Newsline June 5, 2017

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Good News Item

  1. Cabinet Mountains Wilderness protected from massive mine!

Around EVST

  1. EVST grad student M Jackson has been named one of Nat Geo’s emerging explorers!
  2. Montana and the EPA: A Complicated Relationship.

Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. Montana Climate Scientists speak out, June 5.

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Summer Volunteer Backpacking Trips into the Great Burn in July and August.
  2. Help weed the John Toole Park native prairie, June 8.
  3. June Volunteer opportunities at MT Natural History Center.
  4. June Volunteer Opportunities at MPG Ranch.
  5. Seeley Lake Trails recreation survey, comment deadline approaching.
  6. Free Cycles needs volunteers this summer for youth camps.
  7. Govt. watchdog group seeks volunteers to help monitor changes in federal web sites.
  8. 2017 Five Valleys Butterfly Count will be Tuesday, July 11. 

Educational Opportunities

  1. Free, family indigenous film series, June 9-11.
  2. Noxious Weed Clinic, June 7 in Philipsburg.
  3. Bring Your Own Brain-- a symposium to Free Us from Climate Chaos, June 12-16.
  4. Sustainable Food/Farming events in MT in June. 
  5. June Education Opportunities at MPG Ranch. 
  6. Artist/environmental activist speaks on her art & book, June 20. 
  7. Missoula 17th Annual Women’s Fly Fishing Clinic, June 24.
  8. Montana Natural History Center education opportunities in June.
  9. Compassionate Communication Class, June 19 & 26.

Jobs and Internships (Local or summer jobs; for full time jobs around the US, see the envirojobs list serv)

  1. Montana Conservation Corps is enrolling. 
  2. Paid Environmental Education Internship for 2017-18 Academic Year, apply by June 20. 
  3. Local farm is hiring. 
  4. Summer Jobs keeping aquatic invasive species out of Montana.
  5. Western Watersheds Project seeks an Idaho Director, apply by June 23.
  6. Internship with Mansfield Library Archives, organizing conservation-related documents. 

Funding

  1. Funding Opportunities.
  2. Funding for school field trips, apply by June 22. 

Housing

  1. Grad student entering the EVST program in the fall and I am looking for roommates.
  2. Incoming EVST grad student looking for roommates.
  3. DIVORCE YOUR CAR And live in the lower Rattlesnake!

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Garden City Harvest still has CSA shares for this summer – fresh local food. Sign up now! 
  2. Paddle Camping 101, June 14.
  3. 3rd Annual Boater's Bash, June 28. 
  4. Economic Impact of National Parks—online interactive report.
  5. Center for Watershed Protection has Online Watershed Library.
  6. Weed spraying along local trails. 
  7. We're on the brink of mass extinction, but there's still time to pull back says new science report.

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Good News Item

Cabinet Mountains Wilderness protected from massive mine!

A federal judge has overturned government agency approvals for the proposed Montanore Mine in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, which would have dewatered pristine trout streams and industrialized some of the last remaining grizzly bear habitat in the Cabinets. Clark Fork Coalition,  Defenders of WildlifeEarthjusticeEarthworksSave our Cabinets, & Western Mining Action Project successfully challenged the approvals. The Cabinet Mountains Wilderness provides refuge for abundant native fish and wildlife, and its streams flow with some of the purest waters in the lower 48. The proposed Montanore Mine would tunnel beneath the Cabinet’s pristine forests to access one of the largest silver and copper deposits in the world. This massive operation would harm critically important habitat for threatened bull trout by dewatering three vital wilderness streams. 

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Around EVST

EVST grad student M Jackson has been named one of Nat Geo’s emerging explorers!

In an ongoing series of interviews on 2017 National Geographic Emerging Explorers, EVST grad student M Jackson was interviewed, read the complete article here. She will be honored with others at the National Geographic Explorers Festival in Washington D.C. this month. Congratulations! 

Montana and the EPA: A Complicated Relationship.

The Flathead Beacon published a useful article concerning the EPA’s role in several large superfund sites in western Montana. The article also speculates on the impact of budget cuts at EPA for the new superfund sites in the state. EVST Professor Vicki Watson is extensively quoted in the article. The full article is in the Flathead Beacon.

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Featured Events

Montana Climate Scientists speak out, June 5.

