Rangeland News - February 2013

What a Bright Future!

Wally ButlerWally Butler, SRM President
I, like many of you, just returned from a very successful SRM event in Oklahoma City.  The weather was near perfect, the venue was superb, the food was great, and the hospitality unmatched. I understand the training opportunities were of great value to our membership and hopefully the acquired knowledge will be of benefit to many folk’s career paths.

As officers and board members we did not get to attend many of the training sessions but we got large doses of experience in the operation and management of your society.  While we have had our share of ups and downs, there are many reasons to be optimistic of a bright future.   I have a very passionate team of officers and board of directors to guide and direct the society for the next year.  There is a broad spectrum of backgrounds, experience, and ideas within this group—and they are more than willing to exchange ideas and express their opinions.  I appreciate that openness.

We have what I believe is the right staff for the right time.  There have been very difficult and sometimes unpopular decisions made over the past couple of years but the fruits of those decisions are beginning to show.  That staff is as passionate about moving the society forward as is your officer team.  Our involvement in Washington, DC has made SRM become recognized as the scientific leader in range management and the source of sound range science information. While we cannot lobby, we can certainly provide the science to the decision makers.

It was a pleasure for me to watch our committees in action.  I have sat on committees over the years and have grown to appreciate this set of devoted volunteers.  Our committee chair meeting on Saturday evening was as well attended as I ever remember.  That was another display of passion about our society.

Now, let’s briefly talk about the real reason to believe in a bright future!  Youth!  We had nearly 400 young people in attendance at Oklahoma City—High School Youth Forum, college students, and young professionals.  They held great speech contests, participated in the URME test, the plant ID contest, poster sessions, etc, etc, etc.  They were everywhere and active participants.  They too, demonstrated their passion for the range and the society.  Talk about being optimistic of a bright future!

When I began the trek toward this position, I stated that my primary goal was to have the society membership reach 4,000 by the end of my term.  Some progress has been made and my challenge to each of you as members is to each recruit one-third of a member!  Please do not bring them in in pieces!  We have a membership task force now working and every bit of help is appreciated.

I have about rambled long enough.  I do appreciate the opportunity to serve the society and I do have reason to believe in a bright future.

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Why Belong to SRM

I have been involved with the Society since my student days at Humboldt State College. I joined as a regular member in 1963 and have been a regular member since. For many years I attended the annual meeting of the Society and most of the state chapter meetings of the states I have worked in: California-Nevada, Kansas-Oklahoma, Nebraska, South Dakota and Colorado. Attendance at Society meetings was the only vacation I took for many years. It was a time to learn new information, to renew old acquaintances and make new ones. Most of the old friends that I saw regularly at the meetings are now enjoying the great ranges and pastures in heaven - and the attendees now are all new young faces unfamiliar to me.

I have been retired for 6 years now and find I just don't have the income or the inclination to stay involved in the profession I have been so proud to be a part of for so many years. I am still active in my local community and working summers as a part time tour guide at Mesa Verde National Park. I am also still working my small farm/ranch on Summit Ridge near Dolores, Colorado.

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YouTube on the Range - Feral Hog Research at Texas Tech

Texas Tech university researchers and graduate students are tackling the growing problem of rapidly expanding feral hog populations across the southwest.

With a recent Oklahoma City SRM symposium on Feral Hogs – and an SRM Policy statement on this critters in the making – we thought it time to show one of the many YouTube videos available on the topic. Many of these are of exciting (and often hair-raising) hunting scenes of helicopter gunning and breathless pursuits with hounds a-baying. Here we see the more sedate (though still potentially hazardous) investigative side, where grad student Peter Schlichting leads a field team in Dickens County, TX, trying to “gain an understanding into their behavior and ecology so that we can make management goals.” Noting that feral hogs are “incredibly powerful - and rather mean,” they sedate a pair of trapped porkers with a dart rifle before proceeding to take key measurements and placing GPS collars which “show home range use and the extent that they are in ag or other areas” (we see that the trap is near a tempting stock pond – hog heaven!). Following a dramatic clanging-banging charging exit of the revived hogs from the trap, our narrator shares his interest in and passion for working outdoors on rangelands in a manner that will be helpful to both habitats and humans.  "When managing populations its best to use the best information you have - scientific data to back up the management that you are doing,  and this is the only way to get that information -  is by doing these types of studies.” (Shhhh! Nobody tell him that many young natural resource professionals are just as likely to end up being “chained to a desk!”)

