Rangeland News - January 2013

The Journey Begins

Gary FrasierGary Frasier, SRM President 2012
In my first article as SRM President last February I talked about the "Start of a Journey," of how SRM was in the process of changing to meet the needs of the membership. How did we do during the year? We continued to implement changes during the year as the opportunity presented itself. Only time will tell how effective the changes were and how much impact they have on SRM's mission as an advocate of proper, sustainable natural rangeland resource management.

One of the key successes has been the emergence of SRM as a leading spokesman for the proper management of our rangelands. We are in this position because of the credibility of our two journals, "Rangeland Ecology and Management" (REM) and "Rangelands". The information presented in these publications is recognized as scientifically correct. The Synthesis papers published in REM are a great step in setting the standard of natural resource management information. They do make a difference.

We have been able, through our Washington Liaison activities, to have comment and input pertaining to various Federal Agencies programs in managing our Nation's Federal Lands. Several sister Societies have joined us in this effort.

Our SRM Staff is able to provide "real time" status of operational funds and fast financial reconciliation of our Annual Meetings. We now know on a monthly basis the status of our membership recruitment and renewal programs. I have formed an ad hoc Financial Task Group to explore "all" means of maintaining our fiscal viability for the next one, five, and 10+ years. Everything is on the "table," income and expenses. This information will be incorporated into a Financial Plan to complement the revised Strategic Plan being developed. These items will be finalized at the Society for Range Management, 66th Annual Meeting, Technical Training, and Trade Show in Oklahoma City on Feb. 2-8, 2013.

Note the name change for the Annual Meeting. The new name is a better description of all the activities that occur at our Annual Meetings. The Annual Meetings are a fantastic means of personal training and networking with other SRM members.

Operating fund shortages have been a concern for many SRM BODs. SRM has various fund accounts that can be used as cash reserves. (From: By-Laws of the Society for Range Management, Article XII, Section 2.). It was a major problem at the 1980 Annual Meeting in San Diego. The predicament was conveyed to the membership who responded by initiating a program for soliciting donations to alleviate the immediate situation pending further actions. In 1982 a formal Endowment Fund was established with full implementation in 1984. (From: A History of the Society for Range Management, 1948-1985). The idea was that "The Basic Endowment funds shall be held in perpetuity and shall be kept distinct from the operating funds of the SRM to assist in accomplishing the purposes of SRM and performance of activities according to the policies as they are set forth in the Articles of Incorporation and these bylaws as amended" (From: By-Laws of the Society for Range Management, Article XII, Section 4.)

Last summer during a review of SRM fiscal procedures, it was discovered that there had been a period in the past when Endowment funds had been used to cover operating expenses. Further checking of the use of the past Endowment Funds transfers was initiated. Research with the leadership at the time of the transfers has shown that the transfers were made within the guidelines of SRM By-Laws, (From: By-Laws of the Society for Range Management, Article XII, Section 5.), approved by BOD in budgets and notification was made to Endowment Fund committees at the time of transfers. SRM Leadership was doing what needed to be done to keep SRM operating and relevant.

Today, I am happy to report that SRM is fiscally sound and is developing procedures to ensure that this continues into the future.

I have been one small cog on this Journey of Change. I have been very fortunate to be able to work with people with great talent and insight. SRM's Mission and Goals remain the same, providing the best information there is on the proper management or our great natural rangeland resources. A sizable number of young SRM professionals are just waiting for their opportunity to continue this great journey. I wish them the best of luck.

I wish to thank all the SRM members who have worked on SRM Committees and Section activities the past three years, the SRM Staff, and the many friends, old and new who have provided sound wisdom and counsel. SRM is one of the greatest groups to be a part of. I ask that you give the same support to the new SRM Officers that I received.

I will continue to be a part of SRM activities but on a much reduced role. My wife who has given me great support says "If you believe that then she has some ocean front property in Arizona that she will sell cheap."

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Greetings SRM Members

Jess PetersonMessage from Jess Peterson, SRM Executive Vice President
Happy New Year!  The Society for Range Management (SRM) is kicking off 2013 with a needed and long awaited “spring cleaning.”  For too long now shelves and storage rooms at the SRM headquarters in Wheat Ridge have been bursting at the seams with stacked up boxes of old SRM publications, past correspondence, office files, outdated office materials and accumulated items that are really just junk.  For whatever reason these items have been sitting in limbo just collecting dust and in some cases creating a fire hazard.

As you know SRM is no longer a publishing storehouse nor is it housing a large number of onsite staff. Rather the majority of SRM publications can be accessed online or acquired via a CD-ROM. Furthermore, Allen Press handles SRM’s publishing and distributes current and back orders of SRM’s publications. The majority of SRM’s staff team that carries out the executive, financial, publishing, outreach and membership services is based in office space outside of the SRM HQ.

The need for costly building management and overhead is not warranted. Plus, the current SRM-owned building continues to age and needs substantive improvement on various structures. It’s with that in the mind that the SRM Board of Directors moved forward to sell the building and lease office space in the Denver metro area.

