Rangeland News - July 2013

Where Will the Future Take SRM?

Barry Irving

Barry Irving, SRM Director
As I sit down to write this I am a little torn as to which personality I will let flow onto the page.  You see, I have three of them and all get out or are kept in depending on the situation.  My first personality is the optimist. My SRM optimism is always enforced by the energy and commitment of the youth. I just returned from the Pacific Northwest summer tour where my wife and I were hosted by an incredible group that was dominated by what I would call youth (youth to me is anyone younger or acts younger than me, which is a pretty big portion of the population). There were young folks in section leadership positions, young folks on the planning and hosting team, and young folks showcasing projects that they had envisioned and brought to fruition. Young people all over SRM are taking the bull by the horns and moving forward.  They are an endless source of optimism for me.  My alter personality, and the one I try to keep under wraps, is my pessimist.  Pessimism is what holds us back, questions our abilities, and balances our optimism.  Everybody has, and needs, some pessimism.  The challenge is to meet pessimistic situations with realistic solutions.

The realist is the dominant personality of most individuals.  My SRM realist never questions the capability, nor resolve, of our membership (both young and seasoned) but is ever cautious on the financial side of things.  Although membership levels within SRM appear to be relatively stable, stable is not enough in a financial world where cost of servicing that membership continues to increase; even small annual increases caused by inflation are resulting in significant long term loss of purchasing power.  I am also cautious about the long term prospects of increasing SRM membership to historic levels or maintaining attendance at the Annual Meeting at the equivalent of ½ our membership.  The global financial blip of 2008 affected some segments of society immediately; SRM will still feel real negative effects in the lag time vortex that is still going downward.  Agencies, universities and colleges, state and provincial departments, rangeland NGO’s, ranchers and other private land rangeland managers, and rangeland consultants and service providers are continuing to feel the squeeze of reduced budgets.  Those effects are trickling down to SRM and will have real consequences for membership, both new and renewals, and attendance at revenue generating meetings.  The realist devil on my shoulder  tells me we cannot spend scarce time and resources on growing SRM, we need to hunker down a bit and maintain the true essentials until we get a little closer to walking out of this financial challenge we continue to be in.  An eternal optimist would think we can power our way through global trends with determination and hard work.  My realist persona thinks we need to carefully balance member services, revenues, and expenditures to achieve a sustainable future for SRM.

So, where will the future take SRM?  Although none of my three personalities can answer that question with the details required there are generalist opinions woven throughout this piece.  The diversity and commitment of SRM members is a source of optimism; the financial future a cause for concern.   I am certain SRM will evolve with the global financial reality, possibly becoming leaner and more adaptive.  New financial models may emerge or old ones may gain momentum.  The detailed future will follow after debate and adjustment that is the culture of SRM.  All SRM members need to get engaged; the future is upon us.

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Message from the SRM EVP

2014 SRM Annual MeetingJess Peterson, SRM Executive Vice President
I hope you are enjoying your summer! I can tell you that the May moisture along with the June and July showers on our summer range in Montana was greatly appreciated and puts a smile on my face during those rare moments when I get to check the grass, water and cattle. 

The escape to the high country has helped me stay the course during the hours and days of conference calls and meetings as your SRM staff and colleagues serving in leadership, committees and task forces tackle some critical and needed projects. The focus of the past few months has been collecting, assessing and carrying out recommendations from the Financial Task Force, Annual Meeting Task Force and Publishing Task Force along with the Budget and Membership Committees. I am pleased that a lot of hard work and effort is coming together. 

Like other societies, SRM is faced with the difficult challenge of balancing the books and implementing efficiencies along with other cost saving projects combined with revenue generators. The fact remains- providing membership services, programs, workshops, annual meetings and publications with a membership of around 3000 is a challenge. The reality is SRM membership needs to be at least 5000 in order to cover the current level of output.  The goal is to balance the current budget and continually build on revenue generators. The old days of struggling with the membership database and maintaining an accurate set of financial records are in the past. 

