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The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812-4320
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Conservation Calendar

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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          


August 2014

Aug 16 (Sat)

   -- Riverfest in the Root (Bitterroot, that is). River clean up (morning thru 3pm) followed from 3-9pm by Live music, kid activities, food, drink, raffles & prizes. Aug 16 at Kiwanis River Park,375 South 9th, Hamilton. Hosted by Bitterroot Water Forum. Call 406-375-2272  to sign up for a stretch of river to clean.

   -- Volunteer Work Day in wilderness near Jim Lake. Clean up vandalism (spray paint) along the trail to Jim Lake. WHEN/WHERE: Aug 16, meet at 9am at Jim Lake Trail head (From HWY 83, turn onto Cold Lake Road between mile markers 24 & 47. Go a mile north of the Condon Post Office. Follow Forest Service signs to Jim Lake). Bring wire brushes.  More info contact lboman^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.

   -- Blue Skies' day of action on Coal Trains. Missoula and Bozeman. Details here.

     Montana author Rick Bass and other will be taking action.  Info here.

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

Aug 16-17 -- Bike MS Montana -- bike beautiful Montana while raising funds for MS Research. Centered in Bozeman.  Details here.

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 21 (Thurs) -- PEAS Farm Party -- Celebrate the harvest with local food, drink and music. WHEN: Aug 21 from 5:30 to 9:30pm; WHERE: PEAS farm,       Cost: $15 in advance; $20 at door (kids $5/$10). Info here.

  -- Our Missoula Planning Session focused on Sustainability. WHEN: Aug 21 from 11:30 to 1pm; WHERE: Missoula Parks & Recreation, 600 Cregg Lane. More info here.

Aug 22 (Fri)-- MUD's annual Garden Party. WHEN: Aug 22 from 4-11pm; WHERE: MUD Central, 1527 Wyoming St., Msla. WHAT: Lamb roast dinner, silent auction, live music.  More info here.

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 26 (Tues) -- Tour of MPG Ranch, a conservation ranch in the Bitterroot. Learn about the ranch's projects & goals. Space is limited. To register & get directions, contact Joshua Lisbon (jlisbon^at^

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 9 (Tues) -- Homeword's 20 year celebration. -- enjoy snacks & live music and hear how Homeword has improved lives and sustainability in Missoula. WHEN: Sept 9, 5:30 social; 6pm program. WHERE: Florence Hotel, Msla. RSVP to  or 406-532-4663 X 10.

    -- Missoula bicycle & pedestrial traffic count & survey, Sept 9 from 4-6pm-- volunteers needed. More info here   or contact Dave Prescott at 552-6672 or e-mail

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!

       -- Missoula bicycle & pedestrial traffic count & survey, Sept 13 from Noon to 2pm-- volunteers needed. More info here   or contact Dave Prescott at 552-6672 or e-mail

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  Workshops, science papers, honey products.

        Full program here

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 18 (Sat) -- Fall Harvest Festival at the PEAS farm Info here.

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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