Rangeland News - August 2013

Deadline to change to electronic ballot: Aug. 18, 2013.

Preserving SRM's Historical Value into a Bright Future

Val Jo Anderson

Val Jo Anderson, SRM Director
From a very young age I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. My grandfather owned the local sawmill in our rural Utah town and logged his own trees from timber sales off of the Manti La-Sal National Forest. As a little boy, I often went with him to the mountain. We would be logging trees and quite often a green truck would pull up on the ridgeline and just sit there for a while. Being curious, I asked grandpa who they were.  He told me that they were forest rangers, upon which I asked what they did. Grandpa said, “They drive around the forest in their green trucks and watch other people work.”  From that moment on, I knew what I wanted to be.  It was a revelatory kind of experience! 

From that time right on through college, I worked hard to be a good student and worked seasonally for the Forest Service in a variety of jobs to gain valuable practical experience.  Nearing the end of my B.S. degree, I was primed and ready for my real job.  I could almost feel the relaxing seat of my new green truck.  But, about that time, Ronald Regan got elected to be president.  One of Regan’s first actions was to freeze all federal hiring.  So, there was no Forest Service job for me and no green truck!  Fortunately, Jim O’Rourke saw promise in me and offered a graduate position and from there I continued studying rangeland  ecology and management and was able to stay in the profession through education and research. 

I have been a member of SRM for 33 years and over that time have come to know many great leaders in the industry, seen practice and policies change, interest and user increases, and various aspects of the rangeland resources glow brightly in public interest to be replaced by yet another interest from time-to-time.  Through all of this, SRM has remained focused on providing information, networking, and professional guidance to all who would participate in maintaining and improving rangeland health, productivity and usefulness to the citizens of this country and the world. 

I believe that as a Professional Society we have been historically too modest and often see new wave ecologists publishing old range concepts in the bright new jargon of the day, or see up and coming new professional societies carving off a niche of what SRM does and has done since its inception as though it is an entirely new science.   As a result of that modesty, I believe SRM has lost some of its historical identity and subsequently we are down in membership. 

When I was working seasonally for the Forest Service, many districts couldn’t have a specialist for every discipline, but every district had a range con, because they were trained broadly enough that they could cross over and handle tasks associated with watershed, forestry, wildlife, recreation, etc.   Now government and special interests want to button-hole range managers much more restrictively, yet we continue to be the broadest trained discipline in natural resources.  As a society, SRM has experienced some administrative changes over the past few years, that I believe will help us be a more efficient organization and I support these changes. 

As a retiring member of the SRM Board, I have been a part of some of these changes and I expect that we will continue to evolve organizationally. However, I would like to see SRM continue and even increase in recognition for the professional expertise and breadth that we as members of SRM embody.  We know and understand these resources better than anyone else in the world, and collectively, we need to increase our efforts to be heard and be a part of decisions for the future.  I applaud the current SRM Presidents for their efforts in this cause and hope that we as a Society can support them and help build upon a rich legacy. Through these efforts, SRM will gain greater recognition for its contribution to a rangeland resource that continues to bring joy and prosperity to all who are fortunate enough to use and conserve it.

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The 2013 SRM Election of Officers is Coming - How Do You Want Your Ballot?

Deadline to change to electronic ballot: Aug. 18, 2013. Members: the default for your ballot preference is the same as it was last year. (New members, your default preference is paper ballot).

  • If you received your ballot last year by email, then your preference is currently set to “Electronic Ballot.”
  • If you received your ballot last year by postal mail, then your preference is currently set to “Paper Ballot.”

Click here for instructions to view or change your ballot preference online.  You may also contact membership@rangelands.org for assistance.

Click here to view the 2014 Candidate Statements

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Capital Update

Val Jo AndersonKelly Fogarty, SRM Washington, D.C. Liaison
Congress is now officially underway with its annual Summer Recess; Members will not return to D.C. until Sept. 9th.  However, once they return they will be hit with a number of decisions that must be rapidly made as a Sept. 30th deadline for the current Farm Bill extensions will be looming as will a need to address a budget for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2014.  SRM was able to meet with both Congressional representatives and Agency officials prior to the mass exodus from D.C. that occurs this time of year for the Society’s annual fly-in.

