Newsline February 19, 2018

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Good News Item

  1. Missoula is Montana’s first certified Community Wildlife Habitat – join the Missoula Habitat Team. 

Around EVST

  1. Environmental Studies Summer Classessee webpage here
  2. EVST alum hired by MT Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. 
  3. UM FLAT co-hosting movie screening documentary Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry, Feb. 26.

Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. Concerned Scientists Happy Hour (Feb 22) and strategizing session (Feb 23).

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Help with the Backyard Bird Count, February 16-19. 
  2. Community Powered Compost Coop, Feb 19.         
  3. Pedestrian Facilities Master Plan Meeting & Open House, Feb. 21.
  4. Help with Eagle Study at wildlife ranch in the Bitterroot Valley, Feb 21 or 23.
  5. UNDERGRAD ONLY - Submit your writing or visual art to The Oval, UM’s magazine, Feb 22. 
  6. Earn prizes for choosing sustainable travel options with Missoula In Motion’s Clear the Air Challenge.
  7. Hamilton Middle School Science Fair, February 27, needs judges.
  8. Comment on Missoula Open Space plan online by Feb 28.
  9. Buffalo Field Campaign seeking signatories for report to list American bison as a species of conservation concern through March 1.
  10. Restore ecosystems in Arches National Park over spring break, apply by March 2. 

Educational Opportunities

  1. “Assessing World Heritage values in the Colombian Amazon”, Feb 20. 
  2. Dr. Paul McConnaughey, the Associate Director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Feb. 20.
  3. Webinar on EPA’s Storm Water Management Model, Feb 20.
  4. Five Valleys Audubon Offers Advanced Birding Workshop, Thursdays, Feb 22-April 5. 
  5. Free Webinar on grassroots advocacy methods, Feb 22.
  6. The Reluctant Radical, Feb 22 & 23. 
  7. UM Sustainable Campus Committee meets 4th Fridays, next on Feb 23.
  8. Scholarships for the 2018 Big Sky GeoCon (April 16-20 in Helena) apply by Feb 23. 
  9. Caring for Creation events, Feb 23-24. 
  10. The Montana Farmers' Union Women's Conference: Fairmont Hot Springs, Feb 23-25.
  11. Sustainable Farm Law workshops offered at Missoula College, Feb 24 & 25. 
  12. UM Beekeeping certificate offered online; next course starts Feb 26. 
  13. Blacksmithing 101, Feb 24.
  14. Free conference on Community Engagement in Higher Education, Feb 27 at MSU.
  15. Creating a Fire Resilient Community, Rice Ridge Recap, Feb 28. 
  16. Investing in Energy Efficiency webinar, March 1. 
  17. Visit a permaculture community in western Montana between May 15 to June 23, reserve space now. 
  18. Effective Ecological Restoration Monitoring, Workshop , May 17.

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

  1. Garden City Harvest seeks a Farm Assistant for our River Road Neighborhood Farm.
  2. Intern with Garden City Harvest, apply by March 12.
  3. Garden City Harvest seeks a program intern for Youth Harvest Project.
  4. CFAC is hiring!
  5. Rural Institute Hiring Student Research Assistant.
  6. Freedom Gardens hiring for two positions.

Funding

  1. Donald G. Willems Scholarship, apply by March 30. 
  2. American Fisheries Society is giving away MONEY!  
  3. Annie's Sustainable Agriculture Scholarships.
  4. Graduate Fellowships offered by NASA, apply by March 20. 

Housing

  1. Room w/bath for rent in nice, centrally located home.
  2. We are seeking a new housemate to fill a room in a 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom house.

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Free the Seeds, March 3 in Kalispell.
  2. Montana Conservation Voters annual celebration, March 9 in Helena.
  3. Mine exploration near the Blackfoot River near Potomac. 
  4. FarmLink provides key information for hopeful farmers. 
  5. Free Stuff – Giveaway table.
  6. Customizable CSA shares discounted for March 1 sign up.

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Good News Item 

Missoula is Montana’s first certified Community Wildlife Habitat – join the Missoula Habitat Team. 

