Rangeland News - March 2013

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Of Shoes - and Ships - and Sealing Wax

Curtis TalbotCurtis Talbot, Advisory Council Chair

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—
Of cabbages—and kings—
And why the sea is boiling hot—
And whether pigs have wings.”

Lewis Carroll, The Walrus and The Carpenter, from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872

During the months of December and January, SRM members had the opportunity to participate in an electronic survey covering multiple topics related to SRM, including questions about member satisfaction, the effectiveness of Society communications, and content/usage of SRM journals. Recently, I’ve personally been reviewing the results of this survey, particularly the comments. SRM leaders are currently conducting a thorough analysis of the survey results, so I will not attempt to steal any thunder. However, I would like to share a few observations from both the survey and recent member interactions, primarily from the Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City. Most of these are hardly shocking.

  1. We are a diverse society. For every comment concerning a negative aspect of SRM, there is almost always a contradicting comment acknowledging praise of the very same aspect.
  2. We are a diverse society. We range from students to retirees. Neither group is fully satisfied with the value they see in belonging to SRM, yet members of both groups are represented in the active members of the Society.
  3. We are a diverse society. Some deeply respect the background supplied by the livestock-based issues that helped form the Society. Others apparently get viscerally ill at the site of the Trail Boss.
  4. We are a diverse society. Some enjoy their involvement with the parent Society and are frustrated by the lack of activity at the section level. Others get their sense of belonging at the section level and see no value in the larger organization.
  5. We are a diverse society. Some claim SRM should do better at taking a stand and expressing a collective voice on certain issues. Others are appalled that this organization should even consider a position statement, feeling that doing so labels us as “lobbyists”, and that we should have no presence on Capitol Hill.
  6. We are a diverse society. While our membership is concentrated in North America, we do have a smattering of members in other areas of the world. Some are happy with this representation. Others are dissatisfied at either end of this spectrum (some wanting more “local” emphasis, some wanting to broaden the international base).
  7. We are a diverse society. Some feel the Society is too heavily controlled by academics. Some feel SRM is too beholden to government agencies. While few if any feel SRM is controlled by ranchers, there are those who feel that we cater to the interests of the livestock industry.
  8. We are a diverse society. In recent years, SRM has made great strides to gain momentum in this era of instant information access. RangeFlashes, Twitter, Facebook, and digital journals have delighted segments of our population. Others feel abandoned along the way and define member services as a hard copy in their mailbox.
  9. We are a diverse society. A typically small percentage of SRM membership responded to this survey, representing a vocal minority. The large percentage of membership chose not to respond. I doubt the response rate would be significantly higher if the survey were mailed out hard-copy with a pre-stamped return envelope. Regardless, these members also have opinions that are just as important, especially to them.

I could go on. Why did I open this article with the quote I did? To any one particular member, much of what represents SRM may be as relevant as shoes, ships, and sealing wax. However, each member is very much engrossed with certain issues that are either very dear to their heart, or have a real-life urgency in their career or livelihood. The points listed above can all be the catalyst for frustration and miscommunication in SRM.  They can, however, also be the springboard for synergism.

I remember learning that communication can be defined and modeled as including four parts; a message, a reply or feedback, and at least two individuals or parties. Oversimplified, yes, but I have to occasionally remind myself of the basic tenets of this model. Recalling the model, together with a healthy dose of patience, helps me quite a bit when dealing with communication frustrations, such as we sometimes experience in a society as diverse as SRM.

When you get down to it, SRM is simply a tool for communication and dialogue, whether internal or external.  As Chair of the Advisory Council, I’m committed to facilitating at least one facet of this dialogue; that being between the sections and the Board of Directors. If I can be of service, or if you have thoughts along this line, I welcome and encourage the dialogue.