The SRM staffing function is perfectly aligned to deliver the needed organization deliverables yet flexible enough to address the changes in projects, activities, revenue flow, etc. In a later update I will go into more detail on this. In any case we continue to make progress and rely heavily on an outstanding group of committed volunteers that are spending countless hours of their time and pouring over emails, reports, numbers, spreadsheets, etc. SRM has always been great because of volunteers and their commitment. The past few months have further reiterated that fact. 

The good news is that thanks to all the above mentioned work and effort from task forces and committees, the SRM Summer Board Meeting will once again be a productive and action packed event that will set the course for a prosperous SRM in 2014 and beyond.  For those of you wanting to attend the SRM Board of Directors meeting it will be at the new SRM office at 6901 S Pierce St, Littleton, CO.  The meeting will start at 8:00 a.m. on both Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 12-13, 2013/. For more information contact Vicky Trujillo at the SRM Hedquarters.

In closing, please continue (or start) to follow SRM on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You have to “Like” us to follow SRM on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Society-for-Range-Management/84739853569?fref=ts.  SRM can be found on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/rangelands and LinkedIN at: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Society-Range-Management-3841425?gid=3841425&mostPopular=&trk=tyah

In my next update I’ll discuss some of our next steps for new membership promotion and outreach.  Thanks for your continued support and enjoy your summer!

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

Members: the default for your ballot preference is the same as it was last year. (New members, your default preference is paper ballot).

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

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

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

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YouTube on the Range - Richard Turere: My Invention That Made Peace with Lions

To complement our June SRM Photo Quiz discussion of fladry in Montana, YouTube on the Range is featuring yet another approach for lessening predator-pastoralist conflict, this time through the inspiring work of a 13 year-old Maasai in Kenya (rangeland peers, please take note - try something like this during your summer vacation!).

"Richard Turere is a young Maasai who lives in the wilderness of the Kenya savanna, on the edge of a national park full of rhino, giraffe, buffalo and lions. Since he was 9, Richard has held the honored chore of tending his father's cattle. In his free time, he tinkered with electrical gadgets. After dismantling the few household appliances, Richard taught himself how to fix them, and then he started inventing. He fit his parents' home with fans made from car parts and other components harvested from junkyards; then built other inventions for his neighbors."

During the brief course of this seven minute March 2013 Nairobi TED talk (over 66,000 views!), Richard explains the dilemma he faced when wildlife like zebra traveled out of the park, their trailing predators finding Maasai livestock too tempting targets. When a lion killed his family's only bull, the tribe's response was to track it and kill it (a no-no for NGOs!). Seeking to avoid future loss, Richard first tried scarecrows to ward off the predators, but habituation soon ensued. Noticing one night that lions seemed wary of his moving torch [flashlight], he had his eureka moment. Taking an old battery, a hazard-signal indicator, solar cells and other scavenged junk electronics, he soon had a proto-type of his Lion Lights in action. According to the presentation, this technology is now being used throughout Kenya to protect night-corralled livestock from lions, leopards, and hyenas; it has also helped some farmers keep elephants from marauding through their crops. It also led to a scholarship to a prestigious secondary school and ambitions of an engineering career.

 "One year ago I was just a boy on the savannah grassland herding my father’s cows, and I used to see the airplanes flying over, and I told myself that one day I’d be up there inside….  His first plane ride ever brought him to Nairobi to make this presentation. “I used to hate lions but now because my invention is saving my father’s cows and the lions we are able to stay with the lions without any conflict.” If only such pastoral-predator co-existence could be realized elsewhere...

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

Submitted by: Angie Reid, Planning Committee Co-Chair

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

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

Online registration opens Aug. 1, 2013 so start planning your trip and get your hotel room early!

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

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

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

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

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

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SRM 2014 Annual Meeting


If you look out the window and this is what you see, cheer up because the 2013 SRM Annual Meeting is in Orlando, Florida where the average high temperature in February is 72.7° F and the average low is a balmy 49.7° F!

