Newsline July 24, 2017

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Good News Item

  1. Good News from the Missoula County Commissioners & City Council!

Around EVST

  1. Melissa Peterson, a second year EVST grad student, just published an essay, “2,4-D on the Hi-Line”.
  2. Murray Carpenter, EVST alum ('95) recently had an article published in the Washington Post Magazine.

Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. LAST BEST CONFERENCE, Aug 2-4 in Missoula.

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Happy summer river professionals and enthusiasts!
  2. Tour wildlife conservation ranch in the Bitterroot on July 25 and Hummingbird Banding on July 27.
  3. Blackfoot River Volunteer Cleanup , July 29.
  4. Help with Watering and Weeding at Rock Creek over the summer.
  5. Help design a park, Aug 1.
  6. Volunteer for a weekend in the wilderness, Aug 4-6.
  7. Lincoln’s River Park grand opening and clean-up day, Aug 9. 
  8. Bitterroot River Clean-Up, Aug 12.
  9. Montana Aquatic Resources Services is looking for enthusiastic board members!

Educational Opportunities

  1. Solar eclipse 2017: The best places to see this rare phenomenon on August 21!
  2. STREAM & WETLAND BUFFERS WEBINAR SERIES (7/25-9/15).
  3. Film premier of Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman, July 31.
  4. MUD Workshop, Earth Friendly Floral Design: Medicinal Centerpieces, July 27.
  5. Passing the baton – managing a leadership transition (free webinar), July 27. 
  6. MT Water Policy Interim Committee meeting & tour, July 31-Aug 1.

Jobs and Internship

  1. Missoula seeks water quality specialist for drinking water system, apply by July 28. 
  2. Grant Writer and Social Media Outreach Coordinator for the Yaak Valley Forest Council in Yaak, Montana.
  3. Communications Specialist for the Louisiana and Mississippi chapters of The Nature Conservancy.
  4. Links to some conservation jobs in MT.

Funding

  1. Funding Opportunities for Conservation work.

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.

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. Farmers Markets along Hwy 93 need more farmers and vendors!
  4. Free Fire Wood and Floaties!  
  5. National Forest & Rangeland Management Report available. 

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Good News Item

Good News from the Missoula County Commissioners & City Council!

The City and County approved funding for a conservation easement on 50 acres of prime open space along the Bitterroot River, donated by The Western Montana Retriever Club. The city has $490,000 left from the 2006 Open Space bond. The city council also passed a resolution reaffirming its commitment to climate action in light of President Donald Trump’s recent proposal to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Agreement. After President Trump’s announcement to withdraw from the Paris accord, the Mayors National Climate Change Agenda, made up of 292 U.S. Mayors, including Missoula Mayor John Engen, signed a commitment to “adopt, honor and uphold Paris Climate Agreement goals.” Missoula, along with Bozeman and Whitefish, are the only partner cities in Montana. In 2013, the city adopted the Conservation & Climate Action Plan, with the goal of carbon neutrality by 2025. In 2016, the city adopted the Zero Waste Resolution, with the goal of reducing landfill materials by 90 % by 2050.

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Around EVST

Melissa Peterson, a second year EVST grad student, just published an essay, “2,4-D on the Hi-Line”.

Melissa Peterson, a second year EVST grad student, just published an essay, “2,4-D on the Hi-Line,” in Flyway, the journal published out of the MFA writing program at IA State U. Read it here

Murray Carpenter, EVST alum ('95) recently had an article published in the Washington Post Magazine.

Murray Carpenter, EVST alum ('95) recently had an article published in the Washington Post Magazine on “How Controversial Guantanamo Bay Became an Unlikely Wildlife Haven”. 

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Featured Events

LAST BEST CONFERENCE, Aug 2-4 in Missoula.

