Newsline April 23, 2018

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Good News Item

  1. UM builds green buildings.

Around EVST

  1. Graduate student defenses between now and May 1.
  2. EVST’ers honored at MontPIRG’s Party for the Public Interest, April 27.
  3. EVST student & Dining Services Garden Manager Receive 2018 Sustainability Awards.

Featured Event (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. Environmental Justice in Indian Country, April 26. 

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Help monitor the Spring Raptor Migration in the Bitterroot, April 26.
  2. Protect newly planted trees from browse damage, April 28.
  3. Help watershed group plant trees, May 12-13 or May 19-20 in Lolo, part or full day from 9 - 5.
  4. Help Eat Smart Coalition with Nutrition Survey. 
  5. What do YOU think of sustainability at UM? Take a survey!
  6. Help reopen access to the Bitterroot River, April 28.
    Help with Bicycle & Pedestrian Counts, May 1 or May 5 (training April 24 or 26).

Educational Opportunities

  1. Environmental Studies Summer Classessee webpage here
  2. Screening of Age of Consequences RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 29.
  3. EARTH LAW WEEK @ UMontana Law School – Room 101 (Lunch provided at all events).
  4. Watershed to Wetland Institute (classroom & field based learning), April 24-26. 
  5. Effects of mosses on communities and ecosystems, April 25. 
  6. UM to Celebrate Arbor Day April 27 with Tree Planting, Plaque Unveiling.
  7. Interfaith Climate Justice Conference, April 27-28.
  8. Women's Bicycle Maintenance Workshops, April 27 & May 23. 
  9. UM’s Conference on Undergraduate Research, April 27 in the UC.
  10. Lunch & conversation with Frederick Krueger (NOT Freddy Krueger), April 27. 
  11. Constitutional Amendment workshops in MT, April 27 & 28. 
  12. UNDERGRADS, chat with a Graduate Guide about your future, May 2.
  13. Montana Storm Water Conference on May 1-3 in Bozeman. 
  14. The film about Elouise Cobell, 100 Years: One Woman's Fight for Justice, is now available on Netflix.
  15. Montana Native Plant Society 2018 Field Trips and Events, April to Sept.
  16. Wilderness Photography Workshop with David Marx, September 14-16, 2018.

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. Apply for conservation biology graduate student research grants, by April 30.
  2. National Forest Foundation (Missoula) offering new Fellowship program for graduate students at UM.

Housing

  1. 1bd apartment for rent on Kensington. $775 includes all utilities.

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Prairie Songs will take place Thursday, May 3rd, at 6:30pm at Western Cider. 
  2. Annual Missoula Bike Swap, April 29. 
  3. CFAC gets a Farm Business Specialist. 
  4. Wonderful world of bears: MPG Ranch releases latest video on black bears. 
  5. Wilderness champion returns to mother earth at age 93.
  6. University Neighborhood Block Party, April 29. 
  7. Students Launch Recycling App.

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Good News Item

UM builds green buildings.

With all the recent construction at UM, it’s worth taking stock of the many accomplishments in the Green Building department. In 2008, UM committed to construct all new buildings to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standard minimum. LEED is a third party, independent and internationally recognized standard. The following UM buildings have achieved LEED status to date: Native American Center (platinum), Student Athlete Academic Center, Gilkey Center, Missoula College (all gold). Two more projects are on track to achieve LEED gold: the new Champions Center and the Phyllis J. Washington Education Center addition. By summer of 2019, UM should have more than 283,000 square feet of “green building” space, which is 8 percent of all the building space on the Mountain Campus. 

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Around EVST 

Graduate student defenses 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

3:45 – 5:45

JRH 202

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

Prof Paper

Oblock

Hannah

Fri

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

Thornton

Gillian

Fri

4/27

12:00 - 2:00

203 JRH

Realizing a Vision: Fostering sustainability through municipal policy, civic participation and education

Portfolio

Neal

Naomi

Mon

4/30

8:00 - 10:00

205 JRH

Agricultural Response to Water Scarcity

Portfolio

Espinoza

Tabitha

Mon

4/30

3:00 - 5:00

202 NAC

Resiliency through Connection to Place: How Native Peoples need the Land and How the Land Needs Us

 

EVST’ers honored at MontPIRG’s Party for the Public Interest, April 27.