As many of you may have already noted, the Society for Range Management concluded the annual Fly-In to Washington, D.C. that is conducted by the Executive Officers this past July.  This year, President Wally Butler and 2nd Vice President Pat Shaver made the trip out to D.C. from July 21-23 in order to take part in a schedule that included meetings with outside organizations, Congressional staff and Agency Officials.  Several of the meetings that took place are outlined below in the press release which was issued by SRM and distributed throughout the membership and contacts here in D.C.  If you haven’t already seen the release, take a moment to review the content below and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

As follow-up from the fly-in continues to unfold here in D.C. it should be noted that immediately following the Society’s trip, the official posting for the National Rangeland Program Lead was listed by USDA-NRCS.  SRM looks forward to this position being filled and working with the new lead as issues regarding comprehensive range health continue to move forward within the agency.  SRM will also be pursuing efforts to provide real-time online access and then ultimate archived access to the workshops and trainings which will take place at the next Annual Meeting and those in the future; we will keep you updated as this project progresses as we will need everyone’s support and help in distributing the availability of this exciting opportunity to all those that may benefit.

As you can see, while Congress may leave for the Summer months, SRM will remain active on following-up on a number of issues and potential projects here in D.C.; if you have any questions or concerns regarding anything noted above or in the following press release, please contact me at:  kelly@westernskiesstrategies.com.

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YouTube on the Range - Cattle Ranching: "Herds West" 1955

Here’s a nostalgic (?) look down memory lane, not much after the 1948 founding of SRM; the western range of more than a half century ago.  Plucked from the Library of Congress Prelinger Archive, this 12 minute film “shows production of beef from the grasslands of the range to the feeding barns near big Western cities."  The viewer is informed that though the region (“Lands that cover almost half of the nation - too rough and dry for field crops”) “may seem like a lonely place big and barren of not much use - an empty wasteland… it does grow grass and from that grass comes one of America’s greatest production lines.”  Amid grainy images and “Big Country” movie music, this “production line” is shown from the spring time arrival of baby calves to the last climb of fattened steers up the packing house ramp (alas, no scenes of backyard family grilling – or kids wolfing down burgers – but we forget that this was also the year of that very first Big Mac!).  While Aberdeen Angus and Zebu-Brahma appear, cameo like, it is still the Hereford cow that rules the range.

For the uninitiated, the narrator patiently explains cattle management practices such as brands, ear marks, vaccinations, spraying, roundups, sorting, shipping (on rail cars and very vintage looking cattle trucks) and all the final stages of production – the “new” feeding centers (not in the Texas panhandle but in California!) where lab-coated nutritionists attend an array of black-box buttons, dials and switches to mix scientific rations (King Corn had apparently not made it into this mix!).  As a tractor drives along a row of fed bunks, the narrator informs us that “the day of the horse and the wagon and the pitchfork is rapidly disappearing.”

Alas, there are no “scientifically trained” range managers or helpful “government men” among the cast of characters (maybe they got left on the cutting room floor?), or any explicit appreciation of the importance of the public lands in this great production story.  But we do learn that, “Only in the summer months is the range green when clouds pile up to produce their showers.  For much of the year the range growth is brown or a silvery white… In times of drought many vanish completely…”

Among the 14,000+ viewers of this film was a westerner with this comment:  “WOW! As a cattle rancher it’s amazing to see how little has changed since the days of my grandfather!” (We of course are not so sure about this...)

“Meanwhile back on the lonely range the endless cycle moves on through the seasons; the rains come followed by the droughts, the windmills pump their precious water, and on the barren land the cattle bring forth their new models to start along the great production line.”

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67th Annual Meeting of the Society for Range Management: From Dusty Trails to Waning Wetlands, Feb. 8-13, 2014 - Orlando, FL

Submitted by: Angie Reid, Planning Committee Co-Chair

2014 SRM Annual MeetingFind the most up to date information about the conference on our website at http://rangelands.org/orlando2014/.  In addition to conference details we have several links on our conference page where you can buy discounted attraction tickets as well as coupons for local restaurants and airport shuttle rides.

Hotel registration at the Caribe Royal is now open at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/srm2014.  All rooms are suites and are available at the 2014 government per diem rate.  For more information on this great facility go to http://www.cariberoyale.com/ or click here to read Planning Committee Co-Chair Angie Reid’s article on the hotel.