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EVP Message

Jess PetersonJess Peterson, SRM Executive Vice President
We just wrapped up a top notch SRM Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City, OK. A big, big thank you to the OKC Meeting Committee! On behalf of the SRM membership and staff- THANK YOU for your efforts and contribution, you all did an incredible job and you are greatly appreciated! Thanks also to the attendees and to our all of our fine sponsors.  OKC 2013 was a major success and we appreciate the role you played in it. During the Wednesday business meeting I presented this State of the Society. So if you missed it here it is. 

Your Society at Work
2012 was a productive and active year on several levels. From the continued modernization and improvement of SRM administrative, membership and financial accounting to increased outreach to membership, leaders in Washington, and like-minded stakeholders. SRM section meetings, workshops, trainings, the annual meeting, publications, and society communications achieved their targeted goals and tackled new obstacles. SRM is proudly staking its course as the lead scientific society successfully navigating the 21st Century.

The SRM building and property in Wheat Ridge is reaching the final stages of being sold. SRM is set to establish a new leased headquarters in Denver that provides a modern and efficient setting that will allow SRM to prosper for the next century. The new office will proudly house the treasured SRM publications library along with a few notable pieces of SRM history. Proceeds from the building sale will be placed in a separate account with proper management and oversight.

With regards to SRM accounts, the new investment team at Merrill Lynch led by Charles “CB” Wagner is carrying out the needed management and investment decisions. CB conducts quarterly reports on the investment accounts. These accounts, specifically the endowment fund, need to have the correct handling and oversight. SRM has established this directive and will continue accordingly. 

2013 is off to an exciting start. Thanks to A LOT of hard work from the SRM membership and leadership, SRM now has a revised strategic plan that sets the course for a prosperous future. From membership to outreach to overall focus within the Society and its objectives, the revised strategic plan is the needed road map for success. The modernized and highly talented SRM staff team has overcome a long list of needed improvements and is kicking off 2013 with a fired up vision to work in collaboration with SRM members, sections, committees, and leadership toward our shared goals. 


Membership reached 3006 in 2012. Significant accomplishments in this area include stabilizing communication with the membership, standardizing communication with the sections, and enhancing conduits to gather feedback/get to know the membership. 2013 will be focused on qualifying member benefits and strategic planning for the future of SRM. The SRM Membership committee had a very productive discussion at this meeting. SRM is gathering outside support on membership strategy and outreach. SRM’s continued success is linked to increased membership and there is a concerted effort to reach this goal. 

Annual Meeting

1,376 people attended the 2012 Annual Meeting in Spokane, WA. SRM would like to extend a special thank you to the Spokane Planning Committee for all of their hard work and job well done.  We are currently enjoying a top notch 2013 Oklahoma City Annual Meeting. The 2014 Orlando Planning Committee is off and running. SRM is busy working with the Sacramento Planning Committee (2015) and is looking ahead to Corpus Christi (2016).

Continuing Education

SRM hosted and sponsored multiple workshops during the year, both at a regional scale and at the Society’s Annual Meeting. SRM’s Center for Professional Education and Development (CPED) hosted one sell out regional Ecological Site Description (ESD) workshop in Winnemucca, NV, in 2012 and has hosted three additional ESD workshops this week at the Annual Meeting. The ESD workshop in Winnemucca generated a great response and hit a capacity of 70 participants; since completion, the ESDs and data used during the workshop were requested for application on over one million acres following a devastating fire in the region.  Thanks to agency support from BLM, NRCS, ARS, and USFS a minimum of two additional regional ESD workshops will take place in 2013. These workshops are critical to SRM membership and we appreciate the work and effort spent making these happen. SRM continues to offer via its website an extensive list of pre-approved courses for continuing education credits.

Rangeland Ecology and Management (REM) and Rangelands remain successful endeavors. 2012 was an exciting year for both journals: REM’s impact factor reached new heights and Rangeland’s received the prestigious Gold EXCEL Award for general journal excellence from Association Media & Publishing. The 2012 revenues are nearly complete and are expected to exceed 2011’s totals. Given the challenges faced with current economic turmoil and changing times, SRM will continue to find creative and targeted solutions in regards to these publications. SRM has the best science-based information about range management and the Society is focused on disseminating that information. 

