Newsline April 16, 2018

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Good News Item

  1. Good News on the Clean Water Rule!

Around EVST

  1. Senior Graduates defending between now and May 1.
  2. Use of traditional knowledge to inform ecological restoration, April 19.
  3. Earth Week reception hosted by EVST, April 20.
  4. Join the MUD 12th Annual Earth Day Celebration!
  5. EVST student gets Udall Award.
  6. Two outstanding student employees.

Featured Event (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. EARTH WEEK -  Missoula is April 14-22.  

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Help monitor the Spring Raptor Migration in the Bitterroot, April 17 & 26.
  2. Help make Wildlife Friendly Fences in the Bitterroot, April 21.
  3. Watershed Education Volunteer Training, April 18.
  4. Help fix up bikes for Blackfeet kids, April 18-19.
  5. Help take kids into nature, training April 19.
  6. Are you up to the Ecopentathalon challenge? April 21.

Educational Opportunities

  1. Environmental Studies Summer Classessee webpage here
  2. River Basin Council of western MT meets at UM (April 16-17), interested citizens invited. 
  3. EVST is offering a fun new class in the summer session called “Music and the Natural Environment”.
  4. The Beaver Believers film premier, April 17.
  5. Spring into Summer with Montana Wilderness Association, April 17.
  6. New Meadows Park, Revised Park Master Plan Meeting, April 18.
  7. Earth Day in the Bitterroot, April 21.
  8. Documentary on our chemical body burden, April 23.
  9. The Freeflow Institute invites UM students and faculty on two singular adventures in 2018 where creative writing and wild water converge.

Jobs and Internships (local or summer jobs; for non-local full time jobs around the US, click the envirojobs list serv, and request.)

  1. Montana Dept of Env Quality hiring wetland field technician for this summer, apply now.
  2. BEAR, an outdoor-based mentoring organization located in Hamilton, MT is hiring for three part-time positions.
  3. Be a Bike Ambassador for Missoula, apply now.
  4. Summer jobs with Montana Natural History Center.
  5. Internship with Missoula Compost Collection LLC for the summer.
  6. Internship at Turner Farms Available.
  7. Some jobs in Montana.

Funding

  1. Funding sources for conservation projects and studies.

Housing

  1. The Foodshed is Seeking New Home-mates!
  2. First year EVST grad students looking to rent a four or a five bedroom for their second year.

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Beavers are hot and green.
  2. Former Montana Senator who championed wilderness dies at 93.
  3. Call for Conservation Award Nominations by MT Audubon.

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Good News Item  

Good News on the Clean Water Rule!

On World Wildlife Day  (March 3), a troubling policy rider related to the Clean Water Rule was removed from the Omnibus budget bill for Fiscal Year 2018. The rider would have allowed EPA and the Civil Works program of the Army Corps of Engineers to repeal the Rule without public comment. Now the issue goes back to the courts.

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Around EVST  

Senior Graduates defending between now and May 1. 

Prof Paper

Sussman

Jacqueline

Mon

4/23

4:00 – 6:00

202 NAC

Transitioning Montana to a Renewable Energy Future: The Social and Economic Impacts

Prof Paper

Fredriksen

Harley

Tue

4/24

4:00 - 5:30

203 JRH

Developing and Implementing the Missoula Prescription Produce Program: A pilot study

Portfolio

DeMets

Catherine

Thur

4/26

4:00 - 6:00

JRH 202

Full Circle: Stratigies for Building Economic Democracy, from Design to Reflection

Prof Paper

Oblock

Hannah

Thur

4/27

9:00 - 11:00

205 JRH

Growing Youth Harvest and Youth Farm: Youth Participatory Action Research for Program Development of Garden City Harvest

Portfolio

Neal

Naomi

Mon

4/30

8:00 - 10:00

205 JRH

Agricultural Response to Water Scarcity

Use of traditional knowledge to inform ecological restoration, April 19.

UM Law School and UM Native American Law Students Association offer a panel on the use of traditional knowledge to inform restoration. One of the speakers is EVST prof Rosalyn LaPier who will describe how the Blackfeet Dept of Fish & Wildlife work with beavers to increase natural water storage in wetlands and riparian areas. This panel will also explore the cultural importance of beavers to the Blackfeet people and how traditional knowledge is informing modern climate adaptation and restoration strategies, within a larger context of tribal treaty rights and sovereignty. This event is free and open to all and is followed by the annual Evening with NALSA auction. WHEN/WHERE:  April 19, 5-7PM, Law School, room 202. 

