Newsline January 8, 2018
Native American runs for Idaho governorship.
EVST alum objects to approval of large subdivision in Bitterroot Valley.
Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. Jan 15.
- UM seeks volunteer science role models for schools.
- Missoula Water Quality Council seeks more members, next meeting is January 9.
- Critical wilderness planning meeting in Missoula on Jan 18 (the Great Burn needs you).
- Recycle clothing through Missoula’s Clothing Drive, now through Jan 22.
- Women’s March in Missoula, January 20.
- Help MT Natural History Center with Education and Snakes!
- PLAN Job and Volunteer Opportunities.
- ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP SERIES SPRING 2018 SCHEDULE.
- Forward Montana offers grassroots organizing course and internship.
- Wings Over Water Program Offers Osprey-themed STEM Curriculum to Middle and High School Science Teachers.
- Bioengineering/streambank stabilization video.
- Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum, Jan 31.
- Beargrass Writers Workshop.
- Montana Wilderness Association’s winter outings.
- Upper Columbia Conservation Commission (UC3) meeting on Aquatic Invasive Species, Jan 24 in Kalispell.
- Montana Native Plant Society events – January to April.
- Art of Diplomacy Conference at UM, Jan 13.
Jobs and Internship (local or summer jobs; for non-local full time jobs around the US, click the envirojobs list serv, and request.)
- Job with Trout Unlimited in Missoula, apply by January 30.
- Seasonal Fisheries Technician position with FWP in Kalispell.
- Links to some jobs in Montana.
- Apply for “Get ‘Em Outside” Mini Grants by Jan 15.
- EPA’s National Student Design Competition Focusing on People, Prosperity and Planet (P3), Apply by Feb 7.
- Links to funding for conservation projects.
- Montana Renewable Energy Association annual membership meeting, Jan 10.
- Clearwater Resource Council’s annual meeting, Jan 16.
- Getting your student loans forgiven by working in public service.
- Walk like a penguin on ice and snow.
Native American runs for Idaho governorship.
Paulette Jordan, a 37-year-old Idaho state representative and member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, is running for Idaho state governor. “We’re blessed with the goodness of what the land gives us, and what makes us prosperous and I think we as leaders can enhance that,” Jordan said in an interview. “I want people to trust and believe that I can make this difference.” Jordan was born and raised in north Idaho and has ancestry from several local tribes. A former member of the Couer d’Alene tribe’s council who comes from a line of tribal chiefs dating back to her great-grandfather, Jordan sees her heritage and time in tribal leadership as a key piece of her identity — and it informs her views on policy. Read more here.
EVST alum objects to approval of large subdivision in Bitterroot Valley.
EVST alum Jim Rokosch, president of Bitterrooters for Planning and a member of the Executive Committee of the Clark Fork Kootenai River Basin Commission, had urged the Ravalli County commissioners to require a regulated community well (rather than many individual wells exempt from regulation) for a large subdivision to ensure the subdivision wouldn’t affect existing water users and water rights. “When you have an urban development of this density, a community well makes all the sense in the world in order to be able to not only monitor the quantity, but there are water quality issues as well,” Rokosch said. Read more in the Missoulian here, Water committee to discuss wildfire and well issues.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. Jan 15.
- 11:45 am: Movie Screening of Selma at the Roxy: (community reflections and discussion to follow)
- 5:00 pm: Youth Rally at Caras Park
- 5:45 pm: Community Peace March from Caras Park over the Higgins St. Bridge to St. Paul Lutheran Church
- 6:00 pm: Community Celebration at St. Paul Lutheran Church: Keynote Address by Wilmot Collins, a Liberian refugee elected as the first African-American Mayor of Helena, Montana. Lewis and Clark Peace Choir.
- 7:45pm: Community Dinner and Social follow. Suggested donation $5-$10.
UM seeks volunteer science role models for schools.