Currently the building is on track for being sold and the usual buy-sell process is taking place. Something could still fall through in the buy-sell process, but currently things are progressing along. Vicky Trujillo and I along with SRM’s outstanding realtor, Robert Pipkin of Fuller Western Real Estate, have viewed several office spaces and will be ready to select a new office by the end of February. The new space will office 1-3 people along with storing SRM’s financial records, workshop and annual meeting materials along with properly presenting SRM items such as SRM linked artwork, pictures, and memorabilia.

That being noted the difficult task of sorting through seemingly endless boxes and files had to be conducted. Hats off to Craig Whittekiend, John Mitchell, Roy Roth, 2nd Vice President Jenny Pluhar, and Vicky Trujillo.  I had the pleasure of working with all of these individuals and we accomplished a long needed mission. We divvied up boxes for SRM archives, storage, sale, and disposal. We also boxed up items for display at the new office location. All and all it was a successful and extremely useful project. For those of you wanting a few of the extra SRM related items that do not fit the office setting you are in luck as they will be part of the SRM Endowment Fund Development Committee auction at the SRM Oklahoma City Annual Meeting. Also, office items and what seems like an excessive amount of binders among other office materials will be part of an estate style sale. The details for this sale will be circulated shortly.

On a personal note it was very motivating and educational for me to go through the past correspondence and files. SRM has a rich history of passionate members, leaders, and staff. So many folks are continuing in that manner today. I learned a great deal more about the challenges and accomplishments that the Society has achieved here in the last few decades. My goal is to continually work hard to advance SRM’s long standing goal of financial and organizational stability. This goal is obviously complimented by the overall objective to advance SRM’s mission as it relates to the conservation and sustainable management of rangeland. It’s humbling and inspiring to see the work and efforts of all those before me and just as important it’s humbling and inspiring to see the continued efforts of those within the Society working so hard to make a difference for SRM and rangelands.

Speaking of those working to make a positive impact- a big hat’s off to Karen Hickman and EVERYONE on the SRM Oklahoma City Annual Meeting Committee. Since August the SRM staff team has had the pleasure of Karen joining us in our weekly staff meetings. This helps ensure that the SRM staff is addressing the needs and workload associated with an AM. Thanks to the hard work of the OKC AM Committee, the SRM 2013 Annual Meeting is coming together quite nicely. Events, presentations, and the special functions that make the SRM Annual Meetings truly unique are all on track to be everything members want and more!  If you haven’t registered yet please don’t delay and register today at: http://rangelands.org/oklahoma_city2013/registration.html.

In closing, thank you for your continued membership and involvement in SRM.  The future is looking bright, the present isn’t that bad, and we sure have a rich history! See you in OKC!

Jess Peterson, Executive Vice President

Capital Update

Message from Kelly Fogarty, SRM Washington, DC Liaison

Rangeland HealthI hope you are all enjoying a wonderful start to the New Year and are looking forward to the SRM Annual Meeting, Technical Training and Tradeshow that will take place in February in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Planning Committee has put together an outstanding week and I look forward to seeing you all there!

As many of you will have heard already, it came down to the wire, but Congress and the Administration finally took action on the fiscal cliff. While action was taken, there will be another showdown on this issue in two months as the deal that was reached delays any automatic spending cuts for two months, at which time lawmakers must once again attempt to compromise and reach an agreement before cuts are taken across the board. However, tax rates were addressed and will not be considered within the talks that will occur on spending cuts. Of specific interest to those in the agriculture community, the estate tax levels will remain set at a $5 million exemption per individual, with an increased rate that will be assessed thereafter at 40 percent, up from the previous rate of 35 percent.

Included in the fiscal cliff package was the farm bill. Agriculture organizations are, for the most part, in agreement that the deal reached on the farm bill is a disappointment to all those that have worked on the bill for the past two years. The Farm bill, as included within the tax bill, will provide an extension of the current bill until Sept. 30, 2013. 

Within the passed bill, there are several areas and programs that were not addressed; of particular concern are those programs that have not received any funding under the extension.  Left out of the package are funding for disaster programs, reforms to current dairy programs, limited availability for conservation program sign-ups and an absence of mandatory spending levels for energy, organic, specialty crops and additions to beginning farmers and ranchers programs. 

Additionally, no new funding was allocated to the extension of current conservation programs that are set to expire, such as the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) and the Grasslands Reserve Program (GRP). Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) had pushed for funds for these programs; however, the final deal that was pushed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) does not include any funds for these programs.  All in all, the bipartisan work that was done by the Senate and the House Committee on Agriculture are not reflected in what has been passed.

Come Sept. 30, 2013, the House and Senate will once again be tasked with passing a comprehensive, complete Farm Bill.  However, the House vote on the fiscal cliff package reflects a year that will face similar partisan fights on issues within the Farm Bill and will make passing a bill come September a difficult task. SRM will maintain an active review of all actions that are taken on the Farm Bill and will keep the membership up to date of any issues of concern to those who manage the land.