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

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

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

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Get an Early Start on the 2015 SRM Honor Awards

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

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

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

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Wildfire Prevention and Recovery Techniques Benefit the Threatened Sage-Grouse

Rangelands – A conservation partnership across 11 western states is bringing a more unified approach to reducing threats to the sagebrush ecosystem and the wildlife that inhabits it. It is a proactive tactic to reduce the fuel that can feed wildfires and also lay a course for recovery of desired plant and wildlife in the wake of a fire. These actions also have the goal of protecting a threatened bird—the greater sage-grouse.

An article in the June issue of the journal Rangelands describes fire and fuels management activities. Land use management plans by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service are incorporating state- and local-based solutions such as the Wyoming Governor’s Sage-Grouse Executive Order that reduces the energy footprint in high-abundance sage-grouse “core areas.”

The sage-grouse has been found to warrant protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, although higher priorities have precluded it from being added to that list until 2015. Sagebrush ecosystems, home to the sage-grouse, are becoming more fragmented and are being invaded by exotic grasses such as cheatgrass, which offers fuel for wildfires. Sagebrush responds poorly to fire. It can take decades to recover following a wildfire, creating concerns for those trying to maintain stable populations of wildlife.

Reducing the impact of wildfire has become a large-scale goal. Already, more than 95 percent of fires are contained in the initial stages each year. But the ones that get away cause millions of dollars in damage and set back efforts to preserve sagebrush ecosystems.

The Bureau of Land Management now pre-positions fire crews, equipment, and aircraft in areas where fire ignitions are predicted. When a fire is reported, fire management can prioritize minimizing the impacts to sage-grouse habitats. For example, fire can be suppressed in large interior “islands” of sagebrush where it previously would have been allowed to burn out.

After a fire, habitat recovery can be assisted by preventing soil loss or conversion to grasslands. Because opportunities for rehabilitation of the land can be limited, having a plan already in place is essential. One effort underway brings together science and management—restoration techniques that improve the success of postfire seeding and use fungi and bacterium to inhibit annual grasses are being tested.

Full text of “Trial by Fire,” Rangelands, Vol. 35, No. 3, June 2013, is now available.


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, non-technical 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 www.srmjournals.org. To learn more about the society, please visit www.rangelands.org.

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Lost Resource: Bob Elderkin, Jan. 16, 1939 - April 29, 2013

Bob ElderkinRobert Leon Elderkin, Jr., 74, of Silt, Colorado, passed away quietly in the early morning hours of April 29, 2013. He was born in Jamestown, New York, graduated from Colorado State University in 1961 and did his graduate work at South Dakota State University. He worked for the US Forest Service, US Geological Survey Oil Shale office in Grand Junction, Colorado and retired from the Bureau of Land Management in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Bob is survived by his wife, Joann, daughter Candace Graus, husband Tim, and their two daughters Abigail and Haley, and daughter Melody Closson, husband Dave, and their daughter Jessica. Memorial contributions may be made to the Morris Animal Foundation in Denver, Colorado. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

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Lost Resources: Holley Randall Smith, Sept. 17, 1922 - May 8, 2013

Holly SmithHolley Randall Smith passed away May 8, 2013 at the family ranch in Glen, Montana at the age of 90, with friends and family at her side.  Mom has gone on to join Dad and help get things organized, as she did during their 66 years of marriage.  Together again, they will dance as they used to, and hopefully send us rain!

Holley was born in Irvington NY on September 17, 1922 to Paul and Katherine Randall.  She had two brothers and two sisters.  Raised and educated in New York, she graduated from Vassar College in 1944 with a degree in economics.  Mom's upbringing prepared her for an active life of adventure in ranching, as she excelled in sports, especially diving and fencing (NOT the barbed wire kind!).  Holley met E. Maynard Smith while he was attending Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy in New York, and after the war they married on July 6 1946 in Irvington, New York.  They honeymooned their way across the continent to their new home in California in a car that wouldn’t go in reverse, and thus their lifelong adventures began.

