Newsline August 14, 2017

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 Good News Item

  1. Butte Teen works to protect Silver Bow Creek. 

Around EVST

  1. EVST grad student and Lolo Watershed Group board member Laura Zanolli continues her research.

Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. PEAS Farm Party! August 17. 

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Help with the Clark Fork River cleanup, Aug 16. 
  2. August volunteer opportunities at MT Natural History Center. 
  3. Two opportunities in the Selway-Bitterroot wilderness, Aug 23-28 or Sept 5-10. 
  4. Climate Smart needs volunteers for the ROOTS Festival, Aug 25-26.
  5. Provide silent auction items to benefit MT Natural History Center. 
  6. Pedestrian Master Plan Sidewalk Inventory, next 6-8 weeks.

Educational Opportunities

  1. Solar eclipse 2017: The best places to see this rare phenomenon on August 21!
  2. Sustainable Community Tour, Aug 17. 
  3. Summer field workshops.
  4. Tour of wildlife conservation ranch in the Bitterroot Valley, Aug 24.
  5. Community Builders Leadership Institute (CBLI) , Oct 25-27, register by Aug 25.
  6. Missoula Advanced Leadership Training, Sept 8-9.
  7. Crown of the Continent conference in September, can register now.

Jobs and Internship

  1. Zero Waste organizer, location flexible, apply by Aug 18.
  2. Montana Sierra Club Chapter Director job (Missoula or Helena).
  3. National Wildlife Federation’s Missoula office seeking Education Coordinator, apply ASAP.
  4. People and Carnivores hiring Communications and Program Associate, Bozeman, Apply ASAP.

Funding

  1. Science for Public Good Fund – funding to defend science, apply by Sept 1.

Housing

  1. Room for rent in newer 3 bedroom home; Easy bike to University.
  2. Room for rent/house sitter needed.
  3. Nice one bedroom basement apartment, really close to campus and Mt Jumbo.
  4. We are looking to fill one room in our Upper Rattlesnake house.

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Natural Grocers celebrates 62 years, Aug 17. 
  2. Humanities Montana celebrates 45 years, Aug 20.
  3. Community Food and Ag Coalition Open House, Aug 26.
  4. From Superstar to Superfund – how to present environmental history. 
  5. Helping Missoula’s trees survive the record heat and drought. 

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Good News Item

 Butte Teen works to protect Silver Bow Creek. 

Butte resident Taryn Stratton (now 14) proposed a Silver Bow Creek protection project to Montana’s Natural Resource Damage Program when she was 13. The Board was so impressed, they funded her project (marking Butte storm drains to remind people that the water flows to Silver Bow Creek). Read the whole story here.

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Around EVST

EVST grad student and Lolo Watershed Group board member Laura Zanolli continues her research.

EVST grad student and Lolo Watershed Group board member Laura Zanolli continues her research on the dewatering of Lolo Creek and its riparian wetlands. Unfortunately, Lolo Creek is on its way to dewatering again, with the stream gauge only reading 15 cfs on August 12. Please learn more about the issues facing the Lolo Watershed here, and see this summer’s newsletter.

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Featured Events

PEAS Farm Party! August 17. 

Celebrate Missoula's community agriculture with very local food, and dancing to live music. WHEN/WHERE: Aug 17 from 5:30-9:30pm; 3010 Duncan Dr., Missoula.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Help with the Clark Fork River cleanup, Aug 16. 

Missoula Water Quality District and Clark Fork Coalition are organizing a cleanup (litter removal) of the Clark Fork River in the Missoula area. There will be two work shifts - one from 9am to noon and one from noon to 3pm. Lunch/snacks provided. To volunteer, email Katie at the Clark Fork Coalition.  

August volunteer opportunities at MT Natural History Center. 

Staffing the reception desk on Mondays; Help at Native Plant Garden, Thursdays, 4-6pm; Lead or assist with community hikes (pick your favorite place); Lead an interpretive program at Beavertail Hill State Park, Aug 19, 7-8pm; or Staff MNHC’s table at the Environmental Studies grad student orientation, Aug 29, 12:30-2pm. To help with any of these, call 327-0405 or email Christine or Drew

Two opportunities in the Selway-Bitterroot wilderness, Aug 23-28 or Sept 5-10. 