I hope that 2013 will bring about a different sense of compromise in D.C., but only two days into the year, it does not look promising. I urge any of you who would like to discuss SRM’s actions and presence in Washington, DC, with me to contact me prior to the Annual Meeting, I am always more than happy to hear your comments and thoughts on what SRM should look to focus on in Washington.

Email me at:  kelly@westernskiesstrategies.com and I look forward to seeing you in February!

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YouTube on the Range - Why I Love Vultures

We start the new year looking beyond our usual sources of range videos by highlighting  TED Talks, a web-phenomena disseminating “ideas worth spreading” with global reach and scale (over one billion views collectively!).  SRMers who are not familiar with  TED Talks (“Technology, Entertainment and Design”) may find these relatively short conference presentations stimulating and even inspiring, a good way during an otherwise unproductive “coffee and web-surfing break” to expand horizons and see what’s over the fencelines beyond the blinders of one’s own particular occupational discipline. So far we’ve not found a TED range management talk per se – though we think that this would be an effective model for delivering some degree of range management literacy to a broader societal audience. Who will be the first range person to do a TED Talk?

In Why I Love Vultures, Munir Virani, Director of the Africa program at the Peregrine Fund, “researches and tracks raptors and vultures, in hopes of raising awareness of the catastrophic decline of vultures.” His goal is to convince the audience to appreciate these “disgusting, ugly, greedy creatures”  that, as Charles Darwin observed, “revel in putridity.”  Virani makes a big hit with the audience when he compares vultures to MPs (Kenyan politicians - must just be a local joke?), especially as he asserts that the former are superior to the latter for many traits, including that “they are better looking.” Vultures provide an array of vital ecological services (from carcass disposal in Africa to sky-burials in Tibet), yet worldwide, many if not most species are seriously threatened. Poisoning of predators by some pastoralists ends up poisoning the birds, Spanish wind turbines are “bird blending machines, and vulture components are much in demand in the West African voodoo trade. International research teams have been tagging vultures with transmitters to better understand their behavior, ecology, and migrations. Education and outreach efforts are underway with pastoralists and other stakeholders, and policy makers are being petitioned to consider conservation initiatives. Mr.Virani concludes, “This world will be much poorer without these wonderful species,” a revised opinion in which Darwin himself apparently concurred.

Click here for the video

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Ecologically Based Weed Management Model Increases Sustainable Restoration

Rangelands Killing a weed is treating only the symptom. It won’t stop infestations of the weed from continuing to advance, nor will it encourage native plants to regrow. An approach that looks at the big picture, addressing underlying causes and ecological needs, is required in rangeland management.
The current issue of the journal Rangelands introduces the fundamental concepts of Ecologically Based Invasive Plant Management (EBIPM). While this management system does not offer one right way to address the problems created by invading plant species, it helps rangeland managers to make prudent decisions. Several articles focused on EBIPM are presented in the December issue of the journal, which was sponsored by the USDA Agricultural Research Service. In one article, a step-by-step model is presented and three case studies show the application of these steps.

This system involves five steps that guide the decisions a rangeland manager must make. The first step is assessing the health of the rangeland to determine what needs to be repaired or replaced, ecologically speaking. Next is identifying causes of invasion and processes that are not functioning by examining site availability, species availability, and species performance. The final three steps are using ecological principles to guide decision making, choosing appropriate tools and strategies, and designing and executing a plan using adaptive management.

In an actual situation, a site was assessed and found to have bare patches of ground due to rodents. This created site availability for introducing a native plant species. However, the species was not currently in abundance on this rangeland, so it was determined that seeding was necessary. Because of dry soil, seedling performance could not be optimal. Temporary irrigation offered a solution to help get this plant species established.

In another situation, the site had to be disturbed by disking to allow growth of a desired species. A third case study found that adequate species availability of native plants was present, but that invading species needed to be stressed with herbicide to let native plants overtake the invader on the rangeland.
The management strategies tested in these case studies increased restoration success by 66 percent over traditional weed management. Ecologically based management has a greater likelihood of sustainable success because it is a holistic process that focuses on the cause, not just the symptom.

Full text of “Ecologically Based Invasive Plant Management: Step by Step,” Rangelands, Vol. 34, No. 6, December 2012, is available at http://www.srmjournals.org/doi/full/10.2111/RANGELANDS-D-12-00061.1

About Rangelands
Rangelands is a full-color publication of the Society for Range Management published six times per year. Each issue of Rangelands features scientific articles, book reviews, and society news. Additionally, readers may find youth, technology, and policy departments. The journal provides a forum for readers to get scientifically correct information in a user friendly, nontechnical format. Rangelands is intended for a wide range of individuals, including educators, students, rangeland owners and managers, researchers, and policy leaders. The journal is available online at http://www.srmjournals.org/. To learn more about the society, please visit http://www.rangelands.org/.

