Newsline April 30, 2018

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Good News Item

  1. April is Sustainability Month in Missoula.

Around EVST

  1. Graduate student defenses between April 30 and end of term.
  2. Congratulations to EVST MS alum ‘05 Katie Yale!

Featured Event (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. Grand Opening of River Road Farmstead, May 5.

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Dance for Missoula Gives, May 4. 
  2. Comments sought on proposed conservation easements on the upper Clark Fork River, by May 5. 
  3. Help watershed group plant trees, May 12-13 or May 19-20 in Lolo, part or full day from 9 - 5.
  4. New Meadows Park Springtime Volunteer Clean Up Day, May 12. 
  5. Lake and Stream Monitoring Volunteers needed in the Clearwater River basin. 
  6. McNeil River's brown bears are under threat, raise your voice!  
  7. Help repair the Bass Creek Trail for National Trails Day, June 2.
  8. Help build wildlife friendly fence near Lavalle Creek, June 9. 
  9. Help open St. Mary Peak trail for the season, July 6-8.

Educational Opportunities

  1. Environmental Studies Summer Classessee webpage here
  2. Field Trips and Talks with Five Valleys Audubon, May & June. 
  3. Community meeting on solar installations at Hellgate High School, May 1. 
  4. Undergrads: Chat with a Grad Guide about your future, May 2.
  5. Climate Smart’s Monthly Meetup May 3. 
  6. Water Conference in Missoula, May 15-17.
  7. Endangered Species Day Film Festival. May 18.
  8. Career Exploration (1 credit) offered May 21-June 22. 
  9. On-Farm Workshops and Tours, monthly from May to September. 
  10. Permaculture Design Courses and Appropriate Technology Course (May, June, July).
  11. Media & Ethics course offered next fall, register now. 
  12. “German Energiewende – Impact on Buildings and their Occupants”- Summer School in Germany.
  13. Nova – Decoding the Weather Machine – available online.
  14. 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 Watershed Coordination Council is hiring a Watershed Coordinator.
  2. The Bitter Root Land Trust is hiring a Stewardship Coordinator. 
  3. National Forest Foundation (Missoula) offering new Fellowship program for graduate students at UM.
  4. CFAC still seeking Half-Time, Paid Intern to Work with Beginning Farmers and Ranchers in Western Montana.

Funding

  1. Learn about student scholarship opportunities, May 8.
  2. Funding for Land Conservation-- where to find it.

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. Give for SNAP dollars and get ice cream – such a deal! May 4. 
  3. Visit your Farmers Market by bike on May 5.
  4. Grand Opening of the Confluence Area at Milltown State Park, June 23. Save the Date!   

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Good News Item 

April is Sustainability Month in Missoula.

Mayor John Engen declared April as Sustainability Month at the most recent City Council Meeting: “WHEREAS Missoula residents value being good stewards of their city and its surroundings; and using our local resources wisely, creating livable communities and encouraging healthy neighborhoods helps provide sustainable environments for all Missoula residents in perpetuity; and regular renewal of our commitment to expanding our understanding and knowledge of sustainable living practices in an urban environment is a valuable way to support the same; and the original Earth Day, 48 years ago in April, 1970, focused on creating a sustainable world; and spring brings the promise of new life, the hope of new ventures and the start of great plans, now, therefore I, John Engen, Mayor of the City of Missoula, in the State of Montana, do hereby proclaim April, 2018 as SUSTAINABILITY MONTH.” Watch his proclamation here.

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Around EVST  

Graduate student defenses between April 30 and end of term.