In California Holley worked to help put Maynard through college at UC Davis, and they purchased Maynard’s family ranch in Lodi, where their four children were born.  They ranched at Lodi until 1964, when they moved to the ranch in Glen Montana –the family of six Smiths forming the 6-S Ranch.  Holley did not know about ranching when she married Maynard, but she threw herself into it wholeheartedly and soon learned about raising cattle, sheep, horses, plants and the cycles and seasons of life on a ranch.  She taught her kids to ride and how to identify plants, and she and Maynard would take them on family camping and fishing trips into the Sierra Mountains in California.

Holley was active in many organizations, and was a strong patriot.  She loved to visit the legislature every session, and kept close tabs on bills that affected agriculture. She loved to go to range management tours and competed in many plant ID contests in Alberta and Montana.  She was always interested in learning more, keeping her finger on the pulse of what affected ranching and agriculture, and made sure that seminars, hearings and tours were attended.  When they moved to Glen, they were immediately faced with the proposed Reichle Dam on the Big Hole River a few miles from the ranch, and Holley -ever the original advocate and activist- was instrumental in halting the dam project.  Holley was a member of Society for Range Management, Montana Stockgrowers Association, Southwestern Stockmens Association, Church of the Big Hole, California Cow Belles, and was on the boards for Museum of the Rockies and the Smithsonian Institution, and the Beaverhead County Planning Board. Holley was a strong advocate for veterans of all wars, and was particularly devoted to their causes.

Holley kept the books for the ranch until recent years, and was actively involved in 6-S Ranch decisions.  She said her credo to economize and recycle came from her childhood during the Great Depression.  Frugality and hospitality were her hallmarks.

Holley is survived by her four children: Katharine Smith, Brack Smith (Janet), Randy Smith (Emily) and Meg Smith, nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren, a sister, Frances Wood of New York, nieces, nephews and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband Maynard, and her father, mother, two brothers and a sister and one grandson.

Memorials may be made to Church of the Big Hole, Southwestern Stockmen’s Association, Montana Stockgrowers’ Association, Beaverhead Home Health and Hospice, Veterans organizations or to the donor’s choice.

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Lost Resources: Jennifer Richman, Oct. 6, 1978 - June 7, 2013

Jen RichmanWith great sorrow, Matthew Richman and the Carlson family announce the passing of Jennifer Dawn (Carlson) Richman, beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, daughter-in-law, and friend.
Jenn delivered her firstborn child, a healthy boy, Kipp, on the afternoon of June 4th. Mother and son spent some joyous time together before complications developed.  Before dawn on Friday June 7th, Jenn, as beautiful as ever and surrounded by her closest family, passed peacefully.

Jenn worked as a Rangeland specialist at the Public Lands Division in Lethbridge, and travelled widely throughout the province conducting grasslands research, especially focusing on the sustainability of native species. She greatly enjoyed her work and was widely respected by colleagues, farmers and ranchers.
Jenn is survived by her son Kipp Richman, husband Matthew Richman; her parents Arthur and Judith Carlson; her brother Lee Carlson; and sister Jessica Geerligs and family Vince, RaeLeigh and Mattais.
- See more at: http://mbfunerals.com/lethbridge/current-services/jennifer-richman/#sthash.rIu12xQA.dpuf 

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

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

To get started, browse the webinar titles listed under “Upcoming Webinars” and “Conservation Webinars” on the Home page to find webinars that interest you and offer SRM CEUs.  Each webinar webpage, accessed by clicking the webinar title, provides descriptive and instructional information for participants to select a topic and join or view an event.  When SRM CEUs are available for a webinar, they will be listed in the right sidebar under the presenter information.

The webinar listing at ConservationWebinars.net grows daily, so check the site regularly for new entries.

When joining a live webinar or viewing a replay webinar to earn CEUs at ConservationWebinars.net, you will complete a brief pre-registration form that will prompt you to complete a checkbox to indicate your preference to earn CEUs.  Please follow all instructions carefully.

