Rangeland News - May 2013

How Can You Keep SRM Growing?

Misty Hays

Misty Hays, SRM Director
Hallelujah the Drought is over!! Or is it? When you heard from me last December, I talked about the severe drought of 2012.  As I look out my window to see snow for the third week in a row (yes, April in Wyoming), I am optimistic that this moisture will continue for a productive summer.

I carry this same optimism for the Society for Range Management. I continue to marvel at our members and the passion for rangelands. As always, I came back from the annual meeting renewed and invigorated for a new year. It was awesome to see our members at work and at play. I saw our youth embracing new challenges, our college students engaging in the Rangeland Cup, the Plant ID and URME all with record or near record participation. I saw our Young Professionals selling out the Wild Rags within two days. I saw our committees taking on difficult subjects and moving the society forward. I saw and participated in a number of outstanding technical sessions and symposia furthering the science of our profession. I saw our members networking and gaining information one on one. Most of all I witnessed our members enjoying good conversation and recreation. This camaraderie within SRM not only during the annual meeting but throughout the year, keeps our profession growing and productive.

For many of us the annual meeting or section annual meetings serve as the moisture to keep us growing.  However, like most plants annual or biennial precipitation is not enough to keep us alive for long. The question is how can we all be involved throughout the year to keep the society flourishing? There are many opportunities throughout the profession to stay engaged. These opportunities include: involvement in a committee, participation in section events such as youth range camps, section offices or committees, engaging in educational or other range activities in your local community, writing an article for Rangelands or another range publication, providing a lecture at the university (as part of your job or as a guest), attending informational sessions on range topics, engaging with rangeland users, or even better yet getting out in the rangeland and doing some monitoring, sampling, observing or research.

On those days that you feel a little dried out, dig deep and look for a little water.  Not only will you benefit, the Society for Range Management will too.

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YouTube on the Range - OKC Plenary Session on FIRE


We read recently that "more than one billion unique visitors watch more than six billion hours of YouTube videos a month" (Wall Street Journal, May 1); an infinitesimal (but hopefully growing) fraction of these would concern rangelands.  This “elite catalog” was most recently augmented by a trio of talks from the SRM 2013 Oklahoma City Plenary Session.

Posted by the Great Plains Fire Science Exchange on its own You-Tube Channel dedicated to the delivery of fire science to the Great Plains fire community, these videos feature Dale Rollins describing how fire on rangelands has changed, Tom Swetnam discussing how fire management is changing in response to climate change, and Sam Fuhlendorf making the case that fire is an integral part of range management.  (Unfortunately the papers given by David MJS Bowman and Stephen J Pyne were not successfully recorded).

These videos meet an often articulated (and largely unsatisfied) desire on the part of SRM members to have our insightful and informative presentations archived and rendered accessible for all time and, we anticipate, an ever widening audience searching for credible and reliable information on rangeland management.  With well recorded and coordinated sound and video, the Great Plains You-Tube Channel sets a standard for all future SRM productions to aspire to.

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Capital Update

Capital Update

Capital Update: Kelly Fogarty, SRM Washington, D.C. Liaison
Things in Washington, D.C. are about to pick back up; Congress ended April with a week of Recess and will now be entering May with a full slate of issues to be discussed. First up, May 9th will find the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry marking up (for the second time) the Farm Bill. The following week, on May 15th, the House Committee on Agriculture is set to do the very same. There are a few new issues on the table since this legislation was first debated, particularly the “Egg Bill” and crop insurance levels.  Also of significant note, the Senate Ag Committee will be operating under a new Ranking Member for this mark-up, as Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) has replaced Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS); how this will impact the bill remains unclear, though the commodity title is likely to be a target of robust discussion as a result of this change.

Conservation programs are likely to remain similar in structure and funding levels to that which was passed in 2012 during the initial mark-ups.  This comes as a relief to those who are still dissecting the President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2014.  This budget provides a road map for Congress to work off of in crafting and passing the next year’s budget, though we are likely to see a final plan that differs greatly from what President Obama has proposed.  Already the House has publicly stated its displeasure with the President’s numbers and the multiple items included that are of controversial nature to many groups and as such will not be left unaddressed.

