Rangeland News - January 2014

Pre-registration has now ended, all remaining registration must occur on-site including purchase of tour, dinner bus, and SRM Gala tickets.  Please purchase event tickets as soon as you arrive as the Disney Wilderness Preserve tour is sold out and several others are close to being sold out. CLICK HERE for MORE Annual Meeting Announcements!

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The Swan Song; The Farewell; No, Moving Forward!

Wally Butler

Wally Butler, 2013 SRM President
This is a hard column to write. I have written quite a few in my time on the board and as an officer of SRM. This is the most difficult because it will likely be my last.

The Orlando meeting will be the culmination of this great ride at the helm of a very respected and vital organization. I have had the opportunity to work closely with highly regarded scientists, agency folks, and practitioners whom I may not have ever even been able to meet otherwise.

Being an Officer or Board member really has nothing at all to do with range management. That may not sound right to most of you, but our real charge is to run a corporation that happens to be composed of range management professionals. We are elected by our peers to set budgets, enter into contracts, and a myriad of other duties.

We, as a Board, do have final approval of policy and position statements; however, they really come to us through the Sections, the Committees, and then to the Advisory Council. We try to look at them more in the context of a business decision, and the nuts and bolts of those statements are from the grassroots.

I have been blessed with a team of Officers and Staff who are very devoted and capable. I include the Officers, Board of Directors, Advisory Committee, standing and ad hoc Committees, and a multitude of Taskforces.  My thanks to them all! No names here because I would miss someone.

The staff has been super, and if I appear to have been successful in this position, it is because of them!  Jess, Vicky, and Kelly are my heroes. SRM has had to make some serious business decisions over the past several years, and it has taken strong leadership to do that. I thank my predecessors and the Staff.

I am thankful for the opportunity to have served SRM but I am also glad that the end is near. Not that I have regrets but that I get to actually attend a few seminars and workshops in future years. See you all in Orlando and my sincere thanks to all of you.  It is not my swansong, it is SRM moving forward!

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SRM Capital Update

2014 SRM Annual MeetingSRM Washington, DC Liaison Kelly Fogarty
As Congress resumed their work here in DC last week, there are a number of updates, both DC-related and in terms of the upcoming Annual Meeting, which I would like to share with you.

First, things in DC are starting off much the same as how they ended in 2013. Discussions on the Farm Bill resumed last week but then were quickly stalled as the issue of dairy policy within the bill continues to stand at a crossroads. This issue will take time to play out, as noted in one of the articles below, but it has been reported that the hope by both those in Congress and their staff, that a final bill will be presented by the end of the month. As many individuals and organizations look to the New Year, many have a host of issues that must be addressed; crossing the Farm Bill off that list is definitely a common theme among many.

The first two months will certainly be a busy time for SRM members as a number of exciting events are on the horizon. Obviously the number one item for many SRM members is the Annual Meeting, which is just a few days away! I know that many of you are still trying to work out options to gain either approval or to negotiate personal time to attend. We have received a number of emails and phone calls on this matter in DC and we are doing what we can to try and help those in the states still awaiting confirmation to attend. I will note that while the perception by those on the Hill regarding federal agency attendance at such conferences remains wary at best, there are those in the Administration that do see the value in employees’ attendance at such meetings and have relayed their support to us. At the heart of it though, the issue comes down to numbers. The current budget climate in DC and within the government remains one of hesitation-based decisions. The events of the past year and the ongoing struggles to pass a comprehensive and long-term funding-bill, and for that matter to keep the government running, have made everyone leery of appropriating funds very much ahead of their use-date. This is an ongoing issue and will be for years to come; as such, we are continuing our communication to relay the importance of the SRM Annual Meeting and those conferences providing trainings and continuing education opportunities to those policymakers and officials in DC.

It is on this note that I would like to bring a specific workshop that will take place at the Annual Meeting to your attention. While it is our first and foremost goal to secure physical attendance in Orlando, we are also aware that there are many of you who will be unable to attend. For those not able to make this year’s conference, we will be providing an exciting new opportunity for those wishing to participate in the ESD Workshops currently scheduled. The 4-workshop series, which will occur over the course of 3 days (each workshop a ½ day segment), will be available for live-streaming and archived access. This means that you will have the capability to watch these workshops live in your office, no matter where you are, as they take place in Orlando. If you’d like to access the information presented but may not be able to watch it live, these trainings will be archived for your access at a later date throughout the year. This is a great opportunity for those of you who may not have attended a regional ESD Workshop or one held at previous meetings to gain access to this important information and training. We’ll be sending out a separate notice with all of the information, including dates, times and log-in information soon so be on the lookout!

In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding this effort, please don’t hesitate to email me at: kelly@wssdc.com. Again, we urge anyone who is able to attend in person to make the trip to Orlando; but for those unable to make it, this is an alternative by which to still take part in the trainings offered. Dates of the ESD Workshops are as follows, so mark your calendars!