In closing, I want to thank 2012 SRM President Gary Frasier for his service to SRM. It was an honor to serve under Mr. Frasier and I will miss our seemingly non-stop phone calls and emails regarding the progress on several of the above referenced projects. Somewhere in all that we found time to laugh and joke and title our run as the “last ride of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” so with that I say “Here’s to you Butch- many more happy trails to you” – Sundance.

And with that I look forward to working with 2013 President Wally Butler and the 2013 SRM Board of Directors. President Butler is well versed on all of our projects and activities and we are already off and running with a whole slew of exciting work and plans for 2013. 

We’ll keep you informed and thank you for all that you do as you make this Society prosper in challenging and changing times. 

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YouTube on the Range - Brazil's Drought Affects Dairy Ranchers

"The interior of northeastern Brazil is the hot and semi-arid region of the country. People there are used to dry weather, but they haven't seen anything like the crippling drought they are living through now. The small town of Afrânio in Pernambuco state only had one rainfall last year.

SRMers may indeed be familiar with the historic drought in our backyards, but what do we know of drought elsewhere on the planet? Simple Googling will reveal that North America is not alone or unique in facing challenge from a seemingly fickle climate. Among all the sorry stories of sports teams suffering from scoring "droughts," there are sprinkled accounts of rangeland communities across the globe struggling with real-life make-or-break predicaments. Though generally overlooked by our national media, these do fortunately garner the attention of international observers, such as in this very recent report from the Aljazeera network: 

"Nobody is being hit harder than the small-scale dairy farmers here in Afrânio, as thousands of heads of cattle in the region are dying of starvation with sunbaked pasture lands drying out.  It's forced dozens of local dairy farmers to abandon their operations, and threatened the entire local industry here"

Raimundo Lima, a "dairy rancher," a father of nine adult children and grandfather to 10, notes that it has only rained once in the past 12 months here, so his open pasture where his 10 free-range cows once grazed has dried up completely into dust, rocks and twigs. The cheese factories that buy milk from local dairies are facing shortages, and related economic effects ripple on.

"The rainy season in this part of Brazil ends in late March or early April, but with only one week of rain in the past year, local dairy farmers still in business in Afrânio are bracing for the worst. Lima says even if there is significant rain next month - and forecasts are not predicting that - it will take 3-4 years for the local dairy industry to fully recover."

Click here for the video

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SRM Capital Update

Capital UpdateKelly Fogarty; SRM Washington, D.C. Liaison
Washington, DC has started off 2013 by choosing to remain in limbo when it comes to a budget. This past week found the end of February upon us with no deal being made on the sequester debate. The focus in Washington continues to lie solely on budgetary items, with the sequestration battle providing the latest deadline in the ongoing saga. The sequestration will apply across the board spending cuts to all federal agencies, departments and associated programs, with few exceptions made. The total spending cuts amount to $85 billion and will be made over the remainder of the fiscal year, which given the delay on the issue now amounts to 7 months instead of 12 to apply these cuts. As the date for this neared (March 1st), it became increasingly clear that the issue would not be dealt with in time to avoid such overarching cuts.

March 1st has since come and gone and the sequestration has officially come to pass. With that said, the immediate and dramatic effects that were focused on by the media have not occurred.  Rather, federal agencies have given notice to their employees and departments that if a deal is not reached within the coming weeks, official notices for furlough days will then be issued; thus, while immediate cuts have not yet been seen, it is said they will increase as time passes.  However, until then, the lack of a deal has still put a temporary hold on all talk of long-term goals and planning within the departments. The atmosphere in DC has taken on a new tone as groups, both private and public, are reluctant to engage in any strategizing or planning as the numbers available for such work or allotments for funds that could be made, remain unknown. The inability for the two political parties to come together on this issue has effectively left everyone trying to implement and do the necessary work on the ground in an uncertain state of what resources they will have moving forward.