In terms of specific issue-items within the President’s FY 2014 budget that are of note to SRM members is the proposed increase in grazing fees on public lands. The President has proposed this same increase in past budgets, so it comes as little surprise that it is included once again; however, the push-back has been strong each time it has been proposed. Specifically, the proposal would increase the grazing fees for all permit holders by $1 per AUM (animal unit month).  This is a significant increase and the likelihood of its passage is slim, however it something to keep an eye on for all of those who work with permit-holders on public lands.

Also of note within the budget are considerable cuts to rangeland programs within both the BLM and the USFS. The Forest Service saw a 36% reduction in its rangeland budget, approximately $20 million. The BLM saw a similar cut to its range budget with a total reduction of around 15%., approximately $12 million.
SRM has supported sustainable budgets in terms of rangeland resources and boots-on-the-ground funding in Washington, D.C. and will do so again in terms of the President’s proposed budget and the work done by Congress on the budget moving forward.

These items will all be addressed in the coming months so be sure to look to the monthly newsletters and the Capital Update e-newsletters for the most recent news on the Farm Bill and range budgets.  If you have any specific questions or concerns regarding the above mentioned items, please don’t hesitate to contact me at kelly@westernskiesstrategies.com.

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Journal Collections Needed

Retiring? Need more book space? Getting offers to be on the program “Hoarders?” Consider donating your range-related literature and journal collections to a TRIBAL COLLEGE! To avoid shipping charges, we ask folks to donate to colleges close-by. To make arrangements, or for more information, contact Diana Doan-Crider at:d-crider@tamu.edu or 830-431-2770

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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!

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SRM Plenary Session Talks Posted

Check out the YouTube Channel for recordings from the 66th annual Society for Range Management meeting in Oklahoma City.  Plenary session talks from Dale Rollins, Tom Swetnam, and Sam Fuhlendorf are available for viewing. Additional unrecorded talks were given by David MJS Bowman and Stephen J Pyne. Click Here for the playlist link.

The Great Plains Fire Science Exchange is dedicated to the delivery of fire science to the Great Plains fire community. Visit the GPFireScience YouTube channel for a a suite of other videos on fire in the region.  If you would like to see them, click on the logo or on see all videos to see the full list.

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Lost Resource: Thane Johnson

Capital UpdateJanuary 15, 1929 - April 23, 2013
Thane graduated from Idaho Falls High School, then went to the University of Idaho on a boxing scholarship and graduated with a degree in Forestry in 1950.  After he served in the Korean War he returned to get his Master's degree at the University of Idaho.  He began working for the BLM in the early 1970s, working in both Idaho and Colorado.  In Colorado he worked for Dr. Floyd Kinsinger on the Range Staff of the Denver Service Center (DSC) at the Denver Federal Center.  He was a Range Scientist within the DSC Division of Standards & Technology from the early 1970’s to about 1979, retiring from the BLM in late 1979.

Thane was well-known for his strong dedication to rangelands, their management, and the profession of range management.  He was very interested in the development and proving of rangeland improvement equipment, e.g. those developed at the USFS Equipment Development Center in Montana, and he worked hard to facilitate dialogue among researchers and range managers to streamline the adoption of new equipment and techniques.  Former BLM colleague John Baker noted that “At work Thane was always pleasant.  He always answered the phone with ‘Happy Range Management Day!’ He was always promoting membership within SRM to new employees, encouraging them to join the society.”

Thane was an active member of the SRM, particularly at the Section level.  He served as the President of the Colorado Section in 1978, and was active for many years in the SRM’s Information and Education Committee.  He received the Section Trail Boss Award in 1980.  Thane served on the 1994 Annual Meeting Committee.  Working with hospitality group, he had the idea of the “Anazasi” pinto beans.  He arranged for these from Las Animas County and they were placed in the attendees packets.  Thane was chair of the SRM Summer Committee Meetings held in conjunction with the 1st International Rangeland Congress (IRC) held in Denver, Colorado in 1978.  He also helped organize and guide several post-convention tours for the IRC.  The annual ballot counting for Section and National elections was a ritual with Thane, and for many others whom he engaged in this process.  Nothing pleased Thane more than to see younger SRM members coming into these ballot-counting sessions and watching them get acquainted with older and retired SRM members from various backgrounds.