Earth Week reception hosted by EVST, April 20.

Take a break from the many Earth Week activities to enjoy some food and friends at a reception hosted by EVST & UM's Sustainability Office. WHEN/WHERE: April 20, 4:30-6:30pm at Davidson Honors College Lounge. 

Join the MUD 12th Annual Earth Day Celebration!

Come get your hands dirty with the UM FLAT for our Earth Day garden workday and party! We will be filling our new garden beds and putting up new fences in the morning, then celebrate the earth and our work with a BBQ Lunch, complete with burgers from Lifeline Farms! (vegetarian options also available). After lunch, bike over to MUD for their 12th Annual Earth Day Celebration and receive a free drink ticket! WHEN/WHERE: April 22nd from 9:00 am -1:00 pm. 

EVST student gets Udall Award.

EVST student Natalie Stockman (who currently works as the Program Coordinator for the Watershed Education Network) was awarded a Udall Scholarship this week. Congratulations to Natalie! 

Two outstanding student employees.

Recently, UM recognized a group of outstanding student employees, including two EVST students: Kelly Williamson and Laura Zanolli. Congratulation, Kelly & Laura!

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Featured Event  

EARTH WEEK -  Missoula is April 14-22:  

Highlights of Earth Week 2018   ....Detailed schedule & more events here.

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Volunteer Opportunities  

Help monitor the Spring Raptor Migration in the Bitterroot, April 17 & 26.

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. Tuesday 4/17 Thursday 4/26, both 11am-3pm. To register & get directions, Contact Joshua Lisbon or 406-396-6285.

Help make Wildlife Friendly Fences in the Bitterroot, April 21.

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. No prior experience necessary. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP for details and directions. Saturday 4/21 9:30am - 4:30pm. To register & get directions, Contact Joshua Lisbon or 406-396-6285. 

Watershed Education Volunteer Training, April 18.

Help the Clark Fork Coalition with field trips for kids on April 24 and/or May 29.  Attend this interactive volunteer training on April 18 to get acquainted with CFC's Riparian Rx curriculum for middle schoolers, and learn how you can help. More info here. WHEN/WHERE: April 18, 5:30pm-6:30pm at CFC office at  140 S 4th St West. 

Help fix up bikes for Blackfeet kids, April 18-19.

Help Free Cycles provide bicycle education and outreach to the community of Heart Butte of the Blackfeet Nation. Please join an assembly line style bicycle fix-it night that will provide 60 bikes to kids in need in Heart Butte. Food and beverages for volunteers that evening! **Don't fret or be turned away if you don't have any bicycle mechanic experience, we will be leading stations and teaching, just your presence and willingness will be helpful! Stop by Free Cycles (732 S 1st St W, ) Wed, April 18 and Thurs, April 19 from 4pm-8pm to lend a hand. More info here. 

Help take kids into nature, training April 19.

Montana Natural History Center (near McCormick Park) plans to take 70 classes of kids on full day field trips. They will need a lot of help. You can help. MNHC offers a brief training (April 19, 4-5:30pm) on the structure of the field trips, including an overview of the lessons, locations, and some helpful tips for teaching kids outside. Even if you can't make it to the training, you can still help. You can spend some time shadowing to get a feel for it, and then jump in as a lead teacher if you like. Field trips begin this year on April 24. Check out MNHC’s field trip schedule here. To RSVP for the training or sign up for a field trip, please contact EVST alum Drew

Are you up to the Ecopentathalon challenge? April 21.

On Earth Service Day (April 21), there are lots of fun opportunities to serve the Earth – see the Earth Week calendar. The Ecopentathalon is a 20 year tradition in which the Ecopentathletes ride their bikes to help out at 4 service events. Usually the events are all near UM, but this year, in honor of the 10 year anniversary of the removal of Milltown dam, bikers will ride farther afield. We will start as usual helping with the Clark Fork Coalition’s river cleanup – we ride along the Kim Williams trail west of UM– cleaning up trash & collecting recyclables. Then we’ll bike back to Caras Park for the lunch provided by the Coalition. Then in the afternoon, we’ll head out the Kim Williams trail to Milltown state park, and help with tree planting, litter pickup, and getting trained to lead hikes there – in preparation for a big park event in June. Time commitment for the whole day, from 10am to 5pm ish – depending on how fast you can peddle back. If interested in participating in the morn or afternoon or both, contact Vicki Watson.

