Newsline April 2, 2018

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Good News Item

  1. Milltown Reservoir superfund site becomes Milltown State Park – thanks to EVST’ers. 

Around EVST

  1. River & aquifer protector retires, party on April 12. 

Featured Event (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. UM to Host Conference on Columbia River Basin, April 11.

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Help Missoula’s urban trees, April 5.
  2. Help repair the M Trail, April 7.
  3. Restoring Resilient Communities in Changing Landscapes, Oct in Spokane, submit abstracts by April 16. 
  4. Be a bike volunteer.
  5. Montana’s 2018 water quality report available for comment, comment by April 21. 
  6. MUD's Earth Day Celebration Seeking Volunteers, Participants & Sponsors!
  7. Idaho Trails Association seeks volunteers for trails projects now thru Sept.
  8. Organize some River Rats for the River cleanup in April. 
  9. Opportunities to be involved in Missoula’s community planning (links to more info). 

Educational Opportunities

  1. Environmental Studies Summer Classessee webpage here
  2. Screening of Age of Consequences  RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 29.
  3. River Basin Council of western MT meets at UM (April 16-17), interested citizens invited. 
  4. EVST is offering a fun new class in the summer session called “Music and the Natural Environment”.
  5. Wild Rivers Film Tour, April 3.
  6. Rough Cut Science Series, April 4 at noon.
  7. Celebrate wilderness and support Sierra’s Outings Program, April 5.
  8. Gardening workshop at Seeley Lake, April 7. 
  9. Spring field trips with 5 Valleys Audubon. 
  10. NW Energy Coalition meets in Missoula, April 25. 
  11. Faith and Climate Action conference, April 27-28.
  12. Freelflow Institute has two educational adventures in writing this summer.
  13. Registration is open for this summer course, GPHY 485 Internet GIS. 
  14. April at Montana Natural History Center. 

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 Environmental Quality is hiring an Environmental Science Specialist.
  2. Links to Some jobs around Montana in ag/food, land conservation, natural resources.
  3. Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent hiring Tribal Summit Coordinator, apply by April 13.
  4. Missoula County Elections is hiring Election Aides & Assistants, apply by April 9. 
  5. Crown of the Continent Roundtable seeks part-time coordinator, apply by April 6.
  6. Summer internship job with Yellowstone Club.
  7. The Garden City Harvest Farm to School program seeks a Farm to School Intern.

Funding

  1. Sonny Kless Clean Energy and Climate Change Scholarship Opportunity.
  2. Graduate Research Fellowship Awards for conservation research, apply by April 30.

Housing

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

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. The loss of Roger Barry.
  2. UM’s International Festival returns April 8. 
  3. Celebrate Islam Week, April 9-14.
  4. Missoula Community Planning Newsletter – read it; submit articles for the community. 
  5. Report on America’s Wildlife Crisis and needed action. 
  6. International Wildlife Film Festival schedule available (free co-sponsorships still available). 
  7. Winter in Missoula’s Wilderness—Rattlesnake Wild photography exhibit, April 6. 
  8. March 22 – World Water Day.

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Good News Item  

Milltown Reservoir superfund site becomes Milltown State Park – thanks to EVST’ers. 

Ten years ago (March 2008), Milltown dam was breached, allowing the free flow of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers. Dam removal followed cleanup of a superfund site at the confluence of these rivers and was followed by efforts to turn the area into a state park. The grand opening of the confluence area of the park will be this June 23, and many EVST’ers will be there to celebrate (save the date!). EVST alums played a huge role in this transformation – from Tracy Stone-Manning to Peter Nielsen to Mike Kustudia and many more. Read the story in the Missoulian, Ten years of give and get at Milltown confluence.

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Around EVST  

River & aquifer protector retires, party on April 12. 

