Newsline January 15, 2018

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Good News Item

  1. Germany energy consumers paid to use power over Christmas as wind power supply outstrips demand.

Around EVST

Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. Critical wilderness planning meeting at UM on Jan 18 (the Great Burn needs you). 

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Meetings on alternatives for Missoula Resource Management Plan of BLM, Jan 18 (at UM) & Jan 24 (at Lubrecht Forest). 
  2. Help with Eagle study at wildlife ranch in the Bitterroot, Jan 19.
  3. Family Planning group seeks young people’s voices, apply by Jan 22. 
  4. People’s Amendment Day proclamation (Jan 22) & potluck (Jan 24). 
  5. Missoula Water Quality Advisory Council seeks members, apply by Jan 31.

Educational Opportunities

  1. Fake News in a Post-Truth Era, Jan 18.
  2. Poetry for Change, Jan 21.
  3. Sustainability Conference in Vancouver, Jan 2019, submit presentation proposals by Feb 17, 2018. 

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

  1. Farms and Ranches Hiring in Montana!
  2. Wild Work for Wild People, starting in May, apply by Feb 16. 
  3. Forward Montana offers grassroots organizing course and internship. 
  4. Check out these online resources for finding jobs.

Funding

Housing

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. UM Recycling Coordinator retires, party Jan 19.
  2. International Fly Fishing Film Festival , Feb 18.
  3. Montana Water Monitoring Webpage.

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Featured Events

Critical wilderness planning meeting at UM on Jan 18 (the Great Burn needs you). 

On Jan 18, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest (Idaho side of the Great Burn) will host an all-day meeting at UM, to develop management direction for the Forest's plan revision. The meeting will focus on Recommended Wilderness, Wild and Scenic Rivers Suitability, and Recreation and Access, all matters of critical importance to a wild Great Burn. More information regarding these sessions can be found here,  and also at The Great Burn Study Group’s Facebook page. You can View/Download Agenda. Please RSVP by Tuesday, January 16 to Jennifer Becar or call (208) 935-4273. WHEN/WHERE: Jan 18, 8:30am-4:30pm in UM’s University Center Ballroom.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Meetings on alternatives for Missoula Resource Management Plan of BLM, Jan 18 (at UM) & Jan 24 (at Lubrecht Forest). 

The Bureau of Land Management is revising the Missoula area Resource Management Plan. The BLM wants to share a preliminary range of alternatives with the public before proceeding with the EIS on the plan. There will be 3 public meetings, including one on the UM campus and another at UM’s Lubrecht Forest. The planning team has updated resource fact sheets and maps for your review. These documents are located on the Missoula RMP ePlanning website here. The closest meetings will be: Jan 18 (4-6pm) in UM’s University Center, room 332, and Jan 24 (4-6pm) in UM’s Castles Forestry Center at Lubrecht Forest, 38689 HWY 200, Greenough, MT. 

Help with Eagle study at wildlife ranch in the Bitterroot, Jan 19.

Help MPG Ranch and Raptor View Research Institute with their eagle study. Volunteers will observe the live capture of bald and golden eagles and participate in the banding process. This event is based out of 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. Contact Joshua Lisbon to register/get directions or with any questions or call 406-396-6285. WHEN/WHERE: January 19, 11 am to 3pm at MPG Ranch in the Bitterroot Valley. 

Family Planning group seeks young people’s voices, apply by Jan 22. 

An outcome of the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, FP2020 is a nonprofit advocacy organization based on the principle that all women, no matter where they live, should have access to lifesaving contraceptives. Many of the world’s 1 billion young people (ages 10-24) do not have access to sexual/reproductive health care. FP2020 is seeking young leaders to join their governing body and speak for this group. Applications are being accepted until January 22. More info on FP2020 and this opportunity here.  

People’s Amendment Day proclamation (Jan 22) & potluck (Jan 24). 

Missoula Mayor John Engen will proclaim January 22 People’s Amendment Day in support of the proposed US Constitutional amendment that says: “Corporation are not People and Money is not Free Speech”. Citizens invited to come show support. WHEN/WHERE: Jan 22 at 7pm at Missoula City Council chambers, 140 W. Pine St. On January 24, Missoula Move to Amend invites everyone to a potluck and speak out against Big Money in Politics. Bring a dish to share & meet with other community members who want to act to rescue our democracy from Big Money interests. WHEN/WHERE: Jan 24, potluck at 6pm; 7pm dessert & speak out. WHERE: Missoula Public Library large conference room. 

Missoula Water Quality Advisory Council seeks members, apply by Jan 31. 