Another of Thane’s passions was assisting in any way he could with the various locations of the SRM Headquarters office; both in procurement of the buildings and their subsequent upkeep.  He often organized member get-togethers for a work day or work week to work on building maintenance.  Thane, together with “cohort in crime” and constant companion and friend Don Smith, received the Distinguished Service award from the Society in 2007 for their efforts in assisting SRM to purchase the Wheat Ridge office building, continual building maintenance, and their dedicated service to the Society.

Ernie Wesswick, also a BLM retiree, notes that he and Thane enjoyed playing Senior Softball during the 1980s in the Denver area.  During this period, Thane would make occasional trips to southern Idaho to work on a farm he owned.

Thane was preceded in death by his wife Gloria and is survived by his children; Carol Klein of Boise, ID, Jerry Johnson of Idaho Falls, ID, Julie Stasch of Lakewood, CO, 13 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, brother Raleigh and Sister Eunice.  Funeral services took place Thursday, April 25 in Lakewood, CO.  Burial took place in Fish Haven, Idaho.

Click here if you would like to sign the guest book for Thane. As Thane would say, Happy Rangelands!

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Lost Resource: Dr. Ron Lewis Mitchell, Kemmerer, WY

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ZNVnmTGi6fE/TP2AyC9t67I/AAAAAAAAAB8/QpBW8EXb3qw/s1600/s465a.jpgDr. Ronald Lewis Mitchell, son of William C Mitchell Jr. and Lula Mae Cunningham Mitchell, was born July 14, 1957 in Ardmore, OK, and passed away on March 2, 2013 in his home in Kemmerer, WY.

After receiving his Masters of Science in Agronomy from Oklahoma State University, he went on to receive his Doctorate from the University of Tennessee.

Click Here for entire obituary.

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Request for Input on Prairie Agriculture Demonstration Project at the Wilds

The Wilds is a conservation center on 10,000 acres of previously mined land in Cumberland Ohio. We have rare and endangered species of animals which graze our open pastures. In 2011 we began a Prairie Agriculture Demonstration project with funding from the NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant.  Click here for a brief summary of the project, which involves grazing bison on warm season and cool season grasses in order to compare their weight gain on each. We are reaching out to members of SRM in the hope of finding one or more advisors on the grazing aspect of this project. The bison will be introduced this spring with the project wrapping up this fall.

If you are interested in serving as an advisor for this project or have further questions, please contact one of us via phone or email.  We appreciate your consideration and look forward to working with you on this exciting project!


Jessica Spender,
Program Associate,
Restoration Ecology
The Wilds
740.638.5030 ext. 2425
Corine Peugh
Program Manager,
Restoration Ecology
The Wilds
740.638.5030 ext. 2085
Shana Byrd
Program Director,
Restoration Ecology
The Wilds
740.638.5030 ext. 2084

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Seed and Seedlings Are Necessary to Sustain and Restore the World’s Rangelands

Rangeland Ecology Management More than $100 million a year are spent globally by countries seeking to restore rangeland ecosystems. Rangelands provide for half the world’s livestock, store about half of the global terrestrial carbon, and support nearly one-third of the world’s population. Sustaining rangelands is key to maintaining the critical functions of global ecosystems.

A special feature in the journal Rangeland Ecology & Management discusses seed and seedling ecology and its role in sustaining rangelands. Research published in this issue asserts that increased understanding of the processes that influence seed production is a tool needed to prevent rangeland degradation and to repair previously degraded systems.

It is estimated that 10 to 20 percent of worldwide rangelands are now degraded, and that 12 million more hectares are degraded each year. Rangeland restoration can lead to ecosystem sustainability and, in turn, can affect economic and political stability. However, current rangeland policies and practices are falling short of needs and expectations.

There is a need not only to understand, but also to predict and manage transitions among plant communities. Establishment of both desired and undesired plant species influences the health of rangelands. Processes that include seed production, seed bank carryover, seedling establishment, and seedling persistence are essential to rangeland management.

