Newsline February 26, 2018

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Good News Item

  1. Montana Project on Empowering Women in Agriculture Receives Funding

Around EVST

  1. Environmental Studies Summer Classessee webpage here
  2. EVST alum featured in winning documentary. 
  3. EVST Spotlight is now available.

Featured Event (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. The 2018 Wilderness Lecture Series Presents Michael Fiebig and Scott Bosse (EVST alum) of American Rivers. 

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Help Shape the Next Decade of Open Space; Community input needed by Feb 28.
  2. Volunteer for stewardship projects in the Bob Marshall Wilderness this summer; can apply starting March 8. 
  3. Restoring Resilient Communities in Changing Landscapes, Oct in Spokane, submit abstracts by April 16. 
  4. Montana’s 2018 water quality report available for comment, comment by April 21. 
  5. Silent Auction and Raffle Items needed for fundraiser for MT Native Plant Society. 

Educational Opportunities

  1. UM Sustainability Lecture Series starts Feb 27. 
  2. Women's Bicycle Maintenance Workshop, February 27. 
  3. Winter photography workshop in the Rattlesnake Recreation area, March 4, apply by March 1.
  4. Undergraduate Summer Research Experience Program, apply by March 2.
  5. Film on how climate change is increasing resource scarcity, wars & refugees, March 5.
  6. Public Meeting on Seeley Lake area trail planning, March 7.
  7. How GIS is Changing the World, March 8. 
  8. Watershed Management model webinar, March 8.
  9. Jeannette Rankin: America's Conscience, March 10.
  10. PRUNE THE MOON: Moon-Randolph Homestead, March 10.
  11. Celebrating a High Water Mark: Montana Stream Access Law Symposium, March 16. 
  12. Modernizing the Columbia River Treaty, “One River, Ethics Matter International Conference”, April 11.
  13. Gardening for Wildlife in Bear Country Workshop, April 12.   
  14. NW Energy Coalition meets in Missoula, April 25. 
  15. Montana Audubon 2018 Bird Festival – Kalispell, June 8-10. 

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

  1. The Great Burn Study Group is hiring two hard-working, backcountry-loving folks to join our trail crew this summer.
  2. FoodCorp position opening in Polson School District.
  3. The Montana Natural History Center is hiring for 4 different positions.
  4. MT NGO seeks aquatic programs coordinator, apply by March 15.
  5. Backcountry Hunters & Anglers are hiring.
  6. Gleaning Program Coordinator needed, AmeriCorps position, apply by March 30.
  7. Seasonal Jobs at Aquatic Invasive Species Inspection Stations.
  8. Farm Link Montana is a free, searchable database of current listings for jobs, internships, and land opportunities in Montana.
  9. Internships with MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks, apply NOW.

Funding

  1. Grants available for projects that can make UM more sustainable, apply by March 23. 
  2. Humanities Montana grant deadlines are April 20. 

Housing

  1. UM FLAT accepting applications for a new roommate.

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Outdoor film screening benefits wilderness foundation, March 7. 
  2. Nominate a worthy humanist for the MT Governor’s Humanities Award, by April 27. 
  3. Clark Fork River superfund newsletter for Feb 2018 is available.
  4. How to Mimic a Beaver. 
  5. Montana Climate curriculum for schools.
  6. Career Fair at UM, Feb 28.

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Good News Item 

Montana Project on Empowering Women in Agriculture Receives Funding

Six female professors at MSU and Flathead Valley Community College hope to increase the percentage of women agricultural scientists, engineers and policymakers with a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant, “Empowering Women in Agriculture.” The grant is funded by the USDA’s Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program, a federal initiative that invests in a diverse 21st century agricultural science workforce and aims to increase representation of women and minorities in American agriculture. Read more 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 featured in winning documentary. 

Following the rise and fall of the new American oil boom, MY COUNTRY NO MORE paints an intimate portrait of a rural community in crisis, forced to confront the meaning of progress as they fight for a disappearing way of life. EVST alum, Kalie Jo Rider, is featured in this film about the oil development near her family’s farm in the North Dakota Bakken. At the showing her mother attributed Kalie’s success in turning around the local planning authorities to her time at UM and referred to EVST as the "underground". The documentary won Best Feature Documentary at the Big Sky Documentary film festival. If you missed the film, check out this Interview of Kalie in the Missoula Independent. 

