Rangeland News - April 2012

It’s “Our Society”, Make the Most of It!
Submitted by Stephanie Larson-Praplan, Ph.D.

Gary FrasierI begin my third and last year on the Board of Directors, and thus my last article in Rangeland News.  It has been a rewarding experience to serve, and has provided me a better understanding of the Society. And though it has been an honor to service, the greatest reward has been the opportunity to work with so many dedicated members.

The Society’s mission is to provide leadership for the stewardship of rangelands based on sound ecological principal. The Society’s strategic plan strives to provide quality member services, including serving the needs of its members in an efficient and effective way. The Society does this by providing communication and interaction among the members and support to the various SRM sections and by serving as a clearinghouse for information on meetings and events to its members.

The Society has several committees that provide opportunities for membership to give input for future direction. I serve as the Communication Services Board Liaison, and my committees include:  Outreach and Communication, International Affairs, and the newly formed Website and Membership Committees.

The Outreach and Communication Committee guides the direction of communication services. It serves as the committee that makes rangelands relevant to other audiences, working with web-based teaching and information dissemination such as the Western Rangelands Partnership and eXtension. It is the clearinghouse for all materials that strengthen outreach and understanding about the Society for Range Management (SRM), increasing knowledge of our Society and rangelands throughout the world.

The International Affairs committee increases knowledge of our Society throughout the world and expands outreach with their symposium at the annual meetings. At the Oklahoma City meeting, the committee’s annual symposium plans to present, "Women as Change Agents in Rangelands".

The Website Committee was created in December to assist in updating the SRM website. Here’s a new opportunity for you to direct the Society, especially as it relates to change and how SRM enters into the social media arena.

A new Membership Committee was recently formed as well, under the leadership of Sandy Wyman. The committee looks to create and maintain members and their benefits. In addition, a YouTube Task Force was created to determine if SRM should have videos on YouTube, and if so, should there also be a YouTube channel. Video standards are needed and again, your input essential.

If you want to participate in any of these committees, get involved! Contact myself or the committee chairs and join in directing our Society into the future. Even if you don’t serve on a committee, your input is truly critical. To obtain further information, the SRM Membership Committee has put together several member surveys that focus on retention, outreach, and demographics. These surveys will assess how sections communicate with their members and how we can brand SRM sections. It will also give SRM the demographics of its membership. With this information, the Society will have a better directive on how to meet members’ needs.

It is your membership; and I encourage you to make the most of it. I know I have by serving on the Board of Directors. Thank you again for this chance and I look forward to more opportunities to work together for “Our Society.”

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The Buck Stops Here

Gary FrasierGary Frasier, SRM President 2012
I plan to write a short summary of happenings of the SRM Board of Directors and other SRM activities for each newsletter.  I promise it will be short.

The BOD had their first Monthly Conference Call on March 8, 2012. It was originally scheduled to last an hour but we went over an hour and a half. There were 20 items on the agenda and we were able to address only about half of them. Most of the topics were concerned with items that had been started at the Spokane meeting. We scheduled an extra BOD Conference call for March 23, 2012 to address some more of the items. The BOD Minutes from the Spokane Meeting are scheduled to be online within a short time if not already at the time of this newsletter. The March 8, BOD Minutes will go online as soon as they have been approved at the next Conference Call.

Upcoming items for the BOD are, in addition to the added Conference call, the regularly scheduled BOD Conference call on April 12. A reminder, these BOD Conference calls are open to all. Go to the News and Events page on the SRM website for further information. Also, the SRM Executive Officers are planning the Spring “Fly-in” to Washington D.C. on April 23-25 to meet with our Agency partners and sister Societies.

It is not too early to start planning for the 2013 SRM Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City. Watch for calls for Symposiums, Papers, Workshops, and Committee Meetings. Finally, if you have questions or comments about SRM happenings, participate in the monthly Action Update calls conducted by EVP Jess Peterson.

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Greetings SRM Members

Jess PetersonMessage from Jess Peterson, SRM Executive Vice President
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the newest addition to the team here at SRM.  Denise McCormick has been named SRM's Director of Finance.  She is filling a position previously held by Richard Grosvenor. We appreciate the hard work and time that Richard spent in his capacity at SRM and we wish him the best on all of his future endeavors.

Denise comes to us with more than 25 years of experience in accounting, finance, and human relations. She is no stranger to the SRM accounting procedures. She started 2012 by assisting SRM on special bookkeeping projects and is stepping into the position with a working knowledge of SRM's finances and accounting procedures. She can be reached at: accounting@rangelands.org and at: (303) 968-4852.

On another note thank you all that participated on the March 8th SRM Action Update call. We had a top notch call that involved several updates including one from Mark Hayek regarding the 2012 Tri-State Conservation Grazing Workshop. For more information about this event please click here: http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/2012conservationgrazingworkshop.  We also heard from Jeff Goodwin and Pat Pfeil who talked about GLCI's 5th annual conference on grazing lands. Mark your calendars for this event as it takes place December 9-12, 2012 in Orlando, Fla. Click here to learn more:  http://www.glci.org/.

