Newsline August 7, 2017

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Good News Item

  1. 2017 tests show no invasive mussels in Montana waters (so far, so good)!

Around EVST

  1. EVST alum gets Missoula County’s Land Stewardship Award. 
  2. UM Teams with EVST alum Hank Green to Explore History of Life.
  3. Tea company started by EVST alums offers Elephant Friendly Tea (EFT). 

Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. PEAS Farm Party! August 17. 

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Help save bears and make cider! 
  2. Free Cycles needs volunteers this summer for youth camps. 
  3. Help with Hummingbird Banding, Aug 10. 
  4. Bitterroot River Clean-up & Run, August 11-12. 
  5. Two opportunities in the Selway-Bitterroot wilderness, Aug 23-28 or Sept 5-10. 
  6. Climate Smart needs volunteers for the ROOTS Festival, Aug 25-26.
  7. Provide silent auction items to benefit MT Natural History Center. 
  8. 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. Tour of MUD & Home Resource & have zero waste lunch, Aug 8.
  3. Try out the Tiny Home Lifestyle.
  4. Work & Learn Days at Ft. Missoula Native Plant Garden: Aug 10, 11 and Aug 17.
  5. Watershed Projects Tour in the Musselshell River basin, Sept 18-20. 
  6. Online course in River Science (Hydrology & Fluvial Geomorphology) for Non-Engineers.
  7. Hunting for Sustainability Program, Sept 8-10.

Jobs and Internship

  1. American Prairie Reserve Seeks 2 Temporary Positions: Fencing & Visitor/Facilities Support.
  2. Ecology Project International seeking Social Media Intern.
  3. Montana Energy Corps is Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 Service Year.
  4. Agronomist/Grower Liaison job with organic grower coop in Ulm, MT.
  5. Montana Conservation Voters offers Fall Internships on Climate Action.
  6. Conservation jobs in MT (links).

Funding

  1. Funding Opportunities for Conservation work.
  2. Call for applicants or nominations: Roddenberry Fellowship. Apply by Aug 22.

Housing

  1. Grad student looking for responsible roommate.
  2. Room for rent in newer 3 bedroom home; Easy bike to University.
  3. Room for rent/house sitter needed.
  4. Nice one bedroom basement apartment, really close to campus and Mt Jumbo.
  5. We are looking to fill one room in our Upper Rattlesnake house.
  6. AmeriCorps Vista worker looking for housing.
  7. 2007 Chevrolet "Shuttle Bus" – Camper/Food Truck/or other For Sale.

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Sign up to receive Wildfire Air Quality updates. 
  2. Concerned with the fires and smoke? Get any applicable alerts sent to your email or phone via SMART 911.
  3. Ecology Project International seeking tenant to share space.
  4. Western Montana Fair Free, Aug 8-13. 
  5. Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival, Aug 12. 
  6. Moonlight Kitchens potluck, Aug 12.
  7. Recruit more students to your group at Welcome Feast, sign up for table now.
  8. #ProtectMT Social Media Contest.
  9. Use your Credit Union Buzz Points to Support MUD!
  10. Colstrip Status Report available.
  11. Climate change – reports on impacts and adaptation through transition to regenerative agriculture.

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Good News Item

2017 tests show no invasive mussels in Montana waters (so far, so good)!

Fish, Wildlife and Parks says it’s taken more than 330 water samples this year and none have tested positive for invasive mussels. The state instituted strict monitoring and testing after water samples from Tiber and Canyon Ferry Reservoirs found mussel larvae last Fall. Montana’s response also includes increased inspection and decontamination of boats traveling across the state. Regulations require watercraft leaving Canyon Ferry and Tiber to be inspected and decontaminated. Additionally, anyone traveling with watercraft must stop at any open inspection station. FWP has completed more than 23,000 inspections to date. Nine boats have been found to have invasive mussels. The most recent boat with mussels was found on July 16 in Browning. To help pay for the increased monitoring of Montana waters, the Legislature approved an invasive species prevention pass that must be purchased by all anglers. The cost is $2 for residents and $15 for non-residents. People are also asked to thoroughly clean, drain and dry their boat and equipment each time they leave the water.

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Around EVST

EVST alum gets Missoula County’s Land Stewardship Award. 

