Rangeland News - April 2013

A Diverse Society Indeed

Pat Shaver

Pat Shaver, SRM 2nd Vice President
Last month, Curtis Talbot did an excellent job of illustrating the fact that we are a very diverse group.  He used some of the results of the membership survey of last December and January. Many of the items Curtis discussed hit home with me as I am sure it did with most of you, as we all have areas of the society’s workings and business that have a special place in our lives. One of the differences Curtis did not address is how we all make our livings. We have members who spend their professional lives researching, trying to understand the inner workings of a plant and those researching the use of satellite imagery to plan land use on a river basin scale. Some of our members manage family production operations and some large corporate production enterprises. Some work in production support roles such as chemical companies, fence and equipment suppliers and seed companies. Other members work for land management agencies or technical assistance agencies at either the state or provincial and national levels. Others teach at various levels. Many serve in more than one capacity in their professional lives. Many are retired and many are students still searching for their role in the profession and the society.  A diverse society indeed!

One of the first items of business of the newly formed American Society of Range Management at their organizational meeting in Salt Lake City in 1948 was the issue of membership qualifications. There was general agreement in that meeting on the admission of those actually engaged in the technical aspects of range management, but less agreement on the admission of others. After vigorous and lengthy discussion, it was “almost unanimously” voted in favor of broad membership requirements. Today we have 12 different membership categories, plus a category for sustaining members. There are 11 different membership costs in 21 different sections with 6 different options for receiving newsletters and journals. A diverse society indeed!

In an interview with Fee Busby some years ago, Joe Pechanec, the first president of our Society, stated that one of the main reasons for the establishment of a professional range society was to provide a place for ‘range men’ to meet and discuss common problems and interests. We have been meeting together ever since. We have just wrapped up our 66th annual meeting and the planning for the 67th and 68th are well underway.  Toward the end of the Board of Directors meeting in Oklahoma City, current president, Wally Butler asked me to lead a group to look at the structure, organization and operation of our annual meetings. With the guidance from Wally and the rest of the Board, I tried to put together a diverse group to solicit input. I must have achieved that goal, because the input I received is extremely diverse. I apologize to the group for not returning a summary for the comments as I promised. I am still trying to summarize and find a common thread to the comments. As might be expected, I received input that recommended changing the time of year, the length and format of the annual meetings. Many of the comments suggested that one thing or another be changed but DO NOT change this or that. Another comment would suggest changing this or that, but DO NOT change one thing or another. A diverse society indeed!

Certainly one of the major concerns with the annual meetings is the cost. One of the major costs is the number of break-out rooms needed. Over the past 10 years the number of rooms needed has increased from approximately 22 to over 35. This increase has been primarily for committee meetings. The cost in Oklahoma City for a meeting room with AV equipment was ~$1200/day. The need for this number of rooms has limited the venues available to host the meeting and because the sleeping room blocks have not increased, but rather decreased over the same period, the costs have risen greatly. This does not lead to favorable negotiations with cities or venues as they consider this a lop-sided piece of business, or will say that the “rooms to space ratio is off.” The times and locations of committee meetings and the use of rented AV equipment for those meetings are certainly something that we must discuss and deal with. We had (by my count) 43 different committees, boards, councils and task groups meeting in OKC. This does not include the technical sessions, symposia and workshops that were also held.  A diverse society indeed!

In that same interview mentioned above, when asked, Joe Pechanec stated that he thought the most significant achievement of SRM was that there was still a viable organization. Apparently, many people thought the new organization would not succeed. Another significant achievement Joe mentioned was having an impact on the students. Nearly 40% of the attendees at Oklahoma City were students with a vast variety of activities, from contests to an undergraduate credit course. One of the things that Joe was most proud of was the ‘Esprit de Corps’ shared by range professionals. I believe that ‘Esprit de Corps’ comes from our dedication to supporting persons who work with rangelands and have a commitment to their sustainable use, and to our vision of a well-trained and highly motivated group of professional and rangeland users working with productive, sustainable rangeland ecosystems. I have a friend who has a good background in livestock grazing and behavior, but not in rangelands. He attended his first SRM meeting in the early 1990’s and has attended several since then. After his first meeting he made the comment to several of us that he had never seen so many people argue so aggressively with each other and then all buy each other a beer at the end of the day! That was one of the reasons he continued to attend. As Curtis said last month, our diversity, while many times a cause of frustration, can also be the springboard for synergism. A diverse society, united by passion for rangelands – INDEED!