In the last few months many anti-science statements have come from the current federal administration. Climate change science is particularly hard hit. To counter this, the UM’s Climate Change Studies Program, MSU's Extension Climate Science Team and the National Wildlife Federation are hosting a "State of Climate Change Science in Montana" forum. At the event, leading Montana scientists will present on the state of climate science in Montana and the impacts of the changing climate on the state’s water, forests, agriculture, and wildlife. The presentations will be followed by a moderated question and answer session with the scientists. Refreshments provided. Questions? Contact Dave Dittloff at 406-214-8109 or email Adam Pimley. Presenters will include:

Dr. Steve Running, UM Regents Professor of Ecology, Nobel Laureate
Dr. Nick Silverman, UM Franke College of Forestry and Conservation Hydrologist
Dr. Alisa Wade, UM GeoSciences Conservation Scientist and Spatial Ecologist
Dr. Tim Siepel, MSU College of Agriculture Adjunct Professor
Dr. Scott Mills, UM Franke College of Forestry and Conservation Associate Vice President
Dr. Nicky Phear, UM Climate Change Studies Program Director
WHEN/WHERE: Monday, June 5 from 4:00-6:00PM at the University Center Theater, UM

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Volunteer Opportunities

Summer Volunteer Backpacking Trips into the Great Burn in July and August.

Backpack into splendor of the Proposed Great Burn Wilderness! The Great Burn is a little known roadless area straddling the Bitterroot divide to the west of Missoula. Volunteers will help to steward this wild place by clearing water-bars, pulling invasive weeds, or cleaning up campsites. Dinners will be provided. Trips will be June 30th-July 2nd, July 7-9th, Aug. 4-6th, and Aug. 25-27th. Trips will be co-led by EVST alum Nick Littman. Email Nick if you're interested! June 30 - July 2, Heart Lake and Pearl Lake trails. Scenic hiking to two high mountain lakes nestled below the MT/ID stateline. Possibility of seeing mountain goats. Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult, Total mileage: 7.2. July 7 - 9 Cache Creek. Explore the heart of the Great Burn Wilderness via Cache Creek. Difficulty: moderate. Total mileage: 14. Aug 4 -6 North Fork Fish Creek Trail to French Lake. Hike the North Fork of Fish Creek and explore remote French Lake. Difficulty: Moderate/strenuous. Total mileage: 22. Aug 25 – 27 Heart Lake. Scenic hike to sparkling Heart Lake. Difficulty: moderate. Total mileage: 7.2. See you this summer!  

Help weed the John Toole Park native prairie, June 8.

This prairie park is on east end of 4th street by the river in Missoula. It contains many native species rescued from development sites. Cheat grass needs to be removed before it drops its seeds. Weeding will start at 6:30pm. Contact John Pierce for more info.

June Volunteer opportunities at MT Natural History Center. 

All summer – you could help at the front desk on Mondays. Email Drew
June 19-30 – Volunteer with Wings Over Water (flexible hours) join a research team studying ospreys. See full description of volunteer opportunity here. Email Jenelle
Thursdays – Help at the Native Plant Garden (4-6pm). Email Christine
Lead or Assist with Community hikes. Email Christine
June-Sept – help with fall fundraiser. Email Allison 

June Volunteer Opportunities at MPG Ranch.

Fence Retrofit for Wildlife Crossing, June 17 (9:30-4:30) Join MPG and Defenders of Wildlife as we partner to make our southern border friendlier to wildlife. Volunteers will remove top and bottom strands of barbed wire and replace them with smooth-strand fence and drop clips. This project will greatly reduce the potential for injury to wildlife as they cross between properties. Lunch provided. RSVP for details and directions. Hummingbird Banding, June 29 (6am-11am) Join MPG as we track hummingbird populations. Volunteers will help observe and identify hummingbirds and will be involved in the banding process. Bring binoculars, a camera, and dress for the cool morning temperature. RSVP for directions and details or 406-396-6285. 

Seeley Lake Trails recreation survey, comment deadline approaching.

Seeley Lake trails get a lot of use year round, and some of those uses conflict with one another. This summer, a local effort is underway to gather input on the future of recreation in the Clearwater Valley. The comment deadline is fast approaching. You can express your views on how to avoid conflict between different kinds of recreation in this area if you fill out this survey and raise your voice for wildlife and quiet recreation! Talking points – mention specific areas you know and how you use them (hiking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, cross-country skiing, etc). You can indicate how motorized recreation affects your use of these areas. A portion of the trail survey area falls within the landscape addressed in the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act, a bill that would add 80,000 acres to the Mission Mountains, Bob Marshall, and Scapegoat Wilderness Areas. There is the potential for wilderness designation of the West Fork Clearwater River, the Swan Front, and Grizzly Basin if you would like to comment on that.