The Missoula County Commissioners are pleased to announce that EVST alum Mark Vander Meer is the recipient of the 2017 Land Stewardship Award. Mark received his award at a ceremony on July 6, at the Moose on the Loose Timber Company where Mark is currently working on a landscape scale restoration project. The Land Stewardship Award recognizes landowners and residents who are taking stewardship of land and water seriously and embarking on projects and practices that make a difference—for land, water, forests, wildlife, and communities. Missoula County, with the leadership of the County’s Open Lands Citizen Advisory Committee, thanks these outstanding stewards and, more importantly, learns from them through the annual Land Stewardship Award program. Mark Vander Meer has been an integral part of land restoration for many projects on federal, state, county, city, and private land. Additionally, he has been committed to stewardship on a larger scale, through volunteering his time for workshops, lectures, and assisting in planting riparian species along Pattee Creek. He is always willing to take on the next project or challenge. To watch a video of Mark receiving his award and to learn more about Vander Meer’s stewardship practices, visit the County’s website.  

UM Teams with EVST alum Hank Green to Explore History of Life.

The UM Paleontology Center has partnered with internet producer Hank Green to launch EONS, a new weekly YouTube series that explores the billion-years-plus history of life on Earth. 

Tea company started by EVST alums offers Elephant Friendly Tea (EFT). 

Lake Missoula Tea Company is one of the many green businesses in Missoula started by EVST alums. And it is one of the first businesses in Missoula to carry Certified Elephant Friendly Tea. UM’s Broader Impacts Group has partnered with the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network to launch the world’s first tea certification program designed to protect the endangered Asian elephant. Read more about this here. If you stop in for some tea, say hi to alums Jake Kreilick and Peter McDonough and all the tea sippers.

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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 save bears and make cider! 

The Great Bear Foundation has a program each fall to gather unwanted apples that get bears into trouble, and make those apples into cider. Here’s how you can help: Volunteer. If you live in the Missoula area, visit our website to sign up as a volunteer to pick fruit, keeping the area safe for people and bears. Be Bear Aware. At home, pick fruit before bears do, put an electric fence around your orchard or chicken coop, and keep garbage inside or in a bear-resistant container. Get picking help. If you need help with fruit in the Missoula area, call us, we'll find volunteers to help pick your fruit. Start a program in your community. We are very happy to help you set up a fruit gleaning program in your community. We've advised other communities before. Donate. Your donations fund this program. This year, we are facing serious funding challenges, and we've had to cut our Bears & Apples Coordinator's hours to part-time, but this is a full-time job. Your donation can help to restore her hours, so she can work full-time to prevent the unnecessary killing of bears.  

Free Cycles needs volunteers this summer for youth camps. 

Free Cycles is seeking skilled and committed volunteers to help with youth camps for dates in May, June, July, and August. Please contact Emily if you are available and interested. Any help is extremely appreciated. 

Help with Hummingbird Banding, Aug 10. 

Join MPG Ranch as we track hummingbird populations. Volunteers will help observe and identify hummingbirds and will be involved in the banding process. Please be sure to bring binoculars, a camera, and to dress for the cool morning temperature. Space is limited to 6 volunteers per trip. There will be one more event in August. Please RSVP to get directions and details or call 406-396-6285. WHEN/WHERE: Thursday Aug 10, 6am-11am at MPG Ranch. 

Bitterroot River Clean-up & Run, August 11-12. 

The 5K Run for the River will be August 11 and the Bitterroot River Clean Up on Aug 12. Registration and sign up coming soon. 

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. 

Tour of MUD & Home Resource & have zero waste lunch, Aug 8.

The MUD Project and Home Resource will give site tours of their side-by-side operations on the sustainability strip of Missoula. Join us & Missoula Downtown Association for a zero-waste lunch! WHEN/WHERE: August 8 @ MUD, 11:30am-1pm. RSVP and tickets here

Try out the Tiny Home Lifestyle.

At MUD, we get a lot of questions about tiny homes and how to grow this unique sustainability-minded and minimalist-driven trend. You could try one on by subletting Aug-Oct. Contact Amy Jo Johnson with questions. 

Work & Learn Days at Ft. Missoula Native Plant Garden: Aug 10, 11 and Aug 17.

Learn from Master Gardener Sarah about native plant identification, invasive weed identification and management, landscape design, native grasses. Free. All ages welcome, RSVP here or by calling 327 – 0405. WHEN/WHERE: Aug 10 & 17, 4-6pm; at Ft. Missoula Native Plant Garden. Seed Collection Day at Ft Missoula Native Plant Garden: How to collect & germinate native seeds, August 11. All ages welcome. Free. Info & RSVP here. WHEN/WHERE: Aug 11, 5-7pm at Ft Missoula Native Plant Garden.  