This program promotes the use of native plants and landscaping to develop natural habitats that attract birds, bees, butterflies, bats, bugs, amphibians, and more! Community groups are invited to join the Missoula Habitat Team, a group of volunteers in the city dedicated to protecting and restoring wildlife habitat throughout the area! More info on the Missoula Habitat Team here.

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Around EVST 

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

EVST alum hired by MT Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. 

EVST alum Gabrielle Ostermayer (2015) was just hired as a Water Resource Specialist with MT DNRC. It’s great to have another careful and caring professional looking out for Montana’s water. Congratulations, Gabrielle! 

UM FLAT co-hosting movie screening documentary Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry, Feb. 26.

Co- hosting with International Wildlife Film Festival, the movie will begin at 7:00PM and it is at the Roxy. Here is a link to the Facebook event.

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Featured Events 

Concerned Scientists Happy Hour (Feb 22) and strategizing session (Feb 23).

Come to the Concerned Scientists’ Happy Hour on Thursday, Feb 22, co-hosted by the Union of Concerned Scientists, Concerned Scientists of Montana, and 500 Women Scientists. Join your fellow scientists (social & natural) for a drink, a bite, and a chance to win a Got Science? t-shirt! We’ll also discuss the latest attacks on science and how people are taking action. RSVP here So we have enough food. WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, February 22; Time: 5:30 – 7p.m at Imagine Nation, 1151 W Broadway. Want to talk strategy? a strategy/brainstorming meeting for future science advocacy actions will be on the UM campus on Friday morning Feb 23 from 10am to noon in room 103 of the Native American Center.

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Volunteer Opportunities 

Help with the Backyard Bird Count, February 16-19. 

Montana’s chickadees, nuthatches, and waxwings tough out the cold, unpredictable weather. By joining the innovative and constantly expanding Great Backyard Bird Count, you can help scientists track species movements and ranges during the challenging over-wintering season. Much like the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) and Breeding Bird Surveys (BBS), data from the Great Backyard Bird Count allow year-to-year comparisons of winter ranges and population estimates for individual species, including species of concern. Click here for more

Community Powered Compost Coop, Feb 19.             

Food waste is a community issue: Let's make it a community solution. This informal meeting is to talk about the potential Soil Cycle has in becoming a worker-owned cooperative. A small group of dedicated citizens (bikers and non-bikers alike) can make a huge difference in helping our town. When you bring everyone's skills together, we can really make a difference in food waste reduction, sustainable living education, and the future of Missoula. More info at the Facebook event link here. WHEN/WHERE: Feb 19, 6:15-8:15PM at Imagine Nation, 1151 W Broadway St. 

Pedestrian Facilities Master Plan Meeting & Open House, Feb. 21.

Learn more at the Open House at the Missoula Food Bank on Feb. 21, 5:30-7:30PM. 

Help with Eagle Study at wildlife ranch in the Bitterroot Valley, Feb 21 or 23.

Join MPG Ranch and Raptor View Research Institute to observe the live capture of bald and golden eagles and participate in the banding process. This event is based at a ranch house, so participants can stay warm. We will live-stream video from the capture site to a large screen at the house so visitors can observe the trapping process while remaining at a safe distance. Spotting scopes will be available for an alternate view from the outside deck overlooking the capture site. Researchers will bring the eagles to the house for processing. The day will include an overview of the research to date, including migratory flight data showing the extent of the eagles' range into Alaska. To register & get directions Contact Joshua Lisbon to register or with any questions or 406-396-6285. WHEN/WHERE: Feb 21 and 23, 11am to 3pm at MPG Ranch. 

UNDERGRAD ONLY - Submit your writing or visual art to The Oval, UM’s magazine, Feb 22. 

The Oval invites UM undergrads to submit their writing or visual art for publication by Feb 22. More info, and how to submit here. More info about The Oval here

Earn prizes for choosing sustainable travel options with Missoula In Motion’s Clear the Air Challenge.

During the month of February you can log sustainable trips and earn prizes. Learn more here

Hamilton Middle School Science Fair, February 27, needs judges.