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YouTube on the Range - Bonding Mixed Grazing

This month we highlight a 1993 vintage video, Mixed Grazing, posted two years ago on the Jornada's [aka USDA ARS Jornada Experimental Range] own YouTube Channel. Featuring the research of Dean Anderson and colleagues concerning the potential integration of herds of cattle and flocks of sheep and goats into "Flerds," the various steps involved in bonding the different species, and the various advantages to management that may result.

In trials, bonded sheep suffered significantly less predation from coyotes than the unbonded control groups. It is noted that sheep will learn to hang out with cattle, while cattle are more apt to merely tolerate their white shadows. There are also segments of fluffy lambs and Akbash guard dog puppies playfully bonding as well (though "Guard Cows" might prove more economically advantageous).  Now 20 years (and a mere 24 You-Tube viewings) later, it would be interesting to see to what extent this very practical research has been adapted and applied.

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Journal Collections Needed

Retiring? Need more book space? Getting offers to be on the program “Hoarders?” Consider donating your range-related literature and journal collections to a TRIBAL COLLEGE! To avoid shipping charges, we ask folks to donate to colleges close-by. To make arrangements, or for more information, contact Diana Doan-Crider at:d-crider@tamu.edu or 830-431-2770

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CPRM Committee Members Needed

SRM’s CPRM Committee is in need of an ARS, BLM and rancher member to fill current vacancies.  You must be a CPRM in good standing in order to serve on this committee. If you are interested please contact CPRM Chair Blaine Horn, bhorn@uwyo.edu.

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New Approaches to Rangeland Management Anticipate Future Ecological Changes

Rangeland Ecology Management Both climate and land uses are rapidly changing, making traditional approaches to studying and managing rangeland ecosystems less relevant. New approaches are required to determine what knowledge is needed and how it  can be obtained and used to make decisions about land use, habitat, grazing, and vegetation. These approaches include global, in addition to local perspectives, and recognizing that people are an important part of the picture.

In a special issue of the journal Rangeland Ecology & Management focusing on “Big Questions Emerging from a Century of Rangeland Science and Management,” scientists offer new strategies for rangeland management. These include integrated knowledge systems and resilience-based frameworks for social-ecological systems.

Traditional strategies have focused on the application of local knowledge to local ecosystems. This knowledge is disappearing, however, with the retirement, relocation, or death of those involved. Family ranches in the western United States are being subdivided and sold. Conflicts have caused people to relocate in African countries with large areas of rangeland. With such occurrences, the local knowledge necessary for sustainable production from these lands can be lost.

As climatic conditions change, knowledge of climate, land use, and soils must also transform, because the past may no longer effectively predict the future. Changes are required in how knowledge, information, and observations are developed and applied in rangeland science.

One article proposes the development and use of integrated knowledge systems. Data, literature, and other resources should be collected from various sources and organized by topic. Technology can be used to manage the abundance and availability of this information. In an integrated knowledge system, ecological attributes such as vegetation, soil, and climate determine relevance while location is flexible.

Another approach to future rangeland management recognizes the connection between ecological and human elements of nature. Resilience-based management seeks to build the capacity to adapt. This system does not seek a single best possible solution, but instead looks for a set of viable responses and approaches to manage systems.  This new approach will enable rangeland systems to continue to thrive with increasing change and uncertainty.  Collectively, a broader scope of diverse knowledge needs to be captured, organized, and applied to rangeland management in the 21st century.

Full text of the articles “A Strategy for Rangeland Management Based on Best Available Knowledge and Information” and “The Elusive Promise of Social-Ecological Approaches to Rangeland Management” in this issue of Rangeland Ecology & Management, Vol. 65, No. 6, 2012, are now available. 

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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SRM Honor Awards Nominations Due by April 30, 2013

Do you know someone who has made a significant contribution to SRM or the range profession?  Show them how much they’re appreciated!  Nominate them for an SRM award.  The deadline is April 30, 2013, for awards which will be presented at the 2014 SRM meeting in Orlando, Florida.