If you missed this call, don't worry; just be sure to check out the April SRM Action Update Call:

Thursday, April 12, 2012
10:00 AM PDT, 11:00 AM MDT 12:00pm CDT, 1 PM EDT
Dial: 1-213-416-6650
Access Code is: 012010#

We’ll hear a special Farm Bill update from senior professional staff on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture. As you know SRM has been very involved in the Farm Bill specifically dealing with conservation programs and funding within Title II. I have asked staff to focus their update on a piece of Farm Bill legislation that would create a Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) in order to support research and education in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Research, Education and Economics mission area. As we know this area faces major cuts in funding and this bill seeks to address this with a common sense solution.

We’ll also hear from representatives from the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Readiness Initiative. A lot of good work is taking place here and you will be able to hear firsthand as to how it’s working out. For more information and to find a workshop that is coming to your area, please click here: http://conservation-training.uwex.edu/.

We'll also hear from SRM Committee chairs regarding work that their respective committees are carrying out. As always we'll have representatives from the SRM Board of Directors. Remember- these are YOUR calls and the goal here is to make sure your board and staff are providing you with the latest updates and addressing any questions or concerns that you may have.

Thanks and we'll talk to you Thursday, April 12.

Jess Peterson
Executive Vice President

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YouTube on the Range - Sustaining the Range:  Ranchers and Researchers Restore a High-desert Watershed

In just under 7 minutes this OSU production tells a well-crafted story of the reasons for and the benefits of brush management, specifically juniper, on central Oregon rangelands. Reaching first toward a general audience whose understanding of and support for range practices will be critical in a resource limited future (they will at least have learned what a “rill” is), the film makes the case for the impacts that encroaching juniper has on forage habitats (both for livestock and wildlife), hydrologic cycles, and watershed health, before moving on with OSU specialists discussing two long-term 400 acre paired study plots and other research yielding the hard data correlating decades of anecdotal observation of varied management practice. Ranchers Doc and Connie Hatfield (of Country Natural Beef fame) round out the program by providing the perspective of dedicated on-the-ground managers determined to leave a legacy for future generations. They are joined by their son Travis, who literally grew up with the research-restoration project, which commenced when he was an 8-year- old.

Much of the footage appears to have been taken during a stakeholder field day; the really interesting kind that most SRM sections try to put on every year, but that not everyone can always get to. This suggests that, with a little planning, someone should bring a good quality camera (aren't they all these days?) along to record and archive these field tours. Of course that someone should also know how to use it and, more importantly, edit it into an effective narrative. Online video is really taking off across the full spectrum of 21st Century society. Let’s hope that range management can keep pace!

Capital Update

Capital UpdateMessage from Kelly Fogarty, SRM Washington, D.C. Liaison
This month has found SRM active on all fronts in Washington, D.C.  SRM Executive Vice President Jess Peterson and I met with multiple agencies in order to discuss how range-based programs fared in President Obama’s Proposed Budget for 2013 Fiscal Year. SRM visited with personnel at the U.S. Forest Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. In all meetings, SRM sought to inquire how range would be impacted by the proposed budget and more specifically, how the reductions would impact the capability of those managing the land to continue to do their work.

Across the board, the agencies will experience cuts in all program areas. SRM conducted these meetings in order to gain background information on how these cuts would be felt by those in the field and who rely on these funds every day. The information received was consistent with what has been affecting range professionals as of late; budget cuts and appropriations will only allow for a continued defense against land-based litigation instead of allowing for a preemptive approach that would allow for more actual management practices and preventive work to be done. The frustrations by those affected by these budgets will continue; however, SRM will be carrying the message to the policymakers in D.C. that for those who manage the range to improve the quality of the nation’s land and to actually implement management practices, an investment must be made in these programs. SRM will look to support the continued and increased funding of range budgets within the agency. It will be vital to bring the story of what land managers do to protect and restore the nation’s resources and how their continued ability to perform these tasks will be hampered by the proposed reduction of funds.

SRM leadership will be making the trip out to Washington, D.C. at the end of April in order to bring this message and other items to those in the nation’s capital. While in Washington, the delegation will meet with agency personnel, administration officials, Hill offices, “Sister Societies” and other natural resource-focused groups. Look for updates on how the fly-in went in upcoming Capital Updates.

As you all have gathered in my previous articles, the agricultural community in Washington, D.C. is currently focused on budgets and the 2012 Farm Bill. In regard to budgets, agencies are tasked to operate within the President’s budget; however, SRM will deliver the message to the Hill in support of complete funding for all range programs. As the Farm Bill continues to gain traction, specific titles and programs continue to be scrutinized by both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Senate has targeted a mark-up of their proposal to begin before the Easter Recess, which Congress will take during the first two weeks of April. The House has recently begun a series of hearings across the country in order to begin their own Farm Bill process and have suggested they will have their own draft following the release of the Senate bill. With this timeline in mind, be sure to look for my next Capital Update in the May and June newsletters as, by that time, I hope I will have more detailed information on the Farm Bill to relay to you all.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions regarding SRM's involvement in Washington, D.C. at Kelly@WesternSkiesStrategies.com.

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Awards Nominations for 2013 Annual Meeting Due April 30

The Awards Committee will be accepting nominations until April 30, 2012 for Honor Awards to be presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting.