EVST Spotlight is now available.

This edition features an article by Professor Dan Spencer “Studying Climate Change in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam”, and Spotlights Josh Carter, MS 2005 “Inspiring and educating people about sustainable agriculture” and an article by PEAS director Josh Slotnick “Quinn Gordan & the Certificate in Community Agriculture Program”. Visit the Spotlight here

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Featured Event 

The 2018 Wilderness Lecture Series Presents Michael Fiebig and Scott Bosse (EVST alum) of American Rivers. 

‘The Rivers Will Run Free’ Lecture Series features 2 EVST alums, Feb 27 and March 6. UM’s Wilderness Institute invites everyone to the Wilderness Lecture Series, held Tuesdays at 7 pm in Gallagher Business Building 123.This year’s series, “The Rivers Will Run Free,” celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, passed by Congress in 1968 to protect free-flowing portions of rivers across the U.S. The lectures feature two EVST alums: Feb. 27 – “5,000 Miles of Wild and the One River Adventure,” by Mike Fiebig, American Rivers Northern Rockies associate director. March 6 – “The Past, Present and Future of Wild Rivers Legislation” by Scott Bosse, American Rivers Northern Rockies director. The entire schedule is here.

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Volunteer Opportunities 

Help Shape the Next Decade of Open Space; Community input needed by Feb 28.

The Missoula County/City are jointly drafting a new master Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails (PROST) Plan for the greater Missoula Valley.  And they are asking for your input! Please fill out the survey by February 28th to help create the future of conservation in the communities of Missoula and Missoula County. 

Volunteer for stewardship projects in the Bob Marshall Wilderness this summer; can apply starting March 8. 

The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation connects Americans with their wilderness heritage by providing access to and stewardship of one of the world’s most spectacular places - Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. We help hundreds of hard-working volunteers develop a land ethic and give back to the wilderness by opening trails, restoring heavily used areas, maintaining historic structures and fighting weeds. The BMWF organizes volunteer stewardship trips, and in summer 2018, offers 20 trips from 3 to 7 days in length, from easy to strenuous. BMWF provides leadership, food, group kitchen gear, and pack support. Volunteers provide their own personal gear. There is a student deposit rate of $25. More info at the BMWF volunteer web site, and you can register starting March 8. 

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

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

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

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

Silent Auction and Raffle Items needed for fundraiser for MT Native Plant Society. 

The Clark Fork Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society welcomes donations of all kinds for a silent auction and raffle - plants, arts or crafts, photos, seeds, baked or preserved goodies, informational or recreational tours, gardening tools or services, cabin rentals, books, cards, etc.  The fundraiser will be at the annual meeting which will be June 29 to July 1 in Lincoln, MT.  If you (or a friend) would like to contribute a tax-deductible item, contact Tarn Ream or give her a call (406-549-7933).

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Educational Opportunities 

UM Sustainability Lecture Series starts Feb 27. 

This spring, the UM Office of Sustainability and ASUM Sustainability Center will present the lecture series “Sustainability at UM,” which will include four sessions highlighting various sustainability efforts around campus. The first lecture at noon Tuesday, Feb. 27, in UC Room 330, will dive into the areas of opportunity highlighted by the 2017 STARS Report. These discussions will be relevant to all members of the campus community, and interested students, staff and faculty are encouraged to attend. 

Women's Bicycle Maintenance Workshop, February 27. 

Emily Jensen will lead a workshop to help women become more confident working on their bikes. Bring your bike, your questions, food and/or drink to share, and enjoy the camaraderie of other women interested in being more independent with their bikes. Free, yet donations appreciated. All women are welcome! (Free Cycles can provide bicycles for people to work on if needed). This is introductory level, but if folks are interested, can also show a more in-depth maintenance skill: re-greasing wheel bearing and adjusting the cups and cones properly. (Don't know what this means? No problem, you will find out! Held with the help of Women Bike Missoula. WHEN/WHERE: February 27, 6-8pm at FreeCycles, 732 S 1st St W. 

Winter photography workshop in the Rattlesnake Recreation area, March 4, apply by March 1.