EVST alum Peter Nielsen (1987) has been looking after the Clark Fork River for over 3 decades. Starting as a river guide, he entered the EVST  program about 1985 and working with Vicki Watson, completed a thesis on the pulp mill’s impacts on the river. He became the first executive director of the Clark Fork Coalition and grew that organization into a major player. Then when Missoula decided to create a Water Quality District, he became the director of that effort, protecting Missoula’s aquifer and the river. He played important roles in the removal of Milltown dam, the purchase of the city water system, and most recently, hounding EPA to do an adequate job on cleanup studies at the old mill site. Peter decided to retire this year, and everyone is invited to a party in his honor – April 12 from 5-8pm at the Public House 130 E. Broadway. Donations are being accepted to purchase a bench or tree in his honor at Milltown park. Read more at: Monday Montanan: River watchdog nears retirement.

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Featured Event  

UM to Host Conference on Columbia River Basin, April 11.

As Canada and the US prepare to negotiate and update the Columbia River Treaty, the One River, Ethics Matter conference at UM will focus on the Basin’s dam-building era, indigenous rights, consequences for rivers in western Montana, and opportunities to protect these waters in a time of climate change. Free and open to the public. Regional educators, writers, and faith and indigenous representatives will explore the ethics and the past, present and future of the Columbia River. The conference will examine the moral dimensions of the dam-building era and its impact on tribes & river life, and the compelling need to add protecting ecosystem functions as a primary purpose of the Columbia River Treaty. Conference organizers have limited room for nonprofit tabling. To inquire, email Sophia Cinnamon here by Thursday, March 1. To attend, RSVP on Eventbrite by Monday, April 2. Lunch provided.

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Volunteer Opportunities 

Help Missoula’s urban trees, April 5.

Climate Smart Missoula's April Monthly Meetup will be  all about TREES! Our urban trees provide many climate benefits. Karen Sippy with Trees for Missoula will explain how you can help grow Missoula’s urban forest and green spaces and how these connect to our wildland forests. WHEN/WHERE: April 5, 5-7pm at Imagine Nation, 1151 W Broadway, Msla.

Help repair the M Trail, April 7, TIME CHANGED

Help carry supplies from the Fire Road down to switchbacks 8 and 12. The Montana Conservation Corps will use those supplies to re-build the stairs. Meet at the bottom of the M Trail at 9 am, we’ll work til noon. Be prepared for any weather, bring a water bottle, and be ready to hike! These are heavy objects, so please no small children and no dogs. Thank you! For more information contact Marilyn Marler. TIME HAS BEEN CHANGED TO NOON MEET, LOOKING AT POSSIBLE BACKUP DATE. 

Restoring Resilient Communities in Changing Landscapes, Oct in Spokane, submit abstracts by April 16. 

The Society for Ecological Restoration NW Chapter and Society of Wetland Scientists Pacific NW Chapter invite you to give a presentation at their 2018 joint regional conference, Restoring Resilient Communities in Changing Landscapes. This conference will be October 15-19, 2018 in Spokane, WA. The conference highlights the intersection of science & practice of ecological restoration and ecosystem management in the Cascadia Bioregion. In addition to presentations there will be workshops, field trips and symposia. Abstracts (proposals) to present a paper are due by April 16, and info on submission is here. Organizers are still accepting proposals for symposia until March 1. Submit symposia proposals here. If interested in organizing a workshop or field trip, contact organizers ASAP at this link

Be a bike volunteer.

Come April, ASUM Transportation will be looking for volunteers to assist with Bike Week (April 16-20). To do some community service on wheels, please reach out to the Transportation Ambassador team at this link. Also Free Cycles is always looking for volunteers for their bike shop! You can reach out to them via (406)-541-PATH or by dropping by the shop Tuesday - Saturday from 10am to 6 pm; 732 S 1st St W in Missoula. 

Montana’s 2018 water quality report available for comment, comment by April 21. 