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. 

Govt. watchdog group seeks volunteers to help monitor changes in federal web sites.

The Environmental Data & Governance Initiative is looking for volunteers to help monitor changes to tens of thousands of federal websites. EDGI works with journalists at The Washington PostThe New York Times,ProPublica, and other outlets to report on and disseminate  findings. Click Here for flyer to recruit volunteers for this important effort to help hold our government accountable.

2017 Five Valleys Butterfly Count will be Tuesday, July 11. 

Missoula butterfly lovers invite you to participate in this fun event that also collects valuable data. Meet at the main Rattlesnake recreation area trailhead at 9:15 am on July 11. If the weather is bad, July 12 is the backup date. We will cover the Spring Gulch area in a slow, relatively flat 6 mile round trip hike, but you are welcome to tag along for part of the way, or leave early if you can't stay all day. You don't need to know butterflies to help.  We need spotters, netters, and equipment carriers. This is a learning opportunity as much as a way to collect data. Bring a lunch, snacks, sunscreen, and plenty of water.   Close-focusing binoculars and cameras are helpful.  We will have extra butterfly nets. Bring $3 to participate, which will be sent to the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) to help pay for their costs of compiling and publishing our data. Kids are free. Questions? Email or call 406-317-1183, or cell phone 406-239-4040. Also, MPG Ranch will have their annual butterfly count on Thursday, July 6.  To participate on their count, contact Marirose Kuhlman for directions and starting time. 

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Educational Opportunities

Free, family indigenous film series, June 9-11.

Missoula Urban Indian Health Center presents free, family indigenous film series, celebrating and encouraging resiliency. WHEN/WHERE: Friday-Sunday, June 9-11, 5:30-8 pm, Missoula Children's Theatre. 

Noxious Weed Clinic, June 7 in Philipsburg.

Private Applicator Licensing & Credit Info. Ben Hauptman, MSU Granite County Extension Agent. Montana Biocontrol Update. Melissa Maggio-Kassner, Montana Biological Weed Control Coordinator. Noxious Weed Identification and Herbicide Recommendations. Dr. Jane Mangold MSU Rangeland Weed Specialist. Water Quality and Herbicide Performance. Clint Saunders, Crop Production Services. ATV Safety. Emphasis on Agricultural Applications, Lacey Decker, BLM Range Technician. Course qualifies for 6 pesticide re-certification credits. Additional Materials: Click here to download. To register or for additional information please contact Granite Conservation District 859-3291 or email Karen Petersen. WHEN/WHERE: June 7, 8:45 am to 3pm in Philipsburg.

Bring Your Own Brain-- a symposium to Free Us from Climate Chaos, June 12-16.

A call for forming Critical Thinking Communities to ask critical questions to decide on the steps needed to address climate chaos and other problems faced by human society. Organized by Big Sky High's Free Us from Climate Chaos group. Special guests (some are skyping in): Noam Chomsky, Bill McKibben, Derek Jensen, Richard Smith, Nancy Holstrom, John Holloway, Gloria Munoz Ramierz, Winona LaDuke and more. 

Sustainable Food/Farming events in MT in June. 

Organic Production Field Day, June 13 in Bozeman. MSU researchers share their findings on innovative, organic ways to control weeds, increase yields, improve rotations, and integrate livestock into cropping systems, and much more. Read more hereWHEN/WHERE:  June 13, Fort Ellis Research Farm: 9:30-Noon, Linfield Hall, MSU Campus: 1pm-4:30pm. Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD) and the Moon-Randolph Homestead offer two family friendly workshops: Backyard Chicken Care (June 10) & Hand Tool Restoration (June 17). More information here.Northern Plains Resource Council will host a "Soil Crawl" in Big Timber at the Indreland and B-Bar Ranches on Saturday, June 10. Info hereSoil health tour titled, “ Below Ground Livestock” June 13-14, 2017 starting at 8 a.m. at Norley Hall, NW 5th Ave, Conrad, MT. Range Ramble, a range and weed workshop, June 15-16, sponsored by Blackfeet Natural Resources Conservation District (BNRCD) and the Blackfeet Tribe at Blackfeet Community College in Browning, MT. Details here. CFAC Farmer Field Days: one a month through September! Find one here.  