MontPIRG's 2nd Annual Party for the Public Interest! Will have fun, food, friends & music. Tickets here! AND several EVSTers will be honored at the party. EVST alums CB Pearson and Ross Prosperi were selected as Public Interest Heroes. And EVST student Kelly Williamson was selected for MontPIRG’s Student Leadership award. Come support young leaders who are working for progressive change and the public interest. WHEN/WHEREApril 27 @ 6pm Downtown Dance Collective (121 W Main St - Missoula, MT). 

EVST student & Dining Services Garden Manager Receive 2018 Sustainability Awards.

In celebration of Earth Week each spring, the Sustainable Campus Committee recognizes students, faculty, staff and administrators on campus doing exceptional work to support a growing culture of sustainability at UM. Casey Brandon, of Environmental Studies and Climate Change Studies, and Stasia Orkwiszewski, UM Dining’s garden manager, received awards this year. The awards were presented alongside UM Dining’s first student sustainability scholarship and the annual sustainability report at a lunchtime gathering at the Davidson Honors College on Thursday, April 19. The 2018 Sustainability Annual Report is viewable on the UM Sustainability Office site.   

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Featured Event  

Environmental Justice in Indian Country, April 26. 

Gail Small, founder and director of the nonprofit organization Native Action, will present “Environmental Justice in Indian Country” at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the Payne Family Native American Center Heavy Runner Gathering Space. The talk is part of the Stott Native American Lecture Series. Small served as an elected member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council and continues to serve as a natural resource and environmental law adviser to her tribe. Small recently completed a federal appointment to the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council and continues to be active in national and international indigenous policy issues. She graduated from UM and the University of Oregon School of Law. She currently teaches Native American studies at Montana State University. WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, April 26, at 4pm in UM’s Native American Center Heavy Runner Gathering Space.

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Volunteer Opportunities  

Help monitor the Spring Raptor Migration in the Bitterroot, April 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. Thursday 4/26, 11am-3pm. To register & get directions, Contact Joshua Lisbon or 406-396-6285. 

Protect newly planted trees from browse damage, April 28. 

Volunteers needed to help protect planted trees from beavers at Milltown State Park, Montana’s newest State Park! The work day is Saturday, April 28th from 9:30AM to 3:30PM. Participants will help install and repair browse protectors around tree saplings planted during the Milltown Dam Complex Restoration Project. Mike Kustudia, EVST alum and manager of the new park, will give a short talk on the history of the site. Coffee, breakfast, and lunch will be served. Members of the public are encouraged to volunteer but space is limited to the first 20 respondents. To participate, contact Taylor Chenette by Friday, April 27th or 415-272-4433.

Help watershed group plant trees, May 12-13 or May 19-20 in Lolo, part or full day from 9 - 5.

Lolo Watershed Group plans to plant 3000 trees on 15 acres of burned land near Fort Fizzle (to protect the creek & jumpstart habitat). Will happen rain or shine. Be prepared for the weather. Wear sturdy shoes, work gloves, bring water. Digging tools helpful. Lunch provided on all days! Work days and hours: May 12-13 or May 19-20, 9am to 5pm. Please help whenever you can, camping on site possible. Email Abby directly here to sign up or contact the Lolo Watershed Group to volunteer today!   

Help Eat Smart Coalition with Nutrition Survey. 

Eat Smart Coalition is a group of organizations working to improve nutrition in Missoula. They want your views on nutrition and what resources you know about or want to know about! Please take this short survey (12 questions that should take about 5 minutes to complete) so the Coalition can learn how to better serve the nutrition needs of our community.  

What do YOU think of sustainability at UM? Take a survey!

A team of business marketing students at the University of Montana is conducting a survey to assess student, faculty, and staff perspectives on sustainability, carbon offsets, and a few other related topics. Please help us by taking 6-8 minutes to complete this survey. Your responses will be anonymous and none of the thoughts or opinions you share will be associated with your name or affiliation. Thank you for your time and support for sustainability at UM! 

Help reopen access to the Bitterroot River, April 28.

Recently, the owner of the Buckhouse Bridge access on the Bitterroot River had to close the site due to misuse. Help cleanup this popular access site so it can reopen later this season. RSVP by Wednesday, April 25 to Ryan here, or call 406.549.0755. Meet at the Buckhouse Bridge access at 9am. Lunch provided by Five Valleys Land Trust. Dress for unpredictable weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves and a water bottle. Directions:  From Missoula, head south on Brooks Street, drive past Miller Creek Road and over Buckhouse Bridge (over the Bitterroot River). About 1/4 of a mile past the bridge, turn right (west) into the "driveway." Please use the second "driveway." Signs will be posted to direct you. The parking area is about four miles from downtown Missoula (view map). Questions? Contact Ryan. When/Where: Saturday, April 28th; 9:00am - 2:00pm at the Buckhouse Bridge, Missoula (view map). 

