EC Digest
Fall 2014: Issue 9


 Join us next week for DamNation (, an award-winning documentary that showcases an issue that is near and dear to all of us here in the Animas Watershed: the importance-economically, ecologically, recreationally, and soulfully-of vibrant, healthy rivers. To accompany the message of the film, DamNation Director, Ben Knight, will be on hand in concert with local resource managers and experts to discuss water issues affecting our region and what we, as a citizenry, can do to affect positive, lasting change.


There will be free food, libations, and a live and ruckus auction featuring:

  •  Telluride & DMR Lift Tickets
  •  Patagonia Nano Air Hoody and gear
  •  Osprey Backpacks
  • An overnight raft trip on the Upper Animas with Mountain Waters Rafting
  • And more!


Tickets are $12 in advance at Maria's Bookstore and the FLC Environmental Center;

$15 at the Door


 Learn more at

contact Rachel Landis with questions at (970) 247-7091 or  



In This Issue
Upcoming EC Events & Opportunities 


Monday, October 20th: Canning Workshop!
To Celebrate National Food Week, the EC's Crop Mob Presents a Canning Workshop. Learn how to preserve through winter! Make salsa and pickle cucumbers! All materials will be provided but donations will be graciously accepted.

Meet at the EC at 3:45 or at Manna Soup Kitchen's Demonstration Kitchen at 4:00p.m.

Contact Danielle Duni for more information

Wednesday, October 22nd: Garlic Planting and Winter Garden Work Day

Learn to plant garlic and help to prep the on-campus garden for winter with the EC Local Food Security Team.  

Wednesday, 10/22 at the Campus Garden from 4-7p.m. 

Contact Clay Tomcak for more information: 


Friday, October 24th: Real Food Day

Join the Environmental Center and the Real Food Challenge Team for free samples of some of the Real Foods available to you every day through campus dining!

11:30am -1:30pm in front of the Student Union building


Community Events & Opportunities


October 15- November 7: Wilderness Student Art Show

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, visit the FLC Wilderness Student Art Show.  The opening reception is October 15 from 4:30-6:00pm.

Monday-Friday 10am-4pm Art Hall Exit Gallery


Saturday, October 18th: Waste Audit

Get your hands dirty at the SW Council of Government's second waste sort being held at the Durango Recycling Center.This information will be used as part of a feasibility study of a regional Hub & Spoke Recycling Model.

7:45am- until it's done

For more information contact Miriam Gillow-Wiles


October 24- November 15: "An Enduring Wilderness" Exhibition 

Durango Arts Center announces an "An Enduring Wilderness," Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act; Annual Members Exhibition on display October 24-November 15 with an opening reception on Friday, October 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. 


Visit DAC at or call (970) 259-2606 for more information.


FLC Crop Mob: Crop mob is primarily a group of young, landless, and wannabe farmers who come together to build and empower communities by working side by side. The FLC Environmental Center will be rounding up volunteers to make weekly trips out to area farms where you will help harvest, sheer sheep, who knows!?! In exchange, you will be working to actively build a healthy community, get to know our amazing area farmers, and get your pockets stuffed full of free, local food.


To sign up to receive Crop Mob alerts (dates, etc) and register, visit the FLC Environmental Center or contact Crop Mob Coordinator, Danielle Duni at 


Campus Garden Grown Lunches!: As part of Fort Lewis College's Real Food Challenge and in celebration of Eat Local Month, our campus' San Juan Dining Facilities will feature produce grown by students in our organic, on-campus garden and the Old Fort Farm each Tuesday during lunch. San Juan Dining is located within the FLC Student Union and is open to the public for lunch between 11:30-1:00p.m. with a la carte pricing


Find out what is for lunch by visiting the EC Facebook Page: Environmental Center at Fort Lewis College or check out the Campus Garden Grown board located in San Juan Dining.


EC Garden- Get Your Hands Dirty!

Come out to the garden to do some work if you want to or just to check out what we have going on out there. This is a great opportunity to learn more about gardening or to share any knowledge you may have and make our garden better!  No sign up is necessary, just show up to the garden when you can!  Since it's the end of the season contact Clay to verify dates and times, generally Tuesdays and Thursdays 11-12:30.


For more information contact Clay Tomcak


State and National Campaign Internships & Volunteer Opportunities

State Representative Mike McLaughlin's office is looking to hire a group of interns to assist with day-to-day campaign operations re-election campaign. Additionally, they are looking for community volunteers to help with all aspects of the campaign. To learn more, contact Matthew Sheldon at Matthew Sheldon at
Senator Udall's office is also looking for campaign volunteers working in three areas: canvassing, phone banking, and voter registration.   

Colorado Victory 2014 is seeking energetic and talented individuals to join the Colorado Democratic Coordinated Campaign's Summer Fellows Program. Positions are available for part-time fellows (20+ hours/week) and full-time fellows (40+ hours/week).

For more information about the Fellowship or volunteer opportunities, contact Ben at or 970-759-9346.
The Democratic Party is requesting assistance posting yard signs and with community canvassing. If interested in assisting, please contact Kathleen Adams at (970) 764-4756 or


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