MIDDLE FORK TRAIL, SALMON-CHALLIS NATIONAL FORESTAug 23-28. The trail is heavily used by backpackers and stock packers and follows the Wild and Scenic Middle Fork of the Salmon River for many miles. Pack support will be provided for group gear, food and tools. Rating: 4 (Challenging). NORTHERN FRANK TOU, RBITTERROOT NATIONAL FOREST Sept 5-10. Help clear the Harrington Ridge loop, deep in the remote Wilderness. This portion of silver forest allows for expansive views of the steep canyons that define the FCRNR Wilderness. Rating: 5 (Very Challenging). Click here to volunteer (scroll to the bottom of that web page). 

Climate Smart needs volunteers for the ROOTS Festival, Aug 25-26.

Climate Smart works with myriad community partners to help "green" this free community music festival. Learn more and sign up here to lend a hand! 

Provide silent auction items to benefit MT Natural History Center. 

The MNHC has a fundraiser auction Sept 30, and they are collecting silent auction items. If you can offer a delicious treat, interesting service (like a tour of a beautiful natural spot), unique item (like a beautiful specimen), consider offering it as a silent auction item.  If interested in donating, contact EVST alum Allison DeJong or 327 - 0405. They are also recruiting volunteers to help at the fundraiser. 

Pedestrian Master Plan Sidewalk Inventory, next 6-8 weeks.

The Missoula Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is looking for volunteers to help collect sidewalk location and condition data, including data on ADA curb ramps, for the new Pedestrian Master Plan for Missoula. In order for us to move forward on making this a walkable city, we first must see where there are gaps that need to be filled and where less than desirable or dangerous conditions need to be improved. What we are looking for: Dedication of an average of 3-5 hours per week for the next 6-8 weeks; Volunteers that are able to use their own tablet or smartphone (either Android or Apple). While smartphones work, tablets/ipads are preferred because it's easier to see the map and the drop-down menus while collecting data outside. Tablets/phones do not need to be cell enabled during data collection. If you are interested in learning more or signing up for training, please contact Aaron Wilson or 552-6629 or Jessica Morriss or 552-6668.

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Educational Opportunities

Solar eclipse 2017: The best places to see this rare phenomenon on August 21!

On August 21, for the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will cut across the continental US. If you’re in the bull’s eye center of the Moon Shadow known as the totality — the sky will go dark for a few minutes in the middle of the day, stars will appear, birds will become confused and start chirping their nighttime songs. And it’s all because of a cosmic coincidence: From the Earth, both the moon and sun appear to be roughly the same size.  Most of the country will see a partial eclipse, which is also cool. But for the complete show, you need to be in the 60-mile wide path of the totality. NASA has mapped the path of the totality in detail. And has a video showing that Moon Shadow walking across the continent. Best viewing in Missoula will be about 11:30am, but it will not appear as a total eclipse here. NASA has approved Bitterroot College in Hamilton (one of only 2 ground-based in Montana) as an official eclipse event site at about 95% eclipsed at approximately 11:30am, see article hereSome nearby places in the Total Moon Shadow are: Idaho Falls & Challis ID (about 11:30 am), Jackson WY 11:36 am; Casper WY 11:45 am. Also, in Grand Teton Park & Gros Ventre wilderness (11:36 am). If interested in carpooling, set up a signup page at EVST or use the EVST facebook page. Some Safety Tips for viewing the eclipse include solar eclipse glasses or pinhole projector and the The Missoula Public Library has a limited supply of the special glasses, and they plan to host a viewing party at Kiwanis Park. Visit this site to see what the eclipse will look like from various places, and here is an animation showing how it will look in Missoula (sun almost completely covered). There are some web sites that plan to live stream the eclipse from areas where it is a full eclipse, and it is also a safer way for small children to view the eclipse since it can be hard to have them safely observe an eclipse. 

Sustainable Community Tour, Aug 17. 