MT Dept of Environmental Quality has released its 2018 Draft Water Quality Integrated Report, required by the Clean Water Act. The report documents the state’s water quality conditions and trends for the years 2015–2017, and Comments will be accepted through April 21, 2018. The report can be viewed at cwaic.mt.govComments may be submitted electronically via the Public Comment link at this site.  If you have problems accessing these sites, contact Pam Arroues. In addition to water quality conditions and trends, the report summarizes water quality improvement plans and efforts. 

MUD's Earth Day Celebration Seeking Volunteers, Participants & Sponsors!

Save the date: Sunday, April 22 from 12-4pm! MUD's 12th annual community-wide Earth Day Celebration will be at the MUD & Home ReSource sites with the goal of highlighting our community-wide efforts towards sustainability. In conjunction with the National Earth Day Network, we are featuring education on Ending Plastic Pollution: Missoula & Zero Waste. Visit our Earth Day webpage for upcoming details, including a Sustainability month calendar featuring events across our community throughout April. We are currently seeking participants and sponsors! Check our registration page for info about how to get involved with Earth Day or contact MUD at this link

Idaho Trails Association seeks volunteers for trails projects now thru Sept.

If you’d like to see some beautiful country this summer while helping improve trails, Check out the many ITA trail improvement projects listed here.. These volunteer projects are in the backcountry and are from one day to a week in length. For help deciding which project best fits your skills, abilities and interests, see the above web site and  Contact ITA’s Jeff Halligan for any questions. And remember, these are small crews that depend on all their members showing up. So be sure to check your schedule before you sign up – and make a commitment to show up. 

Organize some River Rats for the River cleanup in April. 

The Clark Fork Coalition organizes a river cleanup every year for Earth Day. This year’s cleanup will be Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9 am- 1 pm. The cleanup is followed by a free lunch in Caras Park for volunteers. If you are part of a group that would like to take responsibility for cleaning a stretch of the river, contact LIZ at CFC here, ASAP. 

Opportunities to be involved in Missoula’s community planning (links to more info). 

Share your vision for community media in Missoula - focus groups on April 3 & 4

MDT Higgins Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation open house is April 4—what do you want this bridge to be like
Comment on Rattlesnake Dam removal project through April 9
Missoula Metropolitan Planning is accepting comments on three items through April 16 
Proposal to create University District Neighborhood Character regs -- April 17
MDT Van Buren Street Interchange open house is April 17 
Animal Control Board Vacancy

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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

Screening of Age of Consequences  RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 29. 

This documentary examines how climate change increases resource scarcity, threatens infrastructure, destablizes society, leading to wars and refugees.  WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, April 29, 7 pm, The Roxy, 718 S Higgins Ave, Missoula. 

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. See flyer at this link. Registration is open now: sign up quick before it fills up! If you have any other questions, feel free to email Josh Davis here

Wild Rivers Film Tour, April 3. 

American Rivers celebrates the 50-year anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act with these beautiful films. Juried films document a vet’s path to healing as river guide, efforts to preserve Peru’s Rio Maranon, a rancher’s story of the Yellowstone River, the loss of the Dolores River, and a speedy descent of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado. FREE! WHEN/WHERE:  April 3, 7-8:30pm; UM’s Gallagher Business Building, room 123. 

Rough Cut Science Series, April 4 at noon.

Dr. Jack Brookshire, Land Resources & Environmental Sciences, Montana State University presents "Connecting Geomorphologic and Ecosystem Changes to the Living Conditions on Southern Colorado Plateau Tribal Lands". 12pm Wednesday, Apr. 4, 126 Barnard Hall. Watch live screencast at this link

Celebrate wilderness and support Sierra’s Outings Program, April 5.

Backpacking the Wild Northern Rockies. Wilderness guide (and former Sierra Club staffer) Bob Clark will take us on a photo tour of some of Montana and Wyoming’s most spectacular wilderness and roadless areas. Consider your summer adventure in these meadows of wildflowers, mountain lakes, high peaks and wildlife. Free and open to the public. Donations to support Sierra;s Outings Program appreciated! A schedule of upcoming outings will be on hand. When/Where: April 5, 7pm at Le Petit Bakery in Missoula. 

