Newsline March 12, 2018
- Music fans will support Blackfoot River restoration.
- Celebrate Women’s History Month with Rosalyn LaPier.
- Congratulations to Kim Todd, EVST MS 1999, and EVST Kittredge Visiting Writer in 2005!
- EVST is proud to announce the 37th Birthday of our ‘child’ – MUD.
- Accessing & publishing Environmental Studies publications online.
Featured Event (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)
Indigenous Peoples were the first botanists, March 15.
- Science Fair needs 100 more judges, March 19.
- Info meeting on Co-sponsoring a film at the International Wildlife Film Festival, March 14.
- Participating in the International Festival (April 8), apply by March 15.
- You can help recycling ROC at UM.
- MUD's Earth Day Celebration Seeking Volunteers, Participants & Sponsors!
- UM Dining and Sustainability at UM, March 13.
- More Ed Ops for Tuesday, March 13.
- Public meeting on risk assessments for abandoned pulp mill, March 13.
- Aquatic Invasive Species Management meeting, March 14.
- Research workshops offered by UM library, March 13, 14 and 15.
- Writing Conference at UM, March 16.
- Google Earth Engine, March 16.
- Birding field trips, March 17, 24 and April 7.
- Rebuilding Russel Street open house, March 19.
- Active Nonviolence: A Paradigm Shift to a More Peaceful World, March 20.
- Running with Runoff: Sustainable Storm Water Management, May 1-3, Bozeman.
Jobs and Internships (local or summer jobs; for non-local
full time jobs around the US, click the envirojobs list serv, and request.)
- Summer Energy Corps jobs in Havre, MT (June 1-Aug 31), apply now.
- Wilderness Society seek summer GIS intern.
- Summer internships with Western Organization of Resource Councils, apply by April 1.
- The City of Missoula Office of Housing and Community Development is hiring.
- Links to Some conservation jobs in the West.
- Climate Change Research Fellowships for GRADUATE Students, apply by March 15.
- Securing external funding for community-based broader impacts, March 20.
- Wild & Scenic Funding, apply by March 30.
- Great Bear Community Cider available starting March 16!
- Slammin' POETry - Poetry for Change, Sun Mar 18.
- Update of efforts to protect farmland in Missoula County.
- Free Iris and Day Lily bulbs!
- Rebuilding the I-90/Van Buren interchange near UM starts in April.
- Demystifying Butte's Superfund Cleanup.
- British diver films himself swimming through an ocean of plastic (VIDEO).
- Tasty fundraiser will put solar panels on MUD’s roof, March 27.
- Eco-Champion Videos.
- Do you have binoculars you can donate to needy students in the Amazon?
- Apply for a Sustainability Award by May 11.
Music fans will support Blackfoot River restoration.
A portion of the money fans spend at the KettleHouse Amphitheater on Blackfoot River will flow back into the River. Logjam Presents, the company that owns the new 4,000-capacity amphitheater, announced on Friday the creation of the Logjam Foundation. It plans to raise upward of $100,000 for the new Blackfoot River Fund, which will be administrated by Montana Trout Unlimited. More info here: Logjam to donate some proceeds from amphitheater concerts to Blackfoot River.
Celebrate Women’s History Month with Rosalyn LaPier.
In honor of Women’s History Month, UM Associate Professor Rosalyn LaPier will host a presentation on medicinal plants traditionally used for women’s health from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 12. The lecture is free and open to the public. It will take place in UM’s Payne Family Native American Center. Soup and tea will be served at 6:30 p.m. for a $5 donation. The lecture will be held in conjunction with the Red Dress Workshop, organized by UM undergraduate student Willow Kipp, where participants will sew a red ribbon skirt to wear in solidarity with missing and murdered indigenous women. Read more: Medicinal Plant Presentation, Workshop to Honor Women. Also, Rosalyn LaPier is a rarity — one of only 700 Native Americans with a doctoral degree in the STEM fields who are full-time faculty members at U.S. colleges and universities. Now she's part of the Willow AGEP Alliance, a new effort funded by the National Science Foundation to create opportunities for Native Americans in STEM higher education. In this installment of Undark Five, she reflects on mentorship, religion, and how indigenous science differs from Western science. Read on ».