SRM Honor Award categories are:

The Frederic G. Renner Award is the most prestigious award bestowed by the Society for Range Management. The primary criterion for selection of a recipient for this award is sustained outstanding accomplishment(s) in, or continuing contribution(s) to, any aspect of range science and range management by an active and contributing member of the Society. One award can be given annually

W. R. Chapline Land Stewardship Award gives special recognition to members of the Society for exceptional accomplishments and contributions in the application of the art and science of range management to specific rangeland entities such as wildlife and domestic livestock use on such lands. One award can be given annually.

W. R. Chapline Research Award gives special recognition to members of the Society for exceptional and sustained research accomplishments in range science and associated disciplines. One award can be given annually.

Sustained Lifetime Achievement Award is presented by the Society to members for long-term contributions to the art and science of range management and to SRM. More than one award can be given annually.

Outstanding Achievement Award is presented by the Society for outstanding achievement for eminently note-worthy contributions to the range profession to members and other qualified individuals and groups working with rangelands. This award is given in Stewardship and Academic streams. Several awards can be given annually.

Outstanding Young Range Professional Award is presented by the Society to an individual member who has demonstrated extraordinary potential and promise as a range management professional. This award is presented as an encouragement for outstanding performance by young men and women entering the profession of range management. The nominee shall not have reached his or her 40th birthday by Jan. 1st of the year the award is to be conferred. More than one award can be given annually.

The title of Fellow is conferred upon members of the Society in recognition of exceptional service to the Society and its programs in advancing the science and art of range-related resource management. This high honor is granted in the belief that special recognition should be given for exceptional and dedicated service to the Society.

For detailed information and instructions on the award nomination process (Instructions to Nominators, Award Nomination Form) visit http://www.rangelands.org/awards/

Electronic submissions can be made directly to Vicky Trujillo (vtrujillo@rangelands.org). Hardcopy submissions can be made to:
Awards Nominations
Society for Range Management
10030 W 27th Ave
Wheat Ridge, CO 80215-6604

Hard copies of the instructions and format for nominations are available from Vicky Trujillo at vtrujillo@rangelands.org, phone: 303-986-3309.

If you have specific questions regarding the nomination process, please contact the Awards Committee Chair, Melissa Teague, at melissa_budd@yahoo.com.

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Ranchers’ Attitudes Vary Toward Programs Designed To Protect Endangered Species

Rangeland Ecology & Management, March 2012 -- Wildlife does not respect property boundaries. Therefore, protecting endangered species cannot be accomplished on government-owned lands alone. The cooperation and assistance of private landowners is essential. However, some landowners see government biodiversity programs, such as the Endangered Species Act, as a threat to independent management of their property.

The March issue of Rangeland Ecology & Management presents a study of landowners’ attitudes toward a voluntary incentive program. Such incentive programs offer benefits to landowners for managing their properties to support biodiversity, including endangered species.
The study took place in six counties in Texas, inviting landowners to participate in a habitat management program to benefit the black-capped vireo and the golden-cheeked warbler, both endangered songbirds. Cost sharing and other assistance was offered to clear brush and cedars, preserve oak-juniper woodlands, and perform a prescribed burn during the five-year term of the program. Landowners also would gain improved grazing capacity, water conservation, and enhanced wildlife habitat on their lands.

The study focused on what factors determined whether a landowner was likely to agree to the incentive program. How central a role farming and ranching played in the lifestyle of the landowner proved to be important. A traditional rancher could be described as “born to the land”—strongly attached to the land through previous generations of family and as a livelihood. A shorter-term, or “reborn,” landowner may be less likely to engage in agriculture and raise livestock, instead owning land for recreation or aesthetic reasons.

Researchers found a more positive attitude toward enrolling in the incentive program among shorter-term landowners. Social variables such as attitudes, beliefs, and motivations, along with demographic considerations, are often underlying reasons for participation or refusal to participate in voluntary incentive programs for biodiversity. Program administrators who take these variables into account can design programs with broader appeal, recruiting more landowners and protecting more endangered species.

Full text of the article, “Centrality of the Ranching Lifestyle and Attitudes Toward a Voluntary Incentive Program to Protect Endangered Species,” Rangeland Ecology & Management, Vol. 65, Vol. 2, March 2012, is available at http://www.srmjournals.org/toc/rama/65/2.

Rangeland Ecology & Management

About Range Ecology Management
Rangeland Ecology & Management (formerly Journal of Range Management) is a publication of the Society for Range Management (SRM) and is published six times a year in January, March, May, July, September, and November. Since its premiere in 1948, the journal has provided a forum for the presentation and discussion of facts, ideas, and philosophies pertaining to the study, management, ecology, and use of rangelands and their resources. Rangeland Ecology & Management (REM) is peer-reviewed and provides international exchange of scholarly research and information among persons interested in rangelands. REM is available by subscription. SRM members receive a special discount rate!

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Thank-you Notes from Redd Fund Recipients
SRM received two letters from individuals who expressed their gratitude for the Redd Fund to help them attend the SRM Annual Meeting.