June Education Opportunities at MPG Ranch. 

Native Plant Walk, June 8 (1-4:30pm) Join MPG for a guided plant tour of the ranch. The tour will be led by a staff botanist. Bring a camera! Be prepared to hike in spring weather. Ranch Tour, June 20 (1-3:30pm) Visit MPG to learn about our current projects and long-term goals. Driving tour limited to accessible roads and by weather. Be prepared to hike in spring weather. Contact Joshua Lisbon to register or with any questions or 406-396-6285. 

Artist/environmental activist speaks on her art & book, June 20. 

Lucy Lippard is an internationally known writer, art critic, activist, and curator. Missoula Art Museum invited Lippard to Missoula to discuss her most recent book, Undermining: A Wild Ride through Land Use, Politics, and Art in the Changing West. The book is available in the MAM bookstore, UM Bookstore, and Fact & Fiction. (MAM is also hosting a free book discussion on Undermining on June 14 at 6 PM). WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, June 20, 7pm at the Public House, 130 E Broadway, Missoula. Free for MAM members and students, $5 suggested donation for the general public. For more information, call 406-728-0447.

Missoula 17th Annual Women’s Fly Fishing Clinic, June 24.

Benefiting the Montana Natural History Center’s Summer Outdoor Discovery Scholarship Fund! WHERE/WHEN: June 24 at the Frenchtown Pond; Cost $150 per person (also entered to win a Sage GRACE fly rod outfit)! More information and registration found here!

Montana Natural History Center education opportunities in June.

June 7 Hike Mt. Jumbo Trail to the Glacial Lake Missoula Elevation Marker Glacial Lake Missoula filled the valley between about 15,000 and 11,000 years ago. Learn about this glacial lake and the evidence it left behind. WHEN: 5 p.m; WHERE: Meet at the Mt. Jumbo Trailhead at Cherry St. FREE: but RSVP on the web site. June 10 Blooming Big Day Much like a birding big day, involves a competition to count species. Choose a trail, hike or walk it, and count (plus photograph) how many different flowers you see along the way. Stop by MT Natural History Center (120 Hickory) before 4p.m. for a soda and free admission. The person or group with the most species counted will win a small prize! June 14-20 Montana Master Naturalist Course Learn how to interpret the natural world during five full field days. Identify birds, conifers, flowers, and insects. Delve into riparian ecology and geology of our valley and become confident using guides and keys. WHEN: June 14-16, weekend off, June 19-20; 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.Location:  MNHC, 120 Hickory St. Cost: $395. Scholarships available. Registration required. 2UM credits. Glacier Institute Summer Master Naturalist Course: Dates: June 15-21. Overview: The Master Naturalist course is designed to enrich the learner with a broad set of naturalist skills that demand a ready willingness to explore and learn. The core of this week-long course involves a nuanced reading of the landscape. We’ll use big themes of biogeography, succession, and habitat to frame our knowledge around the individual communities, habitats, and organisms. Through this six-day intensive course, participants will cultivate an ability to accurately interpret and understand the plants and animals whose presence tells the story of the landscape. Come prepared to work at developing these skills with the satisfaction of learning in one of the most scenic places in North America! Cost: $875 (includes six nights of lodging and all meals from Thursday dinner through Wednesday breakfast). Credits: 2. For more information and to register, click here. June 17, Naturalist Field Day, Investigating Montana’s Pictographs Rock art expert Dr. Jim Keyser leads hike to view pictographs at Kila (near Kalispell) and learn about vision-quest style Columbia Plateau rock art. Starts with a lecture on the meaning, techniques, and distribution of such art. Then travel to see the pictographs. Time: 7a.m.- 6 p.m.; Meet at MNHC; Cost: $70/$80 MNHC members. Scholarships available. Registration required. June 23-25 NATURALIST 101: Basecamp Rock Creek Spend three days exploring the great Montana outdoors! Our base camp will be Rock Creek where you have the option of staying in a cabin on site for a more immersive experience (hike or fish before and after class!). View birds through a scope, catch butterflies, visit the Bison Range with a guide, and learn about our flora and fauna. Cost: $150/$140 MNHC members. Registration required. WHEN/WHERE: 2 p.m. June 23 to 4 p.m.  June 25; Meet at MNHC. More info on all of these at 327-0405. 

