MISSOULA – The University of Montana will commemorate Arbor Week and Earth Week 2019 from April 20 to 28 with a flurry of activities designed to honor and enhance the environment.
The UM Environmental Studies program and W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation have partnered with groups such as UM’s State of Montana Arboretum and Trees for Missoula to create the week of events, which includes everything from an exhibit and fun run to lectures and lumberjack competitions during Forestry Days at Fort Missoula.
Some highlights are below, but these and many more events are listed on the Earth Week schedule at www.umt.edu/conservationcalendar and the Arbor Week schedule at http://www.umt.edu/arboretum/events/default.php.
- Saturday through Sunday, April 20-28 – “A Walk Through Time: From Stardust to Us” exhibit on the UM Oval. The exhibit starts at the Grizzly Bear statue, with every step taking you back in time a million years. This exhibit consists of 90 colorful panels that depict points in time of the 4.6-billion-year life of the solar system and planet Earth. The exhibit at UM is one of only three in the world.
- Saturday, April 20
- Clark Fork River Cleanup. Volunteers check in at 9:30 a.m. at Caras Park, and the event runs until 1 p.m. The cleanup is hosted by the Clark Fork Coalition.
- Run for the Trees at 10 a.m. in Silver Park. The event is hosted by Missoula Parks and Recreation, Trees for Missoula and Run Wild Missoula.
- Monday, April 22 (Earth Day)
- SustainaGANZA Earth Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the UM Oval. This event is sponsored by the Associated Students of UM Sustainability Center and the Student Involvement Network. More than 30 student and community organizations will provide Earth Day activities and information.
- An Arboretum Tour at 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Root, just north of UM’s Main Hall.
- Tuesday, April 23 – “Trees and Climate Change – Think Globally” presentation by Solomon Dobrowski, UM professor of forest landscape ecology, at 7 p.m. in UM Interdisciplinary Science Building Room 110.
- Wednesday, April 24 – Community Arboretum Night for the State of Montana Arboretum from 5 to 8 p.m. at KettleHouse Brewing Co. in Bonner. Food from the Chameleon Mobile Kitchen will be available. Bring your friends for beverages, food and a raffle for a good cause.
- Thursday, April 25 – “Trees and Climate Change – Act Locally” panel discussion from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in UM Interdisciplinary Science Building Room 110. The event will be moderated by Karen Sippy, executive director of Trees for Missoula. The panelists will include Jamie Kirby, state urban and community forester with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation; Amy Cilimburg, executive director of Climate Smart Missoula; and Nick Silverman, a UM research scientist.
- Friday, April 26 (Arbor Day)
- A preliminary collegiate lumberjack competition as part of Forestry Days at Fort Missoula from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fort Missoula. The competition will be followed by a spaghetti dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. in Garrett Grothen Arena to benefit the UM Student Recreation Association and a silent auction to benefit the UM Woodsman Team.
- A UM Arbor Day Celebration from 12:15 to 2 p.m. at the Root – the State of Montana Arboretum – located just north UM’s Main Hall. Events will include 12:15 p.m. opening remarks by Annie Garde of Montana Public Radio’s “Pea Green Boat”; an arboretum history lesson presented by Harry Fitz, a longtime UM history professor; an Arbor Day proclamation and remarks by UM President Seth Bodnar; dedication of new arboretum interpretive signage by Tom DeLuca, dean of UM’s W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation; a parade from the Root to the Arbor Day tree planting at 12:45 p.m. at Eck Hall; and a 1:15 p.m. arboretum tour.
- Saturday, April 27
- Forestry Days at Fort Missoula from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fort Missoula. Events are hosted by the Society of American Foresters in association with the Montana Woodsman Team and the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. Events include a one-of-a-kind logging show in which professional and collegiate lumberjacks (including UM’s Woodsman Team) compete. These logging athletes hail from across the Pacific Northwest and Canada. Events include cross-cut sawing, wood chopping, pole climbing, axe throwing and more. There will also be antique logging equipment demonstrations and other displays. Draught Works will host a beer garden.
- An Arboretum Tour from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Root, just north of UM’s Main Hall.