  • Monday, Feb. 10: 1:00-5:00pm EST-- ESD Workshop: ESD Uses and Users
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11: 1:00-5:00pm EST-- ESD Workshop: Unifying Concepts for Riparian Ecological Sites
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12: 8:00-Noon EST-- Emerging Technologies for ESD Development
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12: 1:00-5:00pm EST-- Integrating Ecological Sites into a Spatial Hierarchy to Improve Predictions

I traveled to California to take part in the 9th Annual California Rangeland Conservation Coalition Summit held Jan. 21-22nd in Oakdale, CA (website). I enjoyed visiting with SRM members who attended and to spoke with those who will have a presence at the next annual meeting in 2015 in Sacramento. I will have a full recap of the summit in the next Capital Update.

One final note, the second issue of Stewardship was released prior to the end of the year, if you haven't checked it out yet, be sure you do--click here to view the second issue! Also, be sure to follow SRM on Social Media: Twitter (follow SRM: @rangelands) and Facebook.

I will continue to keep you all updated on new developments regarding the issues mentioned in this article and as always, feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or suggestions regarding SRM's actions in Washington, DC. The year is off to a busy start and I hope 2014 is treating you all well so far-see you in Orlando!

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Rangeland News Has a New Production Schedule

The production schedule for Rangeland News RN is changing. Electronic RN’s will be produced every other month, alternating with SRM’s newest publication, Stewardship.  The limited print version of the RN will be produced quarterly and only contain information that is not affected by the change in production schedule.

Here is what the Rangeland News schedule will look like for 2014:
Jan. – E-newsletter                    Feb. - OFF
Mar. – E-newsletter                  Apr. – Spring Print
May – E-newsletter                   June– Summer Print
July – E-newsletter                    Aug. - OFF
Sept. – E-newsletter                  Oct. – Fall Print
Nov. – E-newsletter                  Dec. – Winter Print

The deadline to have your articles/submission in for the newsletter is the 20th of the month prior to the scheduled E-newsletter.

The RangeFlash is now only being sent every other week unless we need to send a special notice with information that is more time sensitive. This schedule may return to weekly as we get closer to the Annual Meeting, or we fill it necessary to communicate information to you more frequently. Deadline for the RF is 5:00PM Monday the week of the RangeFlash.

Send materials for both publications to vtrujillo@rangelands.org.

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YouTube on the Range - Out on the Land

Out on the Land

Out on the Land may be the nation’s only regularly scheduled television series devoted to land stewardship, management and conservation. It reaches an ever widening public, has attracted some measure of sustainable sponsorship (but could use more!), and receives fan mail from across the country and far corners of the planet.

Conceived, produced and hosted by long time SRMer Dr. Larry Butler, the weekly RFD TV program grew out of his 32+ years of service with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) (or “SCS,” as he’s wont to call it), and subsequent private consultancy “out on the land” with “farmers and ranchers and other land stewards who want to make the land better for next generations.  "While its early primetime slot of Tuesdays at 6PM CST is not necessarily the most convenient for its profiled protagonists and many producer fans who may at show-time still be out working on the land, episodes are archived for more convenient viewing on its website (but not on YouTube, due to network contract provisions).

Here we feature the program trailer, which introduces the program and provides short summaries of two season’s worth of well-worth-seeing episodes profiling innovative land management and conservation, livestock and agricultural production, and wildlife habitat preservation and improvement. Multi-generation, conservation award winning operations share their success strategies while new landowners are shown acting to arrest the legacy degradation from poor past practice. There are scenes of brush control field days, fence construction, grazing management, wind-break establishment, and a Nebraska controlled burning cooperative. Wildlife episodes concern Sage Grouse initiatives in Montana, pheasant CRP fields in Nebraska; and in Texas, efforts for the Lesser Prairie Chicken, the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Center, and the Bobwhite and inimitable Dr. Dale Rollins of the Rolling Plains Research Center.

The format is relaxed and conversational, more in the manner of a field visit; and the professional production crew is able to put together good stories working within the constraints of a few hours filming. Dr. Butler likes to tell a story about a rancher he worked with during his Soil Conservation Service (SCS) career. She told him that in effect, his real job was to go and find out what all the successful land managers were doing, and then find a way to get the word out to all the others looking for some answers. In Out on the Land he has found a way to do this in an informative and entertaining manner, which we expect will continue to reach an ever growing audience.

Editor’s Note: Out on the Land is now a sponsor of SRM’s bi-monthly e-publication, Stewardship.
Dr. Butler welcomes your feedback and suggestions for future episodes of the program, larrybutlertx@yahoo.com.

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"Just Out of the Chute" Late Abstract Submission

Announcing “Just Out of the Chute" Late Abstract Submission for the SRM AM14 in Orlando, Florida. Presentations will not make it into the printed program but will be included in the Daily Trail Boss as well as the mobile application.  Acceptance is not guaranteed but will be fit into the program to fill cancellations.
Email submissions directly to Program Chair Mike Turpin at john.turpin@la.usda.gov.
Titles have a 15 word limit and all major words in the title are to be capitalized and scientific names italicized.  There is a 300 word maximum for abstracts which must accompany all submissions. Provide author information including name, affiliation and city, state, and country of affiliation for a maximum of 5 authors. Notify the program chair who the presenter will be and whether an oral or poster presentation is preferred.
NOTE: The late submission is only for individuals who are definitely coming to the conference as these submissions will be used to fill cancellations.