Gardening workshop at Seeley Lake, April 7. 

Molly Haskett has been writing the Missoulian’s gardening column for 30 years and has a couple of books on gardening. This workshop will share a lot of experience with gardening on our climate and soils. For more info, contact Jenny here or call 754-0034. WHEN/WHERE: April 7 from 1-3pm at Seeley Lake Community Hall.   

Spring field trips with 5 Valleys Audubon. 

  • April 7 – trip to Ninepipes area to look for short-eared owls. Meet at 4pm in NW corner of Adams Center parking lot
  • April 21 – all day trip to Warm Springs ponds. Meet at 7am in NW corner of Adams Center parking lot
  • April 21—bird walk at Metcalf Refuge – 10am to noon. Meet at visitors Center.
  • May 5 – all day trip to Browns Lake. Meet at 7am in NW corner of Adams Center parking lot
  • More info: contact Larry or call 549-5632. 

NW Energy Coalition meets in Missoula, April 25. 

Join the NW Energy Coalition for our Spring 2018 NW Clean & Affordable Energy Conference in Missoula on April 25, 2018! Today’s most important energy topics will be addressed, including: How renewables can benefit from the western energy market transformation; How customers and communities can command a stronger voice in the making of energy choices. The NW Energy Coalition’s Membership Meeting will occur from 8:30-10:30 a.m., with the main conference starting at 11:00 a.m. and going until 5:00 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all attendees. REGISTER HERE TODAY! 

Faith and Climate Action conference, April 27-28.

Help shape the future for Faith and Climate Action Montana. Get inspired by Frederick Krueger, a national leader in the faith-based movement for climate and environmental justice. Get empowered with a training by Resource Media, national experts on climate communication. Get plugged in. Put your passion for caring for our common home to work in addressing climate challenge in Montana. Friday 4/27 Film Showing, 7pm at the Roxy Theater: "The Wisdom to Survive"; Saturday 4/28 conference at UCC of Missoula: "Interfaith Action for Climate Justice". All welcome! Register today at this link. 

Freelflow Institute has two educational adventures in writing this summer.

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

Registration is open for this summer course, GPHY 485 Internet GIS. 

See this page for Summer Semester information and to register

April at Montana Natural History Center. 

Beaver Lodge Boogie for kids-- Learn what goes on in a beaver lodge, how beavers shape the landscape & where to see them on the river trail.  Make your own mini lodge and see specimens. WHEN/WHERE:  Saturday, April 13, 2-3pm; Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. Cost:  $3 adults, $1 kids (4-18); members & kids under 4 are free. 

Explore the Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument-- This National Monument is a stunning area along a 149-mile stretch of the Missouri River. Rich in ecological and cultural history, the Monument is also a prime destination for outdoor recreation. Taylor Mudford of Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument will take you on an armchair vacation . WHEN/WHERE:  Friday, April 13, 5:30- 6:30 pm; Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. FREE. 

Volcanos and Climate Change-- Retired UM geology prof Dr. Ian Lange will describe the climate effects of major volcanic eruptions. His book, ‘Volcanoes: What’s Hot and What’s Not’ will be available for purchase. WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, April 18 at 7pm; Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. Cost:  $5 suggested donation. 

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Jobs and Internships  

Montana Dept of Environmental Quality is hiring an Environmental Science Specialist.

Application deadline is April 6. Job description here

Links to Some jobs around Montana in ag/food, land conservation, natural resources.

AERO (Alternative Energy Resources Organization) provides this list of jobs around the state.AERO has issued an RFP for a website redesign, due April 6th! Check it out here

Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent hiring Tribal Summit Coordinator, apply by April 13.

