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Jeannette Rankin Hall 106A
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812-4320
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Conservation Calendar

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Updated daily; Refresh/Reload often.   SCAN AHEAD & PLAN AHEAD

Summer 2014

Celebrations of 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act -- all summer

        Wilderness Walks in Montana  (MT Wilderness Association)       

        Wilderness service trips in the Frank Church Wilderness UM Wilderness Institute

        Selway/Bitterroot wilderness summer volunteer projects

        Great Burn wilderness study volunteer trips

        Wilderness Celebrations          

July 2014


July 21 (Mon)

   -- Public meeting on Water Quality Restoration Plan for middle Clark Fork tributaries. WHEN: July 21 at 5:30pm; WHERE: Msl Cty building, 199 W. Pine, Room B-14.

The draft document is at: and Missoula library. Public comments accepted until 5 p.m., August 12. Send Comments to MT Dept. of Environmental Quality, PPA/WQPB, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, Montana 59620-0901, or submitted electronically at:

July 21-24 -- Floodplain Management seminars (Free to all). UM-Helena. Agenda    Register

July 22 (Tues) -- CROP MOB -- Lots of folks can get a lot of work done in short time on a farm -- then have time for fun & food. Volunteers will work for 3-4 hours on farms in Missoula or the Bitterroot then be treated to tasty farm fresh lunch.  Contact Kate for more information. Organized by CFAC.

    -- FUNd raiser for Free Cycles -- 2 great bands, tasty snacks (feel free to byob). $5 at door. WHEN: July 22, 8-10pm; WHERE: Free Cycles 732 S. 1st St. W. All Welcome! Bands:  HOBO road show  and   Big Sid & the Wiggle.

July 23 (Wed)

    -- Everyday Cooking with Medicinal Herbs. WHEN: July 23 at 5:30pm; WHERE: Sunrise Coffee Shop & Moonlight Kitchens,  1951 Kensington, Missoula. Note: Moonlight Kitchens offers two rent-by-the-hour kitchens to community members interested in catering or processing food for sale..

    -- Evening at the Youth Farm. Enjoy fab food while you learn how this farm transforms kids' lives and how you can support the farm. WHEN: 5:30 to 7pm; WHERE: west side of Msla. RSVP by July 18 to 406-541-1650 or

     -- Public Hearing on EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan. WHEN: July 23 at 7pm; WHERE: Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main. More info: contact Dave Dittloff at 214-8109

July 23-26--Community Organizing Training, Billings.  For more info and to apply

July 24,26 -- Wilderness monitoring in the Galatin Range. To help, email

July 24 (Thurs) -- MT Wetland & Riparian Maps--how to find & use. Free training offered by MT Natural Heritage Program. WHEN: July 24, 10am to noon. WHERE: UM- Helena College Lecture Hall Rm 125, 1115 North Roberts St., Helena. (note-- part of DNRC floodplain seminar, but open to those not attending the DNRC event). More info: 406-222-7600 x229;

July 25 (Fri) -- MT Board of Env. Review meets. Agenda at


July 26 (Sat)

     -- Dragonflies & Damselflies of Seeley Lake area. See up to 30 species. Led by 5 Valleys Audubon (they don't just look at birds).  More info: 214-1194.

     -- North Fork Preservation Association's annual meeting & potluck. WHEN: July 26, 5:30-9pm; WHERE: Sondreson Hall, 11 miles north of Polebridge. Harvey Locke, one of Caanada's leading conservationist, will give the key note talk on "The Missing Piece: The Proposed Flathead National Park, Canada."  Singer/Songwriter Sid Marty will also perform.

July 26-27 -- Big Sky Fly Fishing Festival, Gallatin River.

July 24-27 --Service back pack wilderness trip to Lost Lake near Idaho, led by Great Burn Monitoring. Monitor wilderness conditions, hand pull weeds. More info or to sign up, contact Val Hingston at 978-831-2373 or

July 29, Aquatic Invasive Plant Identification Training, Polson

July 30 (Wed) -- Farmer Field Day -- Conserving soil & water. St Ignatius. More info here.