Registration is now open!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER:  http://timssnet2.allenpress.com/ECOMSRMA//Timssnet/Meetings/MAS_meetings.cfm
Click here for the registration in a pdf format
Click here for the online room request form

Bellamy BrothersAnnouncing the first ever SRM Gala featuring The Bellamy Brothers!  The Bellamy Brothers, Florida locals, have been making country music since the 1960’s and have released more than 50 albums.  The SRM Gala will replace the Taste of Florida.  Instead of exhibiting the wonderful food you will undoubtedly be enjoying all week long, we would like to dazzle you with the best of Florida music!  Join us Wednesday evening for this private concert and dance in the glass pavilion of the Caribe Royal!

The Plenary Session will kick off the meeting with noted speakers Dr. Reed Noss, author of Forgotten Grasslands of the South and Professor of Biology at University of Central Florida, discussing the history of grasslands in the south and orienting our largely western-based membership to the regional rangelands.  Dr. Thad Box, Former Dean of Utah State University’s College of Natural Resources and regular contributor to Rangelands and Utah Public Radio will discuss the history of drought, how his experiences have changed the way he thinks, and how drought has shaped the Society.  Finally, Dr. Donald Wilhite, Professor of Applied Climate Science at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Founding Director of the National Drought Mitigation Center, will discuss the way forward in how we deal with and manage for drought on our rangelands.

In addition to all of our regular technical sessions, this year’s meeting will feature the following Special Sessions:

  • Healing the Land and Building Soil Health
  • Producer's Forum: Soil Health Matters
  • Environmental Impacts of Feral Swine
  • Ecological Site Workshop Series
  • Having a Say: Creation of SRM Advocacy Papers
  • Adaptive Toolbox for Medusahead Control
  • Adaptive Management in Rangelands: Getting to Work
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Dynamics in the Northern Great Plains
  • The Problems with Junipers In the Great Plains and Central U.S.
  • Upland Gamebird Ecology and Management in Grazing Systems
  • Integrating Social and Economic Indicators for Sustainable Rangeland Management
  • SRM Native American Range Forum – Basic Rangeland and Livestock Management
  • Rangeland Technology and Equipment Council (RTEC) Workshop: Strategies and, Treatments to Maintain or Restore Longleaf Pine Forests
  • Conservation and Stewardship Tools in Action: A Canadian and U.S. Perspective on Lessons Learned and Challenges to Overcome
  • Technical Service Provider Workshop (TSP):  Prescribed Grazing Conservation Activity Plans - Monitoring Plan Development
  • Tropical Rangelands of the World:  Challenges and Opportunities in a Globalized Society and A Changing Environment
  • Unsettled Futures for Subsistence Pastoralism:  Adapting Livestock Practices in the Face of Changing Climate and Land Use

Coming Soon……an article about all the great technical and social tours being offered at the Orlando meeting!  See you in Orlando!

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SRM 2014 Annual Meeting


If you look out the window and this is what you see, cheer up because the 2014 SRM Annual Meeting is in Orlando, Florida where the average high temperature in February is 72.7° F and the average low is a balmy 49.7° F!

Start looking forward to a well-deserved break from the snow this coming winter and make your plans early! Check the SRM Events website for updates about the meeting http://www.rangelands.org/events/ and follow us on Twitter at SRM2014 to get all the latest news!

Abstracts for oral papers and posters due Aug. 19, 2013 11:59 pm EDT. All abstracts are to be formally submitted online at: http://srm.apexabstracts.com.

Note: Students have until Sept. 30, 2013 11:59 pm EDT to submit their abstracts. Instructions for student submissions after the general deadline will be provided at a later date. We encourage all students to submit their abstracts by the general deadline if possible. Please direct your questions to: Mike Turpin at john.turpin@la.usda.gov.

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Get an Early Start on the 2015 SRM Honor Awards

It’s not too early to be working on Award Nominations for the 2015 Honor Awards! Award nominations are due April 30, 2014. Why not get an early start and give yourself plenty of time to put together a winning nomination packet?

Be sure your nomination includes detailed information regarding the nominee. Up to five pages of supporting documentation can be included, such as letters of reference, accomplishments, awards and recognition, etc.
Committee decisions are only as good as the information they have to work with so make sure to provide as complete a packet as possible. Do your part to highlight the many accomplished member of our Society!

Also be thinking about your 2014 Excellence in Range management nominations and their posters. The call will come out later this year!