Discover more about Homeword, the Solstice property, our HomeOwnership Center programs and how we create sustainable communities. Connect with staff members and volunteers. Hear inspiring stories of our residents and clients. RSVP by email to Erin Ojala or at 532-4663 ext. 10. Street and bicycle parking available. Use Commercial entrance on West side of Solstice building. WHEN/WHERE:  Aug 17, Noon to 1 pm; Solstice Building; 1535 Liberty Lane, Suite 114, Missoula. 

Summer field workshops.

Multiple Indicator Monitoring (MIM) of Stream Channels and Streamside Vegetation, August 21-25, 2017 Lewistown, MT. This BLM protocol (BLM Technical Reference 1737-23) is used in riparian area management. Passive Restoration Workshop 101, August 26-27, 2015 Finlen Hotel and Blacktail Creek. 

Tour of wildlife conservation ranch in the Bitterroot Valley, Aug 24.

Visit MPG to learn about our current projects and long-term goals. Driving tour is limited to accessible roads and by weather. Plan to spend some time walking and dress for the weather. The tour is limited to 6 participants. RSVP for directions or call 406-396-6285. WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, 8/24, 1pm-3:30pm. 

Community Builders Leadership Institute (CBLI) , Oct 25-27, register by Aug 25.

In today’s challenging economy, communities are looking for creative ways to create and maintain jobs, spur quality development, and do more with fewer resources. The need to connect community and economic development is stronger than ever. More info here: Community Builders Leadership Institute (CBLI). WHEN/WHERE: October 25th – 27th, 2017 at the Red Lion Hotel, Kalispell, Montana. APPLY BY: Friday, August 25. 

Missoula Advanced Leadership Training, Sept 8-9.

EmpowerMT is excited to announce our Missoula Advanced Leadership Training, an intensive workshop that teaches participants skills necessary for providing influential leadership in ending discrimination, reducing inter­group conflict, and building inclusive communities and organizations. You can find out more about this training and register for it by clicking here. WHEN/WHERE: Friday-Saturday, September 8-9, Missoula Federal Credit Union (3600 Brooks St).  

Crown of the Continent conference in September, can register now.

Registration is now open for the 8th Annual Conference Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent on September 25-27 in Choteau, MT. This year’s theme is “Conversations that Matter: Connections and Tensions in the Crown”. See these links to Register, check out the Agenda, and book Lodging. Note the program on “Agriculture and Conservation on the Blackfeet Reservation” organized by EVST student Peter Gurche.

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Jobs and Internships

Zero Waste organizer, location flexible, apply by Aug 18.

PLAN’s Points of Intervention Tour Coordinator, PLAN Mission: PLAN cultivates, educates and inspires the student-led zero waste movement. We inform students about the waste crisis and equip them with the necessary skills and resources to implement Zero Waste solutions in their campus communities. PLAN empowers our generation to be changemakers. The POI Tour Coordinator will manage and coordinate the details of PLAN’s Spring 2018 Points of Intervention Tour. The tour will visit 15-20 campuses across the US from mid-February to late April, 2018, to host repair and reuse fairs and coordinate speaking events, documentary screenings, and panel discussions. 

Montana Sierra Club Chapter Director job (Missoula or Helena).

If selected for this position, you would be the only non-volunteer working solely for the Montana Sierra Club Chapter. Your job would be to help the rest of us to more effectively advocate for keeping our Montana "the last best place." For 18.75 hours-per-week you would: organize the volunteer leaders in our chapter, involve members in interesting activities relevant to the Sierra Club’s mission, recruit and nurture new grassroots leaders within Montana, and help direct us in effectively advocating for the protection of our biologically important wildlands and in doing the organizing and coalition-building necessary to foster a swift and lasting transition from significant carbon-based energy activity to a state economy whose energy sector is 100% clean. See here for a full job description. No application deadline is specified, but that usually means a rolling review and it’s best to apply ASAP. 

National Wildlife Federation’s Missoula office seeking Education Coordinator, apply ASAP.