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Hot Tips for the 2013 SRM Annual Meeting, Technical Training and Tradeshow - Feb. 2-8, 2013

Oklahoma is more than crazy weather, open plains and Outlaw country. The SRM 2013 Annual Meeting, Technical Training, and Tradeshow will be held, Feb. 2-8, 2013, in the heart of Oklahoma City, specifically in Bricktown, a progressive, culturally diverse part of Oklahoma City. The theme for OKC is exciting and fitting: "Native America, Native Rangelands."

Hotel Update: The Courtyard by Marriott has extended the cut-off date for reservations for the 2013 Annual Meeting to Jan. 17th.  All other hotel cut off dates remain Friday, Jan. 11th in order to get the conference rate make your reservation before it is too late!

Click here for Hotel contact details:http://www.rangelands.org/oklahoma_city2013/hotels-travel.html

Rangeland Health Pre-registration will be available through Wednesday, Jan. 16th for online and paper registrations. The system will close at midnight on the 16th and anyone who has not registered will have to register on-site at the meeting when they arrive. This will save time and will help meeting organizers prepare your registration materials. Also, if you need to add additional items to an existing registration (such as tour tickets, meal tickets or workshops) this must be done using the printable registration form (not online). Don't miss the chance to be a part of this first-class conference, pre-register now!

The 2013 OKC SRM Planning Committee has organized a great event and we hope you will experience the excitement of Oklahoma by adding time to take one of the social or technical tours to Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve and others we have planned.

Come ready to experience the history, heritage and culture of Oklahoma. The culture is unique unto itself. Expect a warm welcome as you arrive, friendly faces throughout your stay and a humble "so-long" as you head back home. We will be looking forward to meeting everyone and showcasing our great state to all! There will be activities galore to suit every attendee, including:

For more information visit: http://rangelands.org/oklahoma_city2013/

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2013 SRM Endowment Fund Silent Auction, Feb. 3-5, 2013 - Check Out Our New Raffle Items!

The Endowment Fund Development Committee requests your participation in the 2013 Silent Auction! At the 2012 Silent Auction in Spokane, over $10,000 was raised for the Endowment Fund by auctioning 120 items. All proceeds from the Silent Auction each year are added to the Endowment Fund. We are looking forward another successful Silent Auction Feb. 3-5 in Oklahoma City. The Silent Auction will operate during the Trade Show hours in the Trade Show Area/Hall. .Auction close out and item pick up will occur Tuesday evening.

The SRM Endowment Fund was established in 1987 to help underwrite a strong financial position for the Society. Individual contributions and special events, such as raffles and the Silent Auction add to the corpus of the Endowment Fund. A portion of the earnings gained from investment of the Endowment Fund each year support the operating budget or special projects of SRM as determined by the Board of Directors. As the Endowment Fund grows, it contributes greater amounts to SRM’s programs and operations.

You can participate by donating items to be auctioned and by bidding on items in the auction. Bid high and bid often! Past Silent Auction items have included art, books, jewelry, SRM mementos, and more! So bring your items and your check book or credit card to Oklahoma City. For more information on the 2013 SRM Silent Auction or if you have an item for the Auction but are not able to transport it to the meeting, contact Meribeth Lomkin at mlomkin64@gmail.com or call 208-358-1533.

Another way to support the SRM Endowment Fund is to purchase tickets to the annual raffle.  For $5.00/ticket or $20.00 for 5 tickets, you will be entered into the drawing for:
1st Prize:         A custom Browning O/U 12 ga. shotgun donated by Sharp Bro. Seeds
2nd Prize:          A custom 50X Beaver hat donated by Shorty’s Hattery
3rd Prize:          A Harold Holden bronze donated by SRM Past-Presidents
Loser Prize:     A Ruger 22 cal. rifle donated by Sharp Bro. Seed

Selling of tickets will continue until drawing that will be held at the Oklahoma BBQ Banquet on Wednesday evening, Feb. 6, 2013.  In the meantime, anyone wishing to buy and/or sell additional tickets prior to the OKC meeting, contact Rod Heitschmidt (heitschmidt@att.net). Winners do not need to be present to win.

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Sign Up Now for A Booth at the 2013 SRM Trade Show

A Bar Bunkhouse BankThe Society for Range Management Annual Meeting, Technical Training and Trade Show invites range clubs, agencies, private companies and organizations to register for a booth for the 2013 Trade Show. This is an opportunity to interact with more than 1,500 range practitioners including scientists, agency personnel, ranchers, students, consultants and more.

The trade show will set up on Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm and open on Monday from 8 am to 6 pm and Tuesday from 7 am to 6 pm. Monday evening a Trade Show Mixer will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm featuring appetizers, cash bar and The A-Bar Bunkhouse Band. This popular band is from the bluestem country of Oklahoma and will be an attraction that no one will want to miss.  These boys came straight from the ranch to entertain you with the best Oklahoma has to offer.  Don’t miss this entertainment treat.