However, the advances in knowledge of seed and seedling ecology over the past several decades have yet to be translated to rangeland restoration. To be successful, rangeland science and rangeland management need to be more closely linked. The knowledge gained through research can be applied by developing conceptual models and using them to guide decision making about management and restoration. Fostering research and management partnerships will be needed to face the challenges confronting the world’s rangelands.

Full text of the article, “Seed and Seedling Ecology Research to Enhance Restoration Outcomes” and other articles in this special issue of Rangeland Ecology & Management, Vol. 66, No. 2, 2013, is now available

Rangeland Ecology & Management (formerly Journal of Range Management) is a publication of the Society for Range Management (SRM) and is published six times a year in January, March, May, July, September, and November. Since its premiere in 1948, the journal has provided a forum for the presentation and discussion of facts, ideas, and philosophies pertaining to the study, management, ecology, and use of rangelands and their resources. Rangeland Ecology & Management (REM) is peer-reviewed and provides international exchange of scholarly research and information among persons interested in rangelands. REM is available by subscription. SRM members receive a special discount rate!

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Minimizing Drought-Induced Frustrations on RANGE, May 22-23, 2013

Are you wondering if you should reduce your herd size this year?  Do you have the feeling that as soon as you sell it will rain and turn everything around? After the March and April storms, do you question if we are even still in a drought? Click here for a flyer on about this event.

The Cope, Washington County and Yuma County Conservation Districts and NRCS are sponsoring two workshops to help you through the decision making process.  Whether you own rangeland and cattle, or you are a property owner who leases range, or you are leasing rangeland for your cattle, you will gain valuable information from these workshops.  Young aspiring ranchers are particularly invited to attend.

Pat Reece will be our instructor.  He has over 30 years of experience working with ranchers and the climatic extremes of the high plains.  Pat’s combined research, extension and consulting experiences will provide unique insight for dealing with drought.  He is a great speaker who gives information we can all understand, take home and use.  Registrations are needed by Wednesday, May 15, to ensure a seat and a meal for either workshop.

For more information, or to register for the May 22 workshop, call 970-332-3173 ext. 3 anytime. You may also go to the Yuma County Conservation District website at www.ycconservation.com or email Julie.Elliott@co.usda.gov.  There is no registration fee.

To register, or for more information about the May 23 workshop and field day, contact the Cope and Washington County Conservation Districts.  Email Carolyn.payne@co.usda.gov or if you prefer to talk to a live person, call 970-345-2364 ext. 3 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. MST.  There is a $15 registration fee.

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Nebraska Range Camp Turns 50

One of the longest running natural resource management camps in the country is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.  The camp's anniversary will be celebrated with a Nebraska Range Camp Reunion on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Halsey State 4-H Camp. Click Here for more information. 
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The Wilds  - Advancing Conservation Through Science, Education and Personal Experience

Have you ever seen a Grevy's zebra or a Masai giraffe or even Central Chinese goral grazing on relatively open pastures in the continental United States?  A place does exist where these and many more endangered species from around the world are thriving on reclaimed surface coal mined land in Southeast Ohio.  The place is called THE WILDS (www.thewilds.org).  THE WILDS is a non-profit organization founded in 1986 and is located on 9,154 acres donated by the Central Ohio Coal Company, a subsidiary of American Electric Power Company.
If you would like to lend your services and if you are available to travel into the exotic Southeast Ohio back woods to come face-to-face with rhinoceros, African wild dogs, camels and cheetahs, please visit our website at www.thewilds.org.
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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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Calling All Cooks, Submit Your Recipes! Featured Recipe - Smorgasbord Cabbage Rolls

Submitted by Ruth Buchanan - The Buchanan Ranch, Thermopolis, Wyoming

1 lb. cooked ham, ground 1 1/2 lbs. ground fresh pork 1 1/2 c. cooked rice
1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 1 tbsp. chili powder
1 1/2 c. sauerkraut 1 1/2 c. meat broth (from cooked ham  

Mix all together.  Wilt cabbage leaves for a few minutes in boiling water.  Place 1 Tbsp. meat mixture on each cabbage leaf.  Roll it up and fasten with a toothpick.  Place in rectangular shaped pan.  Pour ham broth over them.  Bake 1½ to 2 hrs. at 375°.