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 the Society for Range Management.  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 January 1st of the year the award is to be conferred.  More than 1 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. Visit http://www.rangelands.org/awards/ for detailed information and instructions on the award nomination process (Instructions to Nominators, Award Nomination Form)

Electronic submissions can be made directly to Vicky Trujillo (vtrujillo@rangelands.org).

Hardcopy submissions can be made to:
Awards Nominations
Society for Range Management
6901 S Pierce St Ste 225
Littleton, CO  80128
Hard copies of the instructions and format for nominations are available from Vicky Trujillo at vtrujillo@rangelands.org, Phone:  303-986-3309, FAX:  303-986-3892. If you have specific questions regarding the nomination process, please contact the Awards Committee Chair, Jim Waggoner, at jwags@uwyo.edu or by phone at 307-766-2365.

Thank you for taking the time and effort to nominate deserving individuals and groups for an SRM Honor Award.
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2014 Annual Meeting: Call for Symposia, Workshops, and Forums

This is an urgent call for submission of proposals for Symposia, Forums, and Workshops for the 67th Annual Meeting of SRM. 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.

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.

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.

Proposals for Symposia, Forum, and Workshops are due by May 6, 2013. Click Here for information and instructions for submitting symposia, forums, and workshops. Please direct your questions to: Mike Turpin (john.turpin@la.usda.gov).

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Where to find information on Rangeland Careers, Education and Online Courses?

Prospective students interested in Rangeland Ecology and Management throughout North America can locate expanded choices in curriculum, outdoor research projects and employment prospects at http://rangelandswest.org/careersandeducation/.  The new site features thumbnail sketches of current students who share their classroom and outdoor research experiences in various parts of the Western U.S.   Profiles include rangeland students from Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Oregon.

Career specialists are needed to help manage the grassland, shrubland, woodland and desert landscapes that comprise immense rangeland ecosystems, most west of the Mississippi River.  Current and projected job demand is strong. Specialties in rangeland ecology include soil science, plant life, wildlife species and livestock and watershed/land use policies. Management needs span invasive plant control, endangered species surveys and planning for sustainable livestock operations on both private and public lands. Other applications using range education include prairie land reclamation and restoration, vegetation management and state and federal land management research in fire and range ecology.

Need on-line courses to re-tool for a career in Rangeland Management?
Visit http://rangelandswest.org/coursecatalog/ for a searchable database on on-line and hybrid courses that can bring your credentials up to speed.
The new websites were funded from a U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant titled "Repositioning Rangeland Education for a Changing World."   Contact Susan Edinger Marshall at sem11@humboldt.edu to obtain free bookmarks and postcards that point to the careers and education website.

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Calling All Cooks, Submit Your Recipes! Featured Recipe - Branding Casserole

Submitted by Pat Seeley, Seeley Ranch, Halsey, Nebraska

3 lbs. hamburger 2 cans cream of chicken soup 2 cans cream of cheese soup
onion (diced) 1 c. water 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
3 c. rice Grated sharp cheese Salt & Pepper to taste

Brown hamburger and onion in large skillet. Cook rice in 3 cups of water until tender. Mix together rice, hamburger, onion and soups in large casserole dish. Sprinkle grated cheese over top. Bake one hour at 350°. Serves 25 people.

Background: This recipe is very easy and will serve a large group. The Seeley Ranch is located near Halsey, Nebraska and is a 4 generation Sandhills Ranch.

Trail Boss CookbookTrail Boss’s Cowboy Cookbook
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 Outreach and Communication Committee is collecting recipes, stories and photos for the next edition of the Trail Boss’s 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.)

Visit http://www.rangelands.org/outreachcommunication/oc_trailbosscookbook.shtml to see featured recipes from the original Trail Boss’s Cowboy Cookbook.
To purchase your very own copy of this classic filled with recipes from throughout the west and around the world, as well as range facts, historical anecdotes and humor please go to http://www.rangelands.org/publications_referencebooks.shtml.

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"Out on the Land" Television Series

OUT ON THE LAND TV series premiered Jan. 1, 2013 at 7pm ET/6pm CT/5pm MT/4pm PT on RFD-TV. It will air at that time every Tuesday in 2013 and will repeat every Wednesday at 9am ET/8am CT/7am MT/6am PT. You can check out the series at www.facebook.com/outontheland or at www.outontheland.com.