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Thank You to Attendees of the SRM Annual Meeting, Technical Training and Trade Show!

First and foremost, thank you to all who helped make this year's Annual Meeting, Technical Training and Trade Show such a success. To pull off a meeting of this magnitude takes the skills of each and every person involved.

We would love for those of you who attended to share your experience with us and those who weren't able to attend! We would love to hear from everyone. Whether you are a teacher, student, speaker, volunteer or an attendee, simply go to our Facebook page, "Like" us and share your photos, comments, insights to the meeting, etc.!
Click here for our Facebook page.

Articles to share in regard to the 2013 SRM Annual Meeting, Technical Training and Tradeshow? Send them to Vicky at vtrujillo@rangeland.org by Feb. 25th.

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SRM Award Winners

Congratulations to all the the students who competed in Oklahoma City and the special members who received awards. The Awards Winners are now posted to our website. Photos of the winners will be available once we have processed them all. Again... Congratulations!

Click here for the Winners.
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Facebook Contest - We Have a Winner!

Feb SRM Facebook WE HAVE A WINNER! On Feb. 8, we reached the 1,700 "Likes" mark on our Facebook page. The response to this contest has been over-the-top! Congratulations to LJ & Randi Smith of Evanston, WY, on being our 1700th Like and winning the SRM Fleece Throw!! If you would like to be a part of our fast-growing network, visit our Facebook Page. We share upcoming events, articles of interest, photos, and have contests periodically. Come join our family!

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The Future of Rangeland Science - Meeting New Demands for Land Productivity

Rangelands Ecology & Management The earth’s population, already at 7 billion humans, is expected to reach 10 billion by 2100. At the same time, our per capita consumption of food, fiber, and fuel is increasing. These changes are placing new demands on the productivity of our lands.

A special issue of the journal Rangeland Ecology and Management focuses on the “Big Questions Emerging from a Century of Rangeland Science and Management.” Among those questions are how will rangeland science best support a changing world that demands more and varying uses of land?

In the United States, rangeland management as a profession came about in response to degradation of western lands, which was due in part to overgrazing and free access policies. With ecologically based management, the condition of these lands has improved over the past century. About 80 percent of nonfederal lands are now considered healthy.

Looking to the future, rangeland management will have a new role to play in global food security. Millions of hectares of rangeland will be converted to croplands, some of it of marginal quality for crop production. Innovative planning and management will be necessary to sustain the productivity of these lands.

The authors of one article in this special issue propose strategies to increase the relevance of rangeland science to global land management. These strategies include expanding awareness and understanding of local to global economic, social, and technological trends to anticipate land conversion; and anticipating societal consequences of large-scale changes in land cover and use. Rather than focusing on a particular land use, such as livestock grazing, rangeland science will have to work with other disciplines to support sustainable land management independent of its current use.

Another article in this issue focuses on conservation of ecological pattern and process. The authors assert that rangeland management has promoted a utilitarian view of land management in the past that has led to a decline in biodiversity. Fire and grazing should be seen as essential parts of ecosystem processes rather than as tools to meet production goals.  This new management approach will lead to greater heterogeneity of lands that can provide the services valued by society.

Rangeland degradation in developing countries offers yet another challenge. Conflict and poverty create greater short-term demands, overwhelming the goal of long-term sustainability. Conflict resolution may become part of rangeland management. Here, rangeland managers can help to create sustainable projects that will enhance self-reliability and community empowerment.

Rangeland science will have to accept the potential of land to support various potential ecosystem services and that future generations may decide to use the land for any or all of those services. The question becomes, how to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Full text of the article, “Revolutionary Land Use Change in the 21st Century: Is (Rangeland) Science Relevant?” and other articles in this special issue of Rangeland Ecology and Management, Vol. 65, No. 6, 2012, are available at http://srmjournals.org/toc/rama/65/6.

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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Rangelands Partnership Websites

Ecological Site DescriptionsThe Rangelands Partnership, a university-based, multi-disciplinary collaboration, has launched a suite of websites with a database of more than 13,000 resources, the purpose of which is to support research, sustainable management, and education about the world's rangelands.