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A Participatory Method to Produce Biodiversity Indicators

Rangeland Ecology & ManagementPeople have long believed that too many domestic animals grazing in an area can damage soil and vegetation. However, in some areas, like Western Europe, removing livestock can contribute to undesirable changes, including the loss of biodiversity. What land managers need is a quick, inexpensive, and practical way to assess habitat response to grazing removal.

The authors of an article in the current issue of the journal Rangeland Ecology & Management provide a participatory method to develop indicators of plant and animal diversity that can evaluate many environments yet also be tailored to a specific habitat. The key to their method is input from knowledgeable scientists and local managers. These experts cooperatively create a checklist used to rapidly determine the effects of grazing and to produce data crucial to management decisions.

Fewer farmers and ranchers are raising livestock in upland pastures in many portions of the world. Changes to such land affect not just domestic livestock, but also wildlife and both introduced and natural vegetation. Smart land management means understanding the effects of grazing removal on both wild and domestic populations. This article argues that concise methods are needed “to identify locations where grazing is essential to maintain habitat variation and viable populations of rare species.”

The authors created a four-step process and tested it in an area of Scotland where pastoral sheep farming had been reduced. They first invited scientists, government and nonprofit representatives, and land agents to a workshop where participants predicted the effects of fewer grazing sheep. The study team used these predictions to develop biodiversity indicators which they then evaluated at several sites. Finally, they compared the predictions with the study results.
For this study, the team formed nine biodiversity indicators from the workshop predictions. The authors found that fewer sheep allowed more red deer to graze the study sites. Despite the larger deer population, the sites had more short shrubs and taller vegetation overall, an effect predicted during the workshop. But fewer grazing sheep did not always produce the anticipated results. Two results contradicted predictions related to reduced sheep numbers, confirming the importance of field testing.

The authors concluded that their method encourages group decision-making, and it easily and rapidly tests the response of biological diversity to grazing in an area. They emphasized the importance of a well-attended and representative workshop. They also noted that information about past management practices, such as burning, would ensure more accurate field results.

Full text of the article “Reduced Sheep Grazing and Biodiversity: A Novel Approach to Selecting and Measuring Biodiversity Indicators,” Rangeland Ecology & Management, Vol. 66, No. 4, 2013, is now available.


About Rangeland Ecology & Management
Rangeland Ecology & Management is a peer-reviewed journal of the Society for Range Management that is published six times a year. The journal provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of research information, concepts, and philosophies pertaining to the function, management, and sustainable use of global rangeland resources. The journal is available online at www.srmjournals.org. To learn more about the society, please visit: http://www.rangelands.org/

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Lost Resource: SRM Past President and Charter Member Gerald Thomas

Science & Technology Training LibraryGerald Thomas died July 31, 2013.  But he lives on in thousands of us who were fortunate enough to know him.  A fishing trip, a search for a special rock to make a bolo tie or a chance meeting in the hallway at an SRM meeting challenged us to seek to improve ourselves.

Throughout the West newspapers of August 1 lauded a few things he had done: A farm kid from Small, Idaho who worked his way through college; a WWII torpedo bomber pilot with three Distinguished Flying Crosses, two air medals, and a Presidential Unit Citation; a college professor, research director, dean and university president; author of many books and hundreds of articles; Charter Member and later President (1983) of the Society for Range Management.  These were just a few of the many commendable things Gerald did.  But none defined who he was.

He was always a boy from a sagebrush homestead who had the self-confidence to laugh at himself.  He had the ability to make anyone from a ranch hand digging a post hole to a struggling student to an ambassador from some great country want to do their very best. Individuals in his presence knew they were important.
One of Gerald's strengths was being able to see the whole rather than getting bogged down in details.  He knew the smallest parts had to work together for the system to function.  A healthy range was not a thing, but the interaction of soil, water, plants and animals.  A university was not buildings and budgets, but the interaction of students, faculty and the general public in the quest for knowledge.  He always found time to help the rancher, the fumbling student or the disgruntled professor find their place in the system.  Just being around Gerald made one realize they had something to offer in the service of others.

The current President of New Mexico State University said "Without contradiction, Gerald Thomas was the greatest president this university has ever had."  That is a true statement, but Gerald did not seek greatness.  He sought to make us all better.