The Water Quality Advisory Council is a group of 20 scientists, technical specialists, citizens, and water users who advise the Missoula Health Board and Department. The volunteer positions are for a two-year term. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Health Department, second floor conference room, 301 W. Alder. Most needed are applicants with a background in water quality, wastewater treatment, chemistry, hydrogeology, microbiology, toxicology, aquatic ecology, soil science, or other related fields, who represent water users or who are particularly interested in ground water and surface water quality in Missoula County. The Council has addressed, storm water management, channel migration zone studies, cleanup of the Clark Fork Superfund sites and abandoned mills, sewers and septic systems, riparian area protection, local and state water regulations. To apply, email a letter of application by January 31, stating your interest and background to Peter Nielsen. Or you can mail a letter to Missoula City-County Board of Health/ Water Quality District Board, Attn: Ross Miller, 301 W. Alder, Missoula MT 59802.

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Educational Opportunities

Fake News in a Post-Truth EraJan 18.

Part of Humanities Montana’s year-long focus, “Democracy and the Informed Citizen”. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry. Join professional journalists and scholars to discuss how we got here, and what happens when we can’t agree on the facts. This event is FREE and open to the public. WHEN/WHERE:  Thursday, January 18, 6 pm, Imagine Nation, 1151 W Broadway St. 

Poetry for Change, Jan 21.

Come Be the VOICE to empower others. Contact Rita Jankowska-Bradley at Just Peace 4 All. WHEN/WHERE” Sunday, January 21, 6-8 pm, Imagine Nation, 1151 W Broadway St. 

Sustainability Conference in Vancouver, Jan 2019, submit presentation proposals by Feb 17, 2018. 

The 15th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability will be in Vancouver, Canada, Jan 17-19, 2019. Proposals for presentations/workshops/exhibits, etc.,  are due Feb 17, 2018 (these people plan WAY ahead). More information on this International Sustainability Conference here.

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Jobs and Internships

Farms and Ranches Hiring in Montana!

Learn new skills, start a career and have an adventure! The 2018 farm and ranch season is almost upon us! Get your hands dirty learning the ins-and-outs of farming or ranching amid the rugged, breathtakingly beautiful wilderness of Montana! 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 is well underway and most farms will try to have all positions filled within the next month or so. For more information and to apply, visit Farm Link Montana.  

Wild Work for Wild People, starting in May, apply by Feb 16. 

The Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Wilderness Foundation is hiring the following positions: Frank Church Wilderness Steward; Wilderness Trail Crew Leader; Wilderness Trail Crew members. Apply by Feb 16; work is early May to end of Oct. Details on job responsibilities and how to apply here

Forward Montana offers grassroots organizing course and internship. 

Want to learn how to change the world? Learn the ins and outs of grassroots organizing in Montana. Through a combination of class time and field work, interns will develop skill sets in volunteer recruitment, fundraising, campaign planning, event planning, and citizen lobbying. This is an opportunity to earn 2-3 upper division credits of PSCI 398 and be exposed to a variety of new skills. Apply online at Forward Montana Foundation. For more info, contact Michael Nelson or call 406-529-5134, Field Manager, Forward Montana & Forward Montana Foundation. 

Check out these online resources for finding jobs.

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Miscellaneous - Resources

UM Recycling Coordinator retires, party Jan 19. 

Edi Stan has run UM’s recycling program for many years, maximizing waste reduction and student work opportunities while minimizing costs. Edi is retiring at the end of January and there will be a get-together to thank him for his service on January 19 from 2 to 3:30 pm in Facility Services front break room. It’s also a good chance to find out what will be happening with the recycling program in the future. Everyone welcome. 

International Fly Fishing Film Festival , Feb 18.

What: The festival will showcase films produced by professional filmmakers from all corners of the globe, highlighting the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly fishing. Tickets are available at the Bitter Root Water Forum office and Freestone Fly Shop. They are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. When: Sunday, February 18, doors open at 10:30AM films start at 11. Where: Pharaohplex Theater - 582 Old Corvallis Rd, Corvallis, MT 59828. 

Montana Water Monitoring Webpage.

The Montana Watershed Coordination Council offers a centralized hub of information about different water monitoring programs in Montana, and features a resource library composed of over 250 trusted resources related to watershed activities. An interactive map is also provided to present information visually and is searchable by sub-basins. If you notice a missing program or resource, please submit it to MWCC by clicking on the links provided on the webpage MWCC’s water monitoring webpage. For more information about the site, or for tips on how to best navigate the different tools, check out this brief video.

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

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