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

Submitted by: Angie Reid, Planning Committee Co-Chair2014 SRM Annual Meeting

Greetings from Florida!  Right about now I know you cannot wait to get to Orlando in February for the 67th Annual International Meeting, Technical Training and Trade Show!  As I look out my window right now I see a beautiful blue sky filled with sunshine and a gentle breeze blowing in the pines.  Come February you could be seeing the same thing, out the window of your suite at the Caribe Royal Hotel!

I can’t stress enough how excited the Orlando Planning Committee is about our program and what we have put together for you this year.  The theme of the meeting is “From Dusty Trails to Waning Wetlands”. The Plenary Session will kick off the meeting with noted speaker Dr. Reed Noss, author of Forgotten Grasslands of the South and Professor of Biology at the University of Central Florida, Dr. Noss will be discussing the history of grasslands in the south. Dr. Thad Box, former Dean of Utah State University’s College of Natural Resources will discuss the history of drought and how his experiences have changed the way he thinks and how drought has shaped the Society. Dr. Donald Wilhite, Professor of Applied Climate Science at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Founding Director of the National Drought Mitigation Center will discuss the way forward in how we deal with and manage for drought on our rangelands. Throughout the meeting we will have a large diversity of special sessions, workshops and symposia covering a range of topics, such as:

There are several technical tours to choose from; TNC’s Disney Wilderness Preserve, Deseret Ranch and Invasive Species Ecology and Management in Florida (make sure not to bring back any pythons from this tour!).  Deseret Ranch is currently sold out but we are doing our best to get permission for another bus load!  Our companion tours include Kennedy Space Center, Wild Florida Airboat Rides and Wildlife Park and Beer Tasting at Orlando Brewing Co. and Sea Dog Brewing Co. with your 50 newest best friends. Don’t forget about the Job Fair or Trade Show either!

Tour Announcements:

  • Technical Service Provider Workshop cancelled: Those who have already registered will be contacted regarding alternate training opportunities.
  •   There will be no on-site ticket purchases for the Disney Wilderness Preserve or Wild Florida Airboat Tours, and ticket sales for the Beer Tasting and Kennedy Space Center tours will end the day prior to tour departure.
  • A second bus has been added to the Deseret Ranch Tour. Register now before it fills up again!
  • There will be no on-site registration for the Disney Wilderness Preserve Tour on Saturday!
    Attendees were required to pre-register for this tour.

Students will be kept busy with the usual activities and competitions and we have plenty of evening activities to help you unwind from your thoroughly educational days.  As usual, we will be two-stepping at the dance to Cross Canyon.  You certainly want to make sure you get your ticket for the SRM Gala with The Bellamy Brothers and enjoy this special treat.

There will also be evening dinner buses lined up waiting to take you to Orlando CityWalk and Downtown Disney.  We want to make sure you get to see all the magic Orlando has to offer)

While you are enjoying your time in the sun, don't forget the great incentives to attent the Annual Meeting, such as:

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

If you have not made your hotel reservation yet, please do so immediately at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/srm2014 or call (888)-258-7501 and mention the SRM.  All rooms are suites and are available at the 2014 government per diem rate.  For more information on this great facility go to http://www.cariberoyale.com/ or click here to read Planning Committee Co-Chair Angie Reid’s article on the hotel.

DISCLAIMER: On-site registrants are not guaranteed complimentary registration items (conference bag and clipboard).

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Committee and Meeting Room Request Form

Have you requested a room for your meeting at the 2014 Annual Meeting, Technical Training and Trade Show?  If not, requests are still being accepted.  Please click here to request a room for the 2014 SRM meeting in Orlando. Please note that rooms are not guaranteed past the September 6, 2013 deadline.  Additionally, based on the timing of the request, your event may not make it into the 2014 SRM printed program.

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Rangeland Women: Progressing Their Communities Around the World

Rangelands -It is no secret that discrimination is prevalent throughout the world. Although some societies have made significant steps toward change, gender bias is still prominent across the globe. There is a major male–female distinction leading to women’s isolation in one particular area: rangelands. Female ranchers or pastoralists, women who serve rangelands as professional educators, and women of academia who research this topic and attempt to execute outreach endeavors struggle to establish a role for themselves among men.

Traditionally, a woman’s role in the rangeland household was to be the caretaker, the child rearer, and the housekeeper rather than a livestock and land manager. It is clear that gender gaps still exist. In some locations, women are almost invisible within the household (in some cases not counted a separate member of the household in government data), are not leaders within the community, and are not able to own land or major livestock unless widowed. There is change on the horizon, and some of these issues are being addressed.