From the time the SRM was formed in 1948, through his term as President in 1983 to the day he died, Gerald was a loyal servant of rangelands.  This short notice cannot do justice to him or his service.  But the part of him that is in each SRM member will gently remind us that he has left us work to do.  And that we can do it.

Thad Box, 1 August 2013

Gifts can be made in Gerald’s name to the New Mexico State University Foundation (contact Deborah Widger at 575-646-4034 or dwidger@nmsu.edu) or First Presbyterian Church (200 Boutz Road, Las Cruces). To see more information on Gerald’s contributions to New Mexico State University, go to http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/9616/nmsu-announces-passing-of-former-president-gerald-thomas. To learn more about his WWII history, go to his website at http://www.airgroup4.com/.

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Lost Resource: Dr. Robert F. Barnes

Life Legacy Member Dr. Robert F. Barnes passed away, April 27, 2013.  To see the notice or share your condolences please go to http://www.cressfuneralservice.com/obituary/115455/Robert-Barnes/. Donations can be made in Robert’s name by sending contributions to the Robert F Barnes Graduate Education Award fund (Agronomic Science Foundation 5585 Guilford Rd, Madison WI 53711, 608.273.8080) or Blackhawk Church (9620 Brader Way, Middleton, WI 53562, 608.828.4200), or a charity of your choice.

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Weller Named as Chief for the USDA-NRCS

Portrait of Jason WellerJason Weller has led NRCS since December 2012.  He served as acting chief December 2012 to July 2013, 2013.  He was selected permanent chief in July 2013.
As chief, he oversees programs that help protect the environment, preserve our natural resources and improve agricultural sustainability through voluntary, private-lands conservation.  He leads a staff of 11,500 employees across the country and manages a budget of about $4 billion.

Before assuming this role, Jason served as NRCS’s acting associate chief for Conservation and as chief of staff where he worked alongside Chief Dave White and the agency’s national and state leaders to plan and implement strategic conservation initiatives and conduct the annual business operations of the agency.

Prior to joining NRCS, Jason served as a staff member for the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture where he provided oversight and crafted bills to fund USDA programs and activities.  He also served on the U.S. House Budget Committee where he helped construct the annual congressional budget for agriculture, environment and energy programs.  Jason also worked with the White House Office of Management and Budget where he assisted with the development and implementation of the budget for USDA conservation programs.

Before coming to Washington, D.C., Jason worked for several years with the California State Legislature where he provided fiscal and policy recommendations on a variety of natural resource conservation and environmental protection issues. Jason is a native of northern California.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Carleton College in Northfield, MN. and a graduate degree in public policy from the University of Michigan. Jason and his wife have two young daughters and live in Maryland.

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USDA-NRCS Webinars Available & Offering SRM Continuing Education Credit (CEUs)

Science & Technology Training LibraryTo assist range professionals with maintaining their professional certification, SRM recently partnered with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to offer SRM CEUs for qualifying webinars available at the Science and Technology Training Library at ConservationWebinars.net.  This includes both live webinars and webinar replays available at the Website. The webinar listing grows daily, so check the site regularly for new entries!

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Calling All Cooks, Submit Your Recipes! Featured Recipe - Ground Beef & Zucchini Casserole

Submitted by Madeline Scholz - Tonasket, Washington

1-1/2 lbs. ground beef         1/2 soup can water 1 medium zucchini, or more if needed
1 small onion, chopped to cover ground beef 1-1/2 c. grated cheese 1 can mushroom soup 
salt & pepper to taste    

Lightly brown the ground beef and onion.  Drain off fat.  Layer beef and zucchini in a 12x7x2-inch dish.  Cut zucchini in ¼" slices to cover the beef mixture.  Pour mushroom soup and water over the layers.  Top with grated cheese.  Bake in 350° oven until zucchini is tender and cheese is melted.

Background: My father Dan Graham came here from Ontario, Canada in 1888 and homesteaded where we now live.  Through the years he expanded the ranch until 1930.  He then retired and my husband Bill Scholz and I continued to operate the ranch.  We, too, expanded the operation.  Our son Gerald worked with his Dad until 1976 when Bill passed away.

Gerald and I continue to operate the ranch; his son Gerald makes the 4th genera­tion to be operating the ranch in 95 years. The brand is one my father constructed from a wrench that was used to remove wagon wheels. It also served another purpose. It was used as a bolt (clevis pin) to fasten double trees on a wagon tongue.