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Educational Opportunities  

Environmental Studies Summer Classessee webpage here

Intro to Environmental Science: ENSC 105, 3 credits; Watersheds and Communities Working Together: ENST 191 & ENST 591 (co-convened), 1 credit; Music and the Natural World: ENST 391-02, 3 credits, (10 weeks); Where is Away: An Exploration of Waste: ENST 391, 3 credits, Summer PEAS Intensive Supervised Internship: ENST 396, 6 credits; U.S. Environmental Movement: ENST 420, 3 credits; The Practice & Theory of Sustainable Ranching: A Supervised Internship at Bandy Ranch: NRSM 491 2 credits. Visit the webpage for more information

River Basin Council of western MT meets at UM (April 16-17), interested citizens invited. 

The Clark Fork and Kootenai River Basins Council will hold their Annual Meeting at UM. Interested watershed citizens are invited but must register in advance. This two-day meeting will include updates on the Council’s efforts to implement state water plan recommendations, also panels/presentations on drought mitigation, local restoration projects, water rights implementation, and the future of the Council. The Council is a broad stakeholder group with these objectives:  to develop a vision for the basin, coordinate common strategy, and support the network of water interests at the basin scale. The agenda and registration are here. Registration is free, but you must register in advance to assure yourself a seat. You are welcome to attend those parts of the program that fit your schedule & interests. 

EVST is offering a fun new class in the summer session called “Music and the Natural Environment”.

ENST391, section 2. The course will show connections between human music and the natural world by highlighting how varying cultures develop and organize music, and how this compares to the way animals develop and organize their songs. The course will be primarily classroom based but emphasize hands on learning and include an outdoor field component where students will get the opportunity to explore wild space around Missoula while walking and listening to natural sounds. The 10-week class curriculum will emphasize: 

  • Cultural approaches to music
  • How is music organized in the West and other cultures
  • Physics of Sound
  • How is sound created; How does it travel; how do we perceive it
  • Animal Songs
  • How do animals create, organize and use songs
  • How does sound effect humans and the environment
  • Natural sounds and humans; Human sounds and nature 

The course is offered May 21st - July 27th , Monday - Thursday from 5 to 5:50pm. Registration is open now: sign up quick before it fills up! If you have any other questions, feel free to email Josh Davis here

The Beaver Believers film premier, April 17.

See film, and a panel discussion about the role of beavers in watershed health. Guests include Will McDowell (Clark Fork Coalition), Andrew Jakes, Ph.D (National Wildlife Federation), Lisa Eby, Ph.D (UM), and filmmaker Sarah Koenigsberg. Plus, special guest appearance of Huckleberry the beaver and his friends at Animal Wonders. More info here. WHEN/WHERE: April 17, 5-7 at the Roxy Theater. 

Spring into Summer with Montana Wilderness Association, April 17.

Join MWA for Spring into Summer, a community event celebrating their 2018 Wilderness Walks, volunteer trail crew, and citizen science opportunities. Meet other outdoor enthusiasts & check out over 100 FREE adventures. There will be two events, at the Trail Head in Missoula on the 17th and at Chapter One Book Store in Hamilton on the 19th. Doug Lorain will share stories from his new book, 100 Classic Hikes: Montana. Doug has written many hiking and backpacking guidebooks. There will also be the opportunity to enter to win a Scout packraft courtesy of Alpacka Raft. More info, contact Daphne Herling. WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, April 17, 7-9pm; The Trail Head 221 E. Front Street, Missoula. 

New Meadows Park, Revised Park Master Plan Meeting, April 18.

The County Parks, Trails, and Open Lands Program invites you to review and comment on the revised New Meadows Park proposed master plan. We have updated the plan based on earlier public comments. With your help, we are ready to move forward toward plan approval, hopeful adoption and plan implementation in phases or in whole, when funding is secured. AGENDA: Welcome and Introductions; Brief Review of the Design and Public Process to date; Highlight of Public Comments; Present Updated Proposed Master Plan. WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM; 2nd Floor Conference Room, 323 West Alder Street. 

Earth Day in the Bitterroot, April 21.

Earth Day Weekend in the Bitterroot is hosted by Ravalli County Museum in Hamilton.  Bring the kids for a day of cleanup, fun and games to celebrate the Earth!  

Documentary on our chemical body burden, April 23.

Unacceptable Levels examines the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children. The film explains the chemical burden our bodies carry so that we can make informed decisions now and in the future. The film poses challenges to business, government and our society to do something about a nearly-unseen threat. More info here. WHEN/WHERE: Monday, April 23 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM at the Roxy Theater. 