When you come to the web page that offers Step-1 to participate and Step-2 to document attendance, remember to leave this Web page open as instructed.  You will return to the Web page when the webinar has concluded to complete the CEU workflow offered by Step-2.  The workflow includes a brief post-test and entries for you to input your professional certification information.

Once completed you’ll be presented with an opportunity to download a certificate that indicates you earned the CEUs, and the certificate link will also be emailed to you. Please note that ConservationWebinars.net submits your CEUs directly to SRM on your behalf the first of the month as summary of CEUs awarded the preceding month.  You do not need to submit these CEUs directly to SRM.  However, we recommend you keep a copy of your certificate if any follow-up is required.

USDA NRCS live event webinars are hosted using the AT&T Connect Participant Application.  Prepare your computer in advance of attending your first live webinar by installing the Windows software from http://www.corp.att.com/attconnectsupport/downloads/pa/.  Mac users join using the web browser option that is offered at login, no software installation is required.  USDA NRCS webinar replays are viewed using Windows Media Player or a Mac-compatible application.
For more information about ConservationWebinars.net and its associated webinars, please email our partner, Dr. Holli Kuykendall, national technology specialist, USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center, at Holli.Kuykendall@gnb.usda.gov.

Please note that you do not have to be certified to view these webinars but continuing education credit can be earned for various certifications.  To see a list of functions which have already been approved for SRM CEU’s, see the Calendar of Approved Functions at http://www.rangelands.org/cprm_public/.  This calendar is updated monthly.

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Cattle Grazing and Clean Water are Compatible on Public Lands, New Study Finds

Submitted by Dr. Kenneth W. Tate, UC Davis
Cattle grazing and clean water can coexist on national forest lands, according to research by the University of California, Davis. The study, published today in the journal PLOS ONE, is the most comprehensive examination of water quality on National Forest public grazing lands to date.

“There’s been a lot of concern about public lands and water quality, especially with cattle grazing,” said lead author Leslie Roche, a postdoctoral scholar in the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences. “We’re able to show that livestock grazing, public recreation and the provisioning of clean water can be compatible goals.”

Roughly 1.8 million livestock graze on national forest lands in the western United States each year, the study said. In California, 500 active grazing allotments support 97,000 livestock across 8 million acres on 17 national forests.

“With an annual recreating population of over 26 million, California’s national forests are at the crossroad of a growing debate about the compatibility of livestock grazing with other activities dependent upon clean, safe water,” the study’s authors write.

“We often hear that livestock production isn’t compatible with environmental goals,” said principal investigator Kenneth Tate, a Cooperative Extension specialist in the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences. “This helps to show that’s not absolutely true. There is no real evidence that we’re creating hot spots of human health risk with livestock grazing in these areas.”

The study was conducted in 2011, during the grazing and recreation season of June through November. Nearly 40 UC Davis researchers, ranchers, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service staff and environmental stakeholders went out by foot and on horseback, hiking across meadows, along campsites, and down ravines to collect 743 water samples from 155 sites across five national forests in northern California.

Click here to read the complete article.

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Calling All Cooks, Submit Your Recipes! Featured Recipe - Chili Pie

Submitted by Diana Kessler - Orme Ranch, Mayer, Arizona

6 eggs, separated* Garlic salt to taste; about 1/2 tsp 1/2+ lb. Velveeta, longhorn or jack cheese
2 dashes of sugar 8-10 whole green chilis, fresh are best 2 tsp. water, maybe more
1 1/2 cubes margarine    
                * use 10 if eggs for #10 skillet/use 12 eggs for #12 skillet

Melt 1 stick of margarine in -8 iron skillet; leave on very low heat; slice cheese and drain chilis. Separate eggs; beat whites until stiff. Add to yolks the garlic salt, sugar, flour and water; beat with same egg beater 'til frothed a little. Pour yolk mixture into whites and fold together. Tilt skillet to coat all the sides of skillet. Pour ½ of the egg mixture into skillet, layer chilis and cheese; pour remaining eggs mix­ture. Cook on top of stove for 10-15 minutes on low heat. Pour ½ stick melted margarine around edges and a little on top; cook until it is done on bottom layer. Bake in oven 400-500° for 10+ minutes or until brown. (Can also cook in Dutch oven, just make sure heat isn't too high.)