Congratulations to Kim Todd, EVST MS 1999, and EVST Kittredge Visiting Writer in 2005!
Her essay “The Island Wolves” from Orion May 2017 was selected for the Best American Science and Nature Writing 2018 anthology.
EVST is proud to announce the 37th Birthday of our ‘child’ – MUD.
Missoula Urban Demo project (MUD) celebrates its 37th s birthday on March 20! A lot has happened since its founders (including EVSTers) started the Down Home Project (DHP) in 1981. Through the years, EVST alums, students and staff have played important roles in maintaining MUD as a community resource. From humble beginnings, the DHP/MUD served as an incubator and gathering space for many nonprofits and groups we know and love: Garden City Seeds, Garden City Harvest, Home ReSource, Bitterroot Ecological Awareness Resource and more. In 2011, MUD moved from its Phillips Street property to the Wyoming Street demonstration site to better serve the Missoula community. Read more about MUD's roots in the Down Home Project here. This note from EVST Ellie Costello, Executive Director of MUD: On our birthday, we recognize the people and organizations which gave life to the MUD Northside Site. Our long-time home was a place where ideas became reality and many hands learned to garden, implement sustainable practices, and build both space and fellowship. Thanks to all those who have lent a hand, a tool, or a dollar these past 37 years to support MUD!
Accessing & publishing Environmental Studies publications online.
The EVST library right outside Phil Condon’s office holds a lot of history – theses, professional papers, portfolios and published books by students and faculty – going back to 1972 when the first students graduated from the program. Now almost all these resources are online at Scholarworks. From this web site you can access EVST graduate theses/professional papers back to 1972, recent EVST grad portfolios, and some faculty publications. Note that UM started e-archiving grad portfolios only recently, so there are few of those at the above web site (many more in the EVST library). Current & past students are welcome to submit their portfolios for publication on Scholarworks if recommended by their advisor. In addition, Senior Honors theses can be published on Scholarworks if the advisor recommends it. Senior Honors Theses all departments are here. For instructions on how to submit portfolios and senior honors theses, contact library archivist Wendy Walker. Instructions for submitting graduate theses and portfolios are here.
Indigenous Peoples were the first botanists, March 15.
David Hooper spent many years studying the Cultural and Ecological Relationships between Nisqually Indian Tribe and Plants of Mount Rainer. MT Native Plant Society invites everyone to hear this interesting presentation. WHEN/WHERE: March 15 at 7pm in UM’s Gallagher Business Building, room L09.
Science Fair needs 100 more judges, March 19.
Most judges are needed from 11 am to 2pm. Fewer are needed until 4pm. You get a tasty lunch and get to talk with kids from all over the state about their favorite science. You don’t have to be a science major to be helpful to the 6th-8th graders. You can listen to their presentations and suggest how they could improve their study and their presentations. Judging takes place in the Adams Center. When it is full of kids’ exhibits, it is a sight to see. Sign up here and remember to press DONE at the end.
Info meeting on Co-sponsoring a film at the International Wildlife Film Festival, March 14.
Many local citizen groups choose to co-sponsor a film at the IWFF (which takes place during Earth Week April 14-22). The group selects a film with an important message in keeping with their mission statement, and they help IWFF promote that film – usually by encouraging their own membership to attend and bring friends. If your group may be interested in doing this, IWFF is holding a meeting for potential film co-sponsors at the time & place below. If you cannot attend and would like to know more, contact Jeri Rafter of IWFF or 406-728-9380. WHEN/WHERE: March 14, 5:30pm at the Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins.
Participating in the International Festival (April 8), apply by March 15.