The next deadline in the budget timeline is March 27th, at this point if a budget is not agreed upon, the government will shut down. It is most likely that Congress will pass another Continuing Resolution (CR) to avoid a shutdown; the government has been operating off of a CR for some time now and there is no indication that this will not be the case in order to finish out the current fiscal year. I will keep you all updated on the progress of these budget discussions in Washington, DC and their continuing impacts to the nation’s rangeland health.

On another note, the Farm Bill has yet to be acted on. The current nine-month extension that was passed within the fiscal cliff package at the end of 2012 will expire on Sept. 30th. Operating off of an extension for this bill has placed numerous working lands and conservation programs in an uncertain state as to acreage that may be enrolled and the amount of technical assistance available. The current path of Congress in DC does not inspire confidence that a full five-year bill will be passed by this time, but agriculture and conservation groups are working together to see that this happens. 

The SRM leadership team will be making their annual trip to Washington, DC at the end of April; I will provide an overview of issues to be discussed and meetings that will take place in the next Rangeland News.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns regarding SRM in Washington, D.C. at kelly@westernskiesstrategies.com.

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Ranchers Develop Planning Methodology to Best Respond to Drought

Rangelands Like a general mapping out his strategy before going into battle, a rancher must be prepared to respond effectively to drought, one of the biggest threats to Great Plains ranchers. With the input of ranchers and advisers, a drought-planning methodology has been created to encourage more ranchers to develop advance plans.

Drought-planning concepts are examined in the current issue of the journal Rangelands. Noting that “a strategic objective of every ranch should be to strive for drought resilience,” the National Drought Mitigation Center interviewed and brought together ranchers and advisers to develop this planning methodology.

The many aspects of a drought plan include how a ranch operation will maintain natural resources, production, financial health, customer relations, and lifestyle. However, drought planning is essentially part of a larger vision for a ranch. This vision might include the importance of native grass, livestock, wildlife, and people in its overall goals.

In planning for a future drought, it is necessary to conduct an inventory of resources, understand the risks and even the benefits of drought, and know how to monitor and measure drought. Critical dates for decision-making should be identified in advance. It is also important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all plan, and multiple management strategies may be useful.

Strategies for before, during, and after drought should be in place. Some ranchers described using grazing management systems to foster desirable plant species as a way to improve pasture health beforehand. When drought occurs, these ranchers know their pastures will be in the best condition to tolerate it. Others mentioned ensuring there was a “cushion” in their forage supply.

During a drought, ranchers need guidelines for when to make decisions about stocking rates, alternate forage, and changes to burn schedules. After a drought, strategies for recovery are needed that take into consideration the severity of the drought, market trends, and financial issues. These factors affect decisions such as when and how much to restock. Advisers recommend cost analysis exercises to help ranchers determine the short- and long-term tradeoffs.

The insights and information gleaned from this experience went into creating the website “Managing Drought Risk on the Ranch.” It offers practical planning tools and information about drought, its impacts, and management options. The site, available at http://drought.unl.edu/ranchplan/Overview.aspx, is maintained by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Full text of “A Drought-Planning Methodology for Ranchers in the Great Plains,” Rangelands, Vol. 35, No. 1, February 2013, is available at http://srmjournals.org/toc/rala/35/1.

Rangelands is a full-color publication of the Society for Range Management and is published six times per year in February, April, June, August, October, and December. Each peer-reviewed issue of Rangelands features articles on the state of rangeland science (quantitative and qualitative), art, management, technology, policy, economics, education (formal and informal), society and culture; along with book reviews, highlights from the relevant scientific literature, and society news. Additionally, readers may find youth, rancher, and international forums. The journal provides readers relevant information founded in the current rangeland science and management knowledge base 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. Rangelands is available by subscription. SRM members receive a special discount rate!