For more information on the position and application instructions, please visit this link

Missoula County Elections is hiring Election Aides & Assistants, apply by April 9. 

These are temporary, fast-paced and important jobs serving local voters for the 2018 election season. For more info go to Missoula County Jobs web page. And look for Elections Aid ($12.73/hr) and Elections Assistant ($10.10/hr). 

Crown of the Continent Roundtable seeks part-time coordinator, apply by April 6. 

EVSTer Peter Gurche has served as COC Roundtable coordinator for the past year but is moving onto a new position. So, a new coordinator will be hired - someone with the passion and initiative to work across all types of boundaries, and who sees value in a more connected Crown of the Continent. If interested, see the position description for details. Applications accepted until April 6. The anticipated start date for the position is late April or early May. If you have questions that the job description can’t answer, ask Peter Gurche here.  

Summer internship job with Yellowstone Club.

Pays about $5700 for 10 weeks of work plus sharing in the tip pool. The person must have strong people skills with an interest in the outdoors. The job title is a Pursuit Guide - their name for an Outdoor Guide. The intern works in the clubs many areas of activities including hiking, archery, mountain biking, ATV use, kids camps etc. Sometimes the work involves the bus trips into Yellowstone. He trains all the guides-interns as a group for three days in the field in June. The position usually starts about June 10. If you're interested, please contact Rick Graetz about details on how to apply

The Garden City Harvest Farm to School program seeks a Farm to School Intern.

To work from early May to mid August, roughly 250 hours, helping lead educational farm field trips for K-5th graders and with summer camps at the PEAS Farm. College credits available. $500 stipend upon completing the internship. For more info contact Garden City Harvest.

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Funding 

Sonny Kless Clean Energy and Climate Change Scholarship Opportunity.

In honor of Environmental Studies alumnus, Sonny Kless, for whom the Kless Revolving Energy Loan Fund is also named, EVST is pleased to announce a $1000-$2000 scholarship opportunity to be awarded for Fall 2018. To be eligible you must be an undergraduate EVST major, in good academic standing and planning to enroll full-time (at least 12 credit hours) for Fall 2018. To apply, please send: (1) a letter of interest of no more than 300 words; (2) a current resume including names and contact information of two references; and (3) a pdf of your unofficial transcript to Robin Saha. In your letter of interest, please describe your involvement, interest in and/or commitment to making positive change in the area(s) climate change, energy conservation, energy efficiency, and/or renewable energy. Also, please describe any relevant academic achievements, volunteer, work or leadership experience, coursework, aspirations, and personal qualities or characteristics that you think prepare you to make positive contributions to our climate crisis now and in the future. Applications are due by noon on Friday, Apr. 6.  Questions can be directed to Robin Saha. 

Graduate Research Fellowship Awards for conservation research, apply by April 30.

Society for Conservation Biology values graduate student research that advances the science and practice of conserving Earth's biodiversity. SCB calls for applications for the SCB Graduate Student Research Fellowship Awards (GSRF). SCB will grant ten $1,000 research awards to support travel, materials or equipment for graduate student members to help conduct field research in conservation science. You must be a member to be eligible. Deadline for applications is Monday, 30 April 2018. Visit the SCB Student Awards page to learn more about the GSRF and to download the application form. Questions? E-mail Awards Committee Chair Carolyn Lundquist

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Housing  

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 

The loss of Roger Barry.

On March 19 the cryospheric community lost Roger Barry. Roger was a University of Colorado Distinguished Professor and founding director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. Under his leadership, NSIDC grew to be a cryospheric data resource for the world. He enjoyed building collaborative projects and international partnerships, and through his outreach many of us had opportunities to work with colleagues around the world. Although he retired in 2008, he kept a cluttered desk surrounded by stuffed bookshelves in a room with students at NSIDC, coming in frequently, enjoying the work that was his life. We will miss him. More on Roger here and here

UM’s International Festival returns April 8. 