Port

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

Port

Grula

Cara

Wed

5/2

1:00 - 3:00

201 NAC

Building Democracy Through Place Based Learning

Port

Valencia

Casey

Thu

5/3

2:30-4:30

202 NAC

Lifelong Learning with Environmental Education

Port

Baxter

Rachel

Fri

5/4

12:00 -2:00

203 JRH

Connection to Place in the Crown of the Continent

Thesis

Eller

Jessica

Fri

5/4

3:00 - 5:00

JRH 202

Policy Analysis: Alaska Salmon Hatcheries

Port

Johnson

Lauren

Fri

5/4

10:00 – 12:00

201 NAC

Deep and Wide: Towards a Complex and Diverse Food Systems Policy Agenda

Prof Paper

Nichols

Terri

Fri

5/4

3:00 – 5:00

204 JRH

Lessons Learned in the Superfund Process: A Guide For Community Advisory Groups

Prof Paper

McCafferty

Kaitlin

Mon

5/7

4:00 – 6:00

202 JRH

Zoning to Protect Agricultural Land: A Case for Missoula County

Port

Fisher

Stephanie

Wed

5/9

6:00 – 8:00

119 DHC

Climate Change in the Classroom

Port

McAllister

Garrett

Wed

5/9

10:00 – 12:00

202 JRH

Science, Advocacy, Policy, Planning:Tools for Advancing Transportation Equity

Thesis

Orton

Kali

Fri

5/11

11:00 – 1:00

202 JRH

Volunteering for Vegetables: Community Agriculture and the Prospects for Building a More Democratic Food System

Port

Dindia

John

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

A Comparison of Three Sustainable Agricultural Start-ups

Congratulations to EVST MS alum ‘05 Katie Yale!

Congrats to Katie on publication of her children’s book Howl Like A Wolf

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Featured Event  

Grand Opening of River Road Farmstead, May 5.

See the farm and the beautiful new facilities. Starting at 4 pm - tours, kid fun, live music in the courtyard; 4:45 pm - Ribbon Cutting! 7 - 9 pm--Square Dance with the Beet Tops! No experience necessary. Chelle Karcher of the Beet Tops guides beginners and experts alike through the moves. WHEN/WHERE: May 5 at the River Road Farmstead, 1657 River Road.

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Volunteer Opportunities  

Dance for Missoula Gives, May 4. 

Missoula’s largest community giving event (Missoula Gives) is coming up on Thursday, May 3, and Friday, May 4, and we need your help to raise awareness! A good way to do that? DANCING! You're invited to perform in a FLASH MOB on Friday, May 4th from 5pm-6pm on Higgins Ave. during First Friday. A flash mob is a large public gathering at which people perform an unexpected, eye-catching act, like dancing! (Click on the video  to see what a flash mob looks like.) Our dance moves will be simple--great for novices! This fun event will raise awareness of Missoula Gives and inspire more community members to donate during the final push of the fundraiser. Come to our practice on Monday, April 30th, from 2:45-3:45pm at the Downtown Dance Collective. Why? Many local environmental/sustainability groups are funded by Missoula Gives – so come dance for them. More info and Register for the Flash Mob here

Comments sought on proposed conservation easements on the upper Clark Fork River, by May 5. 

Montana Natural Resource Damage Program (NRDP) seeks public comments on their proposal to purchase permanent conservation easements on 2 ranches that border the upper Clark Fork – to protect the state’s investment in remediating and restoring wetlands and stream banks in the area. Description of the proposed purchase is here. The locations of the easements are provided in the Map of Proposed Locations of Easements near the Clark Fork River. Written comments on the funding recommendation are due Saturday, May 5th by 5:00 PM and should be sent to NRDP with “DCC and CFR Ranches” in the subject line. Comments can also be sent to Natural Resource Damage Program; P.O. Box 201425; Helena, MT 59620. If you need additional information, please contact Greg Mullen or (406) 444-0205. 

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!   

New Meadows Park Springtime Volunteer Clean Up Day, May 12. 

Missoula County Parks invites you to help spruce up New Meadows Park on Saturday, May 12th from 10 AM to 1 PM. Volunteers will cleanup debris, remove damaged playground equipment, and build park stewardship and community within the neighborhood. To make sure we have enough food to share with volunteers, please RSVP to Garrick Swanson here if you plan on participating. Please make sure you have gloves, water, sunscreen and appropriate shoes. New Meadows park is on Mullan Road just east of Cote Lane. When/Where: Saturday, May 12 from 10 AM to 1 PM; a snack will be shared 12 -1 PM; at New Meadows Park (7619 Mullan Rd. 59808). 

Lake and Stream Monitoring Volunteers needed in the Clearwater River basin.  