The article “Women as Change Agents in the World’s Rangelands: Synthesis and Way Forward,” which appears in a special issue of Rangelands on women as change agents, provides an overview of 11 different presentations from a symposium at the 2013 Society for Range Management meeting. The article offers ideas on future research, education, and policy based on the authors’ research of groups of women from several different socioeconomic situations and locations, including the High Andes, Kenya, the United States, Afghanistan, and Australia.

Special organizations and programs are being developed to help advocate for change. One organization, the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) focuses on the progress of rural women in developing countries. WEAI ensures the success of projects working toward reducing gender gaps and improving women’s access to land, assets, and employment. Other programs include the ADVANCE program from the National Science Foundation and the AWARD program from the US Agency for International Development.

There are already gender shifts occurring in certain societies where men are taking on more household and child responsibilities. Women are becoming more proactive in their communities, becoming more involved in education, and becoming more confident to take steps forward. Because rangelands make up more than 50% of our world’s land mass, it is crucial we understand women’s roles in regards to rangelands and continue to research and study this important global community.

Full text of the article, “Women as Change Agents in the World’s Rangelands: Synthesis and Way Forward,” Rangelands, Vol. 35, No. 6, 2013, is available.

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

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Lost Resource: John (Jack) Lavin, 1929 to 2013

Jack LavinLong time SRM member, John (Jack) Lavin, a Boise resident whose adventurous, positive personality inspired friends and families", and we'd add inspired, befriended, many US Forest Service colleagues and community leaders during his career, "died in Kalispell, Montana, on Nov. 13, 2013 while visiting family.”

"Born on Sept. 10, 1929 in Philadelphia, PA, Jack's dream since a youth was to be a forester and live in the Western U.S."  A Penn State graduate, 1950, with a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry, he started his professional career in 1950 in Liberia, Africa managing a rubber plantation.

Jack and his wife, Rosmarie Sucher ("Socuci"), married 1953, embarked on their shared adventures, heading west, raised five children and established life-long friendships in nine different locations; Idaho, Washington, DC, Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada.

Retiring in 1988, he then went to work through 2007, for the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.  "During this time he consulted for Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance in Armenia, Bolivia, and Slovakia."  He received USDA's Superior Service Award, 1986,for establishing positive working relationships between the Forest Service, state and local governments.  A professional skill, attitude and ethic he strongly exhibited in all his activities.

From his membership as a member of the St. John's Cathedral family, to Boise's downtown Rotary Club, Society of American Foresters, Society for Range Management, City Club of Boise.  From long time service on the Citizens Advisory Council, University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources-Policy Analysis and more recently on the Idaho Forest Restoration Partnership and as a volunteer at the St. Luke hospital, all were great joys in his life.

As Forest Service colleagues we've had the honor of listening to Jack's many family stories of hiking, driving his children to Bogus Basin Ski areas to hone their skills, his outings in the backcountry of forests he led or worked in.

Jack was "easily identified by his cheery smile and bushy eyebrows, which he would pull down over his eyes to convince his grandchildren that he did not need sunglasses."Several of us at the recent National Association of Forest Service retirees meeting in Salt Lake City, UT experienced that cheery smile and great joy Jack always shares as he introduced us to his new great grandchild.

Jack, will be missed by many; many who greatly benefit from his kindness, volunteer efforts and positive ways which affected many forestry and community colleagues. In lieu for flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute, 190 E. Bannock Street, Boise, ID 83712 (or on line at www.stlukesonline.org/donate ).

Darrel L. Kenops NAFSR Executive Director
Submitted by Craig Whittekiend & Stan Tixier
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Lost Resource: Dr. Carl J. Goebel

March 25, 1929 - Nov. 20, 2013 - Long time SRM member Dr. Carl Goebel passed away Nov. 20, 2013.  To see a full obituary please go to http://portlandtribune.com/obit/184-wbi-obituaries/202049-dr-carl-j-goebel-. -back to top-

Call for Volunteers for SRM Orlando 2014

The 2014 Annual Meeting Planning Committee is in of need volunteers for the Society for Range Management - 67th Annual International Meeting, Technical Training & Trade Show in Orlando, FL, Feb. 8-13, 2014.  Please consider helping us when you have free time. We need Volunteers for several areas of the meeting, including:

Volunteers will work a one hour time slot 30 minutes before and after the start of the session. No special requirements are required of Volunteers; we just need your time. Please email flsrm@embarqmail.com with your days/times of availability. Thank you for volunteering!

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Call for Exhibitors and Sponsors for the SRM Annual Meeting, Technical Training and Trade Show

Organizations, government agencies, international bodies and students are invited to become supporting partners in hosting the Society for Range Management Annual Meeting, Technical Training and Trade Show. SRM brings together a diverse international and national audience of approximately 1,000 range management scientists, students and practitioners to address challenges and share information about restoration projects, programs, and research from across the globe - North & South America, Africa, Australia, Asia & Europe. Click here for more info information about Sponsorships and click here for more information about becoming an Exhibitor.