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SRM Award Winners

2013 Renner AwardThe Society for Range Management honor awards program recognizes members and non-members who have made outstanding contributions to the science and art of range management. Now is the time to begin preparing nominations for individuals who deserve recognition. Click here for more information and photos of the Honor Award Winners.

Frederic G. Renner Award - 2013 Recipient - Dr. Rodney K. Heitschmidt
The premier Society award requires SRM membership and sustained accomplishments or contributions to range management during the last ten years. Includes honorarium.

W.R. Chapline Land Stewardship Award - 2013 Recipient - Barry W. Adams
Requires SRM membership and effective maintenance or improvement of range resources with lasting efforts. Includes honorarium.

W.R. Chapline Research Award - 2013 Recipient - Dr. Douglas A. Johnson
Requires SRM membership and exceptional and sustained research accomplishments related to rangelands. Includes honorarium.

Sustained Lifetime Achievement Award - 2013 Recipient - Daryl A. Cisney
Designed to recognize SRM members for long-term contributions to SRM and range management. Requires tangible evidence of outstanding lifetime contributions to the art and science of range management and continued SRM involvement at both the Section and Society levels.

Outstanding Achievement Award - 2013 Recipients - Dr. Timothy L. Deboodt, Dr. John A. Taylor, Robert T. "Bob" France, Robert E. "Bob" Mountain, Greg Tegart, The Pekisko Group
SRM membership not required. Awarded for outstanding achievement (eminently noteworthy) in any range management-related area. Organizations (e.g., agencies, commodity groups) are not eligible for this award. Teams, whose accomplishments are individually inseparable, are eligible. The Outstanding Achievement Award has been subdivided into two groups: Research and Academia; and Stewardship (ranchers, agency professionals, consultants). Each group will be ranked separately. If enough nominations are not received in either group, then the balance to be awarded in any given year will be considered from the other group.

Outstanding Young Range Professional Award - 2013 Recipients - Meribeth L. Lomkin, Brian A. Mealor, Rachel D. Mealor
Requires SRM membership and recognizes superior performance and leadership potential in any range-related area. Nominee must be less than 40 years of age on January 1st of the year the award is conferred.

Click here for a complete list of award winners from the 2013 SRM Annual Meeting
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Final Results and Photos for SRM Student Competitions

Amy Ganguli and Laurie Abbott, Co-Chairs of the SRM Graduate Student Competitions
Thank you to all who participated in the 2013 Society for Range Management Graduate Student Competition.  The technical program in Oklahoma City was great and we believe that participation in the program contributed to the success of the meeting.  We hope that you will continue to participate in SRM functions as a student and as a professional in the future. It is our pleasure to announce the winners of the PhD and MS oral paper and poster competitions:

Click here for a photo gallery of the winners

Oral Paper Competition (19 Ph.D. participants; 27 M.S. participants)

Poster Competition (10 Ph.D. participants; 23 M.S. participants)

Please join us in congratulating these students on their accomplishments! Each student will receive copies of their individual judging sheets; these forms will be sent to each student individually later this week.  We hope you can use these evaluations  to identify strengths and weaknesses in your presentations.   

Other Winners of SRM Student Competitions

Colorado NRCS Approves $9 Million to Assist Landowners with Locally Developed Targeted Conservation Projects

PR ConservationThe Colorado Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently approved $9 million in targeted conservation proposals to assist Colorado landowners plan and implement locally developed conservation projects that address identified priority resource concerns within the state.

 “The targeted conservation effort accomplishes two objectives.  First it invigorates the locally led process through our conservation districts and encourages them to actively address local resource concerns,” said Phyllis Ann Philipps, Colorado NRCS State Conservationist.  “Second, by focusing our financial and technical assistance dollars, we have a larger cumulative impact on the project area, which is also more efficient and effective. The emphasis for these projects is on obtaining tangible resource benefits.”

Click here for the entire news release.