Eight national speakers come together with 300 amazing people and share their stories of courage and what it takes to pursue their passion. LBCon was inspired by the incredible startup activity in Montana, across the state, and the Mountain West. The Kauffman Foundation has ranked Montana as #1 in startup activity four years running. Modeled after South by Southwest in Austin, Texas and the World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon, Last Best Conference seeks to inspire pursuits of passion that leave lasting impact. This Missoula-based conference hopes to create community, embody creativity, and cultivate courage. LBCon mixes main stage speakerscommunity breakoutsmusic + film, learning academies and Missoula into one experience. Check our schedule for how the conference runs, check the academy page for opportunities to learn and grow from LBCon experts, and we will soon post our calendar of meet-ups created by you or other attendees where you can go to build new members of your community. You can also Apply to volunteer with us! Aug 2 events at UM; Aug 3, at The Wilma Theater, Top Hat Lounge, Western Cider; Aug 4, at the Wilma & various places downtown.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Happy summer river professionals and enthusiasts!

The Northern Rockies office of American Rivers is promoting a month long celebration of Montana’s existing Wild & Scenic Rivers as well as the proposal for more Wild & Scenic River designations for select rivers across the state. We are asking folks to participate in two ways: Take part in our 20/20 Costa Endorsement Challenge, where the first 20 people to collect 20 Montana supporters of new wild and scenic rivers will receive a voucher for a pair of Costa sunglasses. The individual to collect the most endorsements will win an Aire BAKraft self-bailing packraft, Werner paddle and PFD. More information can be found here. AND/OR Submit a photo(s) and caption(s) to our Wild Rivers photo contest! Prizes for the best photos include a Winston Boron fly rod, a YETI Tundra 65L cooler, and a ski and stay package to Big Sky resort. A link to our photo contest is here. The celebration is happening through July, so don't wait to help rivers and win big! 

Tour wildlife conservation ranch in the Bitterroot on July 25 and Hummingbird Banding on July 27.

Visit MPG Ranch 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. July 25, 1:00-3:30pm. 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. Contact Joshua Lisbon to register & get directions, or at 406-396-6285. WHEN/WHERE: July 27 from 6:00 to 11:00 am at MPG Ranch. 

Blackfoot River Volunteer Cleanup , July 29.

The Blackfoot River Volunteer Cleanup is hosted by UM Outdoor Program. Transportation, shuttles & boats free to hardworking volunteers. Details here. 

Help with Watering and Weeding at Rock Creek over the summer.

Five Valleys Land Trust is seeking volunteers to help water shrubs and pull weeds at our Rock Creek Conservation Area throughout the summer. We recently planted over 300 shrubs as a part of our riparian area restoration efforts, and we need your help to keep them thriving! Work on your own schedule! Many hands will make light work as we continue to restore this special place. Interested? Contact Jenny Tollefson or at 406-381-3331. 

Help design a park, Aug 1.

Montana Rail Link Park will be constructed at Johnson St. & South Avenue. If you live near it, you may want to help design it. Participate in a facilitated workshop with your neighbors to create a unique park for the Franklin to the Fort and Southgate Triangle neighborhoods along the Bitterroot Trail. Please plan to stay the entire session in order to gain the most from the event. A light supper of pizza and beverages will be available for participants staying for the entire workshop. WHEN/WHERE:  5:30 to 9:00 pm Tuesday, August 1 at Sovereign Hope Church, 1919 North Avenue. 

Volunteer for a weekend in the wilderness, Aug 4-6.

Great Burn Study Group takes volunteers into the wilderness on service trips. The next trip is Aug 4-6. Hike the North Fork of Fish Creek and explore French Lake. Difficulty:  moderate/strenuous. Total mileage: 22. Volunteers will be packed in by Mission Valley Backcountry Horsemen, and will help clean water bars along the trail. Delicious dinners provided! To sign up, please contact Nick Littman or call at 415-847-5402. 

Lincoln’s River Park grand opening and clean-up day, Aug 9. 