To register for your booth go to the website: http://rangelands.org/oklahoma_city2013/trade-show.html

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Ecological Site Workshops at the Annual Meeting

Ecological Site DescriptionsSRM is hosting three Ecological Site Description (ESD) workshops at the Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City. For complete workshop agendas click here. There are limited seats available, so register today!

The workshop on Saturday, Feb. 2nd is intended for ESD developers and will showcase interagency and interdisciplinary ESD development efforts from across the country. The Saturday workshop is worth 8 CEUs. The ESD users workshop consists of four-hour sessions each day from Feb. 4-7, and  will focus on standards, concepts, data management, and field use for ESD users. The four-day users workshop is worth 16 CEUs. The final workshop, on Thursday, Feb. 7th, is intended for students and will focus on ecological site concepts, description and applications. The student workshop can be taken for one hour of college credit. Pre-registration is required for each of these workshops, and can be completed using the SRM registration form. See you in Oklahoma!

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2013 SRM Job Fair, Feb. 3, 2013 - Volunteers Needed!

Get your resume, transcripts and letters of recommendation ready because the 2013 SRM Job Fair is coming Sunday, Feb. 3, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We will encourage all interested meeting attendees to drift through and browse the JOB FAIR between other scheduled activities, meetings and workshops. We do expect that all participants staff, their tables/displays and be prepared to answer questions.

BLM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: BLM Volunteers needed to man the BLM booth at the SRM 2013 Annual Meeting, Technical Training and Tradeshow. Calling all available BLM personnel to volunteer their time at the BLM Booth in the Tradeshow from Feb. 2-8, 2013. Please contact Marc A. Pointel, 2013 Job Fair Coordinator at 775-482-7850 or e-mail at mpointel@blm.gov

STUDENT VOLUNTEERS FOR 2013 SRM JOB FAIR: The 2013 SRM Job Fair is requesting assistance of two volunteer university students for customer service and administration of the job fair. The volunteer must be a dynamic, enthusiastic and outgoing person with a great sense service to the students and staff at the job fair. The purpose of the volunteers is to increase the involvement of students in the activities of the job fair and gain organizational and administrative skills as well. Please submit a letter of recommendation, resume and a cover letter on "Why I want to be a volunteer at the 2013 SRM Job Fair." Please contact Marc A. Pointel, 2013 SRM Job Fair Coordinator at 775-482-7800 or  mpointel@blm.gov (with subject line - Job Fair Volunteer).

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Calling All Cooks, Submit Your Recipes

Basting Sauce for Roast, Submitted by Lewis Ranches, Clarendon, Texas

10 - 12 lb. chuck or arm roast 2 tsp. dry mustard 1/2 tsp. garlic salt 2 Tbsp. Kitchen Bouquet
2 tsp. onion salt 2 tsp. celery salt 2 tsp. salt  
1 tsp. pepper 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise 2 Tbsp. vinegar  

Place unseasoned roast in roaster with 1 inch water.  Cover and cook 3-4 hours depending on the size of the roast. Add sauce and baste. Continue to cook covered until tender. Thicken liquid with flour.

BACKGROUND:  One of the oldest ranches in the Panhandle, the RO Ranch was established in 1878 by three English brothers, Alfred, Vincent, and Bernard Rowe.  After buying out his brothers, Alfred Rowe began raising Herefords, one of the Panhandle's first ranchers to do so.  In April of 1912, Rowe crossed the Atlantic in the Titanic and drowned in the fatal iceberg collision.

William J. Lewis had worked on the RO Ranch as an eastern-bred 14-year-old in 1896.  Twenty-one years later he bought the spread for more than half a million.  Lewis managed the ranch himself, as did his son, W.J. Lewis Jr., who became a partner in the expanding ranching and cattle operation. After the elder Lewis's death in 1960, and his son's death a year later, Frank Kerrick, who was raised on the Lewis Ranches, and whose father worked on the ranch for 65 years, became general manager, a position he still holds.  Today, the 100,000-acre ranch raised commercial Herefords and Quarter horses.

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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Congratulations Are In Order!

Congratulations to Tyler Stewart (Humboldt State student) and Jason Martin (NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist - New Mexico). They each won a $100 gift certificate for Carhartt merchandise by completing a biographical sketch for the upcoming Range Education Recruitment website. Thanks to all who participated!
Congratulations to the recipients of the $500 Young Professionals Conclave Travel Scholarships for 2013:  Jess Milby of North Platte, NE and Jill Ficke-Beaton of Paauilo, HI!
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December Range Photo Quiz Answer

Range QuizDecember Photo Quiz Question:  Rangeland Art or Artifact?  If Art, what was the artist "trying to say?," and if artifact, what in the heck was its purpose? Bonus Points for identifying the MLRA, ES, and general location of this "installation."