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CPRM Exam at 2014 SRM Orlando, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

Are you planning on sitting for the CPRM Exam at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Orlando?
If so, you must contact Vicky Trujillo at SRM Headquarters to get your name on the list. You must also have a paid application on file by no later than Jan. 24, 2014. A CPRM Exam Study Session is tentatively scheduled for Monday, Feb. 10, at 1:00 PM. For questions or concerns, and to send CPRM materials, contact Vicky at 303-86-3309 or vtrujillo@rangelands.org.

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Submit Award Nominations for the 2015 Annual Meeting by April 30,2014!

The Awards Committee will be accepting nominations until April 30, 2014 for Honor Awards to be presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California.

SRM Honor Award categories are:

The FREDERIC G. RENNER AWARD is the most prestigious award bestowed by the Society for Range Management. The primary criterion for selection of a recipient for this award is sustained outstanding accomplishment(s) in, or continuing contribution(s) to, any aspect of range science and range management by an active and contributing member of the Society.  One award can be given annually.

W. R. CHAPLINE LAND STEWARDSHIP AWARD gives special recognition to members of the Society for exceptional accomplishments and contributions in the application of the art and science of range management to specific rangeland entities such as wildlife and domestic livestock use on such lands.  One award can be given annually.

W. R. CHAPLINE RESEARCH AWARD gives special recognition to members of the Society for exceptional and sustained research accomplishments in range science and associated disciplines.  One award can be given annually.

SUSTAINED LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD is presented by the Society to members for long-term contributions to the art and science of range management and to the Society for Range Management.  More than one award can be given annually.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD is presented by the Society for outstanding achievement for eminently note-worthy contributions to the range profession to members and other qualified individuals and groups working with rangelands.  This award is given in Stewardship and Academic streams.  Several awards can be given annually.

OUTSTANDING YOUNG RANGE PROFESSIONAL AWARD is presented by the Society to an individual member who has demonstrated extraordinary potential and promise as a range management professional. This award is presented as an encouragement for outstanding performance by young men and women entering the profession of range management.  The nominee shall not have reached his or her 40th birthday by January 1st of the year the award is to be conferred.  More than 1 award can be given annually.

The title of FELLOW is conferred upon members of the Society in recognition of exceptional service to the Society and its programs in advancing the science and art of range-related resource management. This high honor is granted in the belief that special recognition should be given for exceptional and dedicated service to the Society.

Visit http://www.rangelands.org/awards/ for detailed information and instructions on the award nomination process (Instructions to Nominators, Award Nomination Form)

Electronic submissions can be made directly to Vicky Trujillo (vtrujillo@rangelands.org).

Hardcopy submissions can be made to:
Awards Nominations
Society for Range Management
6901 S Pierce St Ste 225
Littleton, CO  80128

Hard copies of the instructions and format for nominations are available from Vicky Trujillo at: vtrujillo@rangelands.org, Phone:  303-986-3309, FAX:  303-986-3892. If you have specific questions regarding the nomination process, please contact the Awards Committee Chair, Jim Waggoner, at jwags@uwyo.edu or by phone at 307-766-2365. Thank you for taking the time and effort to nominate deserving individuals and groups for an SRM Honor Award!

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Calling All Cooks, Submit Your Recipes!

Featured Recipe - Pork and Red Chili - Submitted by Dick Hart, Cheyenne, WY

  3 lbs. lean boneless pork ½ c. whipping cream 2 tbsp. salad oil   
2 onions, chopped  2 cloves garlic, minced  2 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin      1½ tsp. oregano 1¼ c. water      
1 tsp. sugar 1½ tsp. salt    3 tbsp. tomato paste

Trim fat and cut meat into 1 inch cubes.  Brown in oil, remove.  Add onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin and oregano; cook until onion is limp.  Stir in water, sugar, salt and tomato paste, return pork and simmer covered about 1 hour.  Skim off fat, add cream, bring to boil stirring constantly.  Serve in warm flour tortillas, garnish with avocado, tomato and/or sour cream. Serves 6

Background: Pigs, according to Celtic mythology, were a gift from the King of Faery, although the Welsh and Irish disagree as to which was the original recipient.  In any case, the Spanish brought pigs to Mexico, and the natives developed mouth-watering combinations of pork with local ingredients.  This recipe is so good it converted a would-be vegetarian friend, who hadn't eaten pork for 4 years, into a temporary carnivore!

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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November Range Photo Quiz Answer

Range QuizPhoto Quiz Question: Buffalo (Bison Bison) are said to have once roamed North American rangelands in uncountable millions. What might be noted about this solitary survivor - and the "range" upon which he roams? Bonus Question: near which latitude 36.5166 community might this scene be found?

ANSWER: Few people were taken in by the somewhat diminutive (5/8 scale?) sculpture of a Bison placed in a yard in Arroyo Seco, an “artsy” village some north of the arts Mecca of Taos, NM. Although the Taos Pueblo maintains a bison herd nearby, we were assured that this was no stray.  “I think they probably broke the mold on that one!”