Watershed Projects Tour in the Musselshell River basin, Sept 18-20. 

Each year, the Montana Watershed Coordination Council organizes a tour of watershed projects in a Montana river basin – this year, the Musselshell River basin is featured. Tour includes: a ranch tour, and projects related to cottonwood regeneration, grazing management, in-stream flow and fish passage, and flood recovery projects. It includes evening receptions and the opportunity to stay at the beautiful Barnsion in Harlowton. Meals will be covered by MWCC, and includes catering from a local FFA! Registration is only $60. Full details and registration here. For more info, please email Jill

Online course in River Science (Hydrology & Fluvial Geomorphology) for Non-Engineers.

You can view this on-demand webinar at any time. River Science for Non-Engineers reviews concepts and provides resources related to hydrology and fluvial geomorphology to provide a technical foundation for conservation planners and other resource professionals assisting in these areas. This webinar is sponsored by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center, and more information can be found here

Hunting for Sustainability Program, Sept 8-10.

The Boone and Crockett Club’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch on Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front is offering Hunting for Sustainability Program September 8-10, 2017. Are you a student at the University of Montana or Montana State University who is interested in hunting, but you haven’t had the opportunity to learn? The 2nd annual program is geared toward introducing students at the University of Montana and Montana State University who have no, or limited, experience to hunting. This weekend-long program will help you overcome some of the unknowns and prepare you to hunt for local, free-range meat in an ethical and responsible manner. Registration for the program is now open. Space is limited so sign up early. For additional information and to sign up for this program, go to and fill out the online form, or send an email to Sawyer.To get an idea of what to expect from the program, visit this site.

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Jobs and Internships

American Prairie Reserve Seeks 2 Temporary Positions: Fencing & Visitor/Facilities Support.

Are you looking for an opportunity to contribute to one of the largest and most exciting conservation projects since the founding of the National Parks? Be part of what National Geographic describes as "one of the most ambitious conservation efforts in American History". American Prairie Reserve is accepting applications for two seasonal positions (now thru October) working across more than 350,000 acres in Montana’s big sky country: The Visitor & Facilities Support position will support lodging and hospitality for visitors and donors from around the world, as well as assist with maintenance on APR buildings and property. The Reserve Technician position will spend the majority of their time out on the land building and maintaining fences and will assist with general maintenance and operations of the Reserve as needed. Join a team of dedicated staff from around the country and get the opportunity to explore and work at multiple property locations. Ideal candidates are passionate about the outdoors, love remote settings, and are interested in learning about operations at a large-landscape conservation organization. Housing is provided and your neighbors will include bison, pronghorn antelope, deer, prairie dogs, numerous raptors, badgers, and other prairie species. For a full job description and qualifications, apply here.   

Ecology Project International seeking Social Media Intern.

Hours per Week: 6-10, Open until filled. In this position, an intern will work side-by-side with a social media professional, learning the ins and outs of social media management and marketing for an international brand. Intern will learn how to maintain and, in some cases, create Ecology Project International's (EPI) social media presence across Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Not only will an intern become proficient in each platform’s style, tone, and audiences, s/he will study competitors and analytics to identify trends and inform strategy. This intern will be responsible for engaging EPI's audiences and for advancing EPI's reputation in science, education, and conservation through the use of social media. Depending on experience, there will also be opportunities to create campaigns and design content for social channels. Please email your questions or resume to Jessica Zephyrs, Communications Coordinator at Ecology Project International. 

Montana Energy Corps is Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 Service Year.

Help move the Climate Change and renewable energy conversation forward in Montana. Energy Corps members are AmeriCorps service members, and as such they are committed to "getting things done!" with a focus on environmental stewardship and education. Positions available to begin in October include: -Sustainability Educator positions at Climate Smart Missoula, Missoula County, Glacier Park, etc.; Zero Waste Educator positions at City of Missoula and Home Resource/Missoula County Schools; Outreach Coordinator Positions at in Helen & Havre, MT; Climate Action Educators at NCAT in Butte and AERO in Helena. Energy Corps members receive a living allowance twice monthly, that will total $12,630 over the 11 months service term. Energy Corps members are eligible for an education award of $5,815 upon successful completion of their service term, which can be used to payback Federal Student loans or pay for qualifying programs in the future. More info found here. To apply, download the application email it to Emily (another EVST alum). 

Agronomist/Grower Liaison job with organic grower coop in Ulm, MT.