Background: This recipe originated at Duboise, Wyoming, at a Scandinavian Smorgasbord they have had there each year since 1950, originated by Lydia Olson.

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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April Range Photo Quiz Answer

Range QuizApril Photo Quiz Question: One never knows what one might come across while wandering through rangelands – what is this object and what for what purpose might it have been attached?

ANSWER:  Our April bottle-wired–to-a-post photo produced numerous responses of the message-in-a-bottle variety.  Many, including Thomas Matza, thought it involved a mining claim:  “Mining claims I've found in the past were typically stashed in the old, flat, pocket tobacco tins like Prince Albert (most common in my experience), but also Velvet and Half-and-Half Tobacco came in.  The tin was typically wired to a post with the lid on the bottom.”  Geri Proctor has “worked in the Black Hills for years and saw lots of glass jars with the lids nailed to the trees for mining claims.”  Donna Reed thought that “they couldn’t find a snuff can!”

Others saw practical applications; Rick Forman: “water to prime a pump?”, or thoughtful John Gross: “I left a drink for the next guy fixing fence!”  Bob Schweigert elaborated, “I have attached this device to many fences.  It is a bottle of Tanqueray gin.  Out of sight on the opposite side of the post is a bottle of Schwepps tonic.  Atop the post, also out of sight, are a lime and knife.  The purpose is for emergency refreshment while mending fences.”  Amy Marshall speculated it was used “to catch fireflies so one can see the post at night,” while Kelley O'Neal thought it a nighttime reflector.  Mike Hale saw a “Range Art Installation - pretty green bottle accented by authentic barb wire on a backdrop of weathered post; something a discerning cowboy would appreciate.”

In this instance however, there is no message in the bottle – rather the bottle itself is the message.  Bruce Healy (NRCS, undisclosed location in south Texas) tells us, “The new barbed wire stapled to hold the bottle in place is the “giveaway” to its use. The photo is picturing a trail marker for a “coyote” bringing illegals north from the US/Mexico border.  Each coyote uses their own trail marking system, which can be anything that they can consistently use from south of the border to the final destination/pickup point.”

In the upper right corner is the only potential “giveaway” as to the location of the photo.  For the experts – that’s what grainy mesquite looks like in the middle of a summer drought with little/no grass beneath it – the caliche immediately to the right of the post is the drive road for the pasture.
The photo is taken “more than 100 miles” north of the US/Mexico border (no, I will not tell you where it was taken – and no, I will not ask the ranch for permission to release the information).  I was just glad that I was able to go about my normal field work, complete it, and safely return to the office with no incident…”

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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May Photo Quiz Question

April Range Quiz Photo

Photo Quiz Question: Mark Twain once quipped that "history doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme."  What historical memories might this recent rangeland scene from southeastern Colorado stir up?  How is it similar - or different - from may have been seen before? Are there any other oft-repeated observations that might apply?

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

The 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)

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The Nevada Section Summer Meeting & Tour

Pinion Juniper Fuels Reduction Projects and Vegetation Response – What have we learned?
Jun 27-28, 2013 – Ely, NV - (Business meeting – June 28)

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South Dakota Section Coming Events

South Dakota Section of SRM has quite a few camps & tours scheduled for this summer. Here are just a few of the events:

For more information, please visit their website.

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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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North Central Section Website
The North Central Section now has an operational website at:  northernrangelands.org. The purpose of this website is to serve our members of the section and to provide information to site visitors about our organization. It is also our intent to provide information regarding grasslands and grazing lands within the Section's region through posts and links.

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Florida Section Spring Tour - May 10, 2013, Sarasota, FL
Registration for the Florida Section Spring Tour, "Public - Private Partnership of Grazing Agreements on Public Lands" is now open. To register call 941-729-6804 or email Brandee.Williams@fl.usda.gov. Registration costs include lunch. Click here for registration and more information.-back to top-


SRM Apparel eStore

Are you looking for a way to show people you support SRM or are a member of SRM? Then you need to visit our SRM Apparel eStore. We have everything from shirts, jackets, polos, pullovers, to vests, caps and bags. Check it out!!

Click Here to visit our store.