A brand new park and they already need to clean it? Actually, some old fences and debris need to be removed from this private land that is being converted to a public park. If you’d like to help (& enjoy the headwaters of the Blackfoot), Five Valleys Land Trust is organizing carpools (call 406-241-1887). RSVP by Monday, August 6 or by calling 406-549-0755. Dress for the weather and bring work gloves, sunscreen, and a water bottle. Beverages, snacks, and lunch will be provided. WHEN/WHERE: August 9th from 9:30am-3:30pm at the Lincoln Community River Park, Lincoln. 

Bitterroot River Clean-Up, Aug 12.

Join the Bitter Root Water Forum for the Bitterroot River Clean-Up on Saturday, August 12! Volunteers are assigned stretches somewhere in the 155 miles of the river from Sula and Painted Rocks to the confluence at the Clark Fork in Missoula. We hope you will help and walk or float a stretch of the river during the clean-up. There are two sites near Missoula--Bunkhouse Bridge and the Maclay Flat Nature Trail. Clean-up bags and gloves are available at all Valley Fly Shops and at the Water Forum office at 178 S. 2nd St in Hamilton during the two weeks leading up to the event. Please feel free to use your own supplies as well. You are welcome to begin and end your clean-up effort at any point on the 12th. We encourage you to drop your trash between 4-6pm at Hamilton’s Kiwanis River Park and stay for a complimentary BBQ! Fun prizes will be awarded at 5:30pm. Click here for more information and to sign up to walk or float a stretch of the river. Don’t forget to check out the Run for the River 5K on Friday, August 11th

Montana Aquatic Resources Services is looking for enthusiastic board members! 

If you're interested in joining or would like more information, contact Wendy Weaver or visit Montana Aquatic Resources Services

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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. 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. 

STREAM & WETLAND BUFFERS WEBINAR SERIES (7/25-9/15).

Part 1: July 25, 2017; noon – 1:30 pm Part 2: August 22, 2017; noon – 1 pm Part 3: September 15, 2017; 8-9 am. Part 1: Restoration - Two local programs will share example projects and programs that are improving. Full details here. For more information contact Kimberly Roth or at 978-349-2512. 

Film premier of Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman, July 31.

The International Wildlife Film Festival premiers the documentary Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman on July 31 (7pm) at the Roxy Theater. The film is based on the book of the same name by Miriam Horn who will read from the book at 2pm at Fact & Fiction. Unfolding as a journey down the Mississippi River, Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman tells the stories of five representatives of this stewardship movement: a Montana rancher, a Kansas farmer, a Mississippi riverman, a Louisiana shrimper and a Gulf fisherman. In exploring their work, family histories and the essential geographies they protect, Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman challenges pervasive and powerful myths about American and environmental values. Tickets here or at the door. 

MUD Workshop, Earth Friendly Floral Design: Medicinal Centerpieces, July 27. 

Join Melissa Lafontaine, owner of Earth Within Flowers, for this month’s installation of her Sun in Bloom series in partnership with MUD. Melissa will teach about medicinal properties of flowers and basic design principles that will guide participants in creating their own beautiful centerpiece. Discuss the healing and spiritual benefits of local medicinal herbs, flowers and foliage and tap into your intuition during the design process at this hands-on workshop. Locally grown flowers, herbs, and a vintage vase will be provided. All will be able to take home their arrangement. This workshop has a limited number of participants. Sign up HERE by July 20! Workshop will be held at Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD). $20 MUD Members $40 Non-Members. When: JULY 27 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. 

Passing the baton – managing a leadership transition (free webinar), July 27. 

All organizations go through leadership changes. Managed well, this can strengthen the organization. Managed poorly, this can hurt programs and even jeopardize the life of the organization. This webinar helps you set up your organization to be strengthened by change. WHEN: July 27, 12:00-1:00pm Mountain Time. Full details here. 

MT Water Policy Interim Committee meeting & tour, July 31-Aug 1.