For 30 years, Timeless Seeds, Inc., has been at the forefront of the production, processing, and marketing of certified organic pulse crops and heirloom grains. We are currently seeking a full-time, career Agronomist/Grower Liaison to join our dedicated and dynamic management and production team. The successful candidate will be mentored for one year by our current Grower Liaison who is also a co-founder of Timeless and preparing to retire. This is a great opportunity to create a career in Montana’s Golden Triangle by joining a growing company with a national reputation for quality and innovation. We offer a competitive benefit package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, paid time off, paid holidays, retirement program, bonus program. Full details of job duties, qualifications and Application Instructions here. Questions? Contact David Oien or call 406 289 0462. 

Montana Conservation Voters offers Fall Internships on Climate Action.

MCV seeks to provide students with the tools and experience to build a network of activists excited to work for climate action. The goals of this fall internship program are for students to: gain an understanding of grassroots organizing tactics, develop a confident and capable approach to public engagement, and to conduct successful community outreach to raise awareness about climate change and other environmental issues. Expectations and tasks: complete approximately 15 hours per week, planning and recruiting for public events, data entry, and canvassing. Students can earn up to 3 college credits. To Apply, Contact: ShaNae D'Hooge, MCV Organizer, or at (406) 697-2887. 

Conservation jobs in MT (links).

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Housing

Grad student looking for responsible roommate.

Looking for a responsible and clean roommate for spacious two-bedroom duplex. It is centrally located, about a 10 minute bike ride from campus. You will have your own bathroom and bedroom. We will share a large, quality kitchen and living room. Washer and dryer in house, no dogs or cats. $450 includes utilities. I am looking for someone fun, clean, and studious. I am a laid-back EVST grad student and you can Please contact Meghan if interested

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. 

AmeriCorps Vista worker looking for housing.

I am looking for a place for the next year while I complete a term as an Americorps VISTA. Agriculture is one of my main passions, I graduated from MSU in 2015 with a degree in sustainable crop production. In my free time I enjoy the outdoors; skiing, hiking and gardening. I love to cook, it would be awesome to be able to share that with housemates. I am a relatively tidy person, I like to keep common areas clean. I do not own any pets of my own but I am an animal lover, especially dogs. If you can help this worker, please contact her new boss Annie Heuscher, Program Director, Community Food & Agriculture Coalition at 406-830-8218. 

2007 Chevrolet "Shuttle Bus" – Camper/Food Truck/or other For Sale.

Perfect camper, place to live rather than renting, storage shed, Art mobile, Food Truck, Air B&B it!
Our beloved 'Gus the Bus' needs a new home. It's a 2007 Chevrolet 3500 Express Van w/ Champion Bus body with a V-8 engine and owned by non-smokers. It was used in Florida to transport the elderly in St. Johns County before we bought it and converted it into a camper. We put electric outlets inside and outside and put a brand new 110 AC unit in the rear emergency door that can be used with electric hookup or a generator. Bus also has a brand new stereo system purchased and installed by Aspen Sound. CD, Radio, Bluetooth, Pandora, etc. 2 weeks ago. We were in Canada last week heading to Alaska when we began experiencing a noise coming from the engine. Had it checked out in Calgary and were told it may need some major engine work... possibly replacing it. So, we headed back to Missoula where our daughter lives. It still runs well but we'd like to sell it to someone who has the time to fix it while possibly living in it. The engine itself will cost about $3k to replace. Everything works great on the rest of the vehicle. Super strong industrial battery, Great interior lights, bells, whistles, etc. It's the coolest van ever but we're not able to put the time or money into it to get it back to Florida. Contacts: newmankaran@gmail.com & spitznc@gmail.com

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Miscellaneous - Resources

Sign up to receive Wildfire Air Quality updates. 

The Missoula Health Department sends out regular updates on air quality conditions affected by summer fires. They are very interesting and educational. To receive the updates, send an email to EVST alum Ben Schmidt at the Missoula Health Department. Ben & Sarah Coefield of the department provide those updates. 

Concerned with the fires and smoke? Get any applicable alerts sent to your email or phone via SMART 911.

If you would like to be notified about any alerts near your home or work, sign up at SMART 911 to receive emails or texts sent directly to your phone. 

Ecology Project International seeking tenant to share space.

Ecology Project International is looking for a tenant to share our beautiful and historic work space. EPI is a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to improve and inspire science education and conservation efforts worldwide. Ideally, the tenant (either an organization or individual) shares our goal of moving the world towards a more sustainable and just future. The space is on our 3rd floor, approximately 345 square feet, with access to a shared kitchenette, bathrooms, and conference room. It has amazing light, air conditioning, fresh paint, and a great location right off the hip strip and riverfront trail. Please contact Sydney for more details about the space.  