To:    REDD Fund Committee and the SRM International  Mountain Section

We would just like to extend our sincere thanks to both of these organizations for their registration financial support in helping us to attend the Society of Range Management annual conference in Spokane, WA. Prior to this conference, we had no knowledge of the SRM or what it was about. Through our local provincial government rangeland Agrologist, Tracy Kupchenko-Powell, we were encouraged to attend this event. Not only to support our daughter participating in the High School Youth Forum, but also to learn about the SRM and what it has to offer at the rancher/producer level. The entire event was definitely an eye-opener for us. We were very busy during the 4 days, attending as many of the events as possible.  The speakers were fabulous, and the sessions and Ranchers Forum were very educational. Many of the things we learned can be applied to our ranching operation, and we really enjoyed the seminar on Ranch Family Succession. We met several people at the IMS supper on Monday evening that we continued to chat with throughout the conference. Meeting so many people in the rangeland management industry was enlightening, and will be helpful for our management practices in the future. This conference was a great experience for our daughter as well as us, and we are very grateful for the opportunity.


Reese & Carla Klaiber

Click here to view the letter of appreciate from Jim Fox, President of the Sugarloaf Grazing Association.

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CSU Rangelands Degree

5th National Conference on Grazing Lands (5NCGL) - Call for Papers

The Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) is pleased to announce the 5th National Conference on Grazing Lands (5NCGL), which will take place in Orlando, Fla., Dec. 9th - 12th, 2012.

The conference objective is "To Heighten Awareness of the Economic and Environmental Benefits of Grazing Lands."  The 5NCGL will draw producers, academics, conservationists, and virtually anyone interested in effective natural resource management.  A few of the planned high profile speakers include:  Temple Grandin, Kit Pharo, and Dr. Fred Provenza.

What truly sets the NCGL's apart from all other conferences is that roughly half of all presenters are producers recounting their own success stories so that others may benefit. The 5NCGL will be no exception.

Abstracts are now being accepted and more information can be found at:  http://www.glci.org/5NCGL.html, or contact Monti Golla, GLCI Initiative Administrator, at 979-777-9779 or grazinglands@verizon.net. Click here to view the flyer.

Abstract deadline is May 1st, 2012.

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Attention CPRM’s, CRMC’s and Other Interested Individuals!

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Readiness Initiative invites you to expand your conservation professional portfolio.  Attend one of the free Conservation Reserve Program Core training workshops across the United States.  For specific dates and locations near you, and to register, go to http://conservation-training.uwex.edu/crpworkshops.

16 CEUs have been approved for these workshops for those who are certified with SRM.

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March Range Photo Quiz Answer

March Range QuizQUESTION:  Field work can involve all kinds of unique tools and specialized equipment. What is the thing-a-ma-jig depicted here, and how might it be an illustration of a kind of adaptive management?

ANSWER:  All of our March Quiz answers came to us via (what else?) posts on SRM’s Facebook page.  Maybe some folks balked at using the convenient reply form?  NO worry, old fashioned e-mail is still accepted!

Mackenzie Moore:  It's a walker with a bunch of survey flags in the seat.  I guess that makes it a flag dolly?  Monti Motley Golla (her "real" name?) concurred.  Tristam Post posted:  It's Floyd Reed's remote controlled GPS unit! [But then, why not just have an iPhone?]

March Range QuizCalifornia NRCS’er Robert Pearce, who supplied our March quiz photos, explains how colleague Ken Lair had adapted-managed this walker for field work in Mono County California.  “Ken was having really bad back problems and came to the field to finish the seeding on the project.  He was in such bad shape that he crawled around on the ground sometimes when seeding.  Our CFT is a cooperative project with CFG, BLM, and LADWP to evaluate revegetation methods on peat soils.  Ken is the lead scientist on the project and is a past Colorado Section President.  He had back surgery last week, and we all wish him a speedy recovery.”

So do we all – with admiration and appreciation for someone so obviously dedicated to the profession of range management!  Get well real soon Ken! (and please give us the website where we can order such cushy looking contraptions...)

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April Photo Quiz Question

April Range QuizApril Photo Quiz: Sometimes being able to “read sign” can be as important in range management as identifying plants. What critter made these tracks, what “functional group” might it belong to, what niche does it fill, and what strategies would be involved in its successful management?

Send your observations (and your own quiz-worthy range photos) to vtrujillo@rangelands.org, subject line “Range Photo Quiz" or complete the Range Quiz form. Be sure to include a question and answer with the photo! In order to meet publication deadlines please send your responses by the 15th of the month!

Click here to view a larger version of the photo.

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Calling All Cooks, Submit Your Recipes

1 lb. (navy) beans                                                            ½ lb. salt pork
¼ c. brown sugar                                                            ½ tsp. salt
12 c. cold water                                                                1 medium whole onion        
½ c. molasses                                                                   ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp. salt                                                                            2 c. boiling water, or more if needed
1 tsp. dry mustard

Sort and wash beans. Soak beans overnight in 6 cups cold water to which 2 tsps. salt has been added. In the morning, drain. Add about 6 cups water, bring to boil and parboil for 10 minutes. Drain and rinse well with cold water. Put piece of salt pork in bottom of a 2-quart bean pot. Add beans. Mix sugar, molasses, dry mustard, ½ tsp. salt, and pepper with 2 cups boiling water. Pour over beans. Press remaining salt pork into beans. If necessary add boiling water to make liquid come just to top of beans. Bake in 300° oven for 5 hours, adding water as necessary. Makes 1½ quarts.