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Calling All Cooks, Submit Your Recipes! Featured Recipe - Pound Cake

Submitted by Peggy Brown, R.A. Brown Ranch, Throckmorton, TX

3 sticks butter 1 lb.box powdered sugar 6 eggs
1 tbsp. lemon extract 1 tbsp. bourbon whiskey 2 1/2 c. sifted flour

Have ingredients at room temperature.  Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time.  Add flour and flavorings.  Pour in greased and floured fluted tube pan.  Bake at 325° for 1¼ to 1½ hours.  Immediately remove from pan to rack.  Prick surface with toothpicks, and spoon or brush the following on it while still very hot: Dissolve by heating - but DO NOT BOIL: the sugar, lemon extract, ½ c. water, and whiskey.

Background: When Robert H. Brown of Fort Worth, a livestock commission company owner, bought land in Throckmorton County in 1900, he not only established a ranch on the land, but he also established a ranching family that is now into the fourth generation.Today the R.A. Brown Ranch, originally referred to as R.H. Brown & Son operates three ranches, totaling 60,000 acres, and is headquartered in Throckmorton County. R.A. Brown, for whom the ranch is named, was a founder of the American Quarter Horse Association, and served as an officer and director of the association until his death in 1965.
Today R.H.'s grandson, Rob Brown, and his wife, Peggy Donnell Brown, both third generation West Texas ranchers, carry on the 50-year-old breeding tradition.  The ranch has consistently ranked among the top 25 breeders of Register of Merit performance horses in the nation.

Trail Boss CookbookTrail Boss’s Cowboy Cookbook
Do you have a family or ranch recipe that has been around for generations? Does it have a great story or background to go with it? Or maybe you have a great range story, ranch story or an awesome range photo that you would like to share. We are looking for you. The Outreach and Communication Committee is collecting recipes, stories and photos for the next edition of the Trail Boss’s Cowboy Cookbook.   Submit Recipes, Range Stories and Range Photos to: srmcookbook@yahoo.com

Please include Your Name, Ranch Name, SRM Section and City, State with each submission. In the subject line of your email please write SRM Cookbook. All recipes must be original recipes (never published). If it is a published recipe it must be changed by 10%,(such as changing an ingredient or amount, adding an ingredient, changing cooking temperature or time.)

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

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"Out on the Land" Television Series

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

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

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February Range Photo Quiz Answer

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

ANSWER:  Many of our photo-quiz “first-responders” correctly recognized our featured object: “A  big ramp for Big Bird!”

Tate Smith noted, “this is a ‘bird ramp’, ‘squirrel ramp’, ‘wildlife ramp’ for stock tanks! We have installed these on tire tanks, and this one is huge, what type of tank does this go on? This is a great tool to allow little wildlife critters to come in and get a drink then be able to get out. Some benefits are obviously the access to water for wildlife, but also so no critters drown and make the water turn bad. It also means you don't have to check water tanks when the livestock aren't in the pasture. I've installed these and put wire mesh that you use for drywalling from the ramp and contour it to the edges so the critters can find their way out if they are swimming the wall.

USFS Thad Bennet recognized “a very large wildlife escape ramp to be installed in a water trough. They are required in all new water troughs installed on federal land (BLM and Forest Service) as well as those water troughs on private land where NRCS contracted the practice. The costs are minimal from $50-$200 and if designed properly will last several years. The benefits are large to a variety of wildlife, especially when designed well like this one, since the animals will swim around the tank and come in contact with the ramp where they can climb out. As one NRCS DC said on a range tour, ‘I don't know if it saves any birds, but I saw several hundred grasshoppers climbing up the ramp’”.

Rancher Jay O’Brien noted the benefit “is to allow varmits the ability to climb out of tubs. It appears this was build for a larger water storage as opposed to a 2 or 3' tub. As someone who has seen lots of water tubs and few drowned animals, the benefit is questionable. I always suspected that the few animals I saw in tubs were weak to start with. In Lesser Prairie Chicken country we have to install these in new tubs; yet I have never seen a dead LPC in a tub.”