 If you like to fish, camp, canoe, kayak, or bird watch at Rainy, Clearwater or Salmon Lake, we could use your help. The Adopt-A-Lake program measures water clarity with a Secchi Disk and measures water temperature twice a month between May and September. It’s easy and we could use your help. The Adopt-A-Stream program volunteers collect water samples weekly through run-off (through June) at assigned stream sites around the valley. Once you reach the stream by car, biking or hiking, getting the samples is easy – just fill a bottle with water, label the bottle, and bring it back to Roveros where we have refrigerated storage. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Joann Wallenburn or at 210-8453. 

McNeil River's brown bears are under threat, raise your voice!

A new version of the proposed Pebble Mine project would establish a deepwater port and natural gas pipeline adjacent to Alaska's McNeil River State Game Sanctuary & Refuge, home to the world's largest seasonal concentration of brown bears. Submit your comments to the Army Corps of Engineers voicing your concerns over the proposed Pebble Mine and its associated infrastructure by clicking here. Your input can help influence the Army Corps of Engineers' decisions on the project as they prepare an Environmental Impact Statement. Your comments should be concise, substantive, civil, and persuasive. Remember, you are trying to influence other people on behalf of bears and their habitat! The Pebble Mine is a massive project with numerous components that threaten Alaska's ecology and the world's largest wild salmon runs. There will be several more opportunities to comment on different stages of the project, and every stage is important. Right now, we are in the scoping phase, which means the Army Corps of Engineers is asking for input and collecting information to develop alternatives to analyze and will then write a draft Environmental Impact Statement. This is a critical time for public input, as the scope of the analysis is being determined right now with our help. We will send updates in the future as additional opportunities to comment arise. The EIS schedule can be found by clicking hereCLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT

Help repair the Bass Creek Trail for National Trails Day, June 2.

Join Selway-Bitterrot Frank Church Wilderness Foundation staff and interns for some trail maintenance on the popular Bass Creek Trail on the Bitterroot National Forest. You can choose to use loppers to cut vegetation to widen the trail, clean leaf litter and rocks from drains with a shovel, use a crosscut or hand saw to clear any downed trees on the trail, or a pick-mattock to redefine the tread. Celebrate with a BBQ for all volunteers around 4:30 pm @ Wildwood Brewing in Stevensville. More info & register here 

Help build wildlife friendly fence near Lavalle Creek, June 9. 

Local wildlife volunteers plan to help a local rancher build wildlife friendly fence to keep his cows out of Lavalle Creek. The rancher allows elk to winter on his land – which is important to the North Hills-Evaro elk herd. Helping the rancher stay in business keeps this valuable wildlife habitat from turning into a subdivision. You can help wildlife and local ag land. The work will take place from 7:30am to 1pm on June 9 near Evaro Hill. Dave’s BBQ will provide a picnic lunch on a scenic ridge. Back to Msla by 3pm. To help, contact Bert Lindler or 406 396-0567. 

Help open St. Mary Peak trail for the season, July 6-8.

Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Foundation seeks your help in opening and maintaining the trail to the historic 9,000 foot St. Mary’s Peak Fire Lookout (near Stevensville). This is one of the busiest trails on the Bitterroot National Forest, so early season maintenance is critical. Hiking to the project area is rated easy/moderate. However, if you wish to hike on up to the lookout with the group, the hike is fairly arduous, with 2500ft of elevation gained in 3.5 miles. More info and registration for the trip here.

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Educational Opportunities 

Environmental Studies Summer Classessee webpage here.

PLEASE NOTE: WEBPAGE MAY INCLUDE SOME CLASSES THAT HAVE BEEN DROPPED AND DOES NOT INCLUDE NRSM CODE; PLEASE SEE REGISTRATION PAGE FOR CLASSES.
Intro to Environmental Science: ENSC 105, 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.               

Field Trips and Talks with Five Valleys Audubon, May & June. 

Saturday, May 5: All-day field trip to Brown's Lake. Meet at 7:50 am in NW corner of the Adams Center parking lot.