July 31 (Thurs) -- Registration deadline for Watershed tours on Aug 5-7 (see below)

August 2014

Aug 1-3--Service back pack wilderness trip to N. Fork Fish Creek & French Lake, led by Great Burn Monitoring. Monitor wilderness conditions, hand pull weeds. More info or to sign up, contact Val Hingston at 978-831-2373 or

Aug 3 (Sun) -- Clearwater Resource Council's annual picnic/fundraiser. Food, fun, fabulous auction. WHEN: Aug 3, starts 3pm; WHERE: Camp PaxsonRSVP here. More info

Aug 5 (Tues) -- Flathead Lake Biological Station Open House. Learn about Flathead Lake and the research work at the Biostation. More info here.  or contact tom.bansak>at< 

    --Run for the River (5K fun run along the Bitterroot). Registration and details here.

    -- Volunteer Work Night at MUD -- help get the MUD hole ready for the annual Garden Party. Volunteers will get some free beverage tickets for the party. WHEN: Aug 5 at 5:30pm. Email to help. The party will be on Aug 22.

Aug 5-7 -- Tour Watershed Restoration Projects in NW Montana. Info here. Register by July 31.

Aug 7-8 -- Strategies to Reduce Residential Wood Smoke -- a conference at UM. More info, contact tony.ward{a t}

Aug 7-10 --Service back pack wilderness trip along Stateline Trail, led by Great Burn Monitoring. Monitor wilderness conditions, hand pull weeds. More info or to sign up, contact Val Hingston at 978-831-2373 or

Aug 9-10 -- Wilderness monitoring in the Galatin Range. To help, email

Aug 12 (Tues) -- On-Farm Food Safety. Polson.  More info here.

Aug 15 (Fri) Run for the River 5k, Hamilton.

Aug 16 (Sat)

   -- Riverfest in the Root (Bitterroot, that is). River clean up followed by Live music, splash zone, food, drink, raffles & prizes. Aug 16 at Kiwanis RIver Park, Hamilton. More info at

   -- Beginning bird walk, Metcalf Refuge. Aug 16, 10am to noon. Meet at visitor's center.

   -- Forest Insects Course offered by MT Natural History Center. Aug 16, 9-5. More info: 327-0405.

   -- Forward MT 10 year celebration & fundraiser. Aug 16, 7-10pm.  Caras Park, Missoula. More info: contact

Aug 20-24--Service back pack wilderness trip to Straight Creek, led by Great Burn Monitoring. Monitor wilderness conditions, hand pull weeds. More info or to sign up, contact Val Hingston at 978-831-2373 or

Aug 22 (Fri)-- MUD's annual Garden Party. WHEN: Aug 22 from 4-11pm; More info coming soon.

Aug 22-24 -- Wilderness monitoring in the Galatin Range. To help, email

Aug 23 (Sat)-- Field trip to Frenchtown wetland to see migrating birds. Meet in NW corner of UM Adams Center pakring lot to carpool at 8am. More info: 214-1194.

    -- Cabinet Mountain Wilderness celebration at Riverfront Park in Libby. food, games, art, Wiley and the Wild West. More info here.

Aug 23, Lake Helena Watershed Festival (Lake Helena Watershed Group)

Aug 27 (Wed) -- Food Film Festival -- see great films, discuss and eat local food. WHEN: Aug 27 at 7pm; WHERE: Roxy Theater, Missoula.

Aug 28-30 --Service back pack wilderness trip to Stateline Ridge Trail (Hoodoo Pass to Heart Lake), led by Great Burn Monitoring. Monitor wilderness conditions, hand pull weeds. More info or to sign up, contact Val Hingston at 978-831-2373 or

September 2014

Sept 10-12 -- Annual conference of the Roundtable of the Crown of the Continent. Waterton, Alberta, Canada.

Sept 10-12 -- Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary Conference at UM. Speakers on past successes & future challenges, with a special focus on the roles played by MT & its citizens. Mansfield Center.

Sept 11-12 -- Wilderness monitoring in the Galatin Range. To help, email

Sept 12-14 -- 50 years of Wilderness Stewardship -- gathering to celebrate the accomplishments of the Wilderness Act. Speakers, traditional skills, music, kids activities.  WHEN: Sept 12-14; WHERE: Wilderness Gateway Campground on HWY 12 along the Lochsa River. More info here.