Help with Bicycle & Pedestrian Counts, May 1 or May 5 (training April 24 or 26).

Missoula Transportation Planning needs your help. Counts help us understand where, when and how much our trails, sidewalks and bike facilities are used. Knowing what routes bicyclists and pedestrians choose today informs decisions about what kinds of improvements we will need in the future. Counts will be: May 1, 4:00 - 6:00 (3:00 - 5:00 for University area stations) and Saturday, May 5, 12:00 - 2:00. If this is your first time volunteering, informal trainings will be held in Development Services in Missoula City Hall on April 24, 12:00-1:00 pm and April 26, 12:30-1:30 pm. If you are unavailable on those days, we’ll schedule a quick meeting at your convenience. To sign up for volunteer shifts please visit online sign-up form or contact Tara Osendorf, 552-6672 -or- Aaron Wilson, 552-6629.

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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. 

EARTH LAW WEEK @ UMontana Law School – Room 101 (Lunch provided at all events).

MONDAY, APRIL 23 12:00 - 1:00: Greater Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Delisting Litigation and Wildlife Service Wildlife Program Director Bethany Cotton WildEarth Guardians.

TUESDAY, APRIL 24 12:00 - 1:00: Noxious Weed Management and Identification Department Head Jerry Marks Missoula County Weed District and Extension.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 12:00 - 1:00: Listing the Yellowstone Bison Under the Endangered Species Act Habitat Coordinator Darrel Geist Buffalo Field Campaign.

THURSDAY, APRIL 26 12:00 - 1:00: Renewable Energy Law in Montana Clean Energy Program Director Brian Fadie Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC) All Week Bike, Walk, Bus Raffle: If you biked/walked/ bused to school, then enter your name at the Admin desk for a chance to win a prize! Honor Code applies! Carbon Offset @ABIII: $5 raffle items to help finance ABIII’s carbon neutrality goal (amount needed to be carbon neutral = $565). 

Watershed to Wetland Institute (classroom & field based learning), April 24-26. 

Three days of integrating concepts, sharing assessment/data analysis methods and exploring culture. Two days in classroom and one in field. Free but must register to reserve a spot. To register, contact Dennis here. WHEN/WHERE: April 24-26 at KwaTaqNuk Resort, Polson. 

Effects of mosses on communities and ecosystems, April 25. 

A talk by Mandy Slate, UM on April 25th, 2018 from 4:00pm - 4:50pm, Interdisciplinary Sciences Building (ISB) 110. 

UM to Celebrate Arbor Day April 27 with Tree Planting, Plaque Unveiling.

The State of Montana Arboretum on the University of Montana campus will celebrate Arbor Day with a slate of activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 27.  Unless otherwise noted, all events will be centered at the new Arboretum Interpretive Site, aka the Root, on the north side of Main Hall between the University Center and the Botany Building. Festivities include:

11 a.m.: Welcome & Arbor Day Proclamation by Montana Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney and UM President Seth Bodnar. Stories of Trees with Anne Garde of Montana Public Radio’s “The Pea Green Boat.” Tree planting with help from Missoula elementary students.

11:40 a.m.: Oval Tree Project Donor Plaque unveiling with President Bodnar and the UM Alumni Association on the east end of UM Oval, in front of Main Hall.

Noon: Festive music, root beer, treats and door prizes.

1 p.m.: Arboretum tour of campus tree diversity along with scavenger hunt and plant-your-own-seedling activities.

UM’s Arbor Day festivities kick off a “Root for the Arboretum” campaign that seeks $15,000 for fabrication, mounting and installation of interpretive signs about the Arboretum and trees in general. The six signs will complete the Root site. Donations for the sign project can be made online here, or by mailing checks to the UM Foundation, reference UM Arboretum, P.O. Box 7159, Missoula, MT 59807. Donations may also be made by calling committee chair John Goodburn at 406-243-4295. Donors will be recognized on the State of Montana Arboretum website here

Interfaith Climate Justice Conference, April 27-28.

