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Celebrate Wilderness! Saturday, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival "Wild 50" Films
Come celebrate Wilderness! Saturday, February 15 – 23
The “Wild 50” film strand is FREE TO THE PUBLIC. All films will be shown at the Wilma or Crystal Theatre on the following dates and times.
Saturday, 2/15, 3-4:15pm at WILMA 2
"America's Wilderness” shorts
"The Wilderness Idea"
Monday, 2/17, 12noon-1:30pm at WILMA 2
"America's Wilderness" shorts
"American Values, American Wilderness"
Wednesday, 2/19, 4:30-6pm, at WILMA 1
"America's Wilderness" shorts
"Arctic Dance: The Mardy Murie Story"
Saturday, 2/22, 12:15-1:45 at The CRYSTAL
"America's Wilderness" shorts
"Wild By Law"
"Echoes of the Tongass"
Sunday, 2/23, 12-1:30 at WILMA 1
"Trail Riders of the Wilderness"
"The Meaning of Wild"
"The World of K.D. Swan"
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Montana Wilderness groups and the Northern Region of the Forest Service are joining hands to sponsor a series of films at the 2014 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Sponsoring the event are Great Burn Study Group, Montana Chapter Sierra Club, Montana Wilderness Association, Rocky Mountain Front Coalition, Society for Wilderness Stewardship, and The Wilderness Society.
The “Wild 50” strand is a series of five film events that present the history, struggles, beauty and opportunities of America’s Wilderness. This collection of films traces the “Wilderness Idea” to “Wild By Law”. They tell the story of incredible people whose dedication made this landmark designation possible. These films will take you to our most beautiful lands.
A series of fun shorts will play along with full-length features. Most shorts and the Meaning of Wild, shot in the Alaska Wilderness, will be premiered. Several films, including American Values: American Wilderness, Wilderness Dreams, and The World of K.D. Swan were locally produced. Local pianist Molly Morrison will be on stage at the Wilma accompanying Trail Riders of the Wilderness, a 10-minute silent film shot by Missoula photographer K.D Swan in 1929.
Sponsored by; Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center, Sierra Club, U.S. Forest Service, Great Burn Study Group, Coalition to Protect the Rocky Mountain Front, Montana Wilderness Association, Society For Wilderness Stewardship
Wilma Theater: 131 S Higgins Ave
Crystal Theater: 515 S Higgins Ave
For more information contact Claudia Narcisco at 406-531-3673.
Defend Our Community from Coal Trains - Feb 22nd 2:00 pm
The event will kick off at 2:00pm on Feb 22nd, with a rally outside the Missoula Courthouse (200 W. Broadway St). We’ll hear from inspiring speakers, including former City Councilor Dave Strohmaier and Northern Cheyenne activist Vanessa Braided Hair. We’ll then march to the Madison St railroad crossing, and hold a creative display of public opposition to coal exports.
Join us for Stop the Coal Train Strain, a community action against coal exports, and help send the strongest possible message to decision makers.
If St Louis-based Arch Coal gets its way, towns like Missoula could see thirty or more additional coal trains pass through our communities each day. These trains are a source of coal dust, diesel fumes, and noise pollution, and would compound existing problems with pollution from the Missoula rail yard.
Because of the rail yard, Missoula suffers from coal train pollution even more than many other rail towns. We need to let state officials, who will decide if a new coal-for-export project gets built here in Montana, know that our community refuses to be sacrificed.
Together, we’ll send a message to decision makers that Missoula won’t be a coal industry sacrifice zone.
Sponsors: Blue Skies Campaign, Montana Environmental Information Center, Northern Plains Resource Council, Sierra Club, University of montana climate action now, Community action for justice in the americas, africa & asia, 350 Missoula, missoula community food co-op.
For more event info: http://blueskiesmt.com/missoula/
Associate Organizing Representative, Our Wild America Campaign, Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem - Bozeman, MT or Jackson, WY
Job Title: Associate Organizing Representative (Our Wild America campaign, Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem)
Location: Bozeman, MT OR Jackson, WY
Reports to: Senior Regional Organizing Manager
Context: Builds grassroots power, by leading the implementation of organizing campaigns that will increase the number of people involved, leaders trained, and engagement of people with influence to achieve Sierra Club conservation goals. Carries out organizing strategies and activities for assigned campaign or programs. Participates in the development of strategies and priorities.