Background: Easy for large numbers; lazy man's Chili Relleno; also good cool­ed if crew doesn't arrive at estimated time. Diana Kessler's husband, Alan, is the manager of the Orme Ranch, famous for the Orme Ranch School which draws students from all over.  However, the ranch is a full-fledged working cow-calf operation, providing a realistic ranch setting for the school.  Alan is the son of Wayne Kessler, past president of the SRM, and is an active member of the Arizona Section.

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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June Range Photo Quiz Answer

Range QuizJune Photo Quiz Question: What is depicted is this picture and what management purpose does it serve? Bonus Points:  In what MLRA was this photo taken?

ANSWER:  Our June quiz photo of red rags flapping in the north country breeze garnered seven “likes” on Facebook from around the globe, including Iddy Bashir (Tanzania), Fawzi Sweid (Syria), and Wajid Rashid (Pakistan).  “It's a fladry for wolf deterrence,” posted Shayan Ghajar (Fort Collins). Life member Bob Patton (North Dakota) thought it looked “like an electric fence with a solar panel on the charger and the spool of wire behind the solar panel. The red flagging on the wire is so it will be seen by animals and people before they run into it.” [NRCS Marcus Miller names this “Turbo-fladry”].  Mike Hale: “Fladry and solar charger for wolf predation control and probably MLRA 43 A, B or C; land-form, vegetation, livestock-wolf interactions seem about right.”

This photo submitted by Colorado Section President Matt Barnes, is in MLRA 43B, the Central Rocky Mountains (most Americans would call this area in SW Montana part of the "Northern" Rockies).  Matt is currently working on a fladry project with the Rodear Initiative, a partnership between the Germann Ranch and Keystone Conservation.  Matt tells us that “Fladry works to stop wolves, but not coyotes.  It was originally designed as a wolf-hunting tool in Eurasia where rags were tied onto a rope.  It works well on small scales in space and time; but like all gadgets, wolves will eventually habituate to it.  Electrified (turbo) fladry has been documented as keeping wolves out of a pasture for as long as two months.” 

Range Quiz“We recommend using it strategically for small areas, such as a calving pasture.  While theoretically there is no limit to the length of fladry that could be put up, there is much more labor involved in fladry than in standard temporary electric fence, and at some point the cost involved in setting it up and checking it every day exceeds the benefits.  Also the longer the length of fladry at any one time, the more total exposure of wolves to fladry--which increases the probability that a wolf will find a weak spot (too high, too low, etc.), and may increase the rate of the habituation process.  On a practical level, the maximum size for a fladry enclosure probably depends on the landscape and the number of cattle.  My rule of thumb is that it should be small enough that all of the animals inside can see each other, and that the animals are also at high enough stocking density that they are likely to stand their ground rather than run away, should a wolf actually get inside.”

“Fladry, electrified or not, is often set up around small sites such as a carcass.  I've seen video of a wolf pacing around a fladry-enclosed carcass for a few days and finally giving up.  In the photos attached, we use it to both contain cattle for high-density rotational grazing and keep wolves out.  In this project we are testing a system where we use the electrified fladry for night penning on a National Forest allotment in the Tobacco Root Mountains of Southwestern Montana.  The enclosures are only a few acres and are moved on a daily or near-daily basis.  In the smallest enclosures, we've had significant trampling of big sagebrush.  During the day, the cattle are herded outside of the fladry.”