National Wildlife Federation’s regional office in Missoula has a new position of Montana Education Coordinator. This staff member will lead NWF’s Montana-based programs, including both school-based and wildlife habitat education initiatives. We are looking for a high-energy, creative individual who enjoys building relationships and working in partnership to advance our conservation mission and connect people with nature. Please share with anyone you feel might be interested and qualified, and feel free to contact if you have questions. We do not have a closing date for applications, but will review them on a rolling basis, so apply sooner rather than later. 

People and Carnivores hiring Communications and Program Associate, Bozeman, Apply ASAP.

Essential functions of this position are to coordinate and assist in executing P&C’s communications strategy to reach and expand key constituencies; coordinate and conduct a variety of program support activities, including support to the field team, program research and writing, and development of technical materials/media; and provide administrative assistance to the Executive Director and the Director of Development & Communication. This is a non-permanent, part-time position: Position will be filled for one year, with continued employment dependent on funding. FTE to be determined, with an expectation of 0.5 to 0.8 FTE (20-32 hours per week). Varied daily hours possible, and some flexibility for working from home part of the time (but will have in-office expectations each week). Salary is $18-$20/hour DOE. Please visit this link for full job description and application instructions.

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Funding

Science for Public Good Fund – funding to defend science, apply by Sept 1.

Increasingly, scientists are taking action and pushing back against attacks on science.  The Science Network is excited to announce a new opportunity for scientists who want to take action: the Science for Public Good Fund. Submit your project proposal today to be considered for up to $1,000 in funds for projects defending science against political attacks or for state work with clear connections to federal policy (link).The deadline is September 1. If you want to host a public forum about climate impacts in your state, organize a letter writing or call-in campaign to keep chemical safety protections, or hold meetings with local community members to build relationships in your city, the UCS Science Network wants to support your work. We want to support the next generation of science advocacy leaders—submit your proposal today. Learn more about the eligibility criteria and see examples of suitable projects. Have questions? Please email me at sdurvasula@ucsusa.org.

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Housing

Room for rent in newer 3 bedroom home; Easy bike to University.

If location, bike ability and quality of housing matter, look no further! Located near the riverfront trail, between the Osprey Stadium and Good Food Store, the house is a comfortable, late-model, well-lit owner-occupied home. It is 3 bedroom, 2 bath, with two living areas, and a nice kitchen. Other features include: gas appliances, on-site laundry, hardwood floors, gear storage in garage, porches, backyard dining, and a garden. Rent is $415/month plus utilities (energy, water, internet). Room is available August 15. Month-to-month lease with option to sign a longer commitment. Sorry, no pets at this time. The other housemates are both active, clean, outdoorsy-types. The owner is a male Ph.D. candidate. The other housemate is a female filmmaker. This is a great place for studying, relaxing, or enjoying dinner with friends. For questions or to schedule a showing, please contact Peter Metcalf or at (406) 531-5098. 

Room for rent/house sitter needed.

I am looking for a roommate/house sitter. I will be in Missoula part of the time, then you will have the house to yourself when I am abroad. The 2 story house is in a great Missoula location, on the riverfront bike path and within minutes to downtown. The house is on the Russell street bus line and its 2 blocks to our wonderful health food store, the Good Food Store. The comfortable house has 2 full baths and a full kitchen, and a small yard with a deck for sitting in the sun. There is off street parking. The room is available around August 25th, flexible. Rent is $400/month and shared utilities (energy, water, internet), you are responsible for the utilities while I'm gone. There is a month to month lease. I am looking for someone who can water the plants, pick up mail, and shovel the walk. This is a nice opportunity to have a place to yourself for studying etc. part of the year. I am an EVST alum and longtime Missoula resident. References and deposit required. Well behaved cat ok. If interested, please contact me at carlaa02@yahoo.com and I can send photos. 

Nice one bedroom basement apartment, really close to campus and Mt Jumbo.

Good light, small yard to share, city park across the street. Year lease. $625/month rent, includes sewer, water and garbage. Tenant pays heat/electricity, avg $30-40/month. References required. No dogs. Please contact Martha at 406-550-1991. 

We are looking to fill one room in our Upper Rattlesnake house.