We Are Montana in the Classroom has received new requests for UM role models. Please contact Harley at MT Compact or 243-4828 to sign up for any of these opportunities. Browning Science Night & classroom visits, January 25-26: Share a hands-on science activity with over 150 Browning high-school students and their families at a lively community science night on Jan 25. Additional classroom visits can be on Jan 25 or 26. Vehicle, hotel, and meals provided. Frankenstein's Science at spectrUM, Jan 18: In celebration of Mary Shelley's 200th birth year, spectrUM is hosting a day of Frankenstein-themed activities exploring everything from robotics to the meaning of life. Role models from all disciplines are invited to share a hands-on activity that connects to Frankenstein, Mary Shelley's 19th-century world, creativity and story-telling, or any other relevant theme. Schedule a 2-hour visit at spectrUM on January 18th during spectrUM hours, 11-5:30. After-school Making and Tinkering Club at EmPower Place, Feb Thursdays: Role models from all disciplines are invited to try out fun, hands-on activities at spectrUM's new family learning center at the Missoula Food Bank. The club meets Thursdays beginning in February from 3-5 pm. All activities are provided, so this is a great opportunity for new role models. Visit once, or schedule multiple sessions.
Missoula Water Quality Council seeks more members, next meeting is January 9.
The Missoula Water Quality Advisory Council is a volunteer council charged with advising the Missoula Water Quality District staff as they work to protect the integrity of the waters of Missoula County. Several board members are retiring and new members are needed. There’s a recruitment letter on their Facebook page, or email them for more info. This month’s meeting is Jan 9 from 7-9pm at the Missoula City County Health Department, 301 W. Alder, 2nd floor. The agenda includes: managing urban stormwater in Missoula, and the Caras Park stormwater project.
Critical wilderness planning meeting in Missoula 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 in Missoula, 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. The meeting location & time are not set yet, but will be on the Conservation Calendar once that info is available. More information regarding these sessions at this link, and also at The Great Burn Study Group’s Facebook page.
Recycle clothing through Missoula’s Clothing Drive, now through Jan 22.
Missoula Community Connect collects clothing to offer those in need for free. Winter gear is especially needed. If you have gently used clothing you’d like to donate, clothing will be accepted until Jan 22 at these locations: REI Missoula; Missoula Public Library; Country Courthouse Rotunda & Treasurer’s Office. More info: 406-258-3688 or email S. Kennedy.
Women’s March in Missoula, January 20.
In solidarity with many marches around the world. The march will start at noon at the Red XX’s at the north end of Higgins and march to the Wilma Theater. Then a rally will take place in the Wilma - with songs and speeches.
Help MT Natural History Center with Education and Snakes!
Visiting Naturalist in the Schools - Most school days in January. Skull Detective - Working with real animals, students investigate whether an animal is an herbivore, carnivore, or omnivore. Then, they identify the species of each skull. Even if you have not volunteered with VNS before, you can still sign up to help! Click here to see the January schedule. To sign up, get lesson plans, or for more info, email D. Lefebvre. Wednesday, January 24, 6:45 - 7:15 p.m. Greeter needed for Evening Lecture: Maintaining Species Diversity in Western Montana Grasslands. For more information and to sign up, contact Christine Morris. Wanted: Experienced Snake Caregiver - As-needed basis, about every two weeks. Our resident gopher snake, Camo, could use a new friend to help care for him. We're looking for someone who has experience caring for snakes and is willing to drop in every two weeks or so to feed him, clean his cage, and make sure he's doing well. If you have experience with snakes and just a bit of time to spare, please let us know! To learn more, contact Stephanie Potts.
PLAN Job and Volunteer Opportunities.
We're currently looking for passionate students and recent grads to join and advise our team starting this spring. Please check out and share the positions below, and visit our Careers and Internships page to apply. Student Advisory Board Member (Volunteer) PLAN is launching a Student Advisory Board Committee to help guide the future of the organization and our relationships with campuses. We are seeking 6-8 passionate, critical students and recent graduates that are available to volunteer 2 hours every few months for a virtual board meeting. Dates: One year commitment starting February 2018. Location: There is no requirement for geographical location of board members. Grassroots Expansion Fellow The Grassroots Expansion Fellow will join the Campus Coordination team in expanding our network of student leaders in the zero waste movement. (Applications due Jan 22). Dates: Feb 19 – May 11th (with potential for future employment). Location: Applicant must be located in the Mid-Atlantic region for the duration of the Fellowship. Compensation: $5,000 stipend for 12 weeks. Creative Social Media Intern PLAN is seeking a student with a knack for visual messaging and an interest in building social media campaigns with a variety of platforms. Dates: January 19th – June 1st (Flexible). Location: Satellite. Compensation: Unpaid, with possible school credit. Have more questions, feel free to reach out to me by e-mailing Meghann Cranford.
ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP SERIES SPRING 2018 SCHEDULE.
This Series is available for 1-credit (ENST 595.01. CRN # 37840). All UM graduate students are welcome to enroll. Environmental Studies students may drop in as desired. Location TBA. For more information, contact: Neva Hassanein. FRIDAYS 1:00-4:00.
- Feb. 2 Introduction to the Series Group Work: Facilitation Principles & Practice Neva Hassanein Professor, EVST
- Feb. 16 Make Your Voice Work: The Power of the Spoken Word Josh Slotnick Lecturer, EVST
- Mar 9 Non-Profit Organizations 101 Bryony Schwan Affiliate faculty
- Apr 6 Public Policy Campaigns: Choosing Winning Strategies & Successful Tactics CB Pearson M+R Strategic Services
- April 20 Building Cross-Cultural Alliances Empower MT
- April 27 Wrap up Session Neva Hassanein
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. Robin Saha is willing to be the faculty advisor so undergrads can earn upper division credits (ENST 398.04 CRN 38648), and grad students can earn grad credits (ENST 598.05 CRN 38653). Students can earn 2-3 credits depending on the time they invest. Apply online at Forward Montana Foundation. For more info, contact Michael Nelson, Field Manager, Forward Montana & Forward Montana Foundation, or call 406.529.5134.
Wings Over Water Program Offers Osprey-themed STEM Curriculum to Middle and High School Science Teachers.
Calling all middle and high-school science teachers seeking engaging new STEM curricula for their classrooms! The Montana Natural History Center and the University of Montana have partnered to form the Wings Over Water (WOW) program. WOW is offering a multi-disciplinary STEM education program, based on the amazing raptor, the Osprey, to middle-school and high-school teachers. Teachers participate in a multi-day, interactive and field-based professional development Summer Institute at The University of Montana. During the institute, teachers work with researchers to become Osprey experts, while also tailoring an Osprey focused curriculum for use in their own classrooms. The objective is for students to engage in authentic scientific study of Ospreys through hands-on classroom lessons and field trips. The curriculum explores broad STEM topics: ecology, physics, math, aerospace technology, and engineering. With the WOW program, we help foster student’s life-long interest in STEM fields, and motivate them to pursue careers in STEM! Find out more and apply at Montana Natural History Center, Wings Over Water.
Bioengineering/streambank stabilization video.
The Beaverhead Watershed Committee, Ruby Watershed Council, and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks put together a video chock-full of information about bioengineering approaches for streambank stabilization. To check out the video, click here.
Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum, Jan 31.
The Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum, a community-based, consensus-driven effort, is holding a community town hall meeting to share their recommendations for actions to address area water resources challenges. For more information about the Water Forum, local resources, and its work, please visit the project website or contact them by email here. When: January 31, 2018, 5:30 - 7:00 PM. Where: Big Sky Chapel Community Meeting Room, Big Sky, MT.
Beargrass Writers Workshop.
We are thrilled to be offering several Missoula-based courses this winter beginning the week of Valentine's Day: Melissa Stephenson (author of DRIVEN, forthcoming 2018 from Harcourt) will be rocking the Missoula fave "How to Write a Kickass Essay"; Phillip Schaefer (author of the prize-winning BAD SUMMON and best bartender in town) will be slinging his "Writing Inside the Lines" poetry workshop; Robin Troy (Beargrass Co-Director and prize-winning novelist) will be delivering the inspiring generative fictional workshop, "Getting It Down, Cleaning It Up"; And a memoir course taught by Stephanie Land (author of MAID, forthcoming 2018 from Hachette) is in the works as well! Henceforth, please note that 406 website has been absorbed by the Beargrass Writing Workshops site. Nothing else has changed -- our workshops will continue to feature our dedicated instructors and intimate model, but we've streamlined endeavors due to Beargrass's existing non-profit status. More information on courses here. If you don't already follow things at Beargrass's facebook page, please link up now.