ANSWER:  Our December quiz photo garnered two “likes” on Facebook (Mohammad from Iran’s Gorgan U. and Darby, a New Mexico “Aggie”), and a few inspirations:  “Wind Chimes?,” and “Target Practice!”  Not surprisingly for our SRM community, utilitarian interpretations prevailed.  Regular NRCS quiz player Julie Elliott thought, “Maybe it's what is left of a weather station?  No bonus points for me, I have no idea.”  Geri Proctor from the Douglas Ranger District noted, “It is an old rain gauge/weather station; built specifically to collect snow/rain in the Wyoming wind.  I think it was called a Wyoming Rain Gauge, but can’t remember for sure.”  NRCSer Karen Clause (Pinedale, WY), picked the winning western state, “This is an old rain gauge, probably located in NM…maybe MLRA 70C, Shallow Sand? I’ve only been to that area once so complete guess.”  Last – but certainly not least – SRM President Frasier chimed in, “The object is a portion of a rain gauge shield to allow raindrops to fall vertical into a rain gauge (missing from photo). There are a lot of them scattered out across the West in areas where the wind blows.”

Though the rain gauge is indeed missing, the data from the adjacent 1990's field study site on the application of surplus mega-dairy manure to semi-arid rangelands is still around for all to see (search for "New Mexico Blue Grama Rangeland Response to Dairy Manure Application"). Visited during the New Mexico section summer tour of the Black Range – aren’t you sorry you missed it? -  scribbled notes seem to suggest that such (judicious) application was helpful, once you got the stuff hauled out to the site (MLRA 35 - ESD ID not resolved at press time!) and distributed. As for now it’s hanging out athwart old Apache trails in not-always-so-silent testament to the past and present pursuit of our calling, just a-blowin’ in the wind.

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 15th of the month!

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January Photo Quiz Question

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

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

Click here to view a larger version of the photo.


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CSU Rangelands Degree

Charles Redd Center for Western Studies

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. 

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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Universidad Autonoma Agraria Antonio Narro Recognized for Program Accreditation

Range QuizCongratulations to the Universidad Autonoma Agraria Antonio Narro (UAAAN) for receiving accreditation for offering a strong academic program in rangeland ecology and management. Antonio Narro has been recognized as a pillar of achievement in plant identification at our annual meetings for several decades.  However, Antonio Narro offers students much more that good plant identification skills. The Rangeland Management and Conservation program at UAAAN was reviewed by a team that visited their campus in the spring of 2012, was examined by the SRM Program Accreditation Committee, and was approved by the SRM Board of Directors in November.

The SRM Program Accreditation Committee (PAC) recognizes the Rangeland Management and Conservation program at UAAAN as an exemplary program in many ways.  The breadth of courses offered and the contemporary nature of topics covered in courses is exceptional. The portfolio of courses offered to students at Antonio Narro is impressive and the faculty team offering these courses has strong academic backgrounds and considerable practical experience.  The SRM commends UAAAN for the extent to which it encourages students to participate in professional activities including the SRM annual meeting. Student members of SRM benefit from the opportunity to interact with fellow students from across the globe.

The accreditation of the Rangeland Management and Conservation Program at the Universidad Autonoma Agraria Antonio Narro is historic in that it represents the first time an institution outside the United States to be accredited by the Society for Range Management. The SRM views this noteworthy accomplishment as a great step forward in the development of academic rangeland programs.  The UAAN will join ten other Universities with accredited programs by the SRM for meeting the highest standards of providing a breadth and depth of instruction in rangeland ecology and Management (www.rangelands.org/education_universities.shtml).  Congratulations to the Rangeland Management and Conservation program at UAAAN for achieving accreditation and offering students and outstanding educational experienced.

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Position Announcement: Conservation and Land Management Internship

The CLM Internship Program is a wonderful opportunity to begin a career in botany, wildlife biology, natural resource management and conservation! Each year, the CLM Program places 75-100 college graduates in five-month paid internships to assist professional staff at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS), US Forest Service (USFS), US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and US Geological Survey (USGS). Internships are primarily located in the western United States, including Alaska!  Each internship is unique and may focus on botany, wildlife, or a combination of the two. Interns assist in a wide variety of projects depending on the needs of each field office. Examples of projects include collecting seed for restoration and conservation purposes, performing surveys for threatened and endangered species and habitats, and collecting data on species reintroduction and habitat management experiments. Applicants with strong botanical backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply!