This is a great opportunity to share your group’s mission and/or your country/culture’s traditions and customs with the people of Missoula, UM, and international students from around the world. How can your group participate in the 2018 International Festival (Sunday April 8)? You can lead a display/information booth highlighting your group in the Global Pavilion area, or provide a Children’s World Event, and/or participate in the International Culture Show, or provide informal entertainment or an activity in the Atrium International Fiesta, which welcomes everyone into the festival. Or if you have other ideas to enhance the festival (i.e. films, lectures, special demonstrations, etc.), please contact us so we can explore those ideas with you! If you want to participate contact by March 15: Mona Mondava, International Festival Director or 243-6141; or Nolan Fromm, International Festival Outreach Assistant or 243-6818 and request an I-Festival Interest Form and fill it out and return it by March 15.
You can help recycling ROC at UM.
UM's Recycling Oversight Committee (ROC) is now an ASUM committee, increasing student input to UM's Recycling program. That also means more students are needed to help make UM recycling successful. Initiatives the ASUM ROC has identified for this semester: Engaging all departments in efforts to improve recycling on campus; Focusing on student education of recycling practices. Often students aren't sure what can be recycled and where at UM. The committee hopes to start education early with incoming first-year students and team up with residence hall assistants to distribute correct information; Creating a standardized set of clear and informational labels for use at all recycling locations soon. To help with these and other initiatives, contact ASUM Senator & ROC chair Mollie Lemm. Next meeting is Thursday March 15 at 5pm in the ASUM conference room. But you can still be involved even if you can’t make that.
MUD's Earth Day Celebration Seeking Volunteers, Participants & Sponsors!
Save the date: Sunday, April 22 from 12-4pm! MUD's 12th annual community-wide Earth Day Celebration will be at the MUD & Home ReSource sites with the goal of highlighting our community-wide efforts towards sustainability. In conjunction with the National Earth Day Network, we are featuring education on Ending Plastic Pollution: Missoula & Zero Waste. Visit our Earth Day webpage for upcoming details, including a Sustainability month calendar featuring events across our community throughout April. We are currently seeking participants and sponsors! Check our registration page for info about how to get involved with Earth Day or contact us today.
UM Dining and Sustainability at UM, March 13.
Office of Sustainability's lecture series when it continues at noon Tuesday, March 13, in UC Room 333. UM Dining sustainability coordinator Trevor Lowell will share his insights on the environmental impacts of dining services at UM. His lecture will include content regarding how UM Dining currently invests in sustainable food features, and how the rest of the University can commit to improving personal diets on campus. As all of us eat food, this lecture will be relevant to all members of the campus community.
More Ed Ops for Tuesday, March 13.
Noon-1 p.m. – “From Ríos to Rivers: Sharing Lessons from the Klamath River with Chilean Patagonia,” presented by Laurel Genzoli, North American program director for Ríos to Rivers, in UC Room 332; 7-8:30 p.m. – “Rapids and Eddies of Wild and Scenic River Management: An Agency Perspective,” presented by Jimmy Gaudry and Colter Pence, U.S. Forest Service program managers, in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. The Wilderness Lecture Series celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
Public meeting on risk assessments for abandoned pulp mill, March 13.
The public is invited to the March 13 meeting of the Missoula Water Quality Advisory Council. The council has been discussing studies of the abandoned pulp mill on the Clark Fork downstream of Missoula. The site is being considered for Superfund designation. For this month’s meeting, the council will discuss the human health risk assessments (HHRA) and Baseline Ecological Risk Assessments (BERA), These are available at: Draft Human Health Risk Assessment for OU2 (PDF); Draft Human Health Risk Assessment for OU3 (PDF); Draft Baseline Ecological Risk Assessment Work Plan for OU2 and 3 (PDF). WHEN/WHERE: March 13 at 7-9pm; Missoula Health Dept conference room, 2nd floor of 301 W Alder.
Aquatic Invasive Species Management meeting, March 14.