Saturday, May 12: All-day field trip to MT Waterfowl Foundation in the Mission Valley. Meet at 7:20 am in the Snow Bowl parking lot just north of the gas station on Grant Creek Road.

Monday, May 14, 7pmKerry Foresman, wildlife biologist, explains highways’ impacts on animals, in UM’s Gallagher Business Building room 123.

May 19 & 20: Trip to Freezout Lake.

Saturday, May 19: Bird walk at Metcalf NWR from 10 am-Noon. Meet field trip leader Lynn at the Refuge Visitors Center. Note that the Visitors Center is not open on weekends, so no restrooms.

June 1- 3: Trip to Bowdoin.

July 5-8: 4-day campout in Glacier Park

For full details on these trips, see 5 Valley Audubon’s calendar, or contact Field trip chair Larry Weeks.  

Community meeting on solar installations at Hellgate High School, May 1. 

Missoula County Public Schools, the City of Missoula, and NorthWestern Energy invite you to a community open house to view plans for upcoming solar installations at Hellgate High School, May 1. Options and plans for small scale community solar projects to be installed at the school in the Spring of 2019 will be presented. We want you to help us shape the projects. WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, May 1 from 6-7pm at Hellgate High, 900 S. Higgins.  

Undergrads: Chat with a Grad Guide about your future, May 2.

Get matched with a Mentor who will help you 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 to ensure your space. Lunch 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. 

Climate Smart’s Monthly Meetup May 3. 

The topic this month is the nexus of Local Food and Agriculture and Climate Change. We hope to have plenty of foody partners. Join us 5 - 7 pm in the Imagine Nation’s Community Room, 1151 W Broadway St, Missoula. More here

Water Conference in Missoula, May 15-17.

The Montana Section of the American Water Works Association and the Montana Water Environment Association will hold a joint conference in Missoula May 15-17th. The agenda includes topics about Invasive Mussels and Collaborative Protection of Water Resources, Wastewater Treatment Plant Tours, a Best Tasting Tap Water Contest, and other drinkables. Student Registration is $25 for the conference (not including the banquet). For more info and to register, visit this link. When/Where: May 15th (Preconference)/May 16th-17th (Conference) at the Hilton Garden Inn-Missoula, MT. 

Endangered Species Day Film Festival. May 18.

Hosted by Endangered Species Coalition & International Wildlife Film Festival.
WHEN/WHERE: May 18, 6-9pm at Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins. $5. List of films here.

Career Exploration (1 credit) offered May 21-June 22. 

Mani Stubbs, a career counselor at UM Career Services will teach a summer course called Career Exploration (COUN 195). The course will focus on helping students learn how to make informed decisions about their professional careers and education to help them achieve greater personal and professional satisfaction. The course is 5 weeks (May 21-June 22) and is for one credit. Mani can be contacted at 406-243-6830 or at manuel.stubbs@mso.umt.edu for any questions.  

On-Farm Workshops and Tours, monthly from May to September. 

More than just a farm tour, Farmer Field Days cover techniques and tips to help beginning farmers learn new approaches to use on their own farms. While geared toward beginning farmers, all Farmer Field Days are open to the public. Afterward, stick around for a potluck social and meet more of your local farming community!
May 16 @ 4 p.m.: High Tunnel Design and Construction @ Sweet Root Farm, Hamilton
June 20 @ 4 p.m.: Small Fruit Production and Using Urban Resources  @ Red Hen Farm, Missoula
July 18 @ 4 p.m.: Irrigation Systems for Diversified Farms @ Foot Hill Farm, St. Ignatius
August 15 @ 4 p.m.: Organic Seed Production for Winter Cash Flow @ Fresh Roots Farm, Polson
September 19 @ 3 p.m.: Salad Greens from Seed to Store @ County Rail Farm, Huson
Register online and learn more about Farmer Field Days

Permaculture Design Courses and Appropriate Technology Course (May, June, July).