The Our Wild America campaign focuses on permanently protecting specific public lands and wildlife habitat within the Great Yellowstone Ecosystem, keeping polluting fossil fuels underground to protect clean air and water, and promoting increased access to the outdoors for a broad diversity of communities.
Scope: The Associate Organizing Representative is responsible for recruiting, engaging, and motivating large numbers of new people to take repeated action which will further Sierra Club’s targeted campaign or program goals. Identifies and develops volunteers to take on the role of team leaders and build grassroots power and networks. Identifies and builds alliances with other organizations which can influence decision-makers.
The Associate Organizing Representative coordinates a broad, volunteer-based citizen education effort on conservation issues throughout the region and collaborates in development of organizing campaign or program strategy and implementation, including developing strong grassroots networks. Works closely with relevant Climate Recovery Campaign team leads or Program leadership to assure organizing plans carries out campaign priorities.
Sierra Club is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce.
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Support Your Montana Sierra Club - Order your 2014 Sierra Club Wilderness Calendar Today!
Purchase our Best Selling Sierra Club Wilderness Wall Calendar or Engagement Calendar Today! They Make Great Gifts! -
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Send a check to the Missoula field office at P.O. Box 7201, Missoula, MT 59807 and your calendar(s) will be mailed immediately. Or contact, firstname.lastname@example.org
OR... Purchase a calendar:
- Bozeman: Sierra Club office, 424 E. Main, suite 202
- Big Sky: Bugaboo Cafe in the Big Horn Center, and Conoco gas station, both on USÃÂ hwy 191.
- Missoula: Sierra Club office, 101 E. Broadway, suite 204, and Office City 115 W. Broadway.
Proceeds from Calendar sales support the Montana Chapter of the Sierra Club.
2013 Outings Schedule
Make Plans this Spring, Summer and Fall to join the Sierra Club for outdoor fun & service. — Outings start on May 11th.
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The Silent Epidemic - Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health
You’re invited to a special presentation by Alan H. Lockwood, MD., on the health impacts of coal. Dr. Lockwood will be presenting The Silent Epidemic - Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health, in Billings, Bozeman, Helena, and Missoula from March 18 - 21 (see schedule below).
Dr. Lockwood examines every aspect of coal, from its complex chemical makeup to details of mining, transporting, burning and disposal - each of which generates significant health concerns for Montanans.
The presentation will describe coal pollution’s effects on the respiratory, cardiovascular, and nervous systems, and how these problems will only get worse. Dr Lockwood will explain coal's significant role in escalating climate change and discuss possible policy approaches to combat coal pollution.
- Billings: March 18th, 7:00 Ã¢ÂÂ 8:30 pm, Rocky Mountain College, Losekamp Hall, 1511 Poly Drive,
- Bozeman: March 19th, 7:30 Ã¢ÂÂ 9:00 pm, Bozeman Public Library, 626 E. Main St.,
- Helena: March 20th, 7:30 Ã¢ÂÂ 9:00 pm, Lewis & Clark Public Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch,
- Missoula: March 21st, 7:00 Ã¢ÂÂ 8:30 pm, Gallagher Business Building, Rm 123, University of Montana
Presentations are Free and Open to the Public ~ Refreshments provided
Dr. Lockwood is the author The Silent Epidemic; Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health. He is the former president of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
For more information call Kim at: 406-546-7979, or visit: http://cleanairmontana.wordpress.com/.
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Washington Coal Export Terminal - Montana People's Hearings
Montana is being excluded from the Army Corp of Engineers Environmental Impact Statement for the Cherry Point coal export terminal -- Even though approval would mean strip-mining Powder River Basin coal in eastern MT and shipping it via rail through Montana communities. Coal headed to proposed NW ports such as Cherry Point, would be shipped to, and burned in Asia.