Last year, UM’s annual International Festival was canceled due to insufficient funds, but it is back this year. The event will be April 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University Center and includes an international culture show, "Children's World," an ethnic cultural pavilion with displays from student and community organizations, and silent auction. The festival is reducing ticket costs to $2 per person for general admission or $5 for a family. Student ticket prices are still being determined. More info about the festival here.

Celebrate Islam Week, April 9-14.

Monday 4/9 - Opening Banquet, 5:30-7:30 PM @ First Presbyterian Church cost $15, Purchase Tickets in Advance at this link. Enjoy dishes cooked by local refugee families.
Tuesday 4/10 --Keynote: “Islam & the heart of Interfaith” 7-8:30 PM, UM Liberal Arts Rm. 11.
Wednesday 4/11 - Film “Koran by Heart” 7-9 PM @ UM Liberal Arts Rm. 11.
Saturday 4/13 - Dances of Universal Peace and Dhikr, 7 PM - 8:15 PM @ Har Shalom Congregation.

Missoula Community Planning Newsletter – read it; submit articles for the community. 

For those who like to be informed of Missoula Community Planning efforts, check out this monthly newsletter. The April issue includes: County Community Needs Assessment; Missoula Area Mapping Project; Subdivisions; Grant Funding Opportunities; planning for wildfires and flooding; sustainable transportation news; green energy conference; spring gardening workshop and more. View the latest eNewsletter HERE. To view past newsletters, click here. If you have news items or events that would benefit the Missoula County community, email this link for more information (or to subscribe) 

Report on America’s Wildlife Crisis and needed action. 

Reversing America’s Wildlife Crisis is a new report released by the American Fisheries Society, National Wildlife Federation, and The Wildlife Society, to support the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act. The report celebrates the extraordinary diversity of U.S. fish and wildlife while calling attention to the severe declines affecting many of the nation’s species.  America harbors a remarkable array of fish and wildlife, yet many are in serious trouble and up to one-third of U.S. species are at increased risk of extinction. Habitat loss and degradation, invasive species, disease, and pollution all pose threats to our wildlife – threats that are being amplified by a rapidly changing climate. Although severe, these declines can be halted, and even reversed. A growing body of research demonstrates that investing in conservation can make a difference. This report highlights the conservation successes made possible by State Wildlife Action Plans and calls for a dramatic increase in wildlife funding to reverse this crisis and secure the future of our fish and wildlife heritage. 

International Wildlife Film Festival schedule available (free co-sponsorships still available). 

The International Wildlife Film Festival will be April 14-22. The schedule of selected films is now available online here and WildWalk parade, WildFest and workshops are described here. IWFF is seeking co-sponsors for films and hopes to match an appropriate group with each film. Being a co-sponsor can be as simple as informing your group’s network about the film and urging them to attend. It’s good free advertising since your group’s name will be beside the film in the online schedule and may get mentioned at the showing. For film sponsorship, please contact IWFF.  

Winter in Missoula’s Wilderness—Rattlesnake Wild photography exhibit, April 6. 

Montana Wilderness Association invites you to celebrate Missoula’s wilderness by viewing landscape photographer Brian Christianson’s photographic tribute to the Rattlesnake in Winter. You can see a small preview here. As a First Friday event, a little complimentary wine will be available. Come early and stay for Brian's discussion!  More info, email to this link or call 917-692-8718. WHEN/WHERE: April 6, 5-8pm; Public House, 130 E. Broadway. 

March 22 – World Water Day. 

The United Nations celebrates World Water Day every March 22. This year’s theme explores how we can work with nature to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century. Nature-based solutions have the potential to solve many of our water challenges. We need to do so much more with ‘green’ infrastructure and harmonize it with ‘grey’ infrastructure wherever possible. Planting new forests, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands will rebalance the water cycle and improve human health and livelihoods. Read more at the UN World Water Day web site.    

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

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