The Hamilton Middle School Science Fair is seeking 8 more judges. Judging begins with an 8:30 am judges' meeting and will conclude by 10:30 am. UM’s We Are Montana in the Classroom can provide transportation to this event. Please contact Harley Fredriksen or 243-4828 to sign up. 

Comment on Missoula Open Space plan online by Feb 28.

If you were unable to attend Missoula County Park’s Open Space Open House, you can learn about and comment on the issues online HERE. Review the Open Space materials and fill out the online questionnaire by February 28. This is an important opportunity for Missoula Parks to get community input on the vision and priorities for the next decade of open space conservation in the Missoula valley and urban area. 

Buffalo Field Campaign seeking signatories for report to list American bison as a species of conservation concern through March 1.

Download report here, and for more background information click here. Our report also addresses the Custer Gallatin’s proposed action for buffalo: to let the state of Montana define where buffalo can and cannot roam National Forest lands. A reasonable and suitable alternative for buffalo is proposed in Chapter 12 of our report. Click on the Individual link on the Give us a Sign! banner on our home page

Restore ecosystems in Arches National Park over spring break, apply by March 2. 

UM offers a week-long service trip to Moab, Utah where students will work with a small nonprofit organization on environmental restoration projects just outside Arches National Park. They will learn a ton about the unique ecosystem in the area and get to participate in exciting restoration work. The trip will cost around $300 and includes transportation to Moab, food and camping while in Moab, and lots of service and learning opportunities. The trip is March 24-31. Applications are due by March 2. More info & application materials here.

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Educational Opportunities 

“Assessing World Heritage values in the Colombian Amazon”, Feb 20. 

Everyone is invited to this brown bag seminar by Charles Besancon, a conservation planner and conservation finance specialist and former co-chair of IUCN’s Transboundary Conservation Specialist Group. WHEN/WHERE: Feb. 20th, 12-1 pm in Room 204 of the Forestry Sciences Lab (FoSL) located on the south side of UM’s campus (800 E. Beckwith). 

Dr. Paul McConnaughey, the Associate Director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Feb. 20.

 "21st Century Science and Exploration". Dr. McConnaughey will discuss the latest technologies and spacecraft that are conducting science missions to peer deeper and farther into space than ever before to discover the origins of the universe. From science operations aboard the International Space Station, to innovative telescopes that will unveil the secrets of black holes, to the recent historic neutron star merger, Dr. McConnaughey will discuss missions and discoveries that continue to shape our view of Earth, elements of our solar system, and beyond. WHEN/WHERE: Feb. 20, 3:30 pm in ISB 110. 

Webinar on EPA’s Storm Water Management ModelFeb 20.

EPA’s Water Modeling Workgroup is hosting a series of webinars to help water quality professionals use surface water quality modeling to solve common problems that face water quality regulators. This webinar is focused on the Storm Water Management Model (SWMM) which is used throughout the world for planning, analysis, and design related to stormwater runoff, combined and sanitary sewers, and other drainage systems in urban areas. Registration is required and is available here. Previous webinars are available here. WHEN: February 20 at 10-11:30 Mountain time. 

Five Valleys Audubon Offers Advanced Birding Workshop, Thursdays, Feb 22-April 5. 

The workshop will include seven sessions and each session will be devoted to a different bird group. The workshop will take place at the Fish, Wildlife & Parks Regional Office on Spurgin Road. People may attend a single session, any combination of sessions or all seven. The workshop costs $15 per session or $70 for all seven. To sign up, please contact Larry Weeks, or at (406) 549-5632

Date, Bird Group, Presenter

February 22: Raptors, Larry Weeks
March 1: Shorebirds, Jim Brown
March 8: Owls, Matt Larson
March 15: Sparrows, Larry Weeks
March 22: Gulls, Alex Hughes
March 29: Flycatchers, Mike Krzywicki
April 5: Forest Birds, Jim Sparks 

Free Webinar on grassroots advocacy methods, Feb 22.

Want to learn more about grassroots advocacy techniques? Join the American Fisheries Society for a free webinar on February 22 (11 to noon MST) to learn how you can help support key legislation. Participants will learn the fundamentals of a congressional “field visit”, the elements of a successful in-district meeting with a member of Congress, and how to prepare and deliver an “elevator speech”. More

The Reluctant Radical, Feb 22 & 23. 