“The standard length of the flags is 19 inches, and that is what is in these photos.  When fladry is set up around the outside of a barbed-wire fenced pasture, it is usually hung at the height of a wolf's nose.  For containing cattle, electrified fladry needs to be higher, at the height of a wolf's back or a cow's nose (30-32 inches, just like standard electric fence).  For this application we are testing 27-inch flags designed by Steve Primm at People and Carnivores.”

“There will be a Rangelands submission about the Rodear Initiative, but probably not for a year or two.”  

Contact Matt at MBarnes@KeystoneConservation.US for more info, including a recent article in the Stockman GrassFarmer. Thanks to Matt for his submission.
Send your observations (and your own quiz-worthy range photos) to vtrujillo@rangelands.org, subject line “Range Photo Quiz.” Be sure to include a question and answer with the photo!

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July Photo Quiz Question

Range Quiz Photo

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

Send your observations (and your own quiz-worthy range photos) to vtrujillo@rangelands.org, subject line “Range Photo Quiz" or complete the Range Quiz form. Be sure to include a question and answer with the photo! Send your responses by the 25th of the month to meet our deadlines!

Click here to view a larger version of the photo.

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CSU Rangelands Degree

CRP Training – Presented by Conservation Professional Training Program

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

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Where to Find Information on Rangeland Careers, Education and Online Courses?

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

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

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

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Rocky Mountain Cheatgrass Management Project - July 15, 2013, Pinedale, Wyoming

Rocky Mountain Cheatgrass Management Project The Rocky Mountain Cheatgrass Management Project (RMCMP) with support from the Wyoming Game & Fish, and the Sublette Weed & Pest District are sponsoring a Cheatgrass Management Workshop & Field Tour on Monday, July 15, 2013; 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Participants will meet at the Sublette Weed & Pest District at 12 South Bench Road, Pinedale. We will travel to a field location after lunch - prepare to be outside for the afternoon. This free tour includes lunch and is structured for land owners and land managers.    

Questions? Contact Brian Mealor - bamealor@uwyo.edu or Windy Kelley - wkelley1@uwyo.edu/   

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Texas Grazingland Conference- July 15-17, 2013 Fort Worth, Texas

Interested in Profitable and Sustainable Ranch Management?  Come join us in Fort Worth for the Texas Grazingland Conference:  Solutions for Healthy Land and Profitable Ranching. The Conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel Fossil Creek in Fort Worth, Texas on July 15-17, 2013.  Texas GLCI will host 16 rancher speakers from across the state discussing a host of topics all focused helping you stay in business.  Nationally renowned speakers Temple Grandin and Kit Pharo are also on the program. For more information contact Jeff Goodwin at jeff.goodwin@tx.usda.gov or register online at www.regonline.com/txgrazland2013

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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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III International Symposium on Forage Quality and Conservation   

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

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

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Ecology & Management of Grazing - An Online Course

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

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

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

NAIPSCEven though the 2012-2013 NAIPSC Webinar Series has completed, you can still hear all 15 archived webinars from the series. All you need to do is go to the eLibrary website (http://passel.unl.edu/communities/naipsc) to sign up and/or participate. The NAIPSC Online Community is designed to inform participants who are involved in invasive plant management, research, and/or policy and provide an online venue for sharing resources, ideas, and information. Don’t miss out! For all the details, check out the NAIPSC (website).  Click here for the brochure.

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

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

Description:  Applications are invited for a 12-month tenure-track position with a 60% Extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service) and 40% Research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) appointment.  The position is located in south-central Florida with current tenure assignment with the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation http://www.wec.ufl.edu); however, the selected candidate may select a tenure departmental home more appropriately aligned with their disciplinary expertise, such as Agronomy or Animal Sciences.  The successful candidate will be expected to develop and coordinate a nationally recognized research and education program that emphasizes the role of plant and animal (domestic and wildlife) interactions on the economic and environmental productivity of Florida’s rangelands.  These activities shall support a highly collaborative research program involving the disciplinary topics of rangeland management, including the influences of plant community structure and composition on herbivory, productivity (livestock and wildlife), and population dynamics of both livestock and wildlife. The extension education efforts shall primarily address an audience of public and private rangeland owners and managers with programs aimed at addressing ecosystem services, policies, programs and markets to ensure the continued viability of these valuable Florida agricultural ecosystems.  Communication of research results in appropriate peer-reviewed journals and scientific and trade publications is an essential requirement of this position. Recruitment and supervision of graduate students is expected.  A Ph.D. (foreign equivalent acceptable) in range science, forage agronomy, plant ecology, animal science, wildlife ecology, or closely related field is required. 