Wheaton Labs, an experimental permaculture lab in a rural area west of Missoula will offer these courses this summer: Peasant permaculture design course PDC : May 22 - June 21 (cost $580); Homesteaders PDC: June 23 - July 7; ATC Appropriate Technology Course: July 9 - July 20. The courses are designed for hands-on learning. The Peasant PDC is for people low on funds but with plenty of time. Each day of this course involves four hours in the classroom and another four hours of hands-on project work (hence the discounted cost). The Homesteaders PDC is a standard, 14-day PDC geared toward serious homesteaders, but will also be deep enough for scientists, engineers, professionals and people with a great deal of study and practice with permaculture. The Appropriate Technology course will focus on water harvesting, solar technology, biochar, composting toilets and more. Note that camping sites are available at Wheaton Labs all summer (3 days to a week). For more info on the courses or camping, contact CE Rice here or 313-974-5804. 

Media & Ethics course offered next fall, register now. 

This 2 credit Honors course will be offered in the fall and will take an intergenerational approach to evaluating journalistic truth, deception, privacy and the power of images. Peggy Kuhr, former Dean of the School of Journalism will lead the course which will be open to UM students and to community members taking the course through UM’s MOLLI program. Course will combine discussion, group activities and assigned case studies. Course info:   HONR 291.80, CR 75083; Tue/Thurs, 5:30-7pm in DHC room 119. 

“German Energiewende – Impact on Buildings and their Occupants”- Summer School in Germany.

Taught at the International Summer School at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences in Germany. The summer school focuses on:

  • Smart Living in the house of the future (improvement of living comfort by building automation, how building automation can influence efficiency among the supply/consumer chain, interaction of house, car and smart grid and its impact on efficiency, opportunities for the increase of safety with building automation)
  • Influence of renewable energies on the power system (energy supply, distribution and consumption)
  • Options of renewable power generation for family houses (geothermal energy, wind energy, solar energy and water power)
  • Climate communication – impact of ‘Energiewende’ on individual behaviour
  • E-mobility and its interaction with the house (battery systems, interaction of car, house and additional storage systems)
  • We can offer a number of scholarships to students who are interested in participating in our International Summer University. The scholarship amounts up to 500 Euro in form of a program fee reduction (the scholarship cannot be paid in cash to the applicants). 75 contact hours. Please consult programme schedule for more details (website link). Regular fee: 1.990 € for applications received after April 1, 2018. Application deadline: June 1, 2018. The programme fee includes: Accommodation, Tuition and course, related activities, Lecture material for all seminars,Cultural and leisure activities, Public transportation within Darmstadt, Health, accident, and liability insurance. 

Nova – Decoding the Weather Machine – available online.

Disastrous hurricanes. Widespread droughts and wildfires. Withering heat. Extreme rainfall and floods. It is hard not to conclude that something’s up with the weather, and many scientists agree. It’s the result of the weather machine itself—our climate—changing, becoming hotter and more erratic. In this two-hour documentary, NOVA cuts through the confusion around climate change. Why do scientists overwhelmingly agree that our climate is changing, and that human activity is causing it? How and when will it affect us through the weather we experience? And what will it take to bend the trajectory of planetary warming toward more benign outcomes? Join scientists around the world on a quest to better understand the workings of the weather and climate machine we call Earth and discover how we can be resilient—even thrive—in the face of enormous change. Film concludes that evidence of human-caused climate change is powerful; that solutions exist (increasing efficiency & renewables, carbon capture and carbon sequestration through changing agriculture; and the greatest uncertainty is what we will choose to do. See the film here. Note: Funding was controversial – David H Koch Fund for Science and the Kendeda Fund. PBS was criticized for accepting funds from David Koch (funder of climate change deniers). And answered in this way.  

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 Watershed Coordination Council is hiring a Watershed Coordinator.

The Montana Watershed Coordination Council is hiring a Watershed Coordinator. More information on position and application instructions can be found at their website here

The Bitter Root Land Trust is hiring a Stewardship Coordinator. 

Applications are due by May 21, 2018. A position description is available here

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

National Forest Foundation here in Missoula is offering an exciting new Fellowship program for UM graduate students, the Conservation Connect Fellowship Program.  Fellows will launch their 18-month terms in June 2018. Applications are due May 10. For more information and to apply, download the NFF Conservation Connect Fellows Description and Application Information. NFF believes in the value of matching the cutting-edge knowledge acquired at the graduate level with practical, hands-on experience. The purpose of a Conservation Connect Fellowship is to align NFF’s collaboration and conservation work with a practicum and experiential education opportunity. The NFF will strive to meet each Fellow’s learning objectives, while also effectively extending the capacity of NFF and its partners to deliver conservation results for National Forests and Grasslands. 