Global Rangelands is the home website, useful for gaining an international perspective on rangeland themes and searching the database which contains full-text articles, reports, videos, learning tools and key websites.

Rangelands West provides access to the global database as well as specific "Hot Topics" with a focus on Western U.S. rangelands.  It also includes sections on "Recruitment & Careers" and "Range Educational Resources" that are being developed by the Range Science and Education Council.

Ecological Site DescriptionsFrom the Rangelands West home page, users can link to state sites developed by multidisciplinary teams serving local constituency information needs.  An example is the Arizona Rangelands website which provides access to extensive resources and videos on vegetation monitoring, a critical tool for making management decisions based on data collected over time.

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Horse and Burro Coalition Responds to BLM Horse and Burro Policy Changes

The need for horse and burro gathers on the western range is paramount to safeguarding healthy rangeland ecosystems - protecting native fish, wildlife, plants and a working lands way of life - and to achieving appropriate management levels (AMLs) for horses and burros. To read the entire News Release, click here.

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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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Charles Redd Center for Western Studies 2013 Awards Available, Applications Due by March 15, 2013

The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies is pleased to announce multiple awards for 2013 that are available for scholars conducting research related to Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Please see the descriptions below or click here for further information and instructions for applying for each award. Applications for 2013 are due by 11:59 pm MST on March 15. The Redd Center offers the following awards: 

Faculty Research Awards provide up to $3,000 to faculty members at any academic institution to conduct research on any topic related to Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Research may be conducted at any location. 

Independent Research and Creative Awards
provide up to $1,500 to researchers studying Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming who are not connected to an academic institution.  Research may be conducted at any location. 

Summer Awards for Upper Division and Graduate Students at any academic institution provide up to $1,500 for research support for any topic related to Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.  Research may be conducted at any location. 

Annaley Naegle Redd Student Award in Women's History provides up to $1,500 for research support concerning any aspect of women's history in the American West (not limited to the Intermountain West). Research may be conducted at any location. 

Public Programming Awards provide up to $3,000 to any organization planning a conference, museum exhibit or lecture series on a topic related to Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. 

Fellowship Awards in Western American History provide up to $3,500 in research support for scholars who travel to BYU to use the L. Tom Perry Special Collections in the Harold B. Lee Library. Visiting Scholar Program provides a housing stipend and office facilities for 2-4 months to enable university faculty of all ranks, independent scholars, freelance authors and other public intellectuals to visit and conduct research at BYU. 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION: To apply for an award, visit the Redd Center website (http://reddcenter.byu.edu), and click on “Apply for an Award” on the right hand side of the homepage. You will then be taken to our awards application page. Select the award for which you would like to apply from the drop-down menu and complete your application. After you have completed your application, you will be given the opportunity to submit with or without printing your application for your records. We strongly encourage you to print a copy for your records. You will then receive a message indicating that your application has been successfully submitted. In addition, you will receive and email confirmation at the email address you list on your application. If you have any questions about the application process, or submitting your application, please contact Mary Nelson at 801-422-4048 or by email at mary_nelson@byu.edu

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Calling All Cooks, Submit Your Recipes

Lion Ranch Hamburger Soup
Submitted by Alarik & Beth Myrin, Sleeping Lion Ranch - Teponnas, CO

1 lb. hamburger Chopped Onion to taste 1 can cream of celery soup 1 can cream of potato soup
1 c. water 1 tsp. sugar piece of bay leaf 4 c. tomato juice
1 c. grated carrots 1 c. green beans 1 c. corn (optional) 1/8 tsp. marjoram
1/4 tsp. pepper sprinkle garlic salt    

Simmer 15 to 30 minutes in heavy pan. Serve with homemade bread or biscuits. Serves 8 to 10.

Background: The recipe is from a dear friend of ours. It is great to take on the trail drives - stays hot and is filling. We have a cattle ranch in Utah with summer range in Colorado. Alarik has served as President of the Utah Cattlemen's Association and is now a legislator in the Utah House of Representatives.

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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January Range Photo Quiz Answer

Range QuizJanuary Photo Quiz Question:  Take half and leave half? What might account for this perhaps too literal implementation of this time honored dictum of grazing management?

