Rangeland News - July 2014

SRM Range Camps I Have Known

JolleyLeonard Jolley, 2014 SRM Director
My purpose this month is to write about the future of SRM as we reach out to the next generation and impress them (at the fundamental level) with how important rangelands are, what management involves, and how enjoyable we find them to work on!  In an era of new media, Range camps (by whatever name they may be called) continue to hum along, making a lasting impression on young people and our future members and supporters.  Most of our Sections sponsor or are affiliated with one. Please find time to volunteer in support! It is one of the best things we do.

I have been fortunate to have crossed paths with two SRM Range Youth Camps over the past 30 plus years – mostly with the CalPac (previously California) Section Range Camp held at the Elkus Ranch near Half Moon Bay; and more recently with the Nevada SRM Range Youth Camp held at the USFS group campground on Big Creek south of Austin Nevada.

Early in my career I functioned as a chaperone, instructor, and student transporter for the CalPac Range camp, and was less able to participate in recent years.  The Camp has been blessed with a succession of dedicated Directors and volunteers.  Activities and field training based on rangeland management have remained central to what they do.

When I visited two years ago it was to honor the memory of Mike Stroud, the first Camp director from the 1980’s, who was felled by cancer.  A tree was planted and a permanent bench installed to honor his selfless contributions to the Camp and the encouragement he provided to the volunteers.

When I visited last year the Camp was full of excited teenagers.  Marc Horney (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo), Cece Dahlstrom (US Navy) and Julie Finzel (UC Cooperative Extension), have been managing the program for over 10 years now.  The California Range Camp typically draws students from nearly 20 counties across the state, and sometimes Hawaii.  These students come from a wide range of economic and cultural backgrounds, and interests in natural resources.  Camp curriculum includes topics on soils, ranch economics, conservation grazing, wildlife monitoring and habitats, geology, plant ID and ecology, orienteering and GPS navigation, field inventory methods, a conservation planning project, and more.  Visits to working cattle ranches, grazed conservation reserves, state parks, Cal Poly’s Swanton Pacific Ranch experimental and educational facility, and other managed lands were balanced by trips to Pacific Ocean beaches with grilled salmon and hot dogs.  The campers experienced the best our SRM members and other professional volunteers had to offer, and their memories and future careers were indelibly altered (see the letter by former camper and 2014 counselor Terilyn Chen below).  I admire and congratulate all those associated with the CalPac Range Camp over the years.

Since becoming a SRM Director I made a point to attend the Nevada Section meetings in Ely, Reno, and Winnemucca.  I was also privileged to participate in the set-up of the 2014 Nevada section Youth Range Camp held the Toiyabe Mountains.  The old mining town of Austin has a special allure and sits on the “Loneliest Road in America” Highway 50.  The YRC is situated on the west slope of the Toiyabes at 6000 feet.  The Toiyabes exceed 10,000 feet in places and were quite green during camp.  I joined 30 year camp veteran Sherm Swanson as he and many volunteers settled into the group camp and began the process of transforming it into a hive of activity.  Unlike the CalPac Range Camp (also described as a Range and Natural Resources Camp) on the California coast which has permanent Cooperative Extension facilities and kitchen with tents for the boys and an old ranch house for the girls, the Nevada YRC is located on Big Creek with USFS toilets and tables but not much else.

I watched the camp slowly assemble, as the Father’s Day weekend began, with delivery of the ‘Sonoma’ Trailer cook stove, a water trailer of over 1200 gallons, and a provisions trailer emblazoned with the Camp’s name and logos of prominent sponsors.  Water is not wasted as the campers have but one bathing opportunity during the week!  On Saturday more and more SRM members and volunteers appeared, many from government agencies on their own time; retirees, friends and families, and buckaroos from Smith Creek Ranch.  Tarps were erected to provide more shade against the intense sun and staked down against the powerful wind gusts typical of Central Nevada in the mouth of a canyon.

Here are some of the camper’s experiences after my departure.

Nevada Youth Range Camp Articles - Adaven Scronce

JolleyThis past June I attended Range Camp for the fifth year.  This year was different for me, however, because I was a cook’s helper.  As cook’s helper I got to see more of the work that goes in to making Range Camp possible behind the scenes, like the set up and take down of the “cooks” area and all the planning that goes into the meals along with some of the planning that goes into making the camp run smoothly.  I would encourage any of you who have thought about helping with Range Camp to do so!  It is a very rewarding experience!

I first went to range camp when I was 15 years old and I wish now that I had gone the minute that I was old enough to go! Range Camp is open to youth ages 14-18, so any of you that are in that age range should go!  Having had attended a different camp for the first time when I was 11 and not having a very good experience there; I was very unsure about going to Range Camp, and the fact that I would only get to take one shower the entire week! Now, I am extremely glad that my mom and brother convinced me to go!

JolleyNevada Youth Range Camp is unlike any other camp that I have attended, in the best ways possible!  Not only do you learn about plants and rangeland, but as you are doing so you get to do really fun activities during the week; like the night compass course or the scavenger hunt on the way back from learning about the snow tell site.  I would say that Wednesday is the highlight of the week.  You start the day off by touring Smith Creek Ranch and doing a conservation project there.  Then everyone goes into Austin to go swimming at the pool and a Bar-B-Q at the park.  After the Bar-B-Q Larry Johnson from Nevada Bighorns gives a talk on what Nevada Bighorns does and their history (you also get to see a really cool video of how they capture the Bighorn sheep!).