Background: CSU Range Seniors visited this ranch on their spring field trip several times in the '50's. Many students of wildlife have studied Prairie Chicken here at a "booming ground" that has been given to the Nature Conservancy. The ranch is located in the sandhills of Yuma County in northeastern Colorado. It is the ranch of the late Kenneth Conrad, an ASRM director in the '50's. Many range and pasture improvement practices were started here in the late '40's and '50's, such as sage brush spraying, reseeding of farmland and "go-back" land, and rotation grazing. Performance testing and fattening of commercial cattle was also begun in 1947. The ranch is about 14,000 acres in size and is divided into about 30 pastures to provide better distribution, water, separate seeded pasture from native range, and facilitate performance testing and more efficient calving of 300 to 400 cows.

This is one of the very few ranches left in N.E. Colorado on which there is NO farming or irrigation.


Arizona cowpuncher Evans Coleman once remarked that he knew cowhands "who could neither read nor write, but who could name any brand, either letters of figures, on a cow." A brand was the key to ownership in a business where ownership was everything. Many cattlemen, in fact, named their ranches after their brands and held the symbol in as proud esteem as did any knight his crest. Branding was an ancient practice before the first cow came to America. Certain 4,000 year-old tomb paintings show Egyptians branding their fat, spotted cattle.

Hernando Cortes burned crosses on the hides of the small herd he brought with him to Mexico. The vaqueros passed the custom on to U.S. cowboys, who developed and refined their own calligraphy.

On any 19th Century ranch the greenest cowhand quickly mastered the three major elements of the branding alphabet.  He learned to read the components of a brand in correct order: from left to right, from top to bottom, or from outside to inside (a T inside a diamond translates as Diamond T, not T Diamond). In time he could pick out any one of hundreds of markings in a milling herd; a good cowboy, said Coleman, could understand "the Constitution of the United States were it written with a branding iron on the side of a cow."

Do you have a family or ranch recipe that has been around for generations? Does it have a great story or background to go with it? Or maybe you have a great range story, ranch story or an awesome range photo that you would like to share. We are looking for you. The Communications and Outreach Committee is collecting recipes, stories and photos for the next edition of the Trail Boss Cowboy Cookbook. Submit Recipes, Range Stories and Range Photos to: srmcookbook@yahoo.com

Please Include Your Name, Ranch Name, SRM Section and City, State with each submission.  In the subject line of your email please write SRM Cookbook. All recipes must be original recipes (never published). If it is a published recipe it must be changed by 10%, (such as changing an ingredient or amount, adding an ingredient, changing cooking temperature or time.)

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2013 Annual Meeting: Call for Symposia, Workshops & Forums

2013 SRM Annual MeetingThis is the first call for submission of proposals for Symposia, Workshops, and Forums for the Society for Range Management's 66th Annual Meeting. Following are criteria for these events:

Symposium - A set of presentations that covers a distinct topic. A published proceedings or summary of presentations may be provided to convey the information beyond the event but is not required. The organizer is completely responsible for any publication that might result from the event. Symposia may include one or more organizations or agencies that will partner in developing, promoting, and conducting the event.

Workshop - A meeting featuring presentations designed to update or educate a specific group for training, becoming certified, or receiving credit on a topic. Participants would be expected to attend the entire workshop. Workshops may be sponsored by any organization or agency that partners with SRM without SRM being involved.

Forum - A set of presentations that covers a distinct topic similar to a symposium. However, forums must include a discussion period(s) for the audience to participate. A written record of the event is not required, but if conducted it is the responsibility of the organizer.

Proposals for Symposia, Workshops, and Forums are due by May 7, 2012. Information and instructions for submitting Symposia, Workshops, and Forums are on the meeting website, http://www.oksrm.okstate.edu/events.html. Direct your questions to: Dwayne Elmore (Dwayne.elmore@okstate.edu) or Dave Engle (david.engle@okstate.edu)

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2012 AZ/UT Range Livestock Workshop and Tour, April 10-12, 2012

Workshop Topics include: -Beef Cattle Marketing -Animal Health Update -Mexican Wolf Reintroduction -Pinion/Junior Ecology Genetics -Desired Condition of Rangeland. Located at Hurrican, Utah and Kanab, Utah. Contact Kevin Heaton at 435-676-1117 or email kevin.heaton@usu.edu. Click here for a flyer.

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2012 SRM CEU Credits

Multiple Indicator Monitoring (MIM) of Stream Channels and Streamside Vegetation

Increased interest in riparian area management has created a growing need to effectively monitor this important part of the landscape. Use of this tool will provide managers, landowners, and others, the information necessary to adaptively manage riparian resources. The MIM protocol was developed to: 1) address multiple short and long term indicators, 2) measure the most important indicators relative to change, 3) use existing procedures to the extent possible, 4) improve efficiency through use of electronic data collection, 5) yield statistically acceptable results within realistic time constraints, and 6) provide useful data to inform management decisions.