Many of us can identify with the ”Reluctant Radical” featured in a documentary at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. The RR was an activist with his college PIRG and with Greenpeace. He became convinced of the need for civil disobedience to stop the insanity of Arctic drilling, tar sands oil and more. He took peaceful action to get arrested and tell the story of the need to move away from fossil fuels and create a sustainable society. This film tells his story. “The Reluctant Radical” screens Thursday February 22 at 6:15 at MCT Center for the Performing Arts, and Friday Feb 23 (at 1pm at the Wilma Theater). FULL SCHEDULE OF FESTIVAL HERE. 

UM Sustainable Campus Committee meets 4th Fridays, next on Feb 23.

The UM Sustainable Campus Committee plans to meet every 4 Fridays this semester, (also March 23 and April 20), from 3 to 4pm in the conference room in the NE corner of Campus Rec. Interested members of the UM campus community are welcome. For more info, including meeting agenda, contact Christopher Preston.   

Scholarships for the 2018 Big Sky GeoCon (April 16-20 in Helena) apply by Feb 23. 

The Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals (MAGIP) is pleased to offer 10 student scholarships to the Big Sky GeoCon being held in Helena, Montana from April 16-20, 2018. The scholarships are awarded in a first-come-first-served manner and cover the full registration fee for the conference. For more criteria and information about the scholarships and to complete the application form visit the conference webpage and click on the Student Scholarship Button. Deadline to apply is by 5 p.m., February 23, 2018. 

Caring for Creation events, Feb 23-24. 

Missoula faith communities and Sierra Club invite you to meet Pastor Tri Robinson, author/activist at these times: Friday, Feb. 23, noon: free lunch, presentation, conversation. All welcome. (Emmaus Campus Ministry, 532 University Ave.) Call 396-4974 with questions. Friday, Feb. 23, 7pm“Cowboy and Preacher” Film (90 mins) followed by Q & A with Tri Robinson. Location: The Public House (130 East Broadway). Saturday, Feb. 24, 7pm: Keynote Address: “Creation Care & the Christian Church” followed at 8 PM by Panel Discussion: Tri and local faith leaders: University Center Theater, UM. Tri Robinson founded Vineyard Boise Church and authored several books, including "Saving God's Green Earth: The Church's Responsibility to Environmental Stewardship," "Small Footprint, Big Handprint: Live Simply and Love Extravagantly". Now retired, Tri and his wife, Nancy, manage an 80-acre farm near Boise, Idaho. 

The Montana Farmers' Union Women's Conference: Fairmont Hot Springs, Feb 23-25.

Sustainable Farm Law workshops offered at Missoula College, Feb 24 & 25. 

Farm Link Montana offers Sustainable Farm Law workshops which they assure us are NOT boring lectures filled with legal lingo. The workshop is team taught by Farm Commons legal educator Matt Stannard and experienced farmer co-presenters from Montana. Workshops will be held at Missoula College. Sustainable Farm Law 101, Feb 24, covers Lease writing, business structure, insurance, employee law, purchasing land, food safety liability, and more! Advanced Farm Law, Feb 25, detailed look at insurance clauses and employment law, followed by collaborative troubleshooting of real-life scenarios from the group. For established farmers or those who completed Farm Law 101. Learn more and Register Now for $40 per workshop or $70 for the whole weekend, includes breakfast and lunch. 

UM Beekeeping certificate offered online; next course starts Feb 26. 

UM's Online Beekeeping Certificate program consists of three university-level courses at the apprentice, journeyman and master levels, culminating in a certificate designating the participant as a "Master Beekeeper." The program is endorsed by the Montana State Beekeepers Association, The American Honey Producers Association and Project Apis. Our courses are taught by UM faculty members and owners of Bee Alert Technology, Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk, Scott Debnam & Phillip Welch, widely regarded as one of the nation's premier honey bee research teams. Upcoming Courses: Apprentice, February 26-April 6, 2018; Journeyman, March 26-May 18, 2018. 