Montana Wilderness Association’s winter outings.
Join Montana Wilderness Association on one of our educational outings this winter. Explore, learn, and enjoy our state's wildlands with like-minded people who share a love for the outdoors. Our winter's programs offer an assortment of outdoor opportunities that rivals our summertime offerings. To learn more about Wild Winter offerings and to register please visit our Wilderness Walks page.
Upper Columbia Conservation Commission (UC3) meeting on Aquatic Invasive Species, Jan 24 in Kalispell.
The UC3 is focused on keeping Aquatic Invasive Species out of the Upper Columbia basin. This mission became more critical with the discovery of ecosystem-destroying invasive mussels in eastern Montana. The public is always welcome to these meetings. Your input is appreciated. For more info, contact Lori Curtis. WHEN/WHERE: Jan 24 at the Flathead Electric Cooperative – Community Room, 2510 US Highway 2 East, Kalispell, MT. TIME: The agenda with specific times will be sent out shortly.
Montana Native Plant Society events – January to April.
January 8, 7 pm. Come hear Forest Service ecologist Bob Keane talk about Best Friends Forever: The Importance of the Mutualistic Relationship of Whitebark Pine and Clarks Nutcracker in an Uncertain Climate Future. Joint meeting with Montana Audubon, Rm 123 Gallagher Business Bldg, UM Campus.
January 30, 7 pm Herbarium Night. Eriogonum is North America’s 2nd largest endemic genus. Let’s Look at Our Buckwheats with Peter Lesica. Rm 303, Botany Bldg., UM Campus. Herbarium Nights are for members only.
February 8, 7 pm. Jim Romo grew up in NE Montana and taught at the U of Saskatchewan. Now he’s in Missoula to tell us about, The Prairies of Saskatchewan and their Flora. Rm L09 Gallagher Business Bldg, UM Campus.
March 15, 7 pm. Indigenous Peoples were our first botanists. David Hooper spent many years studying the Cultural and Ecological Relationships between the Nisqually Indian Tribe and Plants of Mount Rainer for his PhD. Join us in Rm L09 Gallagher Business Bldg, UM Campus.
April 12, 7pm Wildflower slide show. Before the fires, 2017 was a banner year for wildflower displays. Bring your favorite pix on a thumb drive; if they are on your phone, call Clare (728-0189) and bring them too. Rm L09 Gallagher Business Bldg, UM Campus. See the Clark Fork Chapter Facebook page, the State MT Native Plant Society Facebook Page, and the Clark Fork Chapter, Montana Native Plant Society Web page.
Art of Diplomacy Conference at UM, Jan 13.
The third-annual Art of Diplomacy Conference, hosted by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, returns to Missoula to continue the discussion of how culture is shaping our world. The event will be held in conjunction with Rocky Mountain Ballet's 2018 Ballet Beyond Borders, an international dance competition and film festival held in Missoula, MT. The conference will feature performances from around the world, coupled with engaging panel discussions examining the role of art and movement in science, social justice, youth empowerment, leadership, diplomacy and more. The event is free and open to the public; a light lunch will be served. All attendees are asked to register for the event by January 12th. Saturday, January 13, 9:30 am-2 pm, University Center Ballroom.
Job with Trout Unlimited in Missoula, apply by January 30.
Trout Unlimited is hiring a self-motivated and highly capable person to identify, plan, and implement water conservation, fish passage and stream restoration projects to benefit aquatic resources and fish populations in the Rock Creek watershed. The Project Manager will work closely with the local agricultural community and agency partners to seek opportunities to reconnect and restore coldwater habitat on both private and public lands. The Project Manager will be responsible for all aspects of restoration project work in Rock Creek, but will also work closely with other Trout Unlimited staff and volunteers working throughout the Clark Fork Basin. Full details of this job and how to apply here.
Seasonal Fisheries Technician position with FWP in Kalispell.
Links to some jobs in Montana.