I hope to see you OUT ON THE LAND! Only on RFD-TV! Rural America’s most important network! Thanks for watching!  Send your feedback to me at larry@outontheland.com.

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March Range Photo Quiz Answer

Range QuizMarch Photo Quiz Question: Sometimes living organisms can apparently persist and thrive in the seemingly most inhospitable of rangeland environments.  What species do we see here and what might account for their vigor; or lack thereof? Bonus Question: What ESD series might this scene belong too (hint: you might have seen this at the Oklahoma City Poster Session).

ANSWER:  Six SRM Facebook friends (from Colorado, Wyoming, and Baja California) liked our sandy “spring break” quiz photo.  Lee Knox correctly identified the location: “The photo appears to be taken at White Sands New Mexico and the tree appears to be a Cottonwood.  Since the dune is active it could have easily over taken a small riparian area that fosters the growth of cottonwoods (or other trees) in an area of 5 to 12 inch annual rainfall.  Also the sand at White Sands has a unique water holding capacity if I remember correctly.”

Rich LaCasse noted that “the cottonwood has found a pocket of moisture and doesn't have much competition to share the water with because its roots grow deep under the adjacent brush.  The brush creates a mound with its root system that protects its roots from being exposed to the shifting sands and extreme summer temperatures and retains moisture to continue growing.  The ecological site would be a Vegetated Gypsum Dune.”

This slightly erroneous ID came from Nick Padilla: “Poliomintha incana and Populus deltoides. The dunes move over time and in this case, cover up what was an already established tree on a wet site, the P. incana [actually a Rhus!] grows fast enough to keep on top of the dune, and as the dune moves, soil established becomes harden and the plant just continues to grow.”

But what’s a fresh water guzzler like a cottonwood doing in such a salt prone area? NRCS RMS Jason Martin, who presented a poster on R042XB003NM in Oklahoma City, explains, “Most of these areas are high in salts and so vegetation like alkali sacaton and iodine bush grow on these sites.  The site with cottonwoods has a high gypsum content in the water but this doesn’t react the same as other salts in regards to plant water interactions.  Also in the dune areas where cottonwoods are found there are micro-layers of fresh water that the roots are able to utilize.”

And it takes a well-known Range Social Scientist from Utah State to come away with an inspiring thought:  “This is a Rio Grande cottonwood at White Sands National Monument.  It is able to succeed here because the water table beneath the dunes is relatively shallow, and it can tap into that water table by digging its roots into soil captured from interdunal flats.  I'd actually call it pretty darn vigorous - and a symbol of aridland hardiness that should inspire us in the range profession.”

Send your observations (and your own quiz-worthy range photos) to vtrujillo@rangelands.org, subject line "Range Photo Quiz." Be sure to include a question and answer with the photo! Watch for the next photo on Facebook and fill out the comment form on www.RangelandNews.org. In order to meet publication deadlines please send your responses by the 25th of the month!

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April Photo Quiz Question

Range Quiz

Photo Quiz Question: One never knows what one might come across while wandering through rangelands – what is this object and what for what purpose might it have been attached?

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! Send your responses by the 25th of the month to meet our deadlines!

Click here to view a larger version of the photo.


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CSU Rangelands Degree

The Nebraska Section Annual Meeting

“The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, Recovery After Drought and Wildfire”
October 9 & 10, 2013
Ainsworth, NE
(Tour of Niobrara 2012 wildlife areas Oct 10)

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III International Symposium on Forage Quality and Conservation   

The Department of Animal Science from the College of Agriculture "Luiz de Queiroz" - University of Sao Paulo, invites you to this symposium July 22 - 23, 2013 at the Royal Palm Plaza Resort in Campinas, SP, Brazil. For more information, click here!

Held directly after the symposium, the 50th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Society of Animal Science July 23-26, 2013, also at the Royal Palm Plaza Resort in Campinas, SP, Brazil. Click here for more information.

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North Central Section Website
The North Central Section now has an operational website at:  northernrangelands.org.

The purpose of this website is to serve our members of the section and to provide information to site visitors about our organization. It is also our intent to provide information regarding grasslands and grazing lands within the Section's region through posts and links.

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Florida Section Spring Tour - May 10, 2013, Sarasota, FL
Registration for the Florida Section Spring Tour is now open. To register call 941-729-6804 or email Brandee.Williams@fl.usda.gov. Registration costs include lunch.