The Freeflow Institute invites UM students and faculty on two singular adventures in 2018 where creative writing and wild water converge.

Explore what lies at the confluence of wilderness and literary expression with Freeflow’s unique brand of place-based craft workshop. Award-winning writers Hal Herring (environmental journalist and contributing editor at Field and Stream Magazine) and Pulitzer Prize nonfiction finalist William deBuys will lead these remarkable adventures. Choose between the Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument and Idaho’s Wild and Scenic Salmon River, and be inspired to cultivate your voice in the wildest of classrooms. You will join a powerful community of established and emerging writers as you explore iconic Western rivers. Freeflow and UM's Environmental Studies department are offering a small scholarship to one deserving applicant. To be considered for this scholarship, please apply by April 10. Ask about other discounts for educators, university students, and nonprofit / environmental communicators. For more information and to register, contact the Freeflow Institute

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Jobs and Internships  

Montana Dept of Env Quality hiring wetland field technician for this summer, apply now.

If you have a passion for wetland ecology and working outdoors, a position as a Wetland Field Technician may be for you. The Wetland Field Technician will focus on wetland monitoring and assessment in Southwest Montana!  The Technician will be responsible for conducting ecological integrity assessments which include assessing wetland vegetation, wetland hydrology, and hydric soils. Other responsibilities include: corresponding with private landowners, assisting with planning daily schedules, interpretation of aerial photography; mapping and collecting data using a mobile GIS based system. This position is temporary and expected to work from mid-May through early fall. The Technician travel extensively (at least 15 days per month) beginning June through mid-September. Fieldwork involves long hours, hiking on uneven ground, steep slopes, and wading in wetlands and streams in waders or hip boots to gather samples, carrying heavy equipment and samples. To apply, submit your resume and cover letter through the State of Montana Careers site. In your cover letter, describe how your education, experience, knowledge and skills have prepared you for this position. Position Title: Environmental Field Technician - 18140733

BEAR, an outdoor-based mentoring organization located in Hamilton, MT is hiring for three part-time positions.

Job postings can be viewed on our website here

Be a Bike Ambassador for Missoula, apply now.

City of Missoula is hiring 2 Bicycling Ambassadors. Fun job, flexible schedules, diverse interactions. Come spend your summers with us! More information here

Summer jobs with Montana Natural History Center.

Summer Camp Program Instructors -- Seven positions available. Temporary, 40 hours/week from May 29th-August 20th. Garden Manager -- Temporary, average of 10 hours/week from April 11th-September 11th. Go to MNHC website to learn more and to apply!  

Internship with Missoula Compost Collection LLC for the summer.

A great way for students to get involved with the zero waste efforts in Missoula, enjoy concerts and other community events, as well as meet some great leaders in the community. The job posting number is #1394959. More information here

Some jobs in Montana.

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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 Missoula Foodshed to get more information!

First year EVST grad students looking to rent a four or a five bedroom for their second year.

Looking to move in mid or end of August, keep us in mind if you are moving out and might have a spot for us! Please email Laura Speck with information.

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Miscellaneous - Resources 

Beavers are hot and green.

The National Wildlife Federation started a blog about beavers and their benefits to other wildlife like birds. Meanwhile, the Blackfeet Nation has started a new project called The Ksik Stakii (Beaver) Project. You can follow their work on their website or on Facebook. Montana Watershed Coordination Council shared several articles about beavers on their Facebook page. Organizations are also creating workshops on beaver mimicry due to the benefits to water clarity and storage created by the dams. See information on beaver mimicry from Wildlife Conservation Society videoPassive Restoration Workshop PowerPoints, The Nature Conservancy article, and this article about the Beaverhead CD participating in the National Drought Resilience Partnership Effort.  

Former Montana Senator who championed wilderness dies at 93.

In 1988, Senator John Melcher succeeded in getting the Congress to pass a bill to set aside 1.4 million acres of public wilderness and open up an additional 4 million acres to resource extraction. However, President Ronald Reagan vetoed the bill. Senator Melcher died peacefully in Missoula on April 12. Read more about his life here

Call for Conservation Award Nominations by MT Audubon.

Each year Montana Audubon recognizes its heroes and honors its champions at our Bird Festival. We are currently seeking nominations in the following categories for its annual awards: Lifetime Achievement, Educator of the Year, Conservationist of the Year, Citizen Scientist of the Year and Special Achievement Award. To learn more about our award program and to make a nomination, click here             

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

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