ANSWER:  We had three “Likes” for this quiz on Facebook, including from former interim EVP and longtime Rangelands book review editor  Jan Wiedemann. One commented that he thought our “hedgehog looking plant” bore a resemblance to Wilson, Tom Hank’s volleyball headed companion in the film Castaway.

Joe Wagner thought that “the rangeland mystery photo is of a harvester ant nest on the edge of a perennial grass plant - area around the plant is bare ground due to vegetation harvesting by the ant colony.”  To Julie Eliot it looked like “some of the bunches of grass I've seen in disked CRP fields. Something turned the root ball (shovel, backhoe, or other equipment). The inside of the bunch lost root connection and died or, more likely, was already dead. The outside of the bunch was still alive and has started to colonize the old plant crown.”

Bob Patton saw a possible pedagogic exercise: “Looks like someone was wanting to show off root structure and it looks pretty good. Not sure what the grass is, maybe a Stipa. Looks like there could be some Maximilian sunflower in the background,” while Tim Steffens saw “either dry-land termites or a fire ant mound. Since it looks like possibly Kleingrass and there appears to be a silverleaf nightshade plant in the background, possibly in central to south Texas. Since it looks like most of the foliage is gone, if I had to bet on one or the other, I would go with the termites.”

Rick LaCasse correctly identified Alkali Sacaton, set next to an often overflowing drinker not seen in the picture (which may or may not account for its “patch grazed” appearance). “It's pedestalled and wolfy  (spell checker says that’s not a real word)….  All in all pretty tough to over graze this tough old plant.” For now, to paraphrase singer Iris DeMint, we may just have to “let this mystery be.”

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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February Photo Quiz Question

Range QuizPhoto Quiz Question: Some things just look odd and out of place until they are "properly installed." What is this object and what might it have to do with rangelands? Bonus Question: What might be its costs/benefits?

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!

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CSU Rangelands Degree


Lost Resource: Grant McNabb, Hastings, NE

Grant McNabb, beloved husband of Ann McKendrick McNabb of Cochrane, passed away at home with family on Jan. 16, 2013.  Grant was born in Guelph, Ontario and educated at the University of Toronto, Industrial Engineering. He is survived by his wife Ann and children: William and Kari-Ann McNabb, and sister Sally McNabb. Family: Patricia, Russell and David Wiechnik, and William, Wanda, Martin, Alicia, Carla and Kyro McKendrick.

Grant took part in University of Toronto Outing Club skiing, hiking, canoeing and other adventures. He led Outdoor Leadership in Lander, WY. Grant moved to Calgary to ski and work for Imperial Oil and The City of Calgary Industrial Engineer.  He ski patrolled at Lake Louise.  He was part of the Alberta Wilderness Association who helped develop the vision of Kananaskis Country and was involved in the Wilderness Advisory Committee.

Grant met Ann on Sunshine ski patrol, married and had William and Kari-Ann.  They went on many adventures in the Rockies, Foothills, climbed Kilimanjaro, heli- skied the Caraboos and scuba dived the Caymans and Bahamas.  Grant and Ann enjoyed Tetrathlon and Pentathlon travels to England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Sweden, US, Mexico and across Canada with William and Kari-Ann.  Grant coached and was always there to encourage William, Kari-Ann and look after others.  He was part of our heritage pioneer ranch operation that started in the 1860s.  Grant had a passion and business approach for the welfare of the land.  He was part of Action for Agriculture, regulatory issues and long-term planning.

Grant loved hiking in the outdoors and being in nature.  Grant and Ann, Diamond Nikken Wellness Consultants, for over fourteen years love working with their fantastic enthusiastic Nikken family team living their dreams and life to the fullest.  Grant was always willing to help out, listen, and inspire others with his positive, caring and joyful nature. Grant was a loving and supportive husband, father, brother and friend. Grant will be deeply missed.

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Lost Resource: Larry Ellicott

Larry David Ellicott, ACES Range Specialist, lost his battle with cancer on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. SRM has lost another Icon of Range Management. A Memorial service was held Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Falconer Funeral Home in Gilbert, AZ. For more information, or to upload Photos, memories and stories about Larry please click here: http://www.falconerfuneralhome.com/book-of-memories/1473582/Ellicott-Larry/service-details.php

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SRM Apparel eStore

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

NAIPSCThe 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.