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SRM Apparel eStore

Are you looking for a way to show people you support SRM or are a member of SRM? Then you need to visit our SRM Apparel eStore. We have everything from shirts, jackets, polos, pullovers, to vests, caps and bags. Check it out!!

Click Here to visit our store.

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National Native Seed Conference - April 8-11, Santa Fe, New Mexico

The National Native Seed Conference connects Research, Industry, Land Management, and Restoration professionals, providing the premier opportunity to develop relationships and share information about the collection, research and development, production, and use of native plant materials:

  • The latest research from around the world
  • Species selection and seed collection
  • Plant material evaluation and seed zone determination
  • Field establishment and cultural practices
  • Commercial native seed production
  • Storage and distribution solutions
  • Current methods for successful habitat restoration & rehabilitation
  • Ecoregional native plant materials programs
  • Economics and policies supporting restoration & rehabilitation

An overriding theme of the conference is practical information with direct implications for management. It presents a unique opportunity to exchange information among groups confronting the same issues in different parts of the world. For more information, visit the website at: http://nativeseed.info/

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Integrated Ranch Management Symposium - May 13-17, Laramie, WY

This symposium is presented by the University of Wyoming Range Club. Plan on attending and enjoy a week of progressive and informative workshops and field days to gain new ideas and reinforce profitability in ranching today!  

16 Continuing Education Units are available at this event. Early Registration by April 30, 2013. Space is Limited!

Click here for information on registering and for the Agenda. 

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Interpreting and Measuring Indicators of Rangeland Health - May 21-24, 2013, Reno, NV

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.

Click here for information on registering.

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Wyoming Range Management School - June 11-14, 2013, Buffalo, WY

The Wyoming Range Management School is intended for those with an interest in the management of rangelands to increase their understanding of the premises used to develop grazing management plans. The School is approved for 16 CEU credits for the SRM "Certified Professional in Rangeland Management" program. You can register for these at the school.

Click here for information on registering.

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North American Invasive Plant Ecology & Management Short Course - June 25-27, 2013

NAIPSCFebruary 27. The second half of the 2012-2013 NAIPSC Webinar Series is continuing now through the beginning of May. The first two webinars for 2013 have been on technologies for plant identification and approaches to large-scale restoration. The topic of our next webinar on March 7 will be fire on the landscape and the following week we’re going to hear about thistles – native thistles and their importance in rangelands. Sound interesting? Be sure to check out the entire schedule on the NAIPSC website (http://ipscourse.unl.edu) and find out how to join the NAIPSC Online Community. The NAIPSC Online Community is designed to inform participants who are involved in invasive plant management, research, and/or policy and provide an online venue for sharing resources, ideas, and information. Don’t miss out! Sign up today! 

January 9. The 2013 North American Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Short Course (NAIPSC) is now open for registration. Similar to previous years, the 2013 NAIPSC Field Course will include presentations, hands-on workshops, site visits and instructor-led discussion sessions on the latest in invasive plant ecology and management. The NAIPSC Special Session for 2013 is on the topic of biocontrol. Registration can be done either online or by downloading a brochure from the NAIPSC website (http://ipscourse.unl.edu). While there, be sure to check out the new NAIPSC Online Community that features relevant webinars, interesting articles, and opportunities to interact on any topic related to invasive plants. Also new is the Invasive Weed Ecology Program, which has some interesting information and thoughtful insights on invasive plants. The third annual NAIPSC Field Course will be held June 25-27, 2013 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln West Central Research & Extension Center in North Platte, NE. CEU and graduate student credit will be available.

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Position Announcement: Assistant Professor of Rangeland Resource Management

ORGANIZATION: Department of Agricultural Sciences West Texas A&M and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