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

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Position Announcement: Research Technician - Extended Temporary, Phoenix, Arizona

The University of Arizona has announced a position for a Research Technician - Extended Temporary, Phoenix, AZ. The position is available September 2013 and the salary range is $10.87 to $13.53 per hour.

The Research Technician will assist with standard sampling procedures for inventory and monitoring of soils and vegetation on rangeland ecosystems. The position is with Arizona Cooperative Extension, but is based in Phoenix AZ with most field work occurring on lands administered by the BLM Phoenix District Office. Employment will be full time for 12 months from the date of hire. Continued employment depends on future funding. The position is eligible for benefits. Minimum of B.S. degree in rangeland/natural resources/agriculture or 4 year's experience is required. The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA - M/W/D/V Employer.

Apply only at http://www.uacareertrack.com, click “Search Postings,” then paste 52803 in “Job Number” . For more information, contact:
Doug Tolleson at dougt@cals.arizona.edu or 928-821-3222.

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Position Announcement: Lands Program Manager, Idaho Department of Lands, Boise, Idaho

The Idaho Department of Lands has an opening for a Lands Program Manager in the Grazing, Farming and Conservation Leasing Program in our Director’s office in Boise, Idaho. The primary duty of the Grazing, Farming, and Conservation Program Manager is to provide leadership, strategic direction, policy and procedure development and general administration of the Grazing, Farming and Conservation leasing programs.

These are endowment trust land management programs that currently involve more than 1,200 leases on more than 1.7 million acres of land located throughout the state. The Program Manager provides oversight and consultation to Area staff that carry out onsite program administration; communicates with lessees, industry representatives, Land Board members and staff, and legislators; researches and analyzes property and market information for lease pricing, asset valuation, and marketing; and audits program activities to ensure consistency of operations. View and apply at:

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Upcoming Events

Texas Grazingland Conference - Invasive Plants: Managing Controversy, Creativity and Conservation
July 15-17, 2013 - Fort Worth, NV
For more information contact Jeff Goodwin at jeff.goodwin@tx.usda.gov or register online at www.regonline.com/txgrazland2013

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

III International Symposium on Forage Quality and Conservation
July 22-23, 2013, Campinas, SP, Brazil
More Information

50th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Society of Animal Science 
July 23-26, 2013, Campinas, SP, Brazil
More Information

IMS Section Summer Tour
July 26-27, 2013, Northern MT

International Mountain Section Society for Range Management
2013 Summer Tour and Meeting
Flathead Valley, MT
July 26-27, 2013
More Information

Arizona Section Summer Meeting
"Babbitt Ranches Land Ethic &Tour of the CO Bar Ranch"
August 7-9, 2013, Flagstaff, AZ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Upcoming Functions & Continuing Education Pre-Approved Courses

Click here to view a full calendar of functions that have been pre-approved for SRM Continuing Education Units (CEUs) If you know of a function that you want to attend but do not see it on our list, please send the information to: SRM, ATTN: Vicky Trujillo, 6901 S. Pierce St., Suite 225 * Littleton, CO 80128; Fax 303.986.3892 or email: vtrujillo@rangelands.org.

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Welcome New Members: June

Name City State Section
Zachary Roth Kirwin KS KS
George Farmer Roswell NM NM
Karen D. Jones North Las Vegas NV NV
Matthew Brown Abbeville SC SO
Robert Hougaard Salt Lake City UT UT

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