Compassionate Communication Class, June 19 & 26.

Taught by Patrick Marsolek. Healthy, effective communication is essential at home, work or when having fun. Develop tools that will bring ease, clarity and personal integrity to every conversation. Register here. Mondays, June 19 & 26, 6:30-8:30 pm, 210 N. Higgins, Suite 207.

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Jobs and Internships

Montana Conservation Corps is enrolling. 

Interested in working outside?  Be a Crew Member! Looking to lead youngsters on outdoor adventures? Be a Youth Crew Leader 2.0 or a Youth Conservation Corps Crew Leader! Are you a veteran looking for a new way to serve? Be a Veterans Green Corps Crew Member! There are also youth opportunities: High School Expedition Member And Middle School Expedition Member, apply today

Paid Environmental Education Internship for 2017-18 Academic Year, apply by June 20. 

Montana Natural History Center is hiring an intern to join the Wings Over Water Osprey education program which connects middle-school teachers and students to STEM experts in the lab and in the field. We seek hard-working and enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about biology and environmental education. The intern will assist with all aspects of the WOW program. The WOW team connects with classrooms remotely, assists teachers with delivering the WOW curriculum, coordinate visits from experts, and leads class field trips to Osprey nests. The team will also begin planning logistics for next year’s (2018-19) program, and planning the WOW summer institute at UM (June 2018). Full Job Description found here. Employment dates: Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters, 24 weeks total. Start and end dates flexible. Work schedule: Part-time, 5-10 hrs/week. Compensation: $10/hr. UM internship credit is also available. Application instructions: Please email résumé, cover letter, and contact info for two references to Jenélle Dowling. Application deadline: June 20, 2017. Application review will begin in early July 2017.

Local farm is hiring. 

Harlequin Produce has an opening for a full-time position working at the farm this summer. Housing is available. We also could be interested in a couple of part-time positions if timing worked out. More info here.  

Summer Jobs keeping aquatic invasive species out of Montana.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks still has openings for seasonal employees to help run Aquatic Invasive Species decontamination and inspection stations at Fort Peck, Culbertson, Wibaux and Tongue River. Applicants must be 18 or older and must possess a valid driver’s license and clean record. The wage is $13.02 per hour. To apply or receive more information, contact Zach Crete at 406-444-5383 or Landon Holte at 406-230-1746. 

Western Watersheds Project seeks an Idaho Director, apply by June 23.

Western Watersheds Project seeks an Idaho Director to continue and expand WWP’s campaign to protect and restore public lands and wildlife in Idaho and parts of Oregon and Nevada, with an emphasis on livestock grazing and related environmental problems. More information can be found here

Internship with Mansfield Library Archives, organizing conservation-related documents. 

John Grove, founding member of the conservation organization Friends of the Bitterroot (FOB), has donated 50 boxes to the Archives of FOB files related to Forest Service projects on the Bitterroot, Beaverhead and Selway National Forests. As a retired forester, Grove helped the FOB analyze timber sales, grazing allotments and other projects proposed for National Forest land, and drafted responses which ensured the USFS was complying with law and policy. Through the years these files have been extremely helpful to remind the agency of what was done in the past and what was promised for restoration and compliance on earlier projects. The Mansfield Library Archives needs a motivated and detail-oriented student interested in forest conservation history to organize these files for public research access. For more information, contact Mansfield Library archivist Donna McCrea

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Funding

Funding Opportunities.

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Resilient Agroecosystems in a Changing Climate Challenge Area Department of Agriculture
Apply for Community Assistance in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation
Aquatic Invasive Species Grants – Call for Applications
Ranching for Rivers Program Applications Open
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area
Singing for Change: Grants for Grassroots Organizations
Cinnabar Foundation Special Projects Grants
Grants for Environmental Protection, Maki Foundation
Patagonia Environmental Grants
Local Food Promotion Program
NFWF: Wildlife Refuge Friends Request for Proposals
NFWF: Conoco Phillips SPIRIT of Conservation
NFWF: Sagebrush Landsapes Program
Request for Proposals for SNAPP Working Group

Funding for school field trips, apply by June 22. 