On Sunday, March 4th, photographer Brian Christianson will host a half-day field-based winter photography workshop in Missoula’s Rattlesnake National Recreation Area for up to nine attendees. Workshop attendees will need to provide their own photography equipment (a digital or film DSLR camera). The workshop will run from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The nine workshop attendees will be randomly selected from all Montana Wilderness Association members who express interest in this event. To submit your name, please send an email with the subject line "Photography workshop". Please include your name and telephone number in the body of the email. Workshop attendees will be selected at 8 am on Thursday, March 1 and notified via email. Regardless of whether you aim for a spot in the workshop, you can begin to enjoy images from Brian’s project on his Facebook and Instagram feeds. Questions about the winter photography workshop can be directed to Erin Clark, SMC board member. 

Undergraduate Summer Research Experience Program, apply by March 2.

The Montana Institute on Ecosystems seeks proposals for student research projects in ecosystem science from undergraduates. 24 internships will support work in ecology and conservation biology, with priorities in landscape & ecosystem processes, impacts of climate change, relationships between social & ecological systems. Undergraduate interns must identify faculty mentors who must provide a letter of recommendation and provide the material and academic support for associated interns. Student research experience internships are subject to satisfactory adherence to all program rules and expectations. Applicants must not be graduating before December 2018Applications and letters of recommendation are due by Friday, March 2, 2018. MORE INFORMATION ABOUT 2018 IoE UNDERGRADUATE SUMMER RESEARCH EXPERIENCE PROGRAM. ONLINE APPLICATION. Contacts: For procedure questions contact Madison Boone; For content questions contact Maury Valett; For technological issues contact T. Kipfer

Film on how climate change is increasing resource scarcity, wars & refugees, March 5.

Rankin Peace Center, 350Montana, World Affairs Council and others invite you to the film, The Age of Consequences from award-winning filmmaker Jared Scott. The film investigates how climate change is increasing resource scarcity, infrastructure risks, conflicts and refugee populations. WHEN/WHERE: March 5, 7 pm, The Roxy. 

Public Meeting on Seeley Lake area trail planning, March 7.

The Clearwater Resource Council is leading a community-based effort to create a system of trails that accommodates everything from riding all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles to biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, hiking and dog sledding. The Seeley Lakes Trails Project invites all users of this area to a public meeting on March 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Seeley Lake Community Hall. The meeting’s purpose is to gather public input on priorities for improving existing trails and developing new ones. Details of this meeting here. 

How GIS is Changing the World, March 8. 

Presentations on Using GIS to analyze USFS Fire and Economy, NOAA Weather, Crime stats, and Starting a GIS Business. When/Where: March 8, 6:30-8:30pm at Burns Street Bistro (1500 Burns Street). Food provided with cash bar. 

Watershed Management model webinar, March 8.

This webinar on EPA’s Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool (WMOST) v3”, is scheduled for Thursday March 8 at 11 am Mountain Time. WMOST is designed to facilitate integrated water management among communities, utilities, watershed groups, consultants, and others. WMOST identifies the most cost-effective suite of management practices to meet user-designated water quantity and/or water quality goals at the watershed scale. Includes potential solutions in drinking water, wastewater, stormwater (gray and green infrastructure), and land conservation programs. Registration is required and is available here. Previous webinars are available here

Jeannette Rankin: America's Conscience, March 10.

Humanities MT Speakers Bureau presents Jeannette Rankin: America's Conscience with Mary Jane Bradbury. EVST’s Rankin Hall was named for this life-long peace & justice activist who was the first woman elected to Congress. Free presentation. WHEN/WHERE: March 10, 2 pm, Northern Rockies Heritage Center, 30 Fort Missoula Rd. 

PRUNE THE MOON: Moon-Randolph Homestead, March 10.

Join us for a day of tree pruning in the Moon-Randolph Homestead’s historic apple orchard. Learn the art of tree pruning with our skilled local arborists, Mark Van Der Meer and Mike Billingsley. This is a great workshop for those wanting to learn how to care for older apple trees, and a great way to spend a spring day - at a historic homestead in Montana. Experienced pruners also encouraged to attend. For those with pruning equipment, bring handsaws, pole saws, loppers, hand shears, gloves, and orchard ladders. We will have plenty of tools for the empty-handed. Coffee, lunch, and cider provided. This event is free and open to the public. For more details visit the website, for questions, email the caretakers. When/Where: March 10, 9 am to 3 pm at Moon-Randolph Homestead. 

