Newsline August 21, 2017

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Good News Item

  1. Many states and cities commit to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement. 

Around EVST

  1. EVST alum teaching at charter school focused on the environment. 

Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

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

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Help save bears while making cider! 
  2. Rally for Clean Water, Aug 23.  
  3. Late Summer Volunteer opportunities with MT Natural History Center. 
  4. Help with science education for kids. 
  5. Transportation Planning in Missoula – your input sought. 
  6. Help with the Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence, Flathead Valley, Hot Springs, MT, Sept 1-3. 

Educational Opportunities

  1. ENST 494, Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture Education, offered this fall. 
  2. Nonprofit Storytelling, Marketing & Fundraising , Aug 23.
  3. Union of Concerned Scientists offers training at UM, Aug 26 (also a reception on Aug 25).
  4. Building Local Leaders training, Aug 31.

Jobs and Internship

  1. Montana Natural History Center hiring Fall Field Instructors. 
  2. Internships with Free Cycles. 

Funding

  1. Links to Funding Opportunities for conservation projects.

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.

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Last Best Outdoors Fest in Columbia Falls, Aug 22. 
  2. Women Scientists Unite. 
  3. Eat for MUD on Sept 4.
  4. Local Food Summit videos available.
  5. Speaking from Experience: Landowners and the Endangered Species Act.

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Good News Item

Many states and cities commit to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement. 

The US Climate Alliance formed on June 1, 2017. It is a bipartisan group of states committed to upholding the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change within their borders, by achieving the U.S. goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions 26–28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025 and meeting or exceeding the targets of the federal Clean Power Plan. The alliance is a forum for its members to further develop and strengthen their existing Climate Action Plans, through sharing of information and best practices. In addition to the 13 states that have joined the alliance so far, 95 major companies have made a commitment to go 100% renewable; 67 mayors from across the US have committed to 100% clean through the Sierra Club’s fantastic Ready for 100 Campaign; The California State Senate just passed a bill for 100% clean energy.

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Around EVST

EVST alum teaching at charter school focused on the environment. 

Alum Kate Hasenbank (2007) is now teaching at a charter school in Grand Rapids, MI, devoted to environmental education. Check out this TV spot on the charter school and this video that Kate made about their butterfly garden. Great Job, Kate!

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Featured Events

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 here. Some 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.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Help save bears while making cider! 

To keep bears out of yards with apple trees, the Great Bear Foundation organizes volunteers to pick unwanted fruit and take it to Western Cider to be made into Great Bear Community cider. You can join the pickers, or you can bring your own fruit to Western Cider. For every 40 lbs of useable apples or pears, you’ll get a $5 gift certificate for cider. When the Great Bear cider is sold, Western Cider donates 10% of the proceeds to GBF’s Bears & Apples program (note the Bears & Apples link shows you how to volunteer). 

Rally for Clean Water, Aug 23.  

Join the Clark Fork Coalition, Montana Wildlife Federation, and Montana Trout Unlimited at the Johnsrud Park Fishing Access site on the Blackfoot River to protect Montana’s clean water. More information here. WHEN: Wed. 8/23, 5-7pm. 

Late Summer Volunteer opportunities with MT Natural History Center. 

Help recruit EVST students to help at MNHC, Aug 29 at UM FLAT; Be a visiting naturalist in the schools (training is Sept 7 & 21); Help with kids’ activities at Wildfest, Sept 9; Help with fundraiser, Sept 3. To help, contact EVST alum Drew Lefebvre

Help with science education for kids. 

Would you like to share your passion for learning and exploring with children in our community? UM faculty members and graduate students are invited to serve as guest role models at UM's spectrUM Discovery Area. Role models are invited to share an activity at spectrUM's museum at 812 Toole Ave on Saturdays for 2-3 hours during museum public hours (10-5:30). If Saturdays don’t work for you, additional hours may be available Wednesday-Friday and during K-12 field trips. Contact Harley Fredriksen or 243-4828 for more information or to sign up. If this is your first time serving as a role model for science discovery,  you are invited to join our Role Models Matter professional development workshop on 9/28 from 9 to 11 am in Education 123. RSVP here or by contacting Harley or call 243-4828. 

Transportation Planning in Missoula – your input sought. 

Based on a lengthy public involvement process, Missoula has adopted master plans for Transportation and for Bicycle Facilities. You can check out both plans here. You’ll need to scroll down to find the plans. Missoula has started planning for pedestrian infrastructure and is seeking your input through the survey here. 

Help with the Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence, Flathead Valley, Hot Springs, MT, Sept 1-3. 

Organizers are looking for presenters, sponsors, staff, and participants. They would like to see lots of booths for people to sell products, do outreach and network. They are hoping for 300 people. The event will feature over 50 workshops, discussion groups, hands-on activities, demonstrations, keynote speaker, networking, socializing, music and a children’s program run by Ravenwood Outdoor Learning Center. Some main topics this year are permaculture, ecosystem restoration, medicinal herbs, food production in yard, town and city, biochar, and water. There are a variety of field trips to choose from on Friday. Friday evening through Sunday afternoon INPC will be held in the town of Hot Springs centered at the Tribal Nutrition Center, 214 Spring St. N. More info and registration here.

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Educational Opportunities

ENST 494, Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture Education, offered this fall. 