If you work with a school or a nonprofit that works with schools to take school kids on field trips, check this out. Thanks to donations to the Glacier National Park Conservancy, travel grants are available for 4th grade (ages 9-10) children for this summer to visit federal and state public lands in Montana! The goal of this program is to have an ongoing, yearly commitment to bring fourth graders to their public lands and waters so that all children will have the opportunity to build a connection by the time they are 12 years old. The grants are $300 for schools or organizations traveling 51 miles or greater (one-way) to their field trip destination. The grants are $200 for schools or organizations traveling 50 or less miles (one-way) to their field trip destination. Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until the available funding is depleted or June 22, 2017. APPLY HERE

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Housing

Grad student entering the EVST program in the fall and I am looking for roommates.

Hello, I’m a new EVST Grad student and I am looking for roommates (preferably female grad students) to room with. I am hoping to start a lease in mid-August with an apartment close to campus and would like to spend under $450/mo. Please contact Meghan if interested

Incoming EVST grad student looking for roommates.

Looking for a place around mid-July. That is when I will be moving out to Missoula from the East Coast to work on PEAS farm until school begins. I want a place within walking distance to school and close to downtown. My price range is ideally no more than $450 a month but I am flexible. I love to go hiking/camping, see live music and to cook. I'm looking for like-minded people to share a fun social home with, but that also respect quiet time and very busy schedules. Email or text me if you are interested! Email Dara or call 516-578-0708. 

DIVORCE YOUR CAR And live in the lower Rattlesnake!

Basement apartment in quiet house 4 blocks from campus, 1 block from Mt. Jumbo Trailhead. Available June 1 or late May. Includes: 2 rooms, plus kitchen, bathroom, fenced yard, storage, W/D, private entrance, internet, some utilities paid. $560/month. Prefer quiet, responsible older/grad student. Contact at (406) 396-4940, or email at fightingbull63@gmail.com

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Miscellaneous - Resources

Garden City Harvest still has CSA shares for this summer – fresh local food. Sign up now! 

Sign up online and make sure you've paid the deposit to secure your share. Pick-ups begin the week of June 5! Here's what's left: Youth Farm - half shares & full shares. PEAS - full shares. Orchard Gardens - full shares. 

Paddle Camping 101, June 14.

Join the Clark Fork Coalition and REI for a free hour-long workshop that will get you geared up for a summer river adventure! Learn from the experts about gear, river safety, and what to bring and leave behind for a day trip or overnight river excursion. WHEN/WHERE: Wed. 6/14, 5:15-6:15pm. At the Boone and Crockett Club front lawn at 250 Station Drive (by the grizzly bear statue along the bike path). More info here Paddle Camping 101. 

3rd Annual Boater's Bash, June 28. 

Join American RiversBackcountry Hunters & Anglers and the Clark Fork Coalition, for the 3rd Annual Missoula Boaters Bash. This year will be another epic block party on Pine Street to celebrate Montana's free-flowing rivers and the lifestyle they provide. WHEN: Wed. 6/28, 5-9pm. More info at 3rd Annual Boater's Bash.  

Economic Impact of National Parks—online interactive report.

This interactive online report shows visits, spending, and the number of jobs created in gateway communities for every National Park Service unit. The report was produced by Headwaters Economics, an independent, nonprofit research group that works to improve community development and land management decisions in the West. 

Center for Watershed Protection has Online Watershed Library.

The Online Watershed Library is a searchable, online database of research articles, manuals and plans, assessment tools and other relevant information on watershed and stormwater management. With 80 publications added, the library now houses over 800 resources. In addition to the library, they have also archived and made available issues of the Watershed Science Bulletin. The Bulletin is peer-reviewed and features practical, science based solutions regarding water resource problems. Click here to access archived issues of the bulletin. Click here to learn more about the Online Watershed Library. 

Weed spraying along local trails. 

Missoula County Parks & Trails will be spot spraying noxious weeds along paved trails starting in June. Areas will be posted before & for 24 hours afterwards. Missoula trails to be treated include: 75th St Bike-Ped shoulderway, North Ave/Humble Road/Spurgin Rd bike-peds, Clements/Cote Lane/S. Avenue trails. This interactive map shows where the trails are.   

We're on the brink of mass extinction, but there's still time to pull back says new science report.

Imagine being a scuba diver and leaving your air tank behind you on a dive. That's what humans are doing as we expand our footprint on the planet without paying adequate attention to impacts on other living things, according to researchers. Both ominous and hopeful, this new report paints a picture of the value of biodiversity, the threats it faces and the small window of opportunity we have to save species before it's too late. Report is 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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