Rent will be $350/month with equivalent deposit. The monthly rent does not include utilities which average $20-$25 a month in warm weather and $40-$50 a month in cold weather. The room is approximately 10' x 10' (maybe a little larger) with a decent closet. The home is conveniently located 3 miles from campus, 2.5 miles from the Rattlesnake Trailhead, and less than 1 mile from the P.E.A.S Farm. You also have quick access to many day hikes in the area. You will be sharing the house with me, my wife, our pup, and another graduate student from the geography department. Shared areas include a fairly large furnished living room, a nice sized fully-stocked kitchen, and one bathroom. Storage is fairly limited at the moment, but the storage space(s) could also be rearranged in such a way to utilize the space more efficiently. Please contact me at (706) 206-3312 or gzack89@gmail.com to arrange a time to come by and meet us and see the place. 

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Miscellaneous - Resources

Natural Grocers celebrates 62 years, Aug 17. 

Natural Grocers has been providing organic health foods for 62 years. Missoula now has a store, and along with the others around the country, it will be celebrating on Aug 17. There will be half-price sale on many items and sampling of ‘healthy’ chocolate pudding 12-2pm, free ice cream Sundays and floats 4-6pm at Natural Grocers in Missoula , 2530 South 3rd Street West. 

Humanities Montana celebrates 45 years, Aug 20.

You're invited to the Missoula Humanities Celebration and fundraiser with live music, delicious food, and discussion with former U.S. Rep. Pat Williams and author Michael Punke, as well as other prominent community members, on the impact of the humanities in our state. Sponsored by MTPR, this event is casual and open to the public. RSVP via email or by calling 406-243-6022. WHEN/WHERE: Sunday Aug 20, 6-8pm at Ten Spoon Winery up the Rattlesnake. 

Community Food and Ag Coalition Open House, Aug 26.

Join CFAC after the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, August 26th, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for an open house celebration of our new home at 328 E. Main Street in Missoula. We’ll have Golden Yoke cherry chocolate chip ice cream, food-focused art, and an all-around good time awaiting all who walk up to our cozy new spot. This casual community event is open to the public, so bring a friend! WHEN/WHERE: August 26, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at 328 E. Main Street. 

From Superstar to Superfund – how to present environmental history. 

Richard Hanners is an environmental historian who has researched & written a history of the Columbia Falls Aluminum Smelter. The stories of many environmental activists are interwoven with this old smelter site which is a new superfund site. From the 1950’s to the present, the story is told in an online book. Richard’s extensive photo collection will be posted over time on a Facebook page called "From Superstar to Superfund." Check out this innovative way of presenting history. 

Helping Missoula’s trees survive the record heat and drought. 

This summer is breaking records for heat and lack of rain. And Missoula’s trees are suffering. Here are tips from Missoula urban forester Chris Boza to keep your trees alive. Mature trees need a minimum of 2 inches of water per week during their growing season (May to October). If there is not 2 inches of rain a week, make up the difference. Place tin cans in the sprinkler area to measure that 2 inches. Saturate the soil around the tree within the “dripline” (the outer edges of the tree’s branches).  If a screwdriver pushes easily into the soil, to a depth of 6 to 8 inches, the tree is probably getting enough water.   Soaker hoses provide an efficient way to water your trees and supplement the more shallow watering sprinkler systems provide. For new street trees, the Urban Forestry Division has installed irrigation bags that slowly release 25 gallons of water over several days. Property owners need to refill the bag weekly. An organic wood mulch, layered about 2 to 4 inches thick, and spread as wide as the drip line of the tree will hold moisture longer, inhibit weed growth and help moderate soil temperatures. Pull the mulch away from the trunk of the trees at least 4 to 6 inches to deter fungal diseases. In fall, continue watering straight through leaf drop and give one final heavy dose of water after total defoliation for a healthy winter dormancy. Also provide your tree with a good dose of water prior to leaf out in the spring in order to give it a healthy start to the growing season. City ordinance requires residents to maintain street trees. Call the Urban Forestry Division at 552-6253 or email for more information. 

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

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