CLM interns receive a stipend of $11,900 over five months and will attend an all-expenses paid week-long training workshop at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The CLM Internship Program provides opportunities to make connections in various governmental and non-profit organizations, to learn what it's like to work at a federal agency, to explore your career goals, and expand your resume. For more information and to apply online, please visit: www.clminternship.org.
Closing Date: 4/1/2013

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Position Announcement: Chief Programs & Principal Scientist, East Wildlife Foundation, San Antonia, TX

The Foundation’s mission is “to support wildlife conservation and the other public benefits of ranching and private lands stewardship. Our mission is achieved through research, education, and outreach.”  The Foundation owns more than 215,000 acres of native South Texas rangeland. The first Chief Programs Officer will play a key role in the development of strategic direction, and the design and operation of research, education, and outreach programs. Candidates should have at least 10 years of post-graduate experience (Ph.D. preferred) with project management/supervisory experience; an understanding of key issues related to wildlife, livestock, and native rangeland, and substantial knowledge of ranching in South Texas or land with similar climate and challenges. For full position description, please see: http://www.eastfoundation.net/docs/CPO_East%20Foundation.pdf

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Position Announcement: Assistant Professor, Range Science

North Dakkota State UniversityThe School of Natural Resource Sciences seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor of Range Science who will contribute to teaching, research, and service missions of the College of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources at NDSU. This is a 12 - month, tenure-track position with a responsibility 60 percent research, 40 percent teaching.  Employment will begin in summer 2013.

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: We seek a scientist/ecologist with expertise in range and grassland systems, and with research interests in range ecology, range management and the restoration or reclamation of range and grasslands. This scientist must have a demonstrated interest in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, the candidate must possess: 1) a Ph.D. in range science, range management, rangeland ecology and management, or a closely related discipline at the time of appointment; 2) demonstrated ability of research and scholarship that includes publications in peer-reviewed journals and development of competitive externally-funded grants; 3) an ability to teach effectively at the graduate and undergraduate levels; and 4) excellent oral and written communication skills. 

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Screening of applicants will begin March 1, 2013 and continue until a suitable candidate is appointed. For the full position description and instructions on how to apply, please visit https://jobs.ndsu.edu/postings/2966. NDSU is an EO/AA Employer.  This position is exempt from North Dakota Veterans' Preference requirements.

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

Organization: University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Position located at the Range Cattle Research and Education Center - Ona, FL.

Description:   Applications are invited for a 12-month tenure-track position with a 60 percent Extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service) and 40 percent Research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) appointment. The position in located in south-central Florida with tenure assignment with the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation http://www.wec.ufl.edu).  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 also 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 available March 1, 2013. 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 three references who may be contacted for letters of reference, and 5) Official transcripts documenting awarding of the Master’s degree and Ph.D. degree if completed. Review applications will begin Feb. 1, 2013.  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: 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

The USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Great Basin Rangelands Research Unit in Reno, NV is seeking a full time, 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: National Program Leader (Rangeland)

USDA ARSThe USDA, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Office of National Programs, Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems in Beltsville, MD, is seeking a permanent, full-time, National Program Leader for Rangeland Systems (GS-0401/0408/0454-15, $123,785 to $155,500 per annum). This leadership position directs national research programs related to rangelands and will coordinate rangeland research with National Program Leaders having responsibilities for research on pasture, forages, and livestock grazing, and on broad topics in natural resources for the USDA’s in-house science agency.  The National Program Leader manages, plans, leads, and coordinates comprehensive research programs conducted at multiple sites nationwide.

Candidates need an extensive scientific background and must have advanced research experience in one or more of the specialty areas of rangeland management, landscape ecology, and grazing systems relevant to livestock production and other agricultural systems.  Recruitment is at the GS-15 level.  Salary commensurate with experience.  Pre-employment check and a full background investigation are required.  For program information, contact Dr. Sally Schneider on (301) 504-7987 or by email: sally.schneider@ars.usda.gov.  ARS Program information may also be obtained at: http://www.ars.usda.gov/research/programs.

U.S. Citizenship is required. Applications must address specific education and experience requirements.  Complete information and application procedures for vacancy ARS-X13N-0003 may be obtained at http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/332255800 .  Applications must be received by Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013.  USDA/ARS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider.

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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 full time, 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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Upcoming Events

Nevada SRM Winter Meeting
Theme: Factors in Cost Effective Restoration of Sagegrouse Habitat in Northern Nevada
Jan. 10 - 11, 2013, Elko, NV

Montana State University Extension:  Winter Grazing Seminar
Theme: Factors in Cost Effective Restoration of Sagegrouse Habitat in Northern Nevada
Jan. 16 - 17, 2013, Harlowton, MT
For more information contact Heidi Crum at hcrum@mt.gov

2nd Annual Rangeland Science Symposium and 8th Annual California Rangeland Conservation Coalition Summit
Partnerships Among Ranchers, Conservationists and Scientists Provides the Most Relevant Knowledge for Managing Rangelands
Jan. 24-25, 2013 - University of California Davis
More Information

Kansas Natural Resources Conference and Kansas Section Business Meeting
Jan. 24, 2013 at DoubleTree by Hilton, Wichita Airport, Wichita KS.
Click here for information on the Kansas Natural Resources Conference

SRM 2013 Annual Meeting, Technical Training and Tradeshow
Feb. 3-7, 2013 - Oklahoma City, OK
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7th Intermountain Native Plant Summit
March 26-27, 2013 - Student Union, Boise State University Campus

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

22 International Grassland Congress
Sept. 15-19, 2013 - Sydney, Australia
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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: December