The purpose of MIM is to provide an efficient and effective approach to monitoring stream banks, stream channels, and riparian vegetation. The monitoring procedures can be used to evaluate current livestock grazing management practices, such as, timing, frequency, and the duration of grazing. The procedures can also help determine whether the vegetation and stream channels are responding to livestock grazing management concerns. The long-term monitoring techniques of MIM will provide useful data regarding the general condition and trend of stream channels and riparian vegetation regardless of the kind of management activities occurring on the site.

This is a technically intensive class.  Participants will benefit by reviewing the MIM protocol document prior to the workshop.  A downloadable copy of the MIM Technical Reference (BLM TR 1737-23) and the required Excel data modules are available at http://www.blm.gov/techreferences or http://www.rmsmim.com.  There is no tuition for these courses.

Contact:  Steve Smith, Team Leader, National Riparian Service Team - (541-416-6703, sjsmith@blm.gov)

2012 MIM Course Schedule (as of March 23, 2012)

Below are three full courses and two courses using a compressed agenda that explains the difference in the number of credits shown.

June 25-29, 2012 – Worland, Wyoming (16 credits)
July 16-20, 2012 – Salmon, Idaho (16 credits)
July 30 – August 1, 2012 – Butte, Montana (8 credits)
July 31- August 2, 2012 – Western Wyoming (exact location TBD) (8 credits)
September 10-14, 2012 – Burns, Oregon (16 credits)

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Interpreting and Measuring Indicators of Rangeland Health

Rangeland HealthMay 15-18, 2012: St. George, Utah
June 12-15, 2012: Boise, Idaho
July 17-20, 2012: Belle Fourche, SD

Participants in this 3.5 day course will learn how to apply the “Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health” qualitative evaluation protocol and learn how to quantify (measure) selected indicators. The protocol is widely applied by individuals and agencies to provide early warning of potential degradation, opportunities for recovery and to help design monitoring programs. The quantitative indicators can also be used as baseline for monitoring.

Who Should Attend:

  • Individuals with little or no experience with the protocols.
  • Individuals who would like to improve their ability to consistently apply the protocols.
  • Anyone who is interested in learning how to objectively evaluate rangelands.

Each day’s activities assume knowledge of the previous day. Consequently, participants are asked to commit to being present throughout the course.

  • Tuesday (St. George class only-9:00am) and Wednesday 8-5pm: Classroom/field instruction and exercises including ecological site ID and quantitative methods
  • Thursday 8-5: Field application of the IIRH protocol
  • Friday 8-12: Interpretation and application at the landscape scale.

Fee Busby (UTSU) ~ Jeff Herrick (ARS) ~ Mike Pellant (BLM) ~ David Pyke (USGS) 
Pat Shaver and Chad Ellis (NRCS) ~ Gregg Riegel (FS)

This course is being held tuition free for the purpose of encouraging the use of this Rangeland Health Assessment tool by federal, state agencies, and others.  Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses, including transportation to the classroom, meals and lodging.

Registration Information: https://jornada.nmsu.edu/monit-assess/training/courses

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Integrated Ranch Management Symposium
Presented by the University of Wyoming Range Club, May 7-11, 2012 in Laramie, Wyo.

Dr. Tom Noffsinger DVM – Low Stress Livestock Handling
May 7: 9:00am-4:00pm Classroom Instruction
May 8: 8:00am-12:00pm Live Animal Demonstration
Cost: $50

Aaron Berger UNL Extension- Systems Approach to Ranch Decision Making
May 8: 1:00pm- 5:00pm
Cost: Included

Ross Wahlert/Curt Epler- Livestock Marketing School
May 9: 9:00am-5:00pm Sell/Buy Cattle Marketing
May 10: 9:00am-12:00pm Sell/Buy Cattle Marketing
Cost: $300

Dr. Michael A. Smith-Range Management
May 10: 1:30pm-3:00pm Range Management Workshop
Cost: Included

Scott Sims: Sims Cattle Company- Grazing Management
May 11: 8:00am-5:00pm Grazing Management Field Day
Cost: $50

Join us for a week of progressive and informative workshops and field days to gain new ideas and reinforce profitability in ranching today! For registration, accommodations, and more information please contact us at: uwrange.irms@gmail.com. Click here for a brochure and click here for a flyer.

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17th Wildland Shrub Symposium

May 22-24, 2012, Convention Center, Las Cruces, N.M.

  • Oral presentations and posters on Wildfire, Invasive Species, Restoration, Wildlife, Climate Change, Recreation, Livestock Grazing, Social and Economic Aspects, and Shrub Biology are strongly encouraged
  • Program will include six plenary sessions with 11 invited keynote speakers, technical oral presentations and poster sessions, a trade show, and field tours
  • Contributed papers of oral presentations and posters, and keynote addresses will be published as a proceedings post-symposium. Instructions to authors will be provided

More Information

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Nebraska Range Shortcourse, June 18-22, 2012

The Nebraska Range Shortcourse is scheduled for June 18 to 22, 2012 on the campus of Chadron State College. The shortcourse is sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Chadron State College, and the Nebraska Section Society for Range Management. It is designed to provide individuals who have a background in range management, natural resources, or agriculture an opportunity to increase their knowledge in the field of range management.