And from our very own, ever observant SRM Journals publisher Peter Burns: “I think this is an escape ramp that enables wildlife to climb out of a pond or stream with steep banks. I saw similar contraptions on display in the trade show at the SRM meeting in Spokane. Clever device--it could save someone from having to fish a drowned varmint out of a water source, or keep it from drowning in the first place!”

This particular device (one of three) was indeed intended for a large storage tank and cost close to $250 (ouch!) from a rural New Mexico welding shop (which has found in such devices, required by various conservation programs, a new “product line”). The rancher erred in his initial measuring however; the ramp ended up being about a foot too tall and had to be trimmed down

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

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March Photo Quiz Question

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

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

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CSU Rangelands Degree

Lost Resource: Jon M. Skovlin

Jon Matthew Skovlin, 82, of Cove, died Feb. 14, 2013, in La Grande. A Celebration of Life will be held later in the spring. Jon was born Oct. 31, 1930, to Adolph and Mildred Bumgardner Skovlin at Colfax, Wash. The family lived in Palouse until 1945 when they moved to Enterprise, where he graduated from high school in 1948. His summers were spent working on sheep and cattle ranches in the canyons. Seasonal work on the Wallowa National Forest led him to study forest, range and wildlife management. Click Here to read his entire obituary.

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

Boise State University Department of Biological Sciences and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, in Logan, UT, are sponsoring the Intermountain Native Plant Summit VII in Boise, ID, on March 26-27, 2013. The Summit is open to the public and free of charge. There is no registration fee, but advance pre-registration is preferred. Please email dale.nielson@ars.usda.gov by Wednesday, March 20, 2013 to pre-register. Please enter "INPS" in the subject line and include your: name(s), mailing address, business, non-profit organization, university or government affiliation, city, state, zip code and phone number. A limited number of posterboards are available for display of research and plant material development work pertinent to Intermountain native plants.  Contact Dale at dale.nielson@ ars.usda.gov with a title to reserve a posterboard slot.  Additional information will be available in future announcements.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Position Announcement: Assistant Professor of Human Dimensions in Natural Resources

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Position Announcement: Preserve Manager, Nature Conservancy's Arizona Chapter

The Nature Conservancy’s Arizona Chapter is hiring a Preserve Manager for our Muleshoe Ranch. The Preserve Manager will develop, manage and advance conservation programs for more than 50,000 acres within the second largest unfragmented landscape of the American Southwest. Preserve Manager is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Muleshoe Ranch Cooperative Management Area and for providing technical support for all associated activities, including supervision of three full-time employees and for managing the general operation and function of this historic location, including guest services and public recreational management. The position is also responsible for leveraging the Best Management Practices for landscape conservation, wildlife connectivity, habitat restoration, and watershed management with our partners, neighbors, and communities.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor of science/art, law or business degree in natural resource management and five years of relevant experience. Candidate should have ability to make sound decisions on legal, financial, conservation and reporting issues, knowledge of land management conservation practices and conservation science, ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences and the willingness to apply science to decision-making activities. 

For more information and to apply, please visit www.nature.org/careers and search for job ID#40926 in the advanced keyword search.  Deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time March 27, 2013.  The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Position Announcement: Assistant Professor - Colorado State University

CSU is recruiting a Rangeland Plant Ecophysiologist Assistant Professor (tenure track) specializing in topics from the organismal to the community level. We seek a broadly trained individual to address ecological and management questions regarding controls over growth, reproduction, survival, abundance, and geographical distribution of plants growing in grasslands and/or shrublands. Applications from those interested in the responses of vegetation to stressors (water, temperature, herbivory) are especially encouraged. We seek someone to develop a successful, innovative, independent and extramurally funded research program involving graduate and undergraduate students. The successful candidate will contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching and curriculum development in the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department.