Name: City State Section
Chris S. Balzotti Provo UT UT
Allana Oestreich Grasmere BC PN
Michelle Mattocks Las Cruces NM NM
Elizabeth Goss Logan UT UT
Steven Cox Logan UT UT
Jeremiah Mark Jansen Lavina MT NGP
Kenneth E. Turner El Reno OK OK
Brittany Carey Bonnyville AB IM
Jennifer Parton Meridian TX TX
Jessica P. Parker Putney VT NC
Leah Predy Edmonton AB IM
Rebekah Lynne Kamerman Bozeman MT IM
Kevin Michael Brown Moscow ID ID
Megan Ashley Knaup Bozeman MT NCENT
Clark Roberts Oklahoma City  OK OK
Keith Pawelek Kingsville TX TX
Andrea Nicole Balch Gresham OR CP
Marie Katherine Stiles Laramie WY WY
Jamilee Ester Lords Moscow ID ID
Dawn-Marie Jensen Ellensburg WA PN
Jessica M McClain Spanish Fork UT UT
Kelsey Rose Ducheneaux Timber Lake SD SD
Ariana  Gloria Arvada CO CO
Chase Olson Deary ID ID
Hunter Rachelle Henderson Brookings SD SD
Stephen Daniel Janak Victoria  TX TX
Brandon Lee Calderon Hays KS KS
Kira Joy West Gallatin Gateway MT IM
Rebecca  Hopson Fort Collins CO CO
Britt Windsor Smith Stillwater OK OK
Christina Andruk Austin  TX TX
James P. S. Neel El Reno OK OK
Victoria Lynn Simonsen Ruskin NE NE
Gabina Maria Lichtner Fort Collins CO CO
Eric Hatch Lindstrom Cedar Hills UT UT
Hailey N. Wilmer Denver CO CO
Weslyn Hepler Las Cruces NM NM
Laurie Frerichs Edmonton AB IM
John Mulloy Sewanee TN SO
Austin G. Harvey Provo UT UT
Madeline Nicole Voldahl Las Cruces NM NM
Brittany Carey Edmonton AB IM
Evan Mitchell Hewitt Albuquerque NM NM
Caryl L. Elzinga May ID ID
Katelyn Marie Ceh Stony Plain AB IM
Joshua Tyler Larson Mission SD NE
Janalynn Franke West Jordan UT UT
Ethan Alexander  Overton Laramie WY WY
Garrett Scott Clifton Shawnee OK OK
Katelyn Marie Juenger Fort Worth TX OK
Becky W Hatfield Hyde Chiloquin OR PN
Name: City State Section
James Fitzpatrick Burford Laramie WY WY
Christopher Michael Hitsman Fort Collins CO CO
Mitchell John Greer Stillwater OK OK
Johnathan Webster Fort Collins CO CO
Robin Boies Wells NV NV
Cara Elliott Noseworthy Laramie WY WY
Charlotte Bell Henderson Sewanee TN UN
Aaron  Michael Buckingham White Sulphur Springs  MT IM
Kerri Lange Williams AZ AZ
Morgan Ann Noland Stillwater OK OK
Jestin D Ochsner Hastings NE NE
Phillip Steigerwald Uvalde TX TX
John Taylor  Winter Hitchcock OK OK
Christopher Schachtschneider Pullman WA PN
Patrick Thomas Snead Gillette WY WY
Ray R West Tulsa OK OK
Garrett Daniel Bergum Billings  MT IM
Leticia Varelas Laramie WY WY
Jaramie  Mclean Larammie WY WY
Jonas S Hill Nashville TN UN
Cody R Young Sinai SD SD
Ashley Thorsen Edmonton AB IM
Mary Jo Patricia Foley Corvallis OR PN
Michelle Teter El Paso TX NM
Sophia Strubbe Fairview SD SD
James A. Sleeper Alden KS KS
Richard D. Ramsey Sheridan WY WY
Jose Rodolfo Valdez Barillas San Antonio TX TX
Dusty L Glidewell McNeal AZ AZ
Eric Ramerth Laramie WY WY
Adam Stephens New Harmony UT UT
Kimberly Palmer Logan UT UT
Shane Kitchen Logan UT UT
Raul Lira-Rodriguez Logan UT UT
TJ Knutson Logan UT UT
Jeremiah Hull Preston ID ID
Chelsea DeMarco Logan UT UT
Camille Waters Logan UT UT
Daltrey Balmer Brigham City UT UT
Helen L. Lauth Brookings SD SD
Erica Anderson Cedar City UT UT
Sarah Davis Cedar City UT UT
Courtney Hadlock Cedar City UT UT
Mitch Bayles Cedar City UT UT
Jason Carlile Cedar City UT UT
Boyd Bovney Cedar City UT UT
Andrew Ashford Silver City NM NM
Michael Meyers Albuquerque NM NM
Mike Proctor Ardmore OK OK
James Nolan Craun Bartlesville OK OK
Ashley Burns Lincoln NE NE

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