The week-long course taught through a series of classroom and field sessions focuses on underlying principles of range management for efficient, sustainable use of rangeland for multiple purposes. The diversity of course topics include plant identification, plant growth and development, rangeland soils, assessing range condition and health, prescribed burning, ecosystem services, wildlife management, grazing management, and range livestock production.

The shortcourse can be taken for credit through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln or Chadron State College. Sixteen Continuing Education credits are available for the SRM “Certified Professional in Rangeland Management” program.

Applications are due May 18, 2012 and enrollment is limited to 50 participants. The registration fee of $225 includes educational materials, transportation associated with field trips during the week, and breaks. Food and lodging can be arranged with Chadron State College.

Contact Walt Schacht (wschacht@unl.edu; 402-472-0205) if you have questions. The shortcourse website is at http://agronomy.unl.edu/nebraskarangeshortcourse.

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2012 North American Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Short Course - Update!

April 3, 2012 - The date for the 2012 NAIPSC is rapidly approaching and organizers are anticipating up to 40 participants will be in attendance to hear and interact with the 14 instructors who have a wide range of expertise in invasive plant ecology and management.

This year’s participants at the NAIPSC will learn first-hand about the latest research on invasive plant water use and the implications this can have on restoration and other management activities in riparian and rangeland areas. Instructors will discuss the effects of introduced common reed (Phragmites australis) and native eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana) on water resources and neighboring plant and animal communities.

Also, this year’s field site visits will be to privately owned land that is actively being restored with prescribed burning, revegetation, and various other techniques; a riparian area where research is being conducted on native plant stand age and establishment effects on invasive plant species; and a rangeland where techniques to identify and locate plants will be demonstrated using GPS/GIS technology.

These are just a two examples of the presentations, workshops, site visits, and instructor-led discussion sessions that will be part of the 2012 NAIPSC. For more information and registration details, go to the NAIPSC website (http://ipscourse.unl.edu). The NAIPSC is open to graduate students, researchers, land managers, and policy makers and has been approved for CEU and CCA credits, and graduate student credits through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Register now! Space is limited!

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2012 Tri-State Conservation Grazing Workshop

The 2012 Tri-State Conservation Grazing Workshop will bring together natural resource professionals and livestock producers from ND, SD and MN to learn more about the application of livestock grazing as a grassland management and conservation tool.  On August 21, participants will learn about the current opportunities, information, and challenges of managing grassland habitats and achieving conservation objectives with livestock.  On August 22, the workshop will consist of a field tour and on-site discussions about livestock grazing for conservation objectives.

Save the Date Poster
Please feel free to electronically distribute or post our Save the Date Poster.

Call for Presentations

If you would like to present a topic at this workshop please fill out the Presentation Flyer and send to Pete Bauman at pbauman@TNC.ORG. If you have any submission questions please contact Pete Bauman – pbauman@tnc.org (605) 874-8517 or Carmelita Nelson - carmelita.nelson@state.mn.us  (651) 259-5014.

Call for Field Tour Proposals
If you would like to submit a field tour site in or around the Hankinson, ND area please fill out the
Field Tour Flyer and send to Pete Bauman at pbauman@TNC.ORG.
If you have any submission questions please contact Pete Bauman – pbauman@tnc.org (605) 874-8517 or Carmelita Nelson - carmelita.nelson@state.mn.us  (651) 259-5014.

Please periodically check in with our website (linked below) as we are updating this with information as it becomes available. http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/2012conservationgrazingworkshop

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Position Announcement: Director, School of Natural Resource Science, North Dakota State University

Position Description
The College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources at North Dakota State University (NDSU) invites applications for the position of Director of the School of Natural Resource Sciences. The School of Natural Resource Sciences (www.ndsu.edu/snrs/) offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Natural Resources Management, Range Science, and Soil Science, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Entomology. The School also offers a Master of Natural Resources Management, an interdisciplinary terminal professional degree. Faculty members have nationally and internationally recognized programs that fulfill North Dakota State University's land grant mission of providing research, teaching, and extension educational programs.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Foster excellence in research, teaching, and extension within the School.
  • In collaboration with School personnel, lead in the development and articulation of the School's vision.
  • Develop and maintain productive working relationships with the university community as well as stakeholder groups, including: agribusiness firms, government agencies, commodity organizations, industry and scientific communities, alumni, current and potential students, and the public.
  • Manage the School's human, financial, and physical resources, including evaluating personnel performance, conflict resolution, administering pay increases, and providing oversight of budgets and physical facilities.
  • Actively seek financial resources for School activities.
  • Recruit and retain outstanding students, staff, and faculty.
  • Promote an environment that fosters diversity, ethical behavior, collegiality, and teamwork.
  • Prepare and submit administrative reports.
  • Carry on teaching, research, or outreach activities commensurate with administrative responsibilities.
  • Communicate with university administrators and School faculty, staff, and/or students, and facilitate transfer of relevant information among groups.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Agriculture, Entomology, Natural Resources, Range Science, Soil Science, or related fields from an accredited institution.
  • Academic credentials: demonstrate eligibility for appointment as tenured, full professor.
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities.
  • Outstanding two-way communication skills and ability to represent the School within the university, and to external stakeholders, government, and scientific groups.
  • Strong problem-solving abilities, team-building skills and interpersonal abilities.
  • Significant accomplishments and recognized excellence in the field of agriculture, natural resources, or closely related disciplines with a commitment to professional excellence.
  • A commitment to shared governance with faculty, staff, students, and administrators.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in fiscal, property, and personnel management in an academic environment.
  • Experience with research in and/or management of inter-disciplinary programs.
  • Exemplary record of professional achievement.
  • Experience at a land grant institution.
  • Proven record in successfully mentoring students, faculty, and staff.