The Upper Columbia Conservation Commission was formed to protect the headwaters and tributaries to the Columbia river from the threat of aquatic invasive species (AIS). Both the US and Canada and multiple states are involved. The public is invited. More info here. WHEN/WHERE: March 14 from 9am to 3pm at Fish Wildlife & Parks, 3201 Spurgin Rd, Missoula. Agenda: 9-10 Background on the AIS problem; 10-11 Legal issues (legal approaches of different states, especially MT). 11-noon – Efforts in Flathead area (FWP & tribe cooperation & funding); noon—lunch on your own; 1-2:45 committee reports (Education, Monitoring, Inspections, Response); 2:45-3 public comment.
Research workshops offered by UM library, March 13, 14 and 15.
“Cite it Right with RefWorks,” 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, and Wednesday, March 14, Mansfield Library Buckhouse Room 284. “Conducting a Literature Review,” 2-3 p.m. Thursday, March 15, Mansfield Library Room 283.
Writing Conference at UM, March 16.
The UM Creative Writing program will bring together writers from all walks of life during the “Writing @ Work” conference from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, March 16, in the University Center Theater. “Writing @ Work” is an afternoon of community and collaboration for working writers, world-class editors, publishers, agents, students and anyone interested in the power of writing and how to build a life around it. During the conference, UM will host Gary Fisketjon, renowned editor and the vice president of Knopf publishing. He has edited Raymond Carver, Tobias Wolff, Richard Ford, Haruki Murakami, Donna Tartt, Cormac McCarthy and UM’s Bill Kittredge, among others. Read more: Working Writers, World-Class Editors to Share Ideas at UM.
Google Earth Engine, March 16.
Nathaniel Robinson, UM College of Forestry & Conservation Sciences, describes the many uses of this increasingly valuable tool for analyzing the landscape. Friday, March 16 from 11:00 to 11:50 at Stone Hall 217.
Birding field trips, March 17, 24 and April 7.
5 Valleys Audubon invites everyone on these Saturday field trips. March 17: Bird walk at Lee Metcalf NWR from 10:00am-Noon. Meet the field trip leader at the Refuge Visitor’s Center. March 24: All-day field trip to the Lee Metcalf NWR. Meet in the northwest corner of the Adams Center parking lot at 7:50 am. April 7: Five-hour late day field trip to the Ninepipes area to look for Short-eared Owls. Meet at 4:00 pm in the northwest corner of the Adams Center.
Rebuilding Russel Street open house, March 19.
Montana Department of Transportation invites interested citizens to an open house describing the rebuilding of Russell Street – Broadway to Dakota on WHEN/WHERE: March 19 from 3 pm to 7 pm at the Salvation Army located at 355 South Russell Street in Missoula.
Active Nonviolence: A Paradigm Shift to a More Peaceful World, March 20.
This is the Inaugural Newman Lecture by Marie Dennis, Co-President of Pax Christi International since 2007 and was for many years director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. Marie was named the 2016 person of the year by the National Catholic Reporter and is a Public’ Peace Prize laureate. WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, March 20, 7 pm, Christ the King Church, 1400 Gerald Ave, Msl (near UM).
Running with Runoff: Sustainable Storm Water Management, May 1-3, Bozeman.
We are anticipating 200+ people from the national, regional, and local levels. I am particularly excited about the number of national and regional speakers and vendors we will have in attendance. More information, including the conference agenda can be found at MT Stormwater Conference. I am reaching out to you about student opportunities for the upcoming conference. We have begun registration for the conference. There are a variety of registration options, including student scholarships, under the link titled Forms on the upper right hand side of the webpage. We have a small pool of funds for students and is available on a first come, first serve basis. There will be lots of great presentations and plenty of networking opportunities, plus lots of engagement with our conference speakers, sponsors, vendors, and participants. The student scholarship opportunity is open to undergraduate and graduate students.
Summer Energy Corps jobs in Havre, MT (June 1-Aug 31), apply now.