Celebrating a High Water Mark: Montana Stream Access Law Symposium, March 16. 

The UM Law School invites you to “Celebrating a High Water Mark: A Montana Stream Access Law Symposium.” The event commemorates Montana’s extraordinary stream access case law and legislation. Governor Steve Bullock will open the event, followed by attorney Jim Goetz, who brought the landmark cases that recognized the public’s right to access state waters for recreational use. Next, a roundtable of the drafters and stakeholders who crafted the original Stream Access Bill will discuss the key lessons to their success. Later, panels will cover legal ethics, subsequent developments in the law, and issues on the horizon such as climate change, tribal rights, and instream flow. For a full agenda and registration information visit the website here

Modernizing the Columbia River Treaty, “One River, Ethics Matter International Conference”, April 11.

Free and Open to the Public, Lunch Provided, Limited to 150 people. Wednesday, April 11, 8-5pm at the University of Montana in the University Center North Ballroom. Reception to follow from 5:30-7 at the Payne Family Native American Center. RSVP here by April 2nd RSVP required. RSVP contact: Sophia Cinnamon. For more information, please visit our website

Gardening for Wildlife in Bear Country Workshop, April 12.     

Want Bees not Bears? Join the National Wildlife Federation and learn how you can Garden for Wildlife, create refuge for birds, bats, and pollinators, while being mindful to keep bear attractants at bay. Gain tips to prevent bear conflicts in your garden from MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks Bear Specialist Jamie Jonkel, Garden City Harvest’s Greg Price, Defenders of Wildlife’s Erin Edge and Russell Talmo, who will give a hands-on electric fence demonstration. WHEN/WHERE: April 12, 5-8 PM; MT Natural History Center, 120 Hickory. Cost: $20 (register by March 16 for $5 off). To register email Naomi by April 6.

NW Energy Coalition meets in Missoula, April 25. 

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

Montana Audubon 2018 Bird Festival – Kalispell, June 8-10. 

Missing your feathered friends? It’s not too early to plan to join MT Audubon in Kalispell for the Annual Bird Festival, June 8 - 10 at the Red Lion Inn. Keynote by noted conservationist Dr. Stuart Strahl, speaking on Birds, People & Communities- Charting the Future of Conservation. There will be stunning field trips, silent auctions, informative speakers, and camaraderie! Click here for more.

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Jobs and Internships

The Great Burn Study Group is hiring two hard-working, backcountry-loving folks to join our trail crew this summer.

Trail crew members will build trail on a combined USFS/GBSG crew. Backcountry competence is helpful. Competitive pay dependent on experience. Please send resume and cover letter to The Great Burn

FoodCorp position opening in Polson School District.

Applications are open for next year's FoodCorps service term. FoodCorps is a national AmeriCorps program that strives to connect kids with healthy, fresh food. The FoodCorps service member works with Polson School District to teach regular hands-on lessons to classes during the school day related to nutrition, gardening, and food systems. Help plan and maintain our school garden and our school beds at a community garden and work with food service staff to source and promote local, fresh foods. This is a great position for anyone interested in diving into work with local food systems, education, or community organizing. FoodCorps offers trainings and professional development opportunities throughout the year. We are especially looking for applicants who are familiar with the Flathead Reservation. The application closes on March 15 and more information on FoodCorps can be found here

The Montana Natural History Center is hiring for 4 different positions.

Front Desk Associate; Spring Field Instructor; Summer Camp Instructor. All of the information about how to apply, as well as information about the positions, is available here.  

MT NGO seeks aquatic programs coordinator, apply by March 15.

Swan Valley Connections (SVC), a conservation and education nonprofit organization located in Condon, Montana, and an equal opportunity employer, seeks an Aquatic Programs Coordinator. This position is a full time, year-round position to develop, coordinate, and/or implement SVC’s Native Fish, Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), and Water Quality programs and projects in coordination with SVC’s Conservation Director. Program area emphases include native fish research, monitoring and restoration, water quality restoration and monitoring, ecological studies, and AIS monitoring. full job description accessible here, or contact Rebecca Ramsey, Executive Director. Pay DOE. Resumes with references and letters of interest accepted until March 15. Note: some EVSTers started this group.  

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers are hiring.