Teach kids about food and farming while getting outside. Sign up for ENST 494.01: Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture Education at the PEAS Farm! This semester long practicum is open to graduate and undergraduate students, offering a practical experience teaching Missoula's school-age youth in a hands-on environment. You’ll lead two field trips each week for 5 to 6 weeks with school groups visiting the PEAS Farm, teaching fun-filled educational activities focused on the social, scientific, and nutritional components of sustainable agriculture and the food system. Class meets twice a week the first 3 weeks of the semester, Wednesday 2:00-3:20pm and Friday 10:00-11:20am, then only on Friday mornings for the final 12 weeks. Prior experience as a PEAS Farm intern is helpful. The PEAS Farm is located in the Rattlesnake Valley at 3010 Duncan Drive. If you have questions email instructor, Jason Mandala. ENST494.01, 3 Credits, Class meets Wednesday 2:00-3:20 (only the first 3 weeks) & Friday 10:00-11:20, all semester.  

Nonprofit Storytelling, Marketing & Fundraising , Aug 23.

Learn from the best nonprofit trainers from the comfort of your home or office. Online nonprofit conference participants can choose one workshop to attend during each time block. All sessions will be recorded. After the conference, attendees cost $40. August 23rd Workshop Block 1: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST Workshop Block 2: 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM EST (note Mountain time is 2 hours earlier). 

Union of Concerned Scientists offers training at UM, Aug 26 (also a reception on Aug 25).

UCS and local scientists and other technical professional are coming together for an exchange of new connections, resources, and knowledge about attacks on science that can inform our collective work. Guided by UCS advocacy staff, policy experts, and Congressional fellows, this one-day summit in Missoula, Montana, on Saturday, August 26 will strive to: Identify the local impacts of federal policy, and learn how to decode the complex system of federal legislation and decision-making; Offer the latest updates on how science is faring under the current Congress & administration and effective strategies and opportunities to affect this on a local level; Discover the resources, connections, and support you need to strengthen your capacity to affect policy for your state. RSVP to attend the summit by filling out this survey. We will follow up with an agenda, some resources leading up the gathering, and logistics for easily participating. Note: if a day long summit is more than you can manage, but you’re interested in a shorter opportunity, there will be a reception hosted by UCS on Aug 25 at 6pm at a Missoula tap room. If you can only attend the reception, RSVP here. More info, contact Joanna Nadeau of UCS at 617-716-1486.  

Building Local Leaders training, Aug 31.

The City of Missoula recognizes that our democracy is enriched by the active participation of an informed citizenry. Neighborhood Councils were formed to create a grassroots citizenry and strengthen neighborhood participation in City governance. Leadership teams are charged with building opportunities for neighborhood communication and projects. Leadership Training is offered to help develop the skills of those involved. Office of Neighborhoods leadership training is August 31 @ 6 PM. RSVP 552-6081.

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Jobs and Internships

Montana Natural History Center hiring Fall Field Instructors. 

Fall Field Instructor Positions available with the Montana Natural History Center! Have fun, work outdoors, and make a difference for kids this fall.  Instructors will provide leadership and instruction for the full-day Visiting Naturalist in the Schools fall field trips for 4th and 5th grade students, located at natural places throughout the Missoula area. For more information on the position and instructions on how to apply, visit the website here.  

Internships with Free Cycles. 

Free Cycles has facilitated > 100 interns over the years, focused on all sorts of skills and interests. Potential internships include but are not limited to: Bicycle maintenance, pedal powered creations, youth curriculum development, road design research and advocacy, transportation policy work, sustainable paving projects, fundraising and more. Please contact mist@strans.org if you are interested or would like more information about an internship.

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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.  

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Miscellaneous - Resources

Last Best Outdoors Fest in Columbia Falls, Aug 22. 

The Last Best Outdoors Fest is sponsored by Businesses for Montana's Outdoors, the Montana Brewers Association, REI, and The North Face. It is FREE and open to EVERYONE. WHEN/WHERE: Aug 22, 4-8 p.m. in Columbia Falls, 830 1st Avenue W. 

Women Scientists Unite. 

500 Women Scientists is devoted to making science inclusive, accessible, diverse and publicly engaged. A local ‘pod’ is forming, led by Michelle Lute of Wild Earth Guardians. To find out more about the local group, contact Michelle

Eat for MUD on Sept 4.

When you eat at 5 on Black on Sept 4, Tell the cashier you're supporting MUD and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to MUD. September 4, from 4-8pm; @ Five on Black, 325 N. Higgins. 

Local Food Summit videos available.

The Local Food Summit was 10 days (Aug 6-16) of over 90 online interviews with local food activists and other environmental activists. While the Summit is over, you can still register for an All Access Pass, which will make all of the Summit content a part of your permanent e-library. You can study the material over time and share it with others. For a limited time, you can purchase the pass here. If you scroll down that page you can see the speakers and topics. The Summit Facebook page will remain active, where you can find video recordings of some of the live sessions with anchors, speakers, and Summit participants. The organizers of the Local Food Summit propose to do another online event “Igniting the Local Food Revolution in Your Community,” which begins after the Fall Equinox. 

Speaking from Experience: Landowners and the Endangered Species Act.

Speaking from Experience provides a thorough and in-depth view of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and includes landowner perspectives and a series of quick-reference guides to ESA history, key sections, and important terms. This publication is especially relevant as Congress gears up to review and possibly roll back components of the ESA. You can read the publication, here

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

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