Among other Facebook likes and comments: “Syncerus Caffer?” from Moses Kamanda (no it’s not a Cape buffalo).  “Is it in OKC off 23rd street just past the capital?” asked Mark Klimkowski.  “Looks like he’s been grazing in this spot for a little too long – better rotate.” came another response.  “Curious that he’s standing over the greenest spot… couldn’t be he been irrigating liquefied nitrogen?”

Actually shouldn’t it just be a question of matching stocking rate to carrying capacity?

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! In order to meet publication deadlines please send your responses by the 25th of the month!

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January Photo Quiz Question

Range Quiz Photo

Photo Quiz Question: Disturbances on rangelands can occur and both landscape and quite localized scales.  What northern plains disturbance is depicted here, and what might account for "the rest of the story?"?

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!

Click here to view a larger version of the photo.

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CSU Rangelands Degree

Unsettled Futures for Subsistence Pastoralism: Adapting Livestock Systems in the Face of Changing Climate and Land Use

A Symposium of the The 67th Annual Meeting of the Society for Range Management, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 (8 am - 5 pm), Caribe Royale Hotel, Orlando, FL

Sponsored by the Feed the Future Food Security Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Adapting Livestock Systems to Climate Change (Livestock-Climate Change Innovation Lab) and the Society for Range Management International Affairs Committee

Climate variability is an important determinant of rangeland, animal, and human health: future changes in precipitation and temperature will impact the quality and quantity of forage available for livestock.  In addition to facing challenges from a changing climate, however, subsistence pastoralists in global drylands also face rapid transformations related to globalization, evolving land use and tenure relationships, and the reorganization of social networks and governance.

Sponsored by the USAID Livestock-Climate Change Innovation Lab and the SRM International Affairs Committee, this Symposium will highlight research in extensive grazing systems aimed at understanding the interactions between climate, management and land use, and implication for ecosystems, livestock and human food security and nutrition.  The Symposium will gather researchers studying livestock production systems in the world's drylands, with particular emphasis on subsistence pastoralists in less developed countries, and the ecological, socio-economic and political environment within which they operate.  Keynote presentations by leaders in the science and policy of pastoralism will anchor morning and afternoon sessions with perspectives on the future of pastoralism in the world's drylands.  Additional invited presentations as part of this Symposium will highlight the social and ecological constraints on pastoral systems and opportunities to increase productivity and sustainability, while reducing vulnerability to future changes in climate, land use, political and economic factors. 

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Tamarisk Coalition's 12th Annual Conference: Riparian Restoration in the Western United States

The conference, to be held Feb. 18-20, 2014 in Grand Junction, CO, will focus on oral and poster presentations from researchers, on-the-ground practitioners, consultants, and others involved directly or indirectly in the restoration of riparian systems impacted by woody invasives and other troublesome secondary weeds. The conference will be held at Colorado Mesa University Feb. 18 & 19, 2014, with an additional half day of field trips and/or workshops on Feb. 20th, 2014. The conference will be held in partnership with the Water Center at Colorado Mesa University and Colorado State University Extension. In the past, our conferences have alternated years with one year focusing on academic speakers and the following year focusing on on-the-ground practitioner speakers. This year we are combining the best of both worlds and will be hearing from a great mixture of both!

Exhibit space and sponsorship opportunities are available. Please see the following website for more details: http://tamariskcoalition.org/programs/conferences/2014. Email exhibit and sponsorship inquiries to Cara at Ckukuraitis@tamariskcoalition.org

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Cool-Season Invasive Grasses in the Northern Great Plains, March 18-19, 2014

A workshop on current knowledge of the cool-season invasive grasses in the Northern Great Plains will be held in Fargo, ND at the Holiday Inn on Tuesday March 18 – Wednesday March 19, 2014.  The workshop will focus on the ecology and management of cool-season invasive grasses in the Northern Great Plains.  These grasses are impacting natural areas in the region, and the workshop is designed to increase the current knowledgebase of these species and foster improved conservation and management of the regions natural resources.

Abstract proceedings of accepted presentations will be prepared and distributed to those who attend.  Presenters whose abstracts are accepted for presentation will receive further instructions on their submission (tentatively the end of January).

For more information, please contact Shawn DeKeyser at 701-231-8180, or e-mail at edward.dekeyser@ndsu.edu

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Ranching and a West That Works, April 24-25, 2014, Lory Students Center Theater - CSU

Purpose of this meeting:  By standing on the shoulders of those who have preceded us, we will scan our horizons for the reality of ranching, during these times of great change. Rather than staring at the rear-view mirror, we hope to explore the transformative ideas that ranching will pass through during this century. Earn 9 CEU's (Continuing Education Credits) from the Society for Range Management. RSVP to Kellie.Clark@colostate.edu

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Attention Range and Ag Clubs!

We are excited to announce an opportunity for your college Range and Ag Clubs, SCIENCE IN THE SAGEBRUSH STEPPE:  A RANGELAND MANAGEMENT EVENT OUT ON THE RANGE!

We would like to invite your clubs to the Northern Great Basin Experimental Range (NGBER) on April 24-27, 2014 for this range management event which will be led by scientists from the Eastern Oregon Ag. Research Center.

