the field. We seek hard-working and enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about biology and environmental education. The intern will assist with all aspects of the WOW program. The WOW team connects with classrooms remotely, assists teachers with delivering the WOW curriculum, coordinate visits from experts, and leads class field trips to Osprey nests. The team will also begin planning logistics for next year’s (2018-19) program, and planning the WOW summer institute at UM (June 2018). Full Job Description found here. Employment dates: Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters, 24 weeks total. Start and end dates flexible. Work schedule: Part-time, 5-10 hrs/week. Compensation: $10/hr. UM internship credit is also available. Application instructions: Please email résumé, cover letter, and contact info for two references to Jenélle Dowling. Application deadline: June 20, 2017. Application review will begin in early July 2017.

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Funding

National Environmental Education Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Events Grants.

Our nation’s public lands are places where we picnic, play ball, fish, fly kites, pull weeds, and plant seeds. NEEF, with generous support from Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., is offering Every Day Event Grants to public land partners, or Friends Groups, to engage their communities with these treasured spaces. NEEF will award 50 Friends Groups up to $2,000 each to hold a minimum of three events on their public land site(s) that are educational, recreational, health-oriented, and/or volunteer-based.
Successful applicants will: Demonstrate a positive, cooperative partnership with local public land site(s) that will host the organization’s events; Describe three events that will focus on building a deeper connection between the public land site and the surrounding community. For more information, application instructions, and a list of previous grant recipients, visit the NEEF website. The deadline to apply is 10:59 pm MDT, June 5, 2017. Apply Now!

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Housing

Grad student entering the EVST program in the fall and I am looking for roommates.

Hello, I’m a new EVST Grad student and I am looking for roommates (preferably female grad students) to room with. I am hoping to start a lease in mid-August with an apartment close to campus and would like to spend under $450/mo. Please contact Meghan if interested

Incoming EVST grad student looking for roommates.

Looking for a place around mid-July. That is when I will be moving out to Missoula from the East Coast to work on PEAS farm until school begins. I want a place within walking distance to school and close to downtown. My price range is ideally no more than $450 a month but I am flexible. I love to go hiking/camping, see live music and to cook. I'm looking for like-minded people to share a fun social home with, but that also respect quiet time and very busy schedules. Email or text me if you are interested! Email Dara or call 516-578-0708. 

Room available in Lower Rattlesnake.

We are looking for a third roommate to sublet for the summer in a lovely and fun home located on Missoula Avenue. The home has three bedrooms, awesome windows looking out into the Bugbee Nature Preserve, a sweet kitchen, a fenced backyard with a shed for storage, and great vibes. It also has a washer and dryer, a sun-drenched back porch, a grill, and a weed patch that could be a garden! Right now, we consist of a lovely lady who is a recent EVST post grad, a current EVST grad student (she is vacating her room for the summer), and an awesome 20-something dude who loves being outside and fly fishing! Rent is $440 per month plus utilities (around $40). Move-in date is sometime around May 15th to the 20th (but we're flexible). Email Lauren for pictures and more details! 

DIVORCE YOUR CAR And live in the lower Rattlesnake!

Basement apartment in quiet house 4 blocks from campus, 1 block from Mt. Jumbo Trailhead. Available June 1 or late May. Includes: 2 rooms, plus kitchen, bathroom, fenced yard, storage, W/D, private entrance, internet, some utilities paid. $560/month. Prefer quiet, responsible older/grad student. Contact at (406) 396-4940, or email at fightingbull63@gmail.com

Dakota street cottage for rent.

Charming home in great location! On bike path, ½ mile to downtown, 2.5 miles to University of Montana, walk to Good Food Store, Clark Fork river, breweries and hiking trails. 550 sq. ft., 2-bedroom storage shed, carport, covered deck, small gardens, hardwood floors throughout, lots of natural light, washer/dryer and gas range stove. $1100/ Month Includes Garbage and Water. Pets considered upon approval of homeowner on a case by case basis, additional rent or pet deposit may apply. Please call 406-552-5550 or email at natstracks@gmail.com for more information and to make an appointment to see it. 

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Miscellaneous - Resources

UM Campus Thrift Sale (link) , May 16.

Shrink that waste footprint! UM will once again offer for sale items donated by students clearing out of the dorms at the end of the semester. Benefits UM sustainability programs. Clothes, books, small appliances, etc. Volunteers needed to collect, sort, help with sale. To volunteer, fill out the Google volunteer form. For more information email Eva or call 406-243-4323. WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, May 16 from 9am to 2pm at UM Schrieber Gym.  

Help Garden City Harvest by eating delicious food on May 16. 

Caffe Dolce will give 15% of their proceeds to Garden City Harvest on the night of Tuesday, May 16. Make your reservations online or call 406-830-3055 x3. Reservations are strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. This is a nonprofit night that raises serious dough for organizations. Check the event out on Facebook

UM Study Shows More Communication Needed on Invasive Aquatic Species in Montana

Invasive mussels and exotic diseases that attack fish could ruin Montana’s world famous streams and fisheries. And users of waterways are woefully uninformed of how they may contribute to the problem and how they could contribute to solutions. Read more here. 

Missoula now selling compost! 

The city of Missoula purchased Ekocompost (which was started decades ago by an EVST alum). The facility was renamed Garden City Compost. Garden City Compost is now selling small amounts of compost. $3 to fill a 5 gallon bucket; bring your own bucket. Note that this compost is made with Missoula sewage sludge and yard waste. It is not considered organic, but has been determined to be safe to use based on EPA regulations. That is, it is analyzed for a variety of constituents of possible concern. However, it has not been analyzed for a wide range of pharmaceuticals and personal care products. Such a study is hoped for in the future. 

UM prof publishes book on sustainable development.

Peter Koehn, a political science professor at UM, recently published “Universities and the Sustainable Development Future: Evaluating Higher-Education Contributions to the 2030 Agenda.” In the book, Koehn states that it is time to step up and assess whether universities are making, and can make, a difference to the urgent sustainable-development challenges that the world faces, such as climate change. The book, published by Routledge/Earthscan is available online here.  

Local business recycles e-waste. 

Shelley Mitchell, an alum of Missoula College’s Recycling Technology courses, has started a business (Oreo’s Refining) to recycle e-waste. (computers, printers, scanners, all sorts of electronic devices). Pick-up is free (no charge for the recycling). This start up business also has a GoFundMe campaign that tells the story of how the business got started, and how it is devoted to Planet, People, Profit in that order. More info found here or you can contact the business here

Paul Simon Tour will benefit biodiversity, June 21. 

EVSTer Jenny Rokosch let us know that Paul Simon’s summer tour (which includes Missoula) will donate all proceeds to the Half-Earth Project, an initiative of noted scientist E.O. Wilson's Biodiversity Foundation. The singer-songwriter became more public about his interest in biodiversity in 2016, after he read Wilson's book Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight For Life, which argues that humans must "devote half the surface of the Earth to nature" to ensure the planet's health. Simon said that the profits from his tour will benefit biodiversity preservation efforts in "a large swath of area through Alabama down through the Gulf Coast, including Florida." Paul will be in Missoula in June 21 @ Ogren Park at Allegiance Field. Full story here

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

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