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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July Range Photo Quiz Answer

Range QuizJuly Photo Quiz Question: Summer is field season for many SRMers, who all know that field work can hold unexpected surprises and "adventures."  What field technique is being demonstrated here, and how might it be an illustration of adaptive management? (Bonus points for identification of MLRA!)

ANSWER:  Our July Range Quiz Photo is from recent field work conducting Phygrow modeling and mapping burn severity in the Davis Mountains of West Texas.

Steve Barker (Phoenix) recognized this exercise as adaptive management:  “Since the spare is flat, just run transects back to the Range Quizhighway.  When the tire falls over, take your sample.”  Tony Svejcar seemed to speak from experience: “… does happen from time to time around here. Usually the tire is mostly flat as it is being walked along. Pickup tires can be pretty heavy, so not a bad idea compared to trying to carry it any distance.”

An anonymous Facebook Friend informed us that “This is known as a ‘rolling transect’ – vary the level of inflation depending upon the length and aspect of the site (some dispute as to which agency came up with this approach).  Clip and weigh everything inside the ‘Doughnut Hole;’ check for compaction under the tread.  Sampling technique has the purported value of randomness, but to be truly unbiased the operator should be blindfolded…”

Texas Aggie Diana Doan-Crider provided the SRM Range Photo Quiz with this Hollywood “treatment” for a future cable-TV script (working title, Monitoring Madness):Range Quiz

The moral of the story: Always make sure the spare tire key is on the key ring, but then considering that most of those locks are rusted on and you can’t get them to work anyway, keep the spare(s) in the back of the pickup and ready for use at all times!

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!

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August Photo Quiz Question

Range Quiz Photo

Photo Quiz Question: Anyone roaming on rangelands should be prepared to encounter and identify all kinds of things, from plants to critters to anthropogenic objects.  What have we encountered here, and what might be its purpose?  Bonus points: What MLRA might we be in, and what might be said regarding range condition?

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!

Click here to view a larger version of the photo.

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CSU Rangelands Degree

CRP Training – Presented by Conservation Professional Training Program

Join over 400 of your colleagues across the country who have already participated in our comprehensive training program. The path to becoming an NRCS certified CRP Technical Service Provider (TSP) has never been easier with new online training options. Participants who complete the FREE online Core Training are eligible for supplemental courses at no additional charge. Supplemental courses are available for a fee to all other participants. Please visit our website www.facesofcrp.info for an overview of the entire program including training availability, benefits and continuing education units (CEUs).   

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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 online 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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Fall 2013 GLCI Steering Committee Meeting & Tour, Sept. 5-8, Wichita, KS

Please note that hotel reservations MUST be made NO LATER THAN August 15th. To make hotel reservations please call: 316-945-5272 or toll free at 1-800-247-4458. Use group code GRZ to get the special $89 per night room rate.

Join us for a special tour of the beautiful Red Hills of Kansas featuring the Z-Bar Ranch and the Alexander Ranch in western Barber County. The tour will showcase the midgrass prairie - its history, current issues and opportunities, and what has been and is being done to ensure its future as a unique grassland landscape!  

Click here for more information.

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Whole Ranch Planning and Grass-fed Applications

Sept. 13, 2013 - May 24, 2014:  Saguache, Colorado Springs, Denver and Durango, Colorado

You are invited to join SWGLA, Internationally renowned consultant and holistic management expert, Kirk Gadzia, Colorado grass-fed livestock producers and additional instructors in this unique learning series.  Over the course of 9 months (four 2-day learning sessions), gain the knowledge, skills, tools and inspiration you need to develop a more profitable land operation that addresses the "triple bottom line" of people, planet and profits.

You will also have the unique opportunity to tour and learn at three distinctive Colorado ranches including the Blue Range Ranch (George Whitten and Julie Sullivan), the Chico Basin Ranch (Duke Philips) and the James Ranch (the James family).