We are planning on a fun time for students with learn-by-doing activities and a chance to meet with their peers.  All you have to do is get your clubs to the NGBER – we are expecting to have sponsors for all the meals and there is no charge for the facilities.  We are planning on students tenting but we do have indoor options for inclement weather.  Please let me know if your club members are interested and approximate number that would be attending and feel free to distribute to other Range Club advisors that you think may be interested in having their clubs attend.

For details on this event go to http://oregonstate.edu/dept/eoarc/. Brenda Smith, Outreach Coordinator / Invasive Plant Scientist, Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center, P: 541 573-4084 - brenda.smith@oregonstate.edu - Invasive Plant Science - EBIPM

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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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North American Invasive Plant Ecology & Management Short Course Update

NAIPSCThe NAIPSC website (http://ipscourse.unl.edu) has been updated with new features and information, including two new programs and the 2013-2014 Webinar Series. If you want to learn about invasive plants from the comfort of your office or home, the first ever NAIPSC Web Course is in the works. It’s a field course entirely online! And, if you want to take a college course on invasive plants also entirely online, check out “Invasive Plants: Impacts on Ecosystems”.

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

If you’re interested in becoming part of the growing NAIPSC Online Community, you can register and get access to the NAIPSC Webinar Series, online discussion, papers, and more. Be sure to sign up for regular emails from the NAIPSC so you can keep up to date on all of the latest happenings. And, if you’re a social media type, you can like the NAIPSC on Facebook or follow the NAIPSC on twitter.

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Position Announcement: Ag Research Manager / Specialist Natural Resource Management, South Dakota State University, Rapid City, SD

$14.76- $18.45/hour, depending upon qualifications, plus benefits.  This position is grant-funded through 2016; continuation beyond 2016 contingent upon additional funding.  Collaborate within a team of Range Science and Animal Science faculty, staff, and graduate students to conduct vegetation and livestock research activities in a multi-state project, including vegetation sampling; livestock behavior monitoring; cattle nutrition sampling; accurate data collection, entry, and proofing; writing reports; supervising  data collection crews, and maintaining equipment and facilities.  Position is located in western South Dakota and based out of the SDSU West River Ag Center in Rapid City, SD.  Considerable time will be spent at the study area near McLaughlin, SD, located 40 miles NW of Mobridge, SD on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.  Travel is required.  Interpersonal, organizational and strong critical thinking skills are required.  Bachelor’s degree in Range Science, Animal Science, or closely related field preferred.   Plant identification skills, GPS and GIS experience, and 1 or more years related experience preferred. Valid South Dakota driver’s license is required.  Possession of or ability to obtain a SD Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s License is required.  Opportunity available to pursue advanced degree concurrent with employment. Application Deadline: Feb. 28, 2014   

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Position Announcement: Research Rangeland Management Specialist/Research Ecologist

Organization:  Great Basin Rangelands Research Unit in Reno, Reno, NV

  The United States Department of Agriculture,  Agricultural Research Service, Great Basin Rangelands Research Unit in Reno, NV is seeking a permanent, full time Research Rangeland Management Specialist /Research Ecologist . The salary for this position is at the GS-12/13/14 level, $68,809.00 - $125,695.00 per year. The Great Basin Rangelands Research Unit’s (GBRR) mission is the development of management guidelines, technologies, and practices for conserving and restoring Great Basin rangelands and development of tools and techniques to assess the effectiveness of these management actions. This position supports ARS National Programs 215 Pasture, Forages, and Rangeland Systems and 304 Crop Protection and Quarantine. This vacancy announcement is open from 01/06/2014 -02/14/2014.   To apply for this position, please click on the following link, https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/356205300

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Position Announcement: Range Ecologist, Fort Hays State University

Full time 9-month tenure-track biologist with specialization in range ecology. Appointment date: August 2014. Position requires teaching Range Management, Plant Taxonomy, plus other courses in the Range Management program, potentially including relevant plant identification courses. Minimal qualifications include an earned Ph.D. in biology, range ecology, or an appropriate subdiscipline (ABD will be considered for well-qualified applicants).

Contact: Dr. Brian R. Maricle, phone: 785-628-5367, fax: 785-628-4153, email: brmaricle@fhsu.edu - Check Details at: http://www.fhsu.edu/positions/

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Position Announcement: Livestock and Natural Resource Advisor, Modoc County

The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, a statewide program with local development and delivery, is seeking a Cooperative Extension Advisor to conduct an extension, education and applied research program that will focus on livestock production including nutrition, herd health and management, forage production, invasive species, and grazing management.  This advisor will also 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.

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Position Announcement: Assistant Professor, Rangeland Ecology and Management, Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences, Oregon State University, College of Agricultural Sciences

Assistant Professor, Rangeland Ecology and Management, Eastern Oregon Ag & Natural Resource Program, Oregon State University, La Grande, Oregon.  Responsibilities include teaching, advising, and interacting with undergraduate and graduate students; competing effectively for external funding; and working with stakeholders to implement a balanced program of fundamental and applied research directed toward the interactions of water, soil, vegetation, animals, and climate endemic to Eastern Oregon and regionally to the Northern Great Basin, Blue Mountains and Columbia Plateau.  Position is a full- time, 9-month tenure-track position in the Animal and Rangeland Sciences Department. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in Rangeland Ecology and Management, Arid Land Ecology, or closely related field; commitment to excellence in teaching; and ability to establish a nationally-recognized program in Rangeland ecology and management research.  Individuals working toward the required degree will be considered, but the degree must be obtained by the start date. 