Please attend a People's Hearing to demonstrate that Montanans matter, voice your concerns and submit official comments to the EIS:
November 20, 7pm, Bozeman, Emerson Center
November 28, 7pm, Missoula, University of Montana, University Center Theater
Billings Hearing TBA
For more information:
Take Action - Safe Chemicals Act
The Safe Chemicals Act of 2011, would require that chemicals be evaluated for safety before they're placed in products. The Bill was recently reintroduced in the U.S. Senate. We're helping fellow supporters to convince Senators Baucus and Tester to co-sponsor this critical legislation, and we need your help. Montana plays an incredibly important role in determining the future of the Safe Chemicals Act because Senator Baucus sits on the Committee on Environment and Public Works, the committee in which the legislation has been introduced.
Womens Voices for the Earth is gathering petition signatures asking Senators Baucus and Tester to co-sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act. The Montana Chapter of the Sierra Club proudly endorses this legislation! Please sign the petition Today!
Click Here to Comment Today.
Read More from Women's Voices.
County, Conservation Organizations File Suit To Seek A Full Environmental
Review Of Mega-Load Project
Missoula County and the National Wildlife Federation - along with the
Montana Environmental Information Center and the Montana Chapter of
the Sierra Club represented by the Western Environmental Law Center
(Missoula office) and local attorneys Robert Gentry and Summer Nelson
a lawsuit in Montana District Court to protect Montana‘s citizens, economy and ecosystems from the potentially
harmful impacts of Exxon/Mobil‘s mega-load transport project.
Sierra Club Watershed Restoration projects
In 2009, Sierra Club and Trout Unlimited volunteers worked on the Little McCormick Creek Restoration Project, northwest of Missoula, Montana.
In 2010, The Montana Chapter of the Sierra Club has partnered with Trout Unlimited to help restore several tributaries of Fish Creek, an important tributary of the middle Clark Fork River near Missoula, Montana.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service proposes new-and-improved critical habitat designation for bull trout.
On January 13, 2010 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released a new critical habitat designation for bull trout, a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, throughout the Northwest, including western Montana. The new draft — offering four-to-six times more protected waters than a previous proposal in 2005 —includes 21,694 miles of stream habitat and 533,426 acres of reservoirs and lakes in Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Nevada.
The Great Burn Proposed Wilderness Area
The Great Burn is a 250,000 acre expanse of wild country along the Montana/Idaho border west of Missoula, Montana in the northern Bitterroot Mountains. This primeval landscape burned heavily in the Great Fire of 1910 leaving charred snags, grassy slopes, and expanses of sub-alpine meadows. High cirques, impressive stands of mountain hemlock, and dozens of clear lakes also adorn the high country. While not as high and "craggy" as the main Bitterroot Range to the south, the area is biologically rich. Spared by the great fire are magical pockets of ancient western red cedar - some individuals over 500 years old - carpeted underfoot with mossy beds of sword and maidenhair ferns. Wind-swept peaks like Rhodes and Crater rise to nearly 8,000 ft., and an abundance of moisture nurtures the area. The Burn is a critical biological link between the massive Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness complex to the south and the Cabinet-Yaak ecosystem to the north. Full protection of this interstate wildland is essential to ensure a quality wilderness experiences for future generations.
Sierra Club Action Alert!
Help Pass Comprehensive Clean Energy Legislation this Spring!
Right now the Senate is debating a clean energy bill that would mean more jobs, less pollution, and greater security (Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, S. 1733). But this bill won’t work if corporate polluters refuse to pay their fair share, and instead lobby to weaken the clean air laws that reduce pollution. As Montana’s Senators Baucus and Tester help move this clean energy bill forward, they have the chance to stand up to the corporate polluters that are seeking bailouts and loopholes. Click here for more Information & talking points.
Urge Senators Max Baucus and Jon
Tester to support important climate
and energy legislation!
Holcim Trident Cement Kiln
on the Missouri River
Holcim's Plan to Burn Tires
on the banks of the Missouri River
Tire Burning in Three Forks?
The Headwaters Group is working to stop Holcim, Inc.'s plans to burn tires at their Trident cement kiln north of Three Forks near Headwaters State Park.
May 25, 2007 Update
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has announced that it expects to release the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in June 2007. A record of decision on Holcim’s air quality permit will be published approximately 15 days later. We do not anticipate that there will be another opportunity for public comment. If the outcome is not satisfactory, the next step will be to appeal the decision to the Board of Environmental Review. We will only have 15 days after the record of decision to appeal so stay tuned...
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