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Missoula, Montana. BHA seeks to ensure North America’s outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing in a natural setting through education and work on behalf of wild public lands, waters and wildlife. Now, more than ever before, we need wild lands: places to rekindle the fire at the heart of the human soul. BHA is a nonpartisan group of sportsmen and women who are standing up for these places and for the outdoor opportunities they represent. BHA is the nation’s leading public lands and waters focused sportsmen’s conservation organization. Currently hiring for a Website and Digital Media Coordinator and a High Divide Coordinator.

Gleaning Program Coordinator needed, AmeriCorps position, apply by March 30.

Are you passionate about food justice, community outreach and volunteer management? Want to make a difference serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA and increase the healthy food accessible to food insecure populations? Candidates are only accepted via the MyAmeriCorps Portal. To apply, follow this link to create a MyAmeriCorps application. Please note that submitting a resume and cover letter will not be accepted in lieu of the online application.  

Seasonal Jobs at Aquatic Invasive Species Inspection Stations.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is recruiting aquatic invasive species watercraft inspectors for the upcoming season. The job opportunities are part of the state’s on-going effort to prevent the spread of non-native mussels and other aquatic invasive species (AIS). The seasonal jobs may offer competitive pay with benefits and will generally run from April through October. To qualify for a seasonal position on the AIS team, applicants must be at least 18 years old, possesses a valid driver’s license and clean driving record. Additional skills should include excellent customer service, a strong public service work ethic and the ability to work in a team atmosphere. Interest in natural resource conservation is desired but not required. AIS watercraft inspector job information can be found here. All boaters and anglers are urged to take year-round precautions and to Clean, Drain and Dry their equipment after each use. For more information visit the website

Farm Link Montana is a free, searchable database of current listings for jobs, internships, and land opportunities in Montana.

It features a searchable map of farms and ranches across the state hiring for the upcoming season. Learn about each operation and complete one application to apply for all of the jobs that interest you. Opportunities range from organic veggies, wheat, and pulses to hops to dairy and more! Now is the time to apply! Hiring for the season will be wrapping up soon, so don't wait! 

Internships with MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks, apply NOW.

Social Media Internship -  FishMT is FWP’s new, public facing web application that provides users with access to vast amount of fish and fishing information. The goal of this internship is to improve FishMT’s visual appeal and content through contemporary images. The intern will identify and procure images from social media platforms to display an image for every Montana waterbody and Fishing Access Site. Position is located in Helena or Missoula. Apply by March 16. To learn more and apply visit the website here. NOTE there are many more summer internships on that page (see links below). Applications deadlines are beginning of March so look & apply ASAP.

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Funding  

Grants available for projects that can make UM more sustainable, apply by March 23. 

Do you have an idea for a project that would make our campus more sustainable? Consider applying for a Kless Revolving Energy Loan Fund grant or loan. KRELF uses money generated by the Student Sustainability Fee to fund conservation and behavior change projects on campus. In the past, funds have been awarded for projects that promote resource conservation or waste reduction or encourage behavior change. Students are encouraged to submit project proposals, and staff and faculty are encouraged to partner with students to develop proposals. Recent projects have ranged in size from less than $1,000 to over $20,000. Project proposals are reviewed each spring. The deadline for 2018 is Friday, March 23. Visit the website or email the ASUM Sustainability Center coordinator for more information. 

Humanities Montana grant deadlines are April 20. 

Humanities Montana's next grant application deadline is April 20, 2018 for regular grants (over $1,000). Opportunity grants are available for up to $1,000. These quick-action grants are especially helpful for new or emerging humanities projects in smaller communities. We encourage proposals that stimulate statewide dialogue on humanities topics, foster discussion between scholars and the public, strengthen cooperative relationships among communities and cultural organizations, and enrich civic discourse among the state's diverse cultures. Beginning February 20, Humanities Montana will offer a new catalog of programs focusing on Democracy and the Informed Citizen, addressing questions that encourage Montanans to explore the role of journalism in a democratic society. You can work with Humanities Montana staff to put together a community conversation featuring local journalists and journalism scholars - send us an email or call Kim Anderson at 406-243-6022. You can apply for a program funded by Humanities Montana using an easy online application similar to that for the Montana Conversations program. All Informed Citizen discussion leaders are selected through a careful application and review process.

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Housing 

UM FLAT accepting applications for a new roommate.