The Water Policy Interim Committee will set a plan of action for the 2017-2018 interim during its upcoming July 31-Aug. 1 meeting. Staff and various agencies will also lead the committee on a tour of three Helena-area sites to introduce a broad array of water issues, including irrigation, aquifers, water rights, stream restoration, and pollution discharge permitting. The committee will meet at 10 a.m. on July 31 in Room 152 of the Capitol. The field trip will leave the Capitol at 1 p.m. and will include stops at the Helena Regulating Reservoir, the Little Prickly Pear Creek fishing access site, and the City of Helena Waste Water Treatment Plant. The tour is open to the public & will be led by reps from various government agencies. The committee will set its interim work plan on Aug. 1. Also on that day, the committee is scheduled to hear about a recently formed watershed group from the Clark Fork and Kootenai rivers, among other agenda items. The meeting will be live-streamed here and will be broadcast on Television Montana (TVMT). Check your local channel listings to find TVMT in your area. For more information on the committee visit the website here or contact Jason Mohr or at 406-444-1640.

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Jobs and Internships

Missoula seeks water quality specialist for drinking water system, apply by July 28. 

The city of Missoula has acquired its drinking water system and is hiring a water quality specialist to do the needed sampling and testing for compliance with applicable regulations. Full time job pays $18/hour. Full details of job tasks, needed education and experience and how to apply here, then scroll down to ‘water quality specialist’. 

Grant Writer and Social Media Outreach Coordinator for the Yaak Valley Forest Council in Yaak, Montana.

The Yaak Valley Forest Council is looking for a Grant Writer and Social Media Outreach Coordinator to lead staff with tools and initiatives to build capacity for advocacy, restoration, transboundary initiatives, education programs, community development, and conservation science. This position is responsible for grant writing, program development, and implementing communication strategies on the website and social media. The focus of this position will be on grant writing and research to foundations, government, and corporate giving opportunities. Permanent, full time position, travel to our office in the Yaak is required once a week. Salary commensurate with experience. To apply, send a resume, cover letter, references, and a brief writing sample to Robyn King, YVFC, 265 Riverview Drive, Troy, MT 59935 or email Robyn King

Communications Specialist for the Louisiana and Mississippi chapters of The Nature Conservancy.

A great opportunity for someone coming out of the environmental writing concentration, or just the EVST program in general. Applications are open until July 30th. The job description can be found at Nature.org and searching for Job ID #45583. 

Links to some conservation jobs in MT.

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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.

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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. 

Farmers Markets along Hwy 93 need more farmers and vendors!

New and old markets in Ronan, St. Ignatius, and Arlee are currently seeking produce vendors and other small business vendors to get their markets jump-started. Need a new market? Consider thinking outside of Missoula to potentially increase your sales! The following markets are searching: The Arlee Farmers Market seeks produce vendors for their market on Wednesdays from 4-7PM in the Huckleberry Patch parking lot. This is the first year the market has access to both north and southbound traffic off of Hwy 93. Contact Windy WindyBoy for more info or to vend: 406-250-7205. The Ronan Farmers Market needs produce vendors. The market runs Thursdays from 3-7PM on Main Street in Ronan. Contact Ronna Walchuck at 406-676-5323 for more info on vending. The Mission Falls Farmers Market in St. Ignatius is located on the corner of Hwy 93 & Mountain View Rd. in the parking lot of The Golden Yoke Creamery on Fridays from 5-7PM. They are in search of craft vendors, but would also be interested in specialty fruit and veggie producers. Call Rose Bear Don’t Walk at 406-529-8002 for more info. 

Free Fire Wood and Floaties!  

Vicki Watson has some firewood to give away. Also, some river floaties – which need patches. You patch‘em, they’re yours! 

National Forest & Rangeland Management Report available. 

The Western Governors Association (WGA), currently chaired by MT Governor Bullock, met in Whitefish in late June to discuss a host of issues facing Western states. A highlight of the meeting was the release of the first Western Governors' National Forest and Rangeland Management Report. The Report examines existing forest and rangeland management programs, performs a detailed investigation of the role of collaboratives in landscape restoration, creates a mechanism for states and land managers to share best practices, case studies, and policy options, and also provides recommendations for improved forest and rangeland management, including more effective collaborations. To view the full report, click here, and to learn more about the Association, click 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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