DESCRIPTION:  The Department of Agricultural Sciences at West Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are seeking an Assistant Professor of Range Science to develop an effective and productive teaching, research (60%) and extension program (40%) in the Texas High Plains. This full time (12 month) tenure track position at West Texas A&M University has been created to attract and support an outstanding faculty member with responsibilities in teaching/extension/research supportive of the rangeland industry in the Texas Panhandle and Great Plains.  It is expected that this position will develop programs supporting the department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the ranching/wildlife constituents in the areas of teaching, development and delivery of extension programs to the ranching/wildlife management community and applied research (rangeland resource/grassland management). 
This is a 12 month tenure track appointment with the Extension responsibilities requiring some weekday, evening and weekend commitments in support of the agency’s duties at the county and state level.  Funding will be provided to the position for a graduate student (M.S. or Ph.D. level) to assist in conducting research and delivering extension programs.
Supervision of this position will include annual evaluation conducted by the Department Head of Agricultural Sciences Department at West Texas A&M and the Department Head (or Associate Department Head) of Extension Ecosystem Sciences and Management Texas A&M University.
Responsibilities will include:

Minimum Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

Texas law requires that males, age 18 through 25, be registered w/Selective Service.  AA/EOE.

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Position Announcement: Range and Forage Management Ecologist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska, is accepting applications for a Range and Forage Management/Ecologist, a 25% research, 75% extension, 12-month, tenure-leading appointment at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank, located at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center (PHREC), Scottsbluff, Nebraska.  Tenure home for this position is the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, with administrative assignment to the PHREC. Rank will be based on experience and credentials of the successful applicant. Focus of this position will be on native rangeland, forage crop and pastureland resource use with emphasis on sustainable use and resource management of semi-arid rangelands, grazing management, complementary forages, and use of geospatial and climate data to monitor and manage rangelands.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop relevant and responsive research and extension programming in rangeland health, ecosystem services and alternative uses of rangelands that would meet the diversity of growing demands placed on western rangelands. Research would include perennial forage crops for limited irrigation, annual forages for integrated cropping systems, and the ecological implication of grazing and sustainable livestock production on rangelands.  Extension responsibilities include planning, teaching, conducting and evaluating educational programs designed to help clientele enhance profitability and sustainability of rangeland-based enterprises in Nebraska. The incumbent will be part of multi-disciplinary teams with range, forage, crop, and beef specialties. Maintaining a vigorous program supported through external grants is essential.  Expected scholarship includes communication of research results in peer-reviewed journals, at scientific conferences, and supervision of graduate student research.

Requires a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. in place by date of hire in Range Management or Ecology or closely related field. To review the complete position details and apply for this position, go to: http://employment.unl.edu, search for requisition number F_130085.  Click on “Apply to this Job.” Attach a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and an overview of research and extension experience and interests. Arrange for 3 letters of reference to be sent via e-mail to:  sholman1@unl.edu.  Review of applications will begin on April 30, 2013  and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

The University of Nebraska has an active National Science Foundation ADVANCE gender equity program, and is committed to a pluralistic campus community through Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers.
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Position Announcement: Rangeland Ecologist

The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture is pleased to accept applications for a  Rangeland Ecologist, 12-month, tenure-leading position at Assistant or Associate Professor rank with 50% research and 50% teaching responsibilities, located in  Lincoln, Nebraska. This specialist will provide rangeland ecology and management expertise and leadership for departmental and interdisciplinary programs, and will be expected to develop a nationally recognized program appropriate for a major land-grant university.  Research is to address and quantify ecological relationships on rangeland; areas of focus may include rangeland resilience, prairie restoration, integration of rangeland ecology into regional and global issues, biodiversity and conservation management priorities on rangelands, habitat management, and rare and endangered species within rangeland ecosystems.  Teaching responsibilities include teaching annually: Great Plains Ecosystems, Vegetation Analysis, and an undergraduate/graduate level course in the incumbent’s area of specialization that contributes to the Grassland and Ecology Management degree program.  Instruction of North American Range Plants will be coordinated by the incumbent.  Additional responsibilities will be advising/mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and securing external research and teaching grants. 

Requires Ph.D. or Ph.D. in place by date of hire in range management, ecology, or related field.  

To view the complete position details and apply for this position, go to the UNL Employment website: http://employment.unl.edu.  Search for requisition number F_130094.  Click on “Apply to this Job,” complete the form and then attach a letter of application, an overview of research and teaching experience and interests, and curriculum vitae.  Arrange for 3 letters of reference to be emailed to:  cwendt1@unl.edu.  Review of applications will begin on May 6, 2013 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

The University of Nebraska has an active National Science Foundation ADVANCE gender equity program, and is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers.