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Position Announcement: Rangeland Manager, Private Ranch, Hebbronville, TX

The land management plan on this South Texas ranch is to optimize deer and quail habitat; the Rangeland Manager will be responsible for monitoring and managing the habitat, and managing the stocking rate and grazing of cattle (currently 500 head) as a tool for vegetation control and as a revenue-positive business.  Reports to the Ranch Manager (a wildlife biologist).

Candidates should have experience in working cattle, habitat management, business/accounting skills, MS Office and GIS/GPS software proficiency, and must have fluent Spanish language skills, as well as bachelor’s degree in ranch management, wildlife biology, or other appropriate field.  On-premises housing, ranch truck, and benefits.

For full position description and requirements, see http://sdrv.ms/IHXDh3 or contact Dorothy Drummer, search consultant, 512-320-9983, dorothy@dorothydrummer.com

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Position Announcement: Rangeland Management Specialist Position

New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts is seeking qualified applicants for a Rangeland Management Specialist in Clovis, NM. Position is a full-time, temporary position for a period of two-three years. Position duties include the monitoring of habitat conditions and working with agriculture producers for the improvement of Lesser Prairie Chicken habitat conditions in eastern New Mexico. Applicants must have a degree in rangeland management or equivalent and meet federal personnel qualifications for the position. Salary range up to $47,448 per year based on qualifications. Submit resumes by January 15, 2014 to Troy Hood, 1102 Villa Rd SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124, 505-898-5969.

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Position Announcement: Conservation and Land Management Internship

The Conservation and Land Management Internship (CLM) Program is now accepting applications for 2014! Each year, the Conservation and Land Management Internship Program places 75-100 college graduates in five-month paid internships to assist professional staff at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS), US Forest Service (USFS), US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and US Geological Survey (USGS). Internships are primarily located in the western United States, including Alaska! Each internship is unique and may focus on botany, wildlife, or a combination of the two. Interns assist in a wide variety of projects depending on the needs of each field office. Examples of projects include: collecting seed for restoration and conservation purposes, performing surveys for threatened and endangered species and habitats, and collecting data on species reintroduction and habitat management experiments. Applicants with strong botany experience are especially encouraged to apply!

CLM interns receive a stipend of $11,900 over 5 months and will attend an all-expenses paid week-long training workshop at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The CLM Internship Program provides opportunities to make connections in various governmental and non-profit organizations, to learn what it's like to work at a federal agency, to explore your career goals, and expand your resume. Applications are due Feb. 1, but are reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information and to apply online, please visit: www.clminternship.org

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Upcoming Events

Ecology & Management of Grazing - Online Course
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NAIPSC Webinar Series
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Southwest Grass-fed Livestock Alliance - Whole Ranch Planning and Grass-fed Applications
Sept. 13, 2013 to May 24, 2014 
Saguache, Colorado Springs, Denver and Durango, CO 
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34th Annual EcoFarm Conference:  Gather and Grow
Jan. 22 - 25, 2014

74th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference
Jan. 26-29, 2014 - Sheraton Kansas City, Kansas City Missouri
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Kansas Natural Resources Conference (and KS Section Meeting)
January 30-31, 2014 - Wichita, KS

OK Section Joint w/the OK Chapter of The Wildlife Society
Jan. 30-31, 2014

Northern Great Plains Section Meeting 
Feb. 11, 2014 at 4 PM, Orlando, FL @ SRM Annual Meeting

2014 Tamarisk Coalition's Research and Management Conference
Feb. 18-20, 2014, Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO 
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Jornada Field Botany Workshops

To register or for inquiries, email Kirsten Romig at kirromig @nmsu.edu or call 575-528-9337

60th Anniversary of the Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed
Originally scheduled for Oct. 24-25, 2013
has been rescheduled for:  March 6-7, 2014 – Tombstone AZ
Contact Phil for more information: Phil.Heilman@ARS.USDA.GOV

Cool-Season Invasive Grasses in the Northern Great Plains
Tuesday March 18 - Wednesday March 19, 2014
The Holiday Inn in Fargo, ND (3803 13th Ave S)

Ranching and a West That Works
April 24-25, 2014
Lory Student Center Theater - CSU
Earn 9 CEU's (Continuing Education Credits) from the SRM
RSVP to Kellie.Clark@colostate.edu  More Information

Sagebrush Steppe:  A Rangeland Management Event Out On the Range!
April 24-27, 2014, Eastern Oregon Ag Research Center
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2014 SWCS Meeting
July 27-30, 2014 - Chicago IL
Call for Presentations coming soon!!!

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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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