The position will be available August 2013. To apply/view a complete position description: http://warnercnr.colostate.edu/employment-opportunities.html, by March 1, 2013. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Colorado State University conducts background checks on all final candidates. CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer.

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Position Announcement: Assistant Professor - Rangeland & Livestock

Oregon State University Malheur County Extension Service is recruiting for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Assistant Professor position in Rangeland and Livestock. This 12-month position is 0.75 FTE tenure track and 0.25 FTE recurring fixed term funding. This position is responsible for the Rangeland and Livestock Extension program in Malheur County, Oregon.  Salary is commensurate with education and experience. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ Posting 0010312. Closing date: 03/26/2013. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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

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

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Position Announcement: Range/Habitat Technician, Teton Science Schools in Jackson, WY

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

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Upcoming Events

River Crossings: Linking River Communities Workshop
March 11-15, 2013
Grand Junction, CO
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7th Intermountain Native Plant Summit
March 26-27, 2013 - Student Union, Boise State University Campus
For information, contact Tom Jones 

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

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

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

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.-back to top-


Welcome New Members: February

Name City State Section
Tony Arnhold Trinidad CO CO
Juan Arreguin Las Chuces NM NM
Katia Ayala-Olvera Chihuahua MX
Sarahy Monserrat Ballinas Tejeda Saltillo Coahuila MX
Kelly Patricia Bedson Mesa AZ AZ
John Buffin Cody WY WY
Ali Chandler Kaufman TX TX
Jonatan Josue Corrales-Millain Chihuahua MX
Benjamin Davis Burton ID ID
Francisco Denogean-Ballesteros Santa Ana MX
Carlos Eduardo Diaz Leyva Saltillo CH MX
Brant Douvilee Brookings SD SD
Jose Duenez-Alanis Coahuila MX
Jose Luis Elias-Rodriguez Saltillo COAH MX
Aaron Field Fargo ND NCENT
Dustin Ford Fargo ND NGP
Dustin Fowler Rexburg ID ID
R. Scott Gamo Cheyenne WY SD
Miguel Caro Garico Chihuahuoi MX
Gerardo Gonzales Lopez Saltillo Coahuila MX
Mariela Jaquelinne Grijalva-Zopata Chihuahua MX
Jacob Hall West Valley City UT UT
Robert Chism Horton Bluejackert OK OK
Doug Hulit Coutts AB IM
Kaitlin Hunger Lubbock TX TX
Ferrando Iborra Martin Sonora MX
Brittany Irle San Antonio TX TX
Xochitl Juardo Zumpahcuacan Edo. MX
Melissa Kafka Highmore SD SD
Name City State Section
Andrew James Klein Westmoreland KS KS
Kimberly Klein Fargo ND NCENT
Andrew Krcil Dante SD SD
Manuel Bernabe Lopez Perez Saltillo COAH MX
Daren Many Pinedale WY WY
Kellen Marlow Dillon MT NCENT
Martha Martin-Rivera Somon MX
Mark Mazza, II Spearfish SD SD
Jesus Nieves Saltillo COAH MX
Kyle Paffett Flagstaff AZ AZ
40 Johanna Prukop Bishop TX TX
Loren Racich Pinedale WY WY
Teodoro Romos Esrada hermosillo Sonora MX
William Rose Rexburg ID ID
Benjamin Joseph Schiltz Lincoln NE NE
Juventino Sebastian Medina Saltillo COAH MX
Trenton Smith Rexburg ID ID
Grant Sorensen Lubbock TX TX
Jonathan Spiess Lubbock TX TX
Laurie Thorpe Anchorage AK
50 Soumas Tieler Bozeman MT NCENT
Juan J Villalba Logan UT UT
Cristian Yamil Vital Flores Satillo Coahuila MX
Matthew Voelkel Anthony ID ID
Steve W Wang South San Francisco CA CP
Ashely Wells Moscow ID ID
Brandon White Riverton UT UT
Derek Wiley Lubbock TX TX

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