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The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812-4320
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Environmental Studies Announcements


Environmental Studies Alums honored as outstanding conservationists

Two Environmental Studies alums were recognized for outstanding contributions to conservation at a gathering of the Missoula Conservation Roundtable on Oct 17, 2013. Many Environmental Studies faculty and alums were in attendance at the gathering as they were past recipients of awards. See Missoulian article here.

 Chris Brick (green shirt) is the staff scientist of the Clark Fork Coalition. She was recognized for her long hard work bringing science and a conservation ethic to the Clark Fork superfund cleanup and restoration plans.  She is now working for superfund designation for the closed Frenchtown pulp mill site.

Jim Rokosch (black shirt) lives in the Bitterroot where he has worked as a watershed consultant and served as a Ravalli County Commissioner. While a commissioner, he worked for planning tools to protect streams and riparian areas from development. Currently, he is one of the strong voices of Bitterrooters for Planning which has opposed a large proposed subdivision near Metcalf Wildlife Refuge on the grounds that little planning has addressed mitigating its impacts. He has been a conservationist since he was a boy in Illinois fighting to protect the Vermillion River.

The other awardees were Jim Brown and Smoke and Thelma Elser.

Environmental Studies student receives national award

Gabrielle Ostermayer has received the 2013-2014 Richard Herbert Memorial Graduate Scholarship from the American Water Resources Association based on her academic record and the quality & relevance of her research. Gabrielle has been working with professor Vicki Watson on studies of Montana streams and will be assisting the Clark Fork Basin Task Force in its work to revise the state water plan. Congratulations, Gabrielle.

Environmental Studies student publishes guide to invasive species

Jen McBride designed a pocket guide to Aquatic Invasive Species threatening the Crown of the Continent in collaboration with the Crown Managers Partnership. The guide was produced by UM Printing Services and will be distributed to land managers and others throughout the region. See the guide at

Environmental Studies alum drives local food/ag movement

From Farm to College programs to Food Corps and Grow Montana, Crissie McMullan has helped launch a movement. Read more..

Congratulations, 2013 Graduates !!!

New Masters of Environmental Studies above

New Bachelors of Environmental Studies below

Outstanding Seniors of 2013               Environmental Studies faculty thanks director Len Broberg for his service


Environmental Studies Students Sweep 2013 Greening UM Awards


Each Earth Day, UM recognizes people who have made outstanding contributions to Greening UM.

Congratulations to the Environmental Studies Students who swept the 2013 Greening UM awards !

    Robin Saha -- faculty award     Katie Nelson -- student award

    Ian Finch -- staff award (Ian is an Environmental Studies alum who runs Dining Services Farm to College program)

    Jim Burchfield, Forestry Dean, received the administrator award.  But he could not attend, and the award was accepted for him by Climate Change coordinator Nicky Phear, another Environmental Studies alum. They’re everywhere!

Environmental Studies Students complete Permaculture Design certification


Four Environmental Studies Students just completed a fun & formidable Permaculture Design certification course that ran from February to April 2013. They received certificates from the Cascadia Permaculture Institute. The course involved lectures, multimedia presentations, field trips, & group projects. The group projects involved designing permaculture makeovers for parks, homesteads and a brewery in our area; and elements of these designs will likely be used at many sites. Congratulations to these Permaculture Design graduates – Drew Lefebvre, Jonathan Nelson, Mark Wayne and Vicki Watson. This team developed an integrated design for these sites: UM FLAT, Rankin Peace Park and Riverfront Park. Stay tuned for future reports from this team on the implementation of their designs.

Local is Delicious, But It's Not Always  Easy

Sixteen Environmental Studies graduate students conducted community-based action research for and about the Western Montana Growers Cooperative during fall 2012.  They presented the findings of their case study to the Co-op's Board of Directors and key partners in the values-based supply chain in December.  The written report, titled "Local is Delicious, But It's Not Always  Easy" will be available in early 2013.  


Environmental Studies Students Create New Nature Writing Anthology

Led by Portland author David Oates, Environmental Studies graduate writing students in the Spring 2012 Visiting Writer course created The Natural History of Now: Reports from the Edge of Nature, an anthology of nature & environmental writing that includes writing from each of the students as well as from 12 other writers from around the country. See cover and advance praise here. Available at Amazon, Kelson Books, and Camas Magazine in Environmental Studies. Natural History of Now




For historic announcements, check out the ARCHIVES.

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