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Position Announcement: Range/Habitat Crew Leader, Teton Science Schools in Jackson, WY*

Teton Science Schools, Jackson, WY, are looking for a Rangeland/Habitat Crew Leader who will be responsible for leading field work on a variety of projects (vegetation monitoring, vegetation sampling, habitat assessments, rangeland monitoring, grazing planning, etc.). Applicants should expect 7-10 day work-related trips to Nevada and possible overnights in the field. Housing may be provided depending upon field locations and a per diem for food will be given when traveling outside of Jackson. Experience with plant identification, navigation, GPS/GIS, data entry/management, and rangeland management are preferred. Crew lead should also have supervisory experience, good risk management and problem-solving skills. Applicants should be in excellent physical condition and comfortable driving 4x4 vehicles off-road in remote locations. Pay rate is $680/week. Start/end dates: May 28 – August 31, 2013. For complete job description and to apply, visit http://www.tetonscience.org/index.cfm?id=employment
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Position Announcement: Range/Habitat Technician, Teton Science Schools in Jackson, WY *

Teton Science Schools, Jackson, WY, are looking for a Rangeland/Habitat Technician who will be responsible for conducting field work on a variety of projects (vegetation monitoring, vegetation sampling, habitat assessments, rangeland monitoring, grazing planning, etc.) for field work primarily in Nevada. Applicants should expect 7-10 day work-related trips to Nevada and possible overnights in the field. Housing may be provided depending upon field locations and a per diem for food will be given when traveling outside of Jackson. Experience with plant identification, navigation, GPS/GIS, data entry/management, and rangeland management are preferred. Applicants should be in excellent physical condition and comfortable driving 4x4 vehicles off-road in remote locations. Pay rate is $600/week. Start/end dates: May 28 – Aug. 31, 2013. For complete job description and to apply, visit http://www.tetonscience.org/index.cfm?id=employment

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Upcoming Events

Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course
May 3rd, 2013 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm PDT
Video Conference Training Locations
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension - Logandale, NV
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension - Pahrump, NV
Great Basin College - Elko, NV

UC Sierra Foothill Research & Extension Center
Field Workshop: Protecting & Enhancing Your Most Critical Rangeland Resources

May 7, 2013 – Browns Valley, CA

Integrated Ranch Management Symposium
May 13-17, 2013
University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
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Interpreting & Measuring Indicators of Rangeland Health
May 21-24, 2013 - Reno, NV

North American Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Short Course
June 25-27, 2013 - University of Nebraska - Lincoln
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PNW Section Spring Meeting
June 19-21, 2013 - Dawson Creek, British Columbia

NV Section Summer Meeting & Tour:
Pinion Juniper Fuels Reduction Projects and Vegetation Response – What have we learned?

Jun 27-28, 2013 – Ely, NV
(Business meeting – June 28)

Invasive Plants: Managing Controversy, Creativity and Conservation
July 21, 2013 - Reno, NV
Click Here for more information or contact workshop organizer Steve Young at steve.young@unl.edu

III International Symposium on Forage Quality and Conservation
July 22-23, 2013
Campinas, SP, Brazil
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50th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Society of Animal Science July 23-26, 2013
Campinas, SP, Brazil
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Nebraska Section Annual Meeting - “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, Recovery After Drought and Wildfire”
October 9-10, 2013 - Ainsworth, NE (Tour of Niobrara 2012 wildlife areas Oct. 10)

Texas Section Fall Meeting
October 9-11, 2013
Ft. Worth, TX
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22 International Grassland Congress
Sept. 15-19, 2013 - Sydney, Australia
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Renewable Natural Resources Foundation's (RNRF) 12th National Congress:
Resiliency of the Coasts

December, 2013 – Washington DC Area
More information coming soon

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Upcoming Functions & Continuing Education Pre-Approved Courses

Click here to view a full calendar of functions that have been pre-approved for SRM Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

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, 6901 S. Pierce St. Ste. 225, Littleton, CO 80128: Fax 303.986.3892 or email: vtrujillo@rangelands.org.-back to top-


Welcome New Members: March

Name City State Section
Richard G Gatewood Artesia NM NM
Robert J. Potts Marfa TX TX
Rita E. Ring Blodgett OR PN
Robert James Houck Robert Lee TX TX
M. Don Thompson Santa Rosa NM NM
Jason Christopher Morris Bastrop TX TX

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