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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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Range QuizSRM 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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Ecology & Management of Grazing - An Online Course

The California Rangeland Research and Information Center at UC Davis is now offering an online science-based course entitled the “Ecology and Management of Grazing.”  This online course is organized in four modules that can be taken separately or in sequential order. The modules are 1) Introduction to Ecology and Grazing, 2) Foraging Behavior and Livestock Distribution, 3) Forage Quality and Grazing Animal Nutrition, and 4) Ranching and Grazing Systems.  Each module is introduced by a documentary quality high definition video followed by a series of narrated PowerPoint presentations. There are reading assignments and practical exercises. Each module is self-paced and will take 10 to 20 hours to complete.  Outlines for each module can be accessed via the online course registration page: http://californiarangeland.ucdavis.edu/Grazing%20Management/online_course.htm

Course registration fees are $200 per module or $600 for all four modules.  Registration fees can be reduced for groups of more than 10 people.  Contact Mel George (mrgeorge@ucdavis.edu, phone 530-752-1720) for group discounts. Each module is approved by the Society for Range Management for 16 CEUs.

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2012-2013 North American Invasive Plant Ecology & Management Short Course Webinar Series

NAIPSCEven though the 2012-2013 NAIPSC Webinar Series has completed, you can still hear all 15 archived webinars from the series. All you need to do is go to the eLibrary website (http://passel.unl.edu/communities/naipsc) to sign up and/or participate. 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! For all the details, check out the NAIPSC (website).  Click here for the brochure.

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Position Announcement: Dean, Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University

Colorado State University invites nominations and applications for appointment as Dean of the world renowned Warner College of Natural Resources (WCNR). The ideal candidate will be a strong leader dedicated to the advancement of the research, outreach, and educational missions of the College and University, and be able to provide the vision and energy necessary to lead the College to continued levels of excellence.

The College encompasses a broad range of natural resource programs including five departments - Ecosystem Science and Sustainability; Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology; Forest and Rangeland Stewardship; Geosciences; and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources - and is the largest endowed college of its kind in the country. It is widely considered one of the most comprehensive natural resources colleges, boasting 12 major outreach units that have impact locally, regionally, and internationally. The College offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, with enrollment of about 1350 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students. The Dean oversees a budget of approximately $10 million per year, plus external research contracts totaling approximately $47 million in annual expenditures.

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University-Extensive land-grant institution enrolling approximately 27,000 students from all 50 states and 82 countries. Please visit our web site (www.warnercnr.colostate.edu) for more information on the Warner College of Natural Resources.  General information about Colorado State University can be accessed at www.colostate.edu.  Information about Fort Collins can be found at http://fcgov.com/.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have successfully accomplished increasingly complex goals and objectives through which high-level leadership, promotion of diversity, communication, vision, development and management skills will be evident. Specific requirements for this exciting position are available at: http://warnercnr.colostate.edu/home/about-wcnr/employment-opportunities

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, for full consideration, applications should be received by October 1, 2013.

Desired start date is January 1, 2014 or a mutually agreed upon date. Applicants should send a letter expressing their qualifications and vision for the position, specifically addressing the points listed above, current vitae, and the names and contact information for five references.  Submit applications via email to:  wcnrdeansearch@colostate.edu

Questions regarding the search may be directed to Dr. Jeffrey McCubbin, Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences, and Search Committee chair, at (970) 491-5841. Nominations are welcome and should be sent to: wcnrdeansearch@colostate.edu. References will not be contacted until advanced stages of screening and reconfirmed with candidates.

CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer. Colorado State University conducts background checks on all final candidates.

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Position Announcement: Range Scientist, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

The University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, has an opportunity for a Range Scientist, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the Range Cattle Research and Education Center in Ona, FL>

Description:   Applications are invited for a 12-month tenure-track position with a 60% Extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service) and 40% Research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) appointment.  The position is located in south-central Florida with current tenure assignment with the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation http://www.wec.ufl.edu); however, the selected candidate may select a tenure departmental home more appropriately aligned with their disciplinary expertise, such as Agronomy or Animal Sciences.  The successful candidate will be expected to develop and coordinate a nationally-recognized research and education program that emphasizes the role of plant and animal (domestic and wildlife) interactions on the economic and environmental productivity of Florida’s rangelands.  These activities shall support a highly collaborative research program involving the disciplinary topics of rangeland management, including the influences of plant community structure and composition on herbivory, productivity (livestock and wildlife), and population dynamics of both livestock and wildlife.