Opportunity Link is a regional nonprofit focused on helping rural communities reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development. These Energy Corps positions are focused on helping the community organize for sustainable energy development (wind & solar). Living allowance of $6315 over the term of service, plus an education award of $2960 on successful completion of service. Application form is here. The full job description is posted at EVST or you can email Lonnis here and request the job description.
Wilderness Society seek summer GIS intern.
The position will help with spatial analyses to support conservation work in Montana and around the country. Full info here.
Summer internships with Western Organization of Resource Councils, apply by April 1.
WORC seeks two interns to work in its Billings office this summer and help hold the coal industry accountable and foster a just transition for fossil-fuel dependent communities. WORC is a regional network of eight grassroots organizations in seven Western states. Members are farmers, ranchers, small business and working people who seek to protect the environment, family farms, and rural communities. Interns will research and write reports, develop fact sheets and action alerts, assist with other organizing tasks. Interns will receive a stipend of $325 per week for up to 12 weeks. We are interested in internships for the summer months but can also consider an extended internship of up to 24 weeks for interested applicants. To apply: Send a cover letter (tell us why you want to work for us and where you saw the job announcement), resume and a writing sample to the Billings WORC here. Full internship description available at the website here.
The City of Missoula Office of Housing and Community Development is hiring.
Currently accepting applications for a Grants Administrator III, whose primary responsibility will be managing the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program. You can view the complete job description on the City’s website. The deadline to apply for the Grants Administrator III position is Tuesday, March 20.
Links to Some conservation jobs in the West.
- Conservation Specialist, American Bird Conservancy SD
- Project Manager, Community Builders CO
- Aquatic Programs Coordinator, Swan Valley Connections MT
- HEART OF THE ROCKIES INITIATIVE DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORhome office
- Regional Director, Rocky Mountain West Region- Wildlife Conservation SocietyCO or MT
- Friends of the Missouri River Breaks Education CoordinatorMT
- Friends of the Missouri River Breaks Stewardship CoordinatorMT
Climate Change Research Fellowships for GRADUATE Students, apply by March 15.
Help grow the National Wildlife Federation’s EcoLeaders leadership and certification program for emerging environment leaders. The fellowship is for a term of four to six months (based on student schedule), roughly 40 hours a month. The fellow will receive a $3,000 stipend, professional development assistance and networking opportunities, and the possibility of academic credit for successful completion of the project as an independent study or integration of fellowship project into course curricula. More info and applications here.
Securing external funding for community-based broader impacts, March 20.
Open to graduate students. Explore how co-creating with communities can strengthen your broader impacts and make your proposals more competitive with federal funding agencies. Tuesday, March 20, 3:30-4:30 p.m. UC 329. Session 2: What makes for a successful broader impacts proposal? Learn about national best practices in impacts work, practice developing a strong, concise broader impacts statement and a realistic budget, and explore federal funding opportunities. To register, visit the website here.
Wild & Scenic Funding, apply by March 30.
River Network is offering financial support to a limited number of grassroots organizations ($3,000 – $5,000) to support events or initiatives that engage communities around the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Learn more and apply by March 30th.
Great Bear Community Cider available starting March 16!
Community members gather apples around the Missoula area to help keep the bears out of town (and trouble!), and Western Cider makes delicious cider from the apples! It takes a little while to create such delicious cider, so the cider from last fall's apples will be released this Friday! Join us for the Great Bear Community Cider release party this Friday, March 16 at 5pm at WesternCider, 501 North California St, Missoula. Can’t say how long this batch of cider will last. Usually goes fast.
Slammin' POETry - Poetry for Change, Sun Mar 18.
Imagine Nation Brewing 6PM-8PM (also save date for Sunday April 15th event). POETS be a VOICE for Change -- share poems of issues of import. 3 minute max. EmPOWER CommUNITY! Tahj to DJ, Audience expect the unexpected -- Hear Impassioned poets - high energy voices - original works -- Poetry that Matters! Just don't expect personal angst! Imagine Nation Brewery also a center for community transformation... Poets contact Rita aka Radska via text message 406.544.9026 for sign-ups.