To apply

  • Visit https://jobs.ndsu.edu/
  • Create an account
  • Search for opening #1200055
  • Create and submit your application when prompted

Screening will begin May 1, 2012. Direct questions to: Greg Lardy, Search Committee Chair, 701-231-7660 or email gregory.lardy@ndsu.edu. Click here for flyer.

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Upcoming Events

Madrean Archipelago III Conference
Merging Science and Management in a Rapidly Changing World

May 1 - 5, 2012
Tucson, Arizona
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Integrated Ranch Management Symposium
May 7-11, 2012
Laramie, Wyoming
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Nebraska Range Shortcourse
June 18-22, 2012
Chadron, Nebraska
Click here for Brochure
More Information

2012 North American Invasive Plant Ecology & Management Short Course
June 26-28, 2012
North Platte, Nebraska
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2012 Tri-State Conservation Grazing Workshop
Aug. 21-22, 2012
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5th National Conference on Grazing Lands
Dec. 9-12, 2012
Orlando, Florida
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Upcoming Functions & Continuing Education Pre-Approved Courses

Below is a calendar of functions that have been pre-approved for SRM Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Date Location Title Credit
Varies Online Ecology and Management of Grazing    16/module
Online WEB 2010 Jornada Web Seminar-Practical Tools for Multi-scale Sample Design & Selection - Email: jkarl@nmsu.edu 1
Apr 3-4 Lacrosse, WI CRP Core Training for Technical Service Providers


Apr 3-4 Tifton, GA CRP Core Training for Technical Service Providers
Apr 4-5 Great Falls, MT CRP Core Training for Technical Service Providers
Apr 10-11 Montgomery, AL CRP Core Training for Technical Service Providers
Apr 10-11 Lincoln, NE CRP Core Training for Technical Service Providers
Apr 10-11 Cambridge, MD CRP Core Training for Technical Service Providers
Apr 10-12 Hurricane/Kanab, UT 2012 AZ/UT Range Livestock Workshop & Tour
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Apr 13-14 Gridley, CA 2012 CalPac Spring Field Tour
Apr 17-18 Jackson, MS CRP Core Training for Technical Service Providers
Apr 17-18 Quincy, IL CRP Core Training for Technical Service Providers
Apr 18-19 La Junta, CO CRP Core Training for Technical Service Providers
Apr 20 Winters, CA CNGA 5th Annual Field Day at Hedgerow Farms
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Apr 24-25 Memphis, TN CRP Core Training for Technical Service Providers
Apr 26-27 Missoula, MT Climate Change Analysis and Documentation
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May 1-2 Auburn, NY CRP Core Training for Technical Service Providers
May 1-2 Sioux Falls, SD CRP Core Training for Technical Service Providers
May 1-5 Tucson, AZ Madrean Archipelago III Conference:
Merging Science and Management in a Rapidly Changing World - http://www.madreanconference.org
16 max
May 3-4 Pullman, WA CRP Core Training for Technical Service Providers
May 7-11 Laramie, WY Integrated Ranch Management Symposium
16 max
May 15-18 St. George, UT Interpreting and Measuring Indicators of Rangeland
May 16-17 Dickinson, ND CRP Core Training for Technical Service Providers
May 22-24 Las Cruces, NM  17th Wildland Shrub Symposium http://jornada.nmsu.edu/wildland-shrub-symposium 16
May 30-31 Idaho Falls, ID CRP Core Training for Technical Service Providers

Click here to open the full calendar

If you know of a function that you want to attend but do not see it on our list, please send the information to: SRM, ATTN: Vicky Trujillo, 10020 W 27th Avenue, Wheat Ridge, CO 80215-6601: Fax 303.986.3892 or email: vtrujillo@rangelands.org.

Welcome New Members: March

Name: City, State: Section:
Rhoderick D. McIntosh
Pullman, WA
Stacy Davies
Frenchglen, OR PN
Terry Blankenship
Sinton, TX TX
Stacey Alan Gunter
Woodward, OK OK
Steve L Stringham
Salmon, ID ID
Karen Schroyer
Panguitch, UT UT
Sara Jones
Ellensburg, WA PN
Brian Zinke
Hays, KS KS
Eric Michael Baker
Sierra Vista, AZ AZ
Craig Matthew Tisasell
Winthrop, WA PN
Missy Merrill
Davis Creek, CA CP
Matt Dominic Sutton-Vermeulen
Johnston, IA NCENT
Trevor Ryan Pattillo
College Station, TX TX

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