CFAC still seeking Half-Time, Paid Intern to Work with Beginning Farmers and Ranchers in Western Montana.

Help Montana’s beginning farmers grow successful, sustainable businesses and have a louder voice in farm policy. Learn how to develop new resources, host events, facilitate meetings, and evaluate programs. CFAC is looking for an intern for this summer to assist with a range of projects, including: Organizing a Western Montana chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition, including outreach to area farmers, coordination with the national office and facilitation of the first chapter meeting; Planning, promoting, facilitating and evaluating the Farmer Field Days, a series of on-farm, production-focused workshops in Western Montana; Working with a range of farmers to collect reports and data from a farm equipment investment project, and completing resource guides for project reports. The summer intern will assist with some of the above. We can offer a $2,000 stipend to a candidate who is able to offer approx 20 hours/week between May and August. To apply, email Dave at this link with your resume and a note on the project(s) you’re most interested, and any additional relevant information not covered in your resume. Open until filled.

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Funding 

Learn about student scholarship opportunities, May 8.

Students are invited to a free workshop on scholarship opportunities from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, on post-graduation options and how to write applications, which will be held in Liberal Arts Building Room 144. Snacks will be provided. Stories about previous scholarship winners and resources for students and faculty members can be found on the external scholarship website. For more information email Laure or call at 406-243-6140. 

Funding for Land Conservation-- where to find it.

The Western Landowners Alliance or WLA recently released the first of nine blog posts on Conservation Finance. The blog focuses on how landowners can leverage the opportunities offered by conservation finance to further both conservation and economic goals. You can view their posts here or submit ideas for topics here. Happy reading!       

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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! 

Give for SNAP dollars and get ice cream – such a deal! May 4. 

Everyone can be a philanthropist during the Missoula Gives campaign, May 3-4. CFAC (Community Food & Ag Coalition) is raising money for Double SNAP dollars. And note that you can get a tasty treat when you give on Friday, May 4th, 4-8 p.m. at First Friday at The Dram Shop. Free ice cream by The Golden Yoke when you make a donation. Plus, there are raffle prizes including swag from The Dram Shop, a growler fill from Western Cider, a Get to Know Your Digital Camera Class from The Dark Room, Patagonia Eat Local t-shirts, and more! 

Visit your Farmers Market by bike on May 5.

Celebrate the first farmers markets of the season and National Bike Month as we bike to each of the two farmers' markets in Missoula on Saturday, May 5th. A rep from CFAC (Community Food & Ag Coalition) will lead a leisurely bike ride to one of the farmers markets. Then park and lock your bike, buy some local produce, and enjoy the rest of your Saturday! Starting Locations:

  • Southside (9:30AM START): UM Dining Southside Garden at the Iron Griz (515 South Ave E)
  • Mid-town (ish) (9:30AM START): Missoula Food Bank (1720 Wyoming St)
  • Rattlesnake (9AM START!): Rattlesnake Trailhead, with a stop at the Messiah Lutheran Church parking lot to pick up the lower Rattlesnakers 

We can't wait to celebrate First Market of the Season! at Clark Fork Market and Opening Day! at Missoula Farmers Market (both on May 5). Plus, check out these updates for the 2018 market season in the Mission Valley, including new locations for the Ronan Market and the Arlee Market.

Grand Opening of the Confluence Area at Milltown State Park, June 23. Save the Date!

What was once a superfund site is now a beautiful state park (thanks to a lot of hardworking folks, including a lot of EVST’ers). Fun, music, food, educational activities for the whole family. The full schedule should be available soon here. For more information, contact park manager (& EVST alum) Michael Kustudia or call at (406) 542-5533 or Olivia Hollis. WHEN: Saturday, June 23, 2018, from 10 am to 6 pm.  

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

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