For all the details, check out the NAIPSC (website).  Click here for the brochure.


Sept. 30, 2012. Organizers of the North American Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Short Course (NAIPSC) have announced the schedule of speakers for October through December 2012. Check out the NAIPSC website (http://ipscourse.unl.edu) for all the details and get instruction on how to join the NAIPSC online community. The NAIPSC webinar series 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. Registration in the NAIPSC community is good for life. Don’t miss out! Sign up today!

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Intermountain Native Plant Summit VII in Boise, ID, March 26-27, 2013

Boise State University Department of Biological Sciences and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, in Logan, UT, are sponsoring the Intermountain Native Plant Summit VII in Boise, ID, on March 26-27, 2013. The Summit is open to the public and free of charge. There is no registration fee, but advance pre-registration is preferred. Please email dale.nielson@ars.usda.gov by Wednesday, March 20, 2013 to pre-register. Please enter "INPS" in the subject line and include your: name(s), mailing address, business, non-profit organization, university or government affiliation, city, state, zip code and phone number.

A limited number of posterboards are available for display of research and plant material development work pertinent to Intermountain native plants.  Contact Dale at dale.nielson@ ars.usda.gov with a title to reserve a posterboard slot.  Additional information will be available in future announcements.

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Position Announcement: Assistant Professor of Human Dimensions in Natural Resources

ORGANIZATION: Department of Ecosystem Science and Management - Texas A&M University College Station, Texas

DESCRIPTION:  Applications are invited for a 10-month, tenure accruing assistant professor position emphasizing the human dimensions of the natural resources to contribute to a social-ecological systems emphasis in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management (ESSM) at Texas A&M University. All applicants with a PhD and expertise in social sciences that directly pertains to natural resource management and the environment will be considered. Preference will be given to those with multi-disciplinary research experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas: 1) environmental policy and governance, 2) adaptive natural resource management, and 3) social-ecological systems. The ability to conduct collaborative, multidisciplinary research; solicit extramural contracts and grants, and effectively contribute to graduate and undergraduate teaching programs is essential.

APPLICATION:  Submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, statements of research and teaching philosophy, and names and contact information of three references via the GreatJobs website (https://greatjobs.tamu.edu) NOV #06634. Contact David D. Briske (dbriske@tamu.edu or 979-845-5581) for additional information. Applications will be evaluated beginning March 1, 2013 and will continue until a suitable candidate has been identified.

The Texas A&M University System prohibits discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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Position Announcement: Assistant Professor and Extension Range Specialist

ORGANIZATION: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - Texas A&M University System

QUALIFICATIONS:  Ph.D. in Rangeland Ecology and Management, Ecosystem Science or other Natural Resources related discipline. The equivalent of two years in Extension, teaching, research, post-doctoral or related professional experience is preferred. Training and expertise in the use of prescribed burning or research in historical fire regimes as they relate to vegetation management is highly desirable. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse stakeholder groups, communicate effectively, conduct interdisciplinary program development, and effectively apply teaching and research methodologies is required. Writing-proficiency is required and experience with web-based and other distance-based education is preferred.

AREA SERVED: Position will be headquartered at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo or Vernon. Districts served will include designated counties in Panhandle District 1, South Plains District 2, Rolling Plains District 3, and West Central District 7.

SALARY:  Commensurate with ability, education and professional experience.

ADMINISTRATIVE RELATIONSHIPS:  The individual selected will serve as a faculty member in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Texas A&M University and will respond to AgriLife Extension Administration through the Department Head and Associate Department Head for Extension. Cooperation with district and county Extension faculty and other Extension faculty in planning, conducting and evaluating educational programs is expected.