Blacksmithing 101, Feb 24.

Blacksmithing Workshop  will be taught by EVST alum Mark VanderMeer who is the owner of Bad Goat Forest Products. Bad Goat wood is sourced from small forest health and restoration projects, often pine beetle-killed trees, or from the Missoula urban forest. Much like Mark's approach to making something beautiful and functional from salvaged wood, at this Blacksmithing workshop participants will bang on old railroad irons and other salvaged metal to make hooks or handles or figures from their own imaginations. Spots are limited at 8 per session, so sign up early by clicking this link. $15 for MUD members, $30 for nonmembers. WHEN/WHERE:  Saturday, February 24 from 9-12pm or 1-4pm. Workshop registrants will be told the location. 

Free conference on Community Engagement in Higher Education, Feb 27 at MSU.

Montana Campus Compact is hosting the 2018 Community Engagement Conference: Common Cause, Collective Good on Feb 27 from 8:30 to 5pm at MSU. This FREE conference is an interactive day designed to elevate community engagement and community partnerships in higher education.  Although free, Registration is required. Register here. UM’s Civic Engagement office will help coordinate carpooling for interested folks from UM. If interested contact Colleen Kane or at (406) 243-5128. 

Creating a Fire Resilient Community, Rice Ridge Recap, Feb 28. 

The Rice Ridge fire burned over 135,000 acres between Seeley Lake and Ovando and taught that community some hard lessons. The community is looking at that experience and planning how to be more fire resilient. This meeting will address forest & fuel management, fire-fighting and evacuation decision making. Presentations followed by Q&A. Facilitated by MT Community Foundation and co-hosted by USFS, Clearwater Resource Council, Swan Valley Connections, Seeley Lake Community Foundation. All welcome. WHEN/WHERE: Feb 28, 6:30-8:30pm; Seeley Lake Elementary School. 

Investing in Energy Efficiency webinar, March 1. 

Green Alpha Advisors is an asset management firm founded on the belief that in order to live and thrive on our planet indefinitely we must make an economic and technological transition to sustainability. As demand for sustainable portfolios continues to pick up pace, it's important to consider the meaning behind "sustainability" and how this applies to investing. WHEN: March 1, 10 am Mountain time. Register Now

Visit a permaculture community in western Montana between May 15 to June 23, reserve space now. 

Wheaton Labs is a permaculture community near Missoula focused on working out the challenges of creating off-the-grid, self-sufficient, sustainable communities in western Montana. Each year, they invite interested folks to visit the lab/community and see what they have worked out. You can come between May 15 & June 23 and camp out or get a bunk in a cabin. If it’s the first time you visit, there is a fee since it takes some of their time to show you around & get you situated. If you are interested in visiting between May 15 & June 23, learn more at this web site & indicate when you’d like to come

Effective Ecological Restoration Monitoring, Workshop , May 17.

Geum Environmental Consulting, Inc., in cooperation with The University of Montana and Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration, will teach a workshop about effective ecological restoration monitoring this coming spring. Instructors are Cara Nelson, UM Restoration Ecology Professor; Amy Sacry, Senior Restoration Ecologist; and Tom Parker, Principal Ecologist. Topics will include (1) developing a solid framework for monitoring and adaptive management linked to project objectives; (2) appropriate scale and level of effort so monitoring produces useful information in a cost-effective manner, and quickly enough to support course corrections if needed; and (3) statistically sound sampling design and data analysis techniques. Cost: $350, More info here. WHEN/WHERE: May 17, 2018 12:00 pm at UM.

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Jobs and Internships

Garden City Harvest seeks a Farm Assistant for our River Road Neighborhood Farm.

The River Road Farm Assistant will assist in the day-to-day farm operations at Garden City Harvest’s oldest site, a 3.75 acre neighborhood farm and community garden. Position is part time seasonal, April-October for a total of 1250 hours. If interested, send resume and references to Greg no later than Monday, March 5, 2018. More information here. 

Intern with Garden City Harvest, apply by March 12.