The extension education efforts shall primarily address an audience of public and private rangeland owners and managers with programs aimed at addressing ecosystem services, policies, programs and markets to ensure the continued viability of these valuable Florida agricultural ecosystems.  Communication of research results in appropriate peer-reviewed journals and scientific and trade publications is an essential requirement of this position. Recruitment and supervision of graduate students is expected.  A Ph.D. (foreign equivalent acceptable) in range science, forage agronomy, plant ecology, animal science, wildlife ecology, or closely related field is required. 

This position is currently available. Compensation is commensurate with the education, experience, and qualifications of the selected applicant.  Applications must be submitted online.  Individuals wishing to apply should include the complete position announcement by visiting http://jobs.ufl.edu/postings/32893  (Requisition # 0901589). Application submission includes; 1) Faculty Profile, short application, 2) Letter of application that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above, 3) Complete vita (which includes description of current position and responsibilities), 4) Contact information of 3 references who may be contacted for letters of reference, and 5) Official transcripts documenting awarding of the Master’s degree and PhD degree, if completed.  Review applications will begin August 1, 2013 and continue until a suitable candidate is hired. Please forward transcripts and inquiries to Dr. Brent Sellers, Chair, Search and Screen Committee, 863-735-1314, sellersb@ufl.edu.  The University of Florida is an equal opportunity and equal access employer.

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Position Announcement: Research Technician - Extended Temporary, Phoenix

Research Technician – Extended Temporary, Phoenix
The University of Arizona
Salary Range $10.87 to $13.53 per hour
Available Sept 2013

Copy and paste this link into your browser.
http://www.uacareertrack.com, click “Search Postings,” then paste 52803 in “Job Number”

The Research Technician will assist with standard sampling procedures for inventory and monitoring of soils and vegetation on rangeland ecosystems. The position is with Arizona Cooperative Extension, but is based in Phoenix AZ with most field work occurring on lands administered by the BLM Phoenix District Office. Employment will be full time for 12 months from the date of hire. Continued employment depends on future funding. The position is eligible for benefits. Minimum of B.S. degree in rangeland/natural resources/agriculture or 4 years experience is required. The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA - M/W/D/V Employer. Apply only at the website listed above, but for more information, contact: Doug Tolleson, dougt@cals.arizona.edu, 928-821-3222

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Position Announcement: Grassland Management Graduate Certificate

Want to further your education regarding grasslands of the Great Plains?  Earn a graduate certificate from Kansas State University, University of Nebraska, Oklahoma State University, or South Dakota State University.  All courses are offered online.  Courses offered during the fall semester 2013 include Grassland Fire Ecology and Ecology of Invasive Species. Learn more about this graduate certificate at: www.agidea.org/programs/grass.

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Upcoming Events

11th Annual South Dakota Grazing School
Sept. 10 - 13, 2013, Chamberlain, SD
Presented by the SD Grasslands Coalition and several partners, this hands-on training focuses on practical skills needed for excellent management of grazinglands. For more information contact Judge Jessop (jljessop@kennebectelephone.com).

22 International Grassland Congress
Sept. 15-19, 2013 - Sydney, Australia
More Information

PNW Section Fall Meeting 
Sept. 19-21,2013, Enterprise, OR
More Info. 

South Dakota SRM Annual Meeting
Oct. 3-4, 2013 - Chamberlain, SD

Nebraska Section Annual Meeting - “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, Recovery After Drought and Wildfire”
Oct. 9-10, 2013 - Ainsworth, NE (Tour of Niobrara 2012 wildlife areas Oct. 10)

Texas Section Fall Meeting
Oct. 9-11, 2013 , Ft. Worth, TX
More Info.

Renewable Natural Resources Foundation's (RNRF) 12th National Congress: Resiliency of the Coasts
Dec. 11-12, 2013 – NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, College Park, MD
More information coming soon at http://www.rnrf.org/

74th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference
January 26-29, 2014
Sheraton Kansas City, Kansas City Missouri

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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., Suite 225 * Littleton, CO 80128; Fax 303.986.3892 or email: vtrujillo@rangelands.org.

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Welcome New Members: July

Name City State Section
Gracian Uhalde Ely NV NV
Helen Holdsworth San Antonio TX TX
Tamera Teeter Salina KS KS
Desiree Seal Spring Creek NV NV
Elisabeth Alden Peach Springs AZ AZ
Jonathan Bart Boise ID ID
Jasper Klein Marfa TX TX
Josh Shorb Powell WY WY

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