- Planner I, Lewis and Clark County
- Weed Control Coordinator, Lewis and Clark County
- Swan Valley Connections Field Program Outreach Associate
- Field Program Outreach Associate, Swan Valley Connections
- Red Lodge Farm to School Coordinator
- Assistant Conservationist, Flathead Conservation District
- ID Nature Coordinator, Montana Natural History Center
- Executive Director, Lemhi Regional Land Trust—Salmon, ID.
Apply for “Get ‘Em Outside” Mini Grants by Jan 15.
Formal and informal educators– Grants of up to $500 are available for programs connecting students to the outdoor world around them. Montana Environmental Education Association's 2018 ‘Get ‘Em Outside’ Mini-Grant applications are due January 15, 2018. This grant program supports educators in their efforts to take students outside for learning. Some of the grant money will be directed to Montana public school teachers. But others can apply. Direct questions and completed applications to: Rose Vallor, Mini-grant committee chair, or 406-451-8025. More info and application forms found here.
EPA’s National Student Design Competition Focusing on People, Prosperity and Planet (P3), Apply by Feb 7.
The EPA seeks applications proposing to research, develop, design, and demonstrate solutions to real world challenges. The P3 competition highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative technology-based projects that achieve the mutual goals of improved quality of life, economic prosperity, and protection of the planet – people, prosperity, and the planet. The P3 Program is composed of two phases. The first phase is a competition for one-year grants of up to $15,000 to test, research, and develop innovative scientific projects or engineering designs that use the P3 approach. In the spring of 2019, the Phase I grantees will present their projects/designs at the National Student Design Expo. At the end of Phase I, teams will submit a Project Report that will serve as an application for a Phase II grant award of up to $75,000. Estimated Contract Duration: 1 year for Phase I; 2 years for Phase II. Expected Number of Awards: 20 for Phase I; 4 for Phase II. Here are the focus areas (& links to more info):
- Safe and Sustainable Water Resources. Link: EPA-G2018-P3-Q2
- Sustainable and Healthy Communities Link: EPA-G2018-P3-Q3
- Chemical Safety Link: EPA-G2018-P3-Q4
- Air Quality Link: EPA-G2018-P3-Q1
Links to funding for conservation projects.
- MT Department of Natural Resources and Conservation grants
- Montana Grazing Lands Education and Demonstration Project Funding, USDA-NRCS
- Conservation Innovation Grants, USDA-NRCS
- Steele-Reese Foundation
- Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities: Partners for Places
- FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program
- Peace Development Fund: Community Organizing Grants
- American Association of University Women: Community Action Grants
- WaterSMART Drought Response Program: Drought Resiliency Projects for Fiscal Year 2018
- WaterSMART Drought Response Program: Drought Contingency Planning Grants for Fiscal Year 2018
Montana Renewable Energy Association annual membership meeting, Jan 10.
MREA’s annual Membership and Board Meeting will be on January 10 from 2p - 5p at the Bozeman Public Library in the main community room. There will be updates on DEQ’s Loan program and the Clean Energy Fair, and reports from the committees on policy, membership & fundraising, education/outreach/marketing.
Clearwater Resource Council’s annual meeting, Jan 16.
The Clearwater Resource Council works on land and water conservation in the Clearwater River valley of Montana. The Clearwater River is a tributary of the Blackfoot River. Everyone is invited to CRC’s annual meeting (free food & beverage; reports on their current projects). Meeting followed by a bluegrass jam at 7pm. More info here. WHEN/WHERE: Jan 16, meeting 5:30-7pm; at Great Hall of Double Arrow Lodge (mile south of Seeley Lake).
Getting your student loans forgiven by working in public service.
The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program forgives the remaining balance on your student Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. Qualifying employers include government agencies and non-profit organizations (with 501c3 status). Information on how to apply for student loan forgiveness is here.
Walk like a penguin on ice and snow.
UM sidewalks and parking lots are icy, remember the following precautions:
- wear proper footwear, such as winter boots and/or Yak Tracks
- watch where you are going, as ice can be concealed under snow
- walk like a “penguin” with your feet pointed out, knees slightly bent, and your arms straight out at your sides for extra balance (selfies appreciated).
- report icy spots to the Facilities Work Desk so that we can get the area cleared.