GCH seeks an intern to work with the Community Garden program. The Community Gardens Internship offers candidates an opportunity to develop gardening, community building, and educational skills while enhancing the program for Garden City Harvest and its participants. This program supports nine community garden sites and one therapeutic hospital garden; providing healthy community spaces, tools and education for Missoula residents, families, and groups to grow their own food. Full internship description here. Please send your resume and any questions to Patrick Long by Monday March 12. 

Garden City Harvest seeks a program intern for Youth Harvest Project.

A therapy-based, service-oriented work program for at-risk teenagers. The intern will perform daily farm tasks, supervise youth in operating a mobile market at senior residences, and support menu planning and harvest for our weekly lunch at the local food bank. For more information & full job description visit here. Application deadline is April 6th, 2018. 

CFAC is hiring!

Are you a numbers person, interested in helping farmers and ranchers in Western Montana find the resources they need to be successful? CFAC seeks a Farm Business Finance and Grants Management Specialist. This unique position provides financial services to both the organization internally (.25FTE) and to beginning farm and ranch businesses seeking business planning and financial assistance (.75FTE). CFAC is looking for an engaging, motivated and personable candidate with the unique ability to convey technical, financial and business expertise in an easy to understand manner. Find more information about the position and application information.  

Rural Institute Hiring Student Research Assistant.

Compensation: $10.00/hour for undergraduates; $12.00 for graduate students. Position Description: The Research Assistant will work under the supervision of the Project Director to design, plan, and implement research projects and products. Tasks may include: preparing and mailing research and training materials; data entry with a PC using Microsoft Excel; using search terms to find, procure and organize scholarly articles; contributing to research articles and presentations; attending project meeting; collaborating with other team members to complete assigned duties. For ore information and to apply, Please email Tannis Hargrove, with a brief description of why you are interested in the position and a resume or call for more information 406-243-5719. 

Freedom Gardens hiring for two positions.

Greenhouse Intern and a Greenhouse Manager for Frenchtown School District. Please contact Mark Estep for more information. Visit our webpage here.  

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Funding  

Donald G. Willems Scholarship, apply by March 30. 

This scholarship is awarded jointly by the Montana Section of the American Water Works Association & the Montana Water Environment Association. Up to (2) $1000.00 scholarships are awarded each year, to be used towards the cost of the recipient's tuition and books. The application and additional information are available on the MSAWWA-MWEA website. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Mon­tana college or university. Their major course work must be leading them towards employment in the fields of water and/or waste­water treatment, engineering, operator training, and/or research. Applicants must submit the completed application along with a current college transcript, brief resume, a statement of professional goals upon completion of their education, and two letters of reference including one advisor and/or one instructor. Please direct the applicant to either mail the completed application and additional materials to the address listed on the application or email the completed package here. The deadline for submission is March 30, 2018. For further information, please contact Robin here

American Fisheries Society is giving away MONEY!  

AWARDS: The Division is extending the application deadline for all awards until March 15th (unless a later date is already noted on an announcement). More info here. SMALL PROJECT GRANTS: The Division is also extending the application deadline for all Small Project Grants until March 15thMore info here. TRAVEL GRANTS: Travel grants to support travel to the WDAFS Annual Meeting in Anchorage, AK are due February 20th!   Grants are available for up to $750. See here for more information. For more information on the Alaska meeting, visit us here. Call for abstracts is currently open! 

Annie's Sustainable Agriculture Scholarships.

Undergraduate or graduate students studying organic and/or regenerative agriculture at an accredited two- or four-year college or graduate school in the United States can apply for a scholarship from Annie's. Applicants must focus on one of three tracks: building soil health, fostering above-ground biodiversity, or promoting resilient farm communities. Applications are due by March 15, 2018.  

Graduate Fellowships offered by NASA, apply by March 20. 

NASA offers fellowships to graduate students conducting research in STEM areas (including environmental science). Fellowships are up to $55000 per year. Proposals are due March 20, 2018. To be eligible, candidates must be U.S. citizens or naturalized citizens who hold a bachelor's degree in a STEM field. Candidates must be enrolled in a graduate degree program and pursuing research in a NASA-relevant field (env science qualifies). For full program details, visit here. An informational webinar about this fellowship will be presented on Jan. 30, 2018 at 2 p.m. ET (4pm MT) or Feb. 5, 2018 at 10 a.m. ET (noon MT). The telecom number is 1-844-467-6272, and the passcode is 993012. The information to join the meeting via the web will be posted on the solicitation webpage once the information is available. Questions concerning these program elements may be directed to Elizabeth Cartier or (650) 604-6958.