Update of efforts to protect farmland in Missoula County.
Recently, Missoula County released a report on Agricultural Conservation in Missoula County, an Assessment of Working Groups’ Recommendations. This report is a follow-up to a process started back in 2016, when citizen working groups were formed to study ag land protection strategies and made recommendations to the County Commissioners who rejected regulatory options and chose to focus on voluntary methods. Missoula has already lost much of its ag land, and population growth puts the remainder at risk. In addition to this report, the County is working on updating zoning regulations, a Land Use Strategy for urban areas to map where development should be directed, and an open space protection plan (that includes ag land). But it is questionable that voluntary methods alone will be sufficient, so citizens need to continue to study the problem and advocate for a diversity of approaches. For more information on Missoula growth planning, and how you can participate, see the Missoula County Planning website. CFAC (Community Food & Ag Coalition) is monitoring these planning processes, and will take action on behalf of our farmland, as needed. If you would like to receive regular email updates, email Bonnie Buckingham to be put on the list. Or visit Missoula CFAC.
Free Iris and Day Lily bulbs!
Vicki Watson has irises and day lilies that need to be thinned. You can dig them up and plunk them in the ground. After moving, probably won’t bloom until next year. Note – day lily blooms are edible.
Rebuilding the I-90/Van Buren interchange near UM starts in April.
The I-90/Van Buren interchange near UM will be rebuilt with roundabouts. Removal of vegetation at the construction site begins in late March, and construction will be from April to November. There will be significant traffic delays, detours and closures. Plan accordingly. More info here.
For decades now, Superfund meetings have been routine in Butte, but their highly technical nature discouraged locals who wanted to stay informed and involved. In response, Butte’s community radio station (KBMF), hosted its first ever Superfund forum on Feb 23. The event was organized by 26-year-old Butte native Daniel Hogan an Americorps VISTA member at the radio station. Check out the highlights of that meeting here. Daniel plans to continue hosting a radio show called Superfund 101 on KBMF using the station as a platform to educate his community on the progress of the Superfund clean-up.
'So much plastic!': Diver Rich Horner captures video of himself swimming through a deluge of waste off the coast of Bali, Indonesia.
Tasty fundraiser will put solar panels on MUD’s roof, March 27.
Caffe Dolce Community Night for MUD: Tuesday, March 27 from 5pm - 8pm @ Caffe Dolce. Caffe Dolce will give 15% of ALL proceeds to support solar panels for the MUD Project on the night of Tuesday, March 27th. Make your reservations now for March 27 at Caffe Dolce (call 406-830-3055 x3). Reservations are strongly encouraged, but the good folks at Caffe Dolce always welcome walk-ins.
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility is dedicated to protecting the public employees who protect our public lands and environment. PEER helps them with whistle blower suits when they are fired or demoted for objecting to decisions that ignore science or cover up misconduct. PEER features some of them in Eco-Champion Videos. Back in the early 1990’s, Ben Lomeli called on PEER to assist his efforts to save Arizona’s San Pedro River from excessive groundwater withdrawals. Check out Ben’s story here. Here’s another interesting video of Park Service special agent and whistle blower Paul Berkowitz and his tale of official corruption.
Do you have binoculars you can donate to needy students in the Amazon?
Five Valleys Audubon Society usually donates used binoculars to the Missoula Public Library, but this year will send them to students in the Amazon. A local woman traveling there in April will take the binoculars. If you have a pair of gently used binoculars that you would be willing to donate, contact Jackie McCann, 406-531-8627. For more information see the link at the website.
Apply for a Sustainability Award by May 11.
The AASHE Sustainability Awards program raises the visibility of sustainability projects, pioneering research and student leadership, helping to disseminate innovations and inspire continued progress toward environmental, social and economic health. Learn more about the application process, eligibility requirements and judging criteria for these categories:
- Campus Sustainability Achievement Award
- Campus Sustainability Research Award
- Student Sustainability Leadership Award
- New! Lifetime Achievement Award