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Ecology & Management of Grazing - An Online Course

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

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

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Integrated Ranch Management Symposium - May 13-17, Laramie, WY

This symposium is presented by the University of Wyoming Range Club. Plan on attending and enjoy a week of progressive and informative workshops and field days to gain new ideas and reinforce profitability in ranching today!  16 Continuing Education Units are available at this event. Space is Limited! Click here for information on registering and for the Agenda. 

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Interpreting and Measuring Indicators of Rangeland Health - May 21-24, 2013, Reno, NV

Participants in this 3.5 day course will learn how to apply the “Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health” qualitative evaluation protocol and learn how to quantify (measure) selected indicators. The protocol is widely applied by individuals and agencies to provide early warning of potential degradation, opportunities for recovery and to help design monitoring programs. The quantitative indicators can also be used as baseline for monitoring. Click here for more information.

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Wyoming Range Management School - June 11-14, 2013, Buffalo, WY

The Wyoming Range Management School is intended for those with an interest in the management of rangelands to increase their understanding of the premises used to develop grazing management plans. The School is approved for 16 CEU credits for the SRM"Certified Professional in Rangeland Management" program. You can register for these at the school. Click here for information on registering.
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North American Invasive Plant Ecology & Management Short Course - June 25-27, 2013

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

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Position Announcement: Assistant Professor of Rangeland Resource Management

ORGANIZATION: Department of Agricultural Sciences West Texas A&M and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

DESCRIPTION:  The Department of Agricultural Sciences at West Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are seeking an Assistant Professor of Range Science to develop an effective and productive teaching, research (60%) and extension program (40%) in the Texas High Plains. This full time (12 month) tenure track position at West Texas A&M University has been created to attract and support an outstanding faculty member with responsibilities in teaching/extension/research supportive of the rangeland industry in the Texas Panhandle and Great Plains.  It is expected that this position will develop programs supporting the department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the ranching/wildlife constituents in the areas of teaching, development and delivery of extension programs to the ranching/wildlife management community and applied research (rangeland resource/grassland management). 
This is a 12 month tenure track appointment with the Extension responsibilities requiring some weekday, evening and weekend commitments in support of the agency’s duties at the county and state level.  Funding will be provided to the position for a graduate student (M.S. or Ph.D. level) to assist in conducting research and delivering extension programs. Supervision of this position will include annual evaluation conducted by the Department Head of Agricultural Sciences Department at West Texas A&M and the Department Head (or Associate Department Head) of Extension Ecosystem Sciences and Management Texas A&M University. Responsibilities will include:

Minimum Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

Texas law requires that males, age 18 through 25, be registered w/Selective Service.  AA/EOE.

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Position Announcement: Livestock/Natural Resource Advisor

The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), a statewide program with local development and delivery, is seeking an academic advisor to conduct a multi-county-based extension, education and applied research program that will focus on livestock production including nutrition, health and management, food safety, forage production, water quality, invasive species, niche marketing, and grazing management.  This advisor also will have a natural resource component to their program and address water quality, soil quality, wildlife habitat and management as well as forage production and grazing strategies that support ecosystem services. The Livestock/Natural Resource Advisor will develop linkages with individuals, client groups, researchers, policy makers, agencies and organizations relevant to range and livestock management in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties.  The advisor will develop and conduct applied research and demonstration projects that test livestock, pasture and range practices and strategies that enhance rangeland and wildlife habitat, water quality and food safety.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  A minimum of a Master's Degree is required, though advanced degrees are encouraged, in disciplines of animal science, rangeland management or other closely related fields.   Ideally the applicant will have one degree in animal science and one degree in rangeland management or have the minimum course work to be a Certified Rangeland Manager within five years of date of hire; see http://casrm.rangelands.org/HTML/certified.html.  Extension experience is desirable.  Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required.  Skills to communicate effectively in a second language are desirable.

SALARY: Beginning salary will be in the Cooperative Extension Assistant Advisor Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications.  For information regarding Cooperative Extension Advisor salary scales, please refer to the University of California, ANR website: http://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel/_files/1112/table28.pdf

For a full position vacancy announcement and application procedures, please visit http://ucanr.edu/jobs or contact Pam Tise at pdtise@ucanr.edu.   To assure full consideration, application packets should be submitted by May 20, 2013.  Each application packet must contain a UC Academic application, CV or resume, copies of transcripts and a cover letter.  Submit to anracademicsearch@ucop.edu.  Please refer to AP#13-02.