Faith and Climate Action Montana is hosting an interfaith climate justice conference on Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28th. People of faith are increasingly adding their moral voice in the global movement to address the climate crisis. This conference will inspire and equip people of all faiths to reclaim our spiritual connection to the earth and raise our collective voice for climate justice in here Montana. On Friday, April 27th at 7pm, join us for a showing of the documentary "The Wisdom to Survive" at the Roxy Theater followed by a short panel discussion by local faith leaders. On Saturday, April 28th, we will host three workshops at UCC of Missoula (405 University Ave.) to discuss theology and ethics of climate change, skills for faith-based advocacy, and building an interfaith movement for climate justice in Montana. Workshops on Saturday begin at 10am. We hope you will join us for this fun and inspiring event! For more information and complete schedules, please view Faith and Climate Action Montana's Facebook page or contact Anne Harney

Women's Bicycle Maintenance Workshops, April 27 & May 23. 

Come learn how to fix your bicycle with other women. Read more and RSVP here. When/Where: April 27th and Wednesday, May 23rd from 6pm-8pm at Free Cycles. 

UM’s Conference on Undergraduate Research, April 27 in the UC.

At UM’s Conference on Undergraduate Research UM undergraduate students present their research and creative activity through oral presentations, posters, performances and exhibits. It is fun and informative, and you might learn a bit more about climate change, Coxiella, cancer, creative writing and much more. More information here.   

Lunch & conversation with Frederick Krueger (NOT Freddy Krueger), April 27. 

Frederick Krueger will be in town for “The Time is Now” conference on faith and climate change.  You can meet and have lunch with Frederick on Friday, April 27th at Emmaus House at 532 University, lunch starts at 12noon and conversation to last until 1:30 or so. Come when you can and leave when you need to!  

Constitutional Amendment workshops in MT, April 27 & 28. 

The Move to Amend Coalition is a national partnership of half a million people and hundreds of organizations whose goal is to amend the U.S. Constitution to make clear that constitutional rights belong to natural persons, not corporations, and that unlimited campaign contributions are not free speech. The speaker events are educational presentations about the history of corporate constitutional rights followed by community discussion about building the democracy movement.  free and open to the public. Bozeman, MT -  Friday, April 27, Location and evening time TBA. Helena, MT – Saturday, April 28 at 11 AM, Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S Last Chance Gulch St. 

UNDERGRADS, chat with a Graduate Guide about your future, May 2.

A MENTOR MATCHMAKING EVENT -- Explore research, professional projects, and grad/professional school. Undergrad students will chat with graduate/professional student experts from a variety of academic fields to learn ways to become involved in research and creative professional projects, AND get tips about how to apply to graduate/professional school. Pre-register for this event. Lunch will be provided. Join us Wednesday, May 2, in the UC 330 from 12:00 pm--1:00 pm. The event is hosted by Graduate & Professional Student Association, Academic Enrichment, and the Davidson Honors College. Register here, (StudentMentor) or call 243-2815 for more information. 

Montana Storm Water Conference on May 1-3 in Bozeman. 

While the majority of the conference deals with managing construction storm water, one session will cover the new Circular DEQ-8 Storm Water regulations. Info and registration here.   

The film about Elouise Cobell, 100 Years: One Woman's Fight for Justice, is now available on Netflix.

The film about Elouise Cobell, 100 Years: One Woman's Fight for Justice, is now available on Netflix, and is also being broadcast nationwide on the PBS special series called “America Reframed.” 100 Years won the Best Documentary award at Missoula’s 2017 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. It comes highly recommended for government and Montana history classes. OPI's Indian Education Division created a model teaching unit to accompany the film. Teachers can also check out a copy from the UM Mansfield Library. The film has been called a “David and Goliath” story about a modern-day Blackfeet woman warrior who challenged the U.S. Government on behalf of 300,000 American Indians for mismanagement of mineral-rich lands that had been previously held in Trust by the federal government. 

Montana Native Plant Society 2018 Field Trips and Events, April to Sept. 

Hikes typically are leisurely. No pets please! Bring adequate food and water and be prepared for Montana’s unpredictable weather. Events could be canceled due to weather. So check MNPS website or facebook site for updates or contact Clare Beelman, (728-0189). 

  • *April 25, Wednesday 5:30 pm:  Waterworks Hill Spring flowersMeet at 5:30 pm at the Greenough trail head. 
  • *May 9, Wednesday 5:30 pm:  Milltown Park Wildflower WalkMeet at the Overlook parking area on Deer Creek Rd. 
  • June 2, Saturday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm:  Clark Fork Chapter Annual Native Plant Saleat the Clark Fork River Market in Missoula. 
  • June 10, Sunday 10:00 am:  Short Grass Prairie to the Foothills:  Ranching & Native Plant ConservationTour some of the healthiest native short grass prairie in the Upper Clark Fork Watershed on a ranch near Drummond.  Hiking moderate.  Return to Missoula around 5 pm.  Meet at 10 am at the east side of the Milltown truck stop parking lot to carpool from Missoula.  Bring a lunch. 
  • June 29 – July 1:  Montana Native Plant Society Annual Meeting  spend the weekend just west of the Continental Divide at the headwaters of the Blackfoot River near Lincoln.  Alpine fellfields, forests and wetlands. Expect great wildflower displays following last year’s forest fires.  Register and find more information at http://www.mtnativeplants.org/Annual_Meeting.
  • July, TBD:  Shoofly Meadows Research Natural Area  
  • *September, TBD:  Primm Meadow  

Wilderness Photography Workshop with David Marx, September 14-16, 2018.