The people that put on Range Camp are a great group of knowledgeable people from various organizations including NRCS, BLM, UNCE, and UNR (if I’m forgetting someone I apologize). Some of the people like, Sherm Swanson have been doing it for 30 years and I know that Rick and Maggie Orr have been doing it for quite a while also.  I have had the privilege of getting to know them and others over the years and while they won’t let you get away with much, most of them do know how to take a joke.  I also want to mention Gary McCuin.  He was one of the cooks for many years at Range Camp and is the one who told my family about Range Camp.  Having now attended other camps like 4-H camp where I did have had good experiences; Range Camp is still definitely my favorite camp!  Before Range Camp I never knew that much about the native plants and nothing at all about rangeland management.  Although I never did do all that great on the plant test each year I continued to learn more.  Through Range Camp I have learned the importance of being a good steward of the rangeland and natural resources that we have, and that is something that I will take with me wherever I go. I would like to thank everyone who has made Range Camp possible throughout the years!  I have met some of my best friends and made some awesome memories at Range Camp!

Colt Scronce
My name is Colt Scronce and I have been a camper at range camp since I was 11 and plan on going until they won’t let me.  This year I was the runner up for the Trail Boss Award; which honestly surprised me.  While I work hard, I am not the best person there is when it comes to rangeland, partly because coming from southern Nevada there is not much around me.  Winning this award was great but then came the hard part.  I had to pick an ecological issue and not only write a research paper on it, but also create an eight-minute presentation.  This proved much more challenging than I thought.  Without the help of Kathryn Dyer and my parents I don’t think I would have had anywhere near as good of a paper as I did; although all of the work paid off when I landed in Oklahoma.

After landing in Oklahoma the trip took off and I don’t think any of us representatives slept or really wanted to.  It was a really fun and informative trip.  The fun part was the people, I was roomed with three other guys from Washington, Oregon, and Canada and that was just my room!  Down the hall were kids from Texas and Kansas; up the hall there were kids from Utah and Montana.  Being able to talk with people from all over the country was really cool.  The informative part, which was still fun, was going to see the Noble Foundation.  This foundation is entirely dedicated to improving agriculture and rangeland.  They have research laboratories that rival the top universities, and test ranches where they try out new methods of rangeland management.  It was truly an amazing place to visit.  After that, we had dinner with professionals in the industry.  These professionals included university Professors, corporate representatives from DuPont, and the Washington Liaison for SRM.  To have the opportunity to talk to these people as a high school student was kind of mind blowing.  Here I am, still in high school, having a serious conversation with SRM’s Washington liaison about the cow calf operation that he runs in his spare time.  All of the people I met were excited to share their knowledge and really wanted to talk about their work.

When presentation time rolled around I was nervous along with everyone else up there.  I didn’t want to talk too fast and run out of things to say before time was up but I also didn’t want to still have slides left when it was over.  Thankfully, I was one of the first people up.  I walked to the podium called for the lights and slides started talking and that’s really about all I remember.  I did not stop talking or fumble my words thankfully, but I did forget that I had a power point and that I should probably be using it.  Having never done a presentation before a crowd before, it was kind of intimidating.  The people in the audience have been doing what I was presenting on all their professional lives and it was my job to teach them something new.  I made the eight minute mark just as I finished my speech; what a relief because I really didn’t want to have to wing it for another minute.

This trip was something I know I will remember forever.  The people, the staff that put it on, and just the experience itself was incredible.  It was hard to adjust back to normal life when I got home spending a week being a professional and talking to people that were actually experts was a big change from high school.  I wish I could go back this year it was such a great experience.

JolleyCalPac Camper Article - Range Camp Rocks – By: Terilyn Chen, – Sept. 11, 2010 Posted in: Opinion

This summer I vaccinated a sheep; with help, of course.  I learned to do that, among other things, at the 26th annual California-Pacific Range and Natural Resources Camp.  I attended camp from June 20 to June 25 with Hercules High School senior Nicole Ng, and other students from all over California.  Founded by Mike Stroud in 1985, Cal-Pac Range Camp is an annual environmental science camp held on the beautiful Elkus Ranch in Half Moon Bay.  Ng and I were among the few campers who had absolutely no experience working with livestock and ranches.  Herculean culture is entirely different; I doubt many people know what FFA is and we do not have a farm.  I am embarrassed to admit, but before camp, I thought everything related to hardcore agriculture and livestock was for Texans and Montanans.  Somewhere in my head, I obviously knew California is a big farming state, but I just never thought there would be a camp that taught about livestock so close to home.  Needless to say, the experience was an eye-opener.

JolleyAt camp, we were constantly busy.  Never in my life had I felt so accomplished when the day was over as I did during those four days.  Every single minute was well spent; whether I was learning how to tell the difference between yarrow and poison hemlock, searching for fly larvae underneath the rocks in Purisima Creek, or talking about boys with a couple of buddies while walking across camp to take a shower.