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Housing 

Room w/bath for rent in nice, centrally located home.

If location, housing quality, and bike ability matter, look no further. Spacious room and bathroom in a comfortable, newer 3-bedroom house is available for rent March 1. Rent is $450/month plus a share of utilities. House is a warm, well-lit owner-occupied home, with two living areas, a nice kitchen, gas appliances, on-site laundry, hardwood floors, gear storage in garage, and a small yard with vegetable garden. Home is located between the Good Food Store and the Old Sawmill District. Month-to-month lease with option to sign a longer commitment available. Sorry, no pets. The owner is a male doctoral student and the other roommate a female natural resource specialist. This home is a great place for quiet relaxation or to enjoy dinner with friends. For questions or to schedule a showing, please contact Peter Metcalf at (406) 531 - 5098 or via email

We are seeking a new housemate to fill a room in a 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom house.

Located near the south side of the University by April 1st (available as early as March 15th). There's a beautiful backyard with a huge porch, small vegetable garden, and cottage for guests, plenty of storage/pantry space, and a badass kitten named Pierre. The ideal person would be planning to stay in Missoula for at least a year, and interested in living in a convivial, mature, & respectful household of grad students, PhD students, and nonprofit workers. Rent is currently $360/month. You can contact 2011 EVST grad Micah Sewell for photos and more info.

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Miscellaneous - Resources 

Free the Seeds, March 3 in Kalispell.

This amazing event attracts hundreds of attendees, dozens of vendors & non-profit tablers. Lots of workshops and plenty of seeds. ​Kid friendly. (They need donations & volunteers!) WHEN/WHERE: Mar. 3 - Saturday - 9am-3:30pm @ Flathead Valley Community College, 777 Grandview Dr., Kalispell. 

Montana Conservation Voters annual celebration, March 9 in Helena.

MCV members gather with elected representatives, philanthropists and other environmental nonprofits to share thoughts of needed work. But mostly, to share good food, fun and friends. While raising funds for MCV. WHEN/WHERE: March 9, 6-8:30pm; Holter Museum, 12 E. Lawrence, Helena. 

Mine exploration near the Blackfoot River near Potomac. 

Since 2012, the Blackfoot Challenge has convened annual public meetings for Kennecott Exploration (a mineral exploration company and subsidiary of Rio Tinto Mining Company) to speak to the public about their exploration activities underway in the Copper Cliff area southeast of Potomac near the Blackfoot River. The presentation slides and notes from those meetings are available here, in addition to tour photographs and newspaper articles. No public meeting is planned this year because Kennecott is not planning any new exploration activities at this time. For more info, contact Blackfoot Challenge Outreach Coordinator Sara Schmidt

FarmLink provides key information for hopeful farmers. 

Farmlink is a monthly e-news service provided by Community Food & Ag Coalition. It includes info on farm-related workshops & webinars, people willing to mentor new farmers, people with land that new farmers can use, work opportunities for new farmers. Check it out and consider subscribing. 

Free Stuff – Giveaway table.

In the interest of reducing waste and enhancing reuse of resources, EVST has a place to give away stuff – on the table on the mezzanine in Rankin. There you’ll find free maps, posters, books, etc. If table gets too full – some items may be in boxes under the table. 

Customizable CSA shares discounted for March 1 sign up.

While many of us have a CSA share at the PEAS farm, it’s good to take a look at what other local CSA’s have to offer. With Harlequin Produce’s CSA, you can customize your share, pay by the week, order veggies in bulk, put your share on hold without being charged. The CSA is available to pick up from several locations in Missoula (or Arlee at the farm) on Wednesdays from June 13 to Oct 10.  If you pay by March 1, there is a discount. There are large and small shares. More info & sign up here.

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

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