This is a great opportunity for participants of any skill level to learn the intricacies of wilderness photography in scenic Glacier National Park. Out in the field at first and last light, participants shoot photos of fall colors, lakes and streams, mountain-filled skylines, and burned areas, as well as frost-lined leaves and morning-chilled insects. More information at the website here.

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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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Funding  

Apply for conservation biology graduate student research grants, by April 30.

The Society for Conservation Biology is calling  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. The 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. You must be a member to be eligible to win the award. Questions? E-mail Awards Committee Chair Carolyn Lundquist.  

National Forest Foundation (Missoula) offering new Fellowship program for graduate students at UM.

They are currently accepting applications for Summer 2018, 18-month program with stipend. Applications are due May 10, more information available here.

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Housing  

1bd apartment for rent on Kensington. $775 includes all utilities.

Furnished or unfurnished. Small dog possible on approval. Month to month. Email for info to Heather here.  

 

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Miscellaneous - Resources 

Prairie Songs will take place Thursday, May 3rd, at 6:30pm at Western Cider. 

The evening will feature readings by authors Richard Manning and David James Duncan, music by Jackson Holte and the Highway Patrol, as well as warm soup and a silent auction. A suggested donation of $10 comes with the latest issue of Camas! 

Annual Missoula Bike Swap, April 29. 

Looking to trade in your trusty steed for a newer cruiser, or are just in the market for a new ride? Sale day is Sunday, April 29th from 10am to 4pm. Learn more or RSVP by clicking here. Drop off date for selling bicycles and gear is Saturday, April 28th from 10am to 4pm. You keep 85% and 15% goes to promoting safer biking and walking in the Missoula area! And all the bikes at Free Cycles are for sale. Every bike (all in various stages of disrepair) in the Free Cycles warehouse is available for $25 on the day of the swap. Help raise some $ for Freecycles, clear some space, and put some projects into the community. 

CFAC gets a Farm Business Specialist. 

Community Food & Ad Coalition now has a Farm Business Finance & Grants Management Specialist -- Tori Managan. Tori hails from Vermont is thrilled to be in "the wild west," meeting Montana farmers and helping them succeed. Learn more about Tori in this spotlight

Wonderful world of bears: MPG Ranch releases latest video on black bears. 

Baby bears buzz like a hive of bees when they are nursing. “It’s the weirdest thing,” said MPG Ranch biologist (& EVST ALUM) Kylie Paul. “It sounds like they’re humming. Then they stop and breathe and then the sound starts all over again. I’ve never heard anything quite like it.” And that’s saying something when you’re talking to a biologist who has spent countless hours out in the woods observing all sorts of different critters. Paul is a member of the MPG Ranch’s team that documents the lives of the black bears that call the sweeping 16,400-acre ranch east of Florence home. The team uses video captured on about 200 strategically placed trail cameras. The video is here. Read more in the Missoulian. 

Wilderness champion returns to mother earth at age 93.

Montanan Stewart Brandborg, who fueled the national campaign to pass the Wilderness Act of 1964, died at his home outside of Hamilton on Sunday … Read more in the Missoulian. 

University Neighborhood Block Party, April 29. 

Join your neighbors for some spring fun. Food trucks, live music, games, raffles, community groups, local elected folks. WHEN/WHERE: April 29 from 1-5pm; 400 block of University Avenue. 

Students Launch Recycling App.

A team of Global Leadership Initiative students launched an app this semester to encourage recycling on campus. Cheyenne Goetz, a student on the GLI capstone team that developed the TreasureBin! app, explains that users earn discounts and money for recycling. “Scan the QR code on the poster to go straight to the App Store. Using this app, you can earn points by recycling items on-campus at any bin marked with a TreasureBin QR code. As you earn points, you can then redeem them for discounts at Liquid Planet Grille, Taco Sano, Pita Pit or for Bear Bucks to use at UM Dining locations campuswide.” 

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

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