Sept 13 (Sat) -- Tour of Clark Fork Superfund sites with updates on restoration work. Carpools leave at 8am from west side of Missoula's East Gate shopping center or meet at 10 am at Butte's Berkeley Pit viewing stand. Tour includes Pit, Silver Bow Creek, Anaconda area, Warm Spring ponds and restoration work on upper river. Led by DEQ workers and others reponsible for the restoration work. For more info, contact: vicki.watson!at!

Sept 16-18 -- Wetland Regulations: Understanding goverment regulations & permitting process in MT. Offered by MT Water Center at MSU Bozeman. Details to follow.

Sept 17 (Wed) -- MT Association of Planners Annual Conference, Hamilton

      -- Local Food Dinner at Ten Spoon Winery. Catered by Silk Road with entertainment & silent auction. For more info, contact Sustainable Business Council <>


Sept 17-20 -- Western Apiculture Society meets at UM, Missoula.

       Sept 20 -- Harvest Honey Festival also at UM

Sept 18 (Thurs) -- UM's Fall Feastival.  Great local food served on the UM oval (5:30-7) PLUS music, dance, and displays of farm stuff. Check back later for more info.

Sept 19-20 -- Missoula Household Hazardous Waste Collection. Help keep our drinking water free of toxic substances by bringing your hazardous household waste to the collection. Volunteers also needed. Info here.   WHERE:  City Shops at Scott St./Turner St. Junction.

Sept 20 (Sat)

    -- Montana Clean Energy Fair -- WHEN: Sept 20, 9am to 4pm; WHERE: Missoula's Caras Park. Join the Montana Renewable Energy Association for its 4rd Annual Clean Energy Fair! Free workshops led by experts from around state, on solar, wind, electric vehicles, efficiency, and financial incentives.  A car show with electric, hybrid, and biofuel cars, as well as food, drinks, door prizes, and kids’ activities including model solar car races and a bouncy castle.  More info: see or call (406) 214-9405. 

   --Go Wild community celebration of wilderness, Flathead Valley Fairgrounds, Sept 20 from 10am to 3pm. Wilderness education, music, food, family activities. hosted by Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, Back Country Horsemen of the Flathead, Flathead Audubon, Flathead National Forest, Glacier Institute, Glacier National Park, Headwaters Montana, Hungry Horse News, Montana Wilderness Association, Montana Conservation Corps, USFS Nine Mile Packstring, Swan View Coalition.

Sept 21 (Sun) -- Missoula's annual Peace Party -- fundraiser for Rankin Peace Center. WHEN: Sept 21, 4:30-8pm; WHERE: Caras Park

Sept 27 (Sat) -- Public Lands Day Check back later for info on local events.

September 28- October 4 -- Bike Walk Bus Week in Missoula

October 2014

Oct 4 (Sat) -- Tour of Blackfoot River stream restoration sites and mine reclamation in the headwaters. Carpools leave at 8am from west side of East Gate shopping Center. Return about 6 pm. Tour includes Blackfoot Challenge restoration sites and the mining complex and waste repository in the headwaters. Tour led by restoration and reclamation workers.  For more info, contact: vicki.watson!at!

       -- Blackfoot Challenge 20th Anniversary Celebration -- WHEN: Oct 4, 5:30 Social, 6:30 Dinner & Auction. WHERE: Paws Up, Greenough, MT.  More info at All welcome.

Oct 8 (Wed) -- MT Wetland & Riparian Maps--how to find & use. Free training offered by MT Natural Heritage Program. WHEN: Oct 8, 9:30am to noon. WHERE: Kalispell, AWRA meetings, see entry below. Open to those not attending the AWRA event. More info: 406-222-7600 x229;

Oct 9-10 -- American Water Resources Association-MT Ch. annual meeting, Kalispell

Oct 21-23 The Colombia River Basin Conference, Spokane, WA

November 2014

Nov 18-21 -- MT Association of Conservation Districts annual meeting, Fairmont Hot Springs

Nov 20-21.  Harvest Montana Conference in Great Falls A gathering of diverse people interested in strengthening Montana's grain economy. Speakers, tours, vendors. More info, click here

February 2015

Feb 24-27 -- Montana Ch of American Fisheries Society meeting, Great Falls.

April 2015

April 18-26 EARTH WEEK  Missoula !!!!  CLICK HERE For Full Schedule.

   Earth Service Days, Ecopentathalon, Earth Celebration & MUCH MORE

     Click here for special Earth Day message


July 2015


July 11--World Population Day


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