Western Montana Fair Free, Aug 8-13. 

This year admission to the Western Montana Fair is FREE – so you can see the farm produce & animals, quilts, musical entertainment for free. There are charges for rides and food, and the rodeo, stampede & demolition derby have admission fees (some events are fundraisers for wildland firefighters). More info here

Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival, Aug 12. 

The 36th annual Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival will get underway at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 12  at the Swan Lake Day Park near mile marker 72 on Montana Highway 83. Morning activities include a pancake breakfast starting at 8 a.m., a Huckleberry Baking contest at 11 a.m. and a Huckleberry Baked Goods Sale. Activities:  silent auction and raffles of donated items including gift certificates and products from area restaurants and merchants; Arts and Crafts Fair with more than 50 vendors offering a wide array of handicrafts, gifts, Montana-made products, food and country-made delicacies. Food includes: Traditional Street Tacos with Gloria’s Fresh Salsa; Huckleberry Flathead Peach Pie; and local beverages. The Ashley Creek Ramblers featuring Roy Wilhelm will play from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Festival proceeds will fund maintenance of the Swan Lake Community Center. 

Moonlight Kitchens potluck, Aug 12. 

Moonlight Kitchens is a commercial kitchen available to the community to use to prepare food for family use or for sale. They also have a meeting space. There is an online tour of Moonlight Kitchens here. Moonlight has a quarterly potluck to show the community the kitchen and share stories about your garden or farm. Potluck is Aug 12 from 5-7pm at 1951 Kensington Avenue, #2, Missoula. Moonlight’s August newsletter is here. Includes stuffed zucchini recipe. 

Recruit more students to your group at Welcome Feast, sign up for table now.

UM Student Affairs invites all students, faculty and staff to “Get Your Griz On” during the 2017 Welcome Feast from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, on the Oval. This annual event provides an opportunity to jump-start the semester with free food, live music, campus life and academic information, and fun and games. Student groups have an opportunity to engage with students and disseminate information by reserving a table during WelcomeFeast. There is a limited number of tables available and they go fast!   Reserve a table through WelcomeFeast Table Reservation or here. For more information email Adrianne Donald of the University Center or call at 406-243-6029. 

#ProtectMT Social Media Contest.

Do you love Montana? Do you love getting outside? Do you like winning sweet gear? Then this contest is for you! The goal of the contest is to call attention to what’s at risk to our public lands if we don't Act On Climate now. Entering is easy, post a photo of yourself enjoying Montana's outdoors to Facebook or Instagram, and tag it with #ProtectMT and @cleanairmontana. The person whose photo has the most likes by the end of summer wins a $500 Patagonia gift card!  

Use your Credit Union Buzz Points to Support MUD!

Now Missoula Federal Credit Union members can use the Buzz Points they earn through shopping with their debit or credit cards to donate to MUD. Are you an MFCU member, but need to sign up for Buzz Points? Do it here. Take advantage of this easy way to support MUD’s Tool Library, educational workshops, and sustainability demonstrations. 

Colstrip Status Report available.

On July 24, 2017, MSU students working with Headwaters Economics released a report titled:  "Colstrip: The Status of Key Policies and Decision Processes." The report attempts to provide an unbiased and accessible overview of the policies and processes that shape planning for the long-term social, economic and environmental well-being of the community of Colstrip, Montana. Research for this report is part of a larger West-wide scan of the transition planning process undertaken by Headwaters Economics. If you have questions or feedback about the report, contact: Julia Haggerty or visit the Montana Institute on Ecosystems page.  

Climate change – reports on impacts and adaptation through transition to regenerative agriculture. 

Two new studies plus an article called "The Uninhabitable Earth" published recently in New York Magazine paint a bleak picture for life on earth if we fail to rein in global warming.   Humans are inflicting “biological annihilation” on the natural world, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.   Another study published recently in the journal Science predicted that global warming is on track to devastate the U.S. economy in years ahead if temperatures are allowed to rise unabated. So where’s the hope? Food and farming. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), recognizing that our only hope to avert a climate crisis is through a global transition to regenerative agriculture, recently published a new set of guidelines to help world governments assess climate change impacts on local agriculture, identify adaptation options, and support farmers ­especially women in adopting best practices in climate change adaptation.

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

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