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Position Announcement: Rangeland Ecologist

The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture is pleased to accept applications for a  Rangeland Ecologist, 12-month, tenure-leading position at Assistant or Associate Professor rank with 50% research and 50% teaching responsibilities, located in  Lincoln, Nebraska. This specialist will provide rangeland ecology and management expertise and leadership for departmental and interdisciplinary programs, and will be expected to develop a nationally recognized program appropriate for a major land-grant university.  Research is to address and quantify ecological relationships on rangeland; areas of focus may include rangeland resilience, prairie restoration, integration of rangeland ecology into regional and global issues, biodiversity and conservation management priorities on rangelands, habitat management, and rare and endangered species within rangeland ecosystems.  Teaching responsibilities include teaching annually: Great Plains Ecosystems, Vegetation Analysis, and an undergraduate/graduate level course in the incumbent’s area of specialization that contributes to the Grassland and Ecology Management degree program.  Instruction of North American Range Plants will be coordinated by the incumbent.  Additional responsibilities will be advising/mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and securing external research and teaching grants. Requires Ph.D. or Ph.D. in place by date of hire in range management, ecology, or related field.  

To view the complete position details and apply for this position, go to the UNL Employment website: http://employment.unl.edu.  Search for requisition number F_130094.  Click on “Apply to this Job,” complete the form and then attach a letter of application, an overview of research and teaching experience and interests, and curriculum vitae.  Arrange for 3 letters of reference to be emailed to:  cwendt1@unl.edu.  Review of applications will begin on May 6, 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: Extension Educator – Livestock and 4-H Youth Development

University of Idaho Extension is seeking applicants for the permanent, 12-month, tenure-track position of Assistant Professor, Extension Educator, Livestock and 4-H Youth Development. The position is located in the Adams County Extension Office in Council, Idaho. Adams County is located in central Idaho and consists of forested mountains and river valleys. The county is primarily rural, with Council (popn. 3,600) and New Meadows (popn. 550) being the two incorporated towns. The county historically has had an agriculture and natural resource base economy with a multitude of outdoor recreational opportunities. The Extension Educator will provide overall leadership and organization for multi-county livestock programs (70%). In addition the Educator will provide leadership and support for the county 4-H Youth Development program (20%), and serve as chair of the Adams County Extension Office (10%).



For complete job description and online application, go to:  http://apptrkr.com/335449. Deadline 5/20/13.

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Upcoming Events

Integrated Ranch Management Symposium
May 13-17, 2013
University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
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Interpreting & Measuring Indicators of Rangeland Health
May 21-24, 2013 - Reno, NV
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5th Annual Science on the Sonoita Plain Symposium - Quarterly Meeting of The Sonoita Valley Planning Partnership
June 8, 2013
At the Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch of the National Audubon Society, Near Elgin, Arizona
More Information, contact: Linda Kennedy, Ph.D., Director, LKENNEDY@audubon.org

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

North American Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Short Course

June 25-27, 2013 - University of Nebraska - Lincoln
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NV Section Summer Meeting & Tour:
Pinion Juniper Fuels Reduction Projects and Vegetation Response – What have we learned?

June 27-28, 2013 – Ely, NV
(Business meeting – June 28)

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
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50th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Society of Animal Science 
July 23-26, 2013
Campinas, SP, Brazil
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22 International Grassland Congress
Sept. 15-19, 2013 - Sydney, Australia
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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
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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
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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: April

Name City State Section
Matt M. Church Lander WY WY
Jim Irvin Jensen Tomales CA CP
Curtis Bryan Lander  WY WY
Patti S Turpin Alamogordo NM NM
Gary B. Snider Lakeside AZ AZ
Alan J. Guttridge Union OR PN
Sara Reid Castro Valley CA CP
Name City State Section
Joe Antilley Abilene TX TX
Margaret Gannon Norwalk CA CP
Jacob Maca Brookings SD SD
Niall P Hanan Brookings SD SD
Saundra K. A. Morris Rainier OR PN
Lexie Adamson Kindersley SK

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