The UM FLAT (Forum for Living with Appropriate Technology) is a 2-house, 2-lot urban sustainability demonstration project and student residence on the southeast edge of UM campus—4 blocks from Rankin Hall, home of EVST. The FLAT was founded by an EVST graduate student 9 years ago, and each year a mix of 6 students live there together, with low rent ($160/semester) in exchange for approximately 10-15 hr/week internship work on the property and on projects related to sustainability. Undergraduate and graduate students are both welcome to apply. To become a resident, you must apply and interview with the current FLAT residents, in addition to obtaining final approval of the faculty advisor Josh Slotnick. The application deadline is 3/2/18. Please direct any questions here, and visit this link to application

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Miscellaneous - Resources 

Outdoor film screening benefits wilderness foundation, March 7. 

Mountain Films tours the west showing films to benefit nonprofit. The March 7 showing in Missoula will benefit Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation. Showing at the Roxy at 7pm. For film lists & to purchase tickets click here

Nominate a worthy humanist for the MT Governor’s Humanities Award, by April 27. 

Humanities Montana seeks nominations for the 2019 Governor’s Humanities Awards, to be conferred at a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda on February 7, 2019. Nominations of individuals aged 40 years and younger are especially welcome so we may recognize and honor great promise, innovation, or achievement in the humanities. Deadline is April 27, 2018. Nominations should be no more than 1000 words and should address the nominee’s contributions to the humanities in Montana. The humanities include the study of literature, history, Native American history and cultures, philosophy, languages, religious studies and other disciplines. Nominations for both individuals and organizations will be considered. Members of the Humanities Montana board and staff are not eligible for consideration, nor are deceased individuals. Nominations should be e-mailed here or sent to Governor’s Humanities Awards, Humanities Montana, 311 Brantly, Missoula, MT 59812. If you have questions, call (406) 243-6022 or visit our website

Clark Fork River superfund newsletter for Feb 2018 is available.

The Montana DEQ provides regular updates on progress and plans at the Clark Fork River superfund site. The Clark Fork River Operable Unit (CFR OU) is part of the Milltown Reservoir/Clark Fork River Superfund Site. The CFR OU includes the Clark Fork River from its headwaters near Warm Springs Creek to Milltown Reservoir, just east of Missoula. The Feb 2018 newsletter is now available. The Clark Fork River superfund site web page is here  and the Feb 2018 newsletter can be accessed through that web site.

In addition to an overview of progress and plans, the newsletter provides links to recent reports on water quality, weed control, community involvement. It also indicates that DEQ is once again considering using multiple waste repository sites rather than hauling everything to the big waste site at Opportunity. 

How to Mimic a Beaver. 

Why would you want to mimic a beaver? Your watershed will thank you. Check out this video of Amy Chadwick’s presentation at the recent Society for Range Management conference in Sparks, NV. This 18-minute presentation includes illustrations of various beaver dam mimicry designs and information about monitoring changes in flows, groundwater recharge and fish activity. More excellent presentations from the “Restoring and Managing ‘Emerald Isles’: New Science, Sticks and Stones, and the Eager Beaver”. Torrey Ritter, Ecosystem pioneers: Examining beaver dispersal to improve riparian restoration efforts; Nick Weber, Beaver, BDAs and grazing management in Bridge Creek; Joe Wheaton, Planning, designing and implementing effective beaver-assisted riparian restoration projects; And more, a total of 16 videos are available here

Montana Climate curriculum for schools.

Climate in My Backyard (CLIMB) is an educational outreach program serving K-12 schools and informal educators. These dynamic educational modules are designed to engage and inspire students by connecting them with climate science researchers in Montana and the Rocky Mountain West. Through hands-on experiments and personal interactions with scientists and university students, young people will learn STEM skills such as collecting and sharing data; developing models and making predictions; and communicating and collaborating with other classrooms. The CLIMB program includes: Activities and lesson plans, Citizen science projects, Links to additional partner resources and materials. For more info, visit the program website or contact Madison Boone, Program Manager, at (406) 994-2559. 

Career Fair at UM, Feb 28.

UM invites all students and alumni to attend the 29th Annual Big Sky Career Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the University Center Ballroom. During the event, UM students and alumni will meet with company recruiters from local, regional, national and international employers. The fair is hosted by the UM Office of Career Services and is free to students and alumni. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Read more: UM to Host 29th Annual Big Sky Career Fair.

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

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