Applications will be accepted immediately and until the position has been filled. A candidate for the position will not be selected until after March 1, 2013.  This is a 12-month 100% Extension, non-tenure track position. Apply online at http://greatjobs.tamu.edu for NOV 06597. For more information contact Dr. Robert K. Lyons, Search Committee Chair at rk-lyons@tamu.edu  830.278.9151. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Position Announcement: Postdoctoral Position

USDA ARSThe U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Las Cruces, NM, invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral position at the Jornada on the campus of New Mexico State University, GS-11/12 ($57,408.00-$89,450.00 per annum).  A research associate is needed to evaluate the patterns and causes of vegetation and soil change in response natural and management drivers, especially the effects of fire, in desert grasslands of the Malpai Borderlands in southwest NM and southeast AZ (announcement RA-13-037-H).  Ph.D in ecology, rangeland science, natural resources, and geography or related field. Experience with vegetation and soil sampling, statistical analysis, geographic information systems, and database use are desirable. This is a competitive, term appointment. Vacancy announcements and where to apply can be found at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/336596600 or contact Brandon Bestelmeyer at (575) 646-5139.  The USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.    

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Position Announcement: Post Doctoral Research Associate

The Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory in Mandan, ND, seeks a Post Doctoral Research Associate/Research Rangeland Specialist/Ecologist for a two-year appointment. A recent Ph.D. is required. The salary range is $57,408 - $72,714 per annum commensurate with experience, and a benefits package is included. The incumbent will participate in team research with specific responsibility for research on improving ecological indicators of grazingland (rangeland and pastureland) health resulting in an integrated grazingland health assessment tool. Duties include quantifying plant species diversity through on-site surveys at multiple locations across the Great Plains and assembling current and historical vegetation data into databases for testing models. Knowledge of spatial and multivariate statistics, grazingland ecology, and livestock production and skill in rangeland plant identification is required. Experience with geographic information systems and the construction and management of large databases is desirable. For more information on citizenship requirements and instruction on how to apply go to www.usajobs.com and search RA-13-016-H. USDA/ARS is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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Position Announcement: Research Rangeland Management Specialist/Research Soil Scientist

USDA ARSThe USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Great Basin Rangelands Research Unit in Reno, NV is seeking a fulltime, permanent Research Rangeland Management Specialist/Research Soil Scientist (announcement number ARS-X13W-0020). The salary for this position is at the GS-12/13/14 level, $68,809.00 - $125,695.00 per year. The Great Basin Rangelands Research Unit’s (GBRR) mission is the development of management guidelines, technologies, and practices for conserving and restoring Great Basin rangelands and development of tools and techniques to assess the effectiveness of these management actions. This position support ARS National Programs 215 Pasture, Forages, and Rangeland Systems and 304 Crop Protection and Quarantine. This vacancy announcement is open from 12/17/2012-02/15/2013. If you have any questions regarding this position please contact Amanda Wilkerson, Human Resources Specialist, at 301-504-7266 or amanda.wilkerson@ars.usda.gov. To apply for this position please click on the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/332046800
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Position Announcement: Assistant Professor and Range Extension Specialist, Utah State, Logan, UT

The Department of Wildland Resources, Quinney College of Natural Resources at Utah State University in Logan, UT, seeks to fill a 12-month, full-time, tenure-track position for an Extension Range Specialist at the Assistant Professor level. Responsibilities will be approximately 70% Extension, 20% teaching, and 10% service. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2013. To apply go to http://jobs.usu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=58315
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Position Announcement: Graduate Opportunities at Utah State University, Dept. of Wildland Resources

We seek a MS student to join a NIFA-funded research team at Utah State University. The project is aimed at using sustainable methods to restore rangelands and providing landowners with new knowledge about medusahead and its control through grazing. The research team will investigate a supplementation and fertilization program, along with experience early in life with mother, to provide a positive nutritional environment to enhance grazing of medusahead by sheep. The student will be trained in the graduate program at the Department of Wildland Resources under the supervision of Dr. Juan Villalba starting in summer 2013. The Candidate should have experience with livestock handling and husbandry practices. Inquiries about this position can be made to Dr. Juan Villalba (juan.villalba@usu.edu). If interested, please send an application letter describing research and career interests, a CV, and contact information for two references.

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Upcoming Events

Pedoderm & Pattern Class Workshop
Feb. 20-21, 2013
Jornada Experimental Range Ranch Headquarters
For information, contact Laura Burkett 

River Crossings: Linking River Communities Workshop
March 11-15, 2013
Grand Junction, CO
More Information

7th Intermountain Native Plant Summit
March 26-27, 2013 - Student Union, Boise State University Campus
For information, contact Tom Jones 

North American Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Short Course
June 25-27, 2013 - University of Nebraska - Lincoln
More Information

PNW Section Spring Meeting
June 19-21, 2013 - Dawson Creek, British Columbia

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

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

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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, 10020 W 27th Avenue, Wheat Ridge, CO 80215-6601: Fax 303.986.3892 or email: vtrujillo@rangelands.org.

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Welcome New Members: January

Name City State Section
Amanda Elizabeth Alford San Luis Obispo CA CP
Kevin Allen Stillwater OK OK
Sierra Allen Grantsville UT UT
Todd Arnhold Trinidad CO CO
Gary I. Baird Rexburg ID ID
Caitlin Claire Berschneider Fargo ND NGP
Mark Boggess Beltsville MD UN
Royce Bonsell Ekalaka MT IM
Scott Brack Hays KS KS
Lauren Broeckel La Crosse WA PN
Nathaniel C Brown Guernsey WY WY
Valerie  Cook Fletcher Stillwater OK OK
Stormy Cox Alton UT UT
Matthew Crane Pritchett CO CO
Austyn Crum Helena MT IM
Dan Daggett Scottsdale AZ AZ
Jessa Davis Reno NV NV
Adam Kenneth Deiterman Orchard NE NE
Craig DeMaere Lethbridge AB NCENT
Brad Downey Lethbridge AB IM
Wiley Drew Dyer Dallas OR PN
Melanie A. Elzinga May ID ID
Mark Enders Reno NV NV
Martin Esplin St. George UT AZ
Joseph Gautreau Diamond Bar CA CP
Brian Gewecke Scottsdale AZ AZ
Lindsey Goss Winnemucca NV NV
Chad D. Greer Eureka CA CP
Branden Handke Lenapah OK OK
Helena Georgina Harmison Gorham KS KS
Mark Haywood-Farmer Savona BC IM
Clinton Helms Hays KS KS
Heston Henry Odessa TX TX
William Bridger Hiatt Stillwater OK OK
Jalen Hulit Coutts AB IM
Elizabeth Jacobs Porterville CA CP
Cameron Johnson Freer TX TX
Sue Johnston Chandler AZ AZ
Haiming Kan Brookings SD SD
Cassandra Jo Kay Chadron NE NE
Breana S Kiser Fargo ND NGP
Sarah Knight Tucson AZ AZ
Emily  R Krieger Galesburg ND NGP
Bethany Lamb Loa UT UT
Valerie Lavenburg Las Vegas NV NV
Jackson Leonard Flagstaff AZ AZ
Emma Elizabeth Chapman Lintelman Moorhead  MN NGP
Adrienne Elizabeth Martin Mckinleyville CA CP
Cody McBride Burwell NE NE
Melissa C McCann Albertville MN NGP
Sarah McCord Reno NV NV
Laura Elizabeth McGregor Calgary AB UN
Ted A Meyer Clinton OK OK
Leslie Rae Modrick Loma CO CO
Lee  Moltzahn Lethbridge AB IM
Marchel Marie Munnecke Twin Bridges CA CP
Jennifer Nicholson Stillwater OK OK
Lora B Perkins Brookings SD SD
Lindsey Pressler Comfort TX TX
Rachael Lindsey Ranft Fischer TX TX
Paul Ratigan Sheridan WY WY
Leobardo Richarte Lubbock TX TX
Trevor N Riding Delta UT UT
Carmela Romerio Boise ID ID
Birk R Roseman Moscow ID ID
Anthony Ruiz Mannsville OK OK
Scott W. Schmidt Blair NE NE
Garret Colt Scronce Pahrump NV NV
Alisha Sheeler Vale SD SD
Donn Slusher Ft Collins CO CO
Jacob A. Smith Glen MT IM
Devon Snyder Elko NV NV
Patricia Spiller Waco TX TX
Cheyenne Stetson Tucson AZ AZ
Hannah Laura Stevens Overbrook OK OK
Jakob Scott Straub Orondo WA PN
Sean David Surkan Edmonton AB UN
Michelle Tacconelli Reno NV NV
Jennifer M Timmer Fort Collins CO CO
Teresa Uriarte Baker City OR PNW
Laura Van Riper Prineville OR UN
Alyssa Wehri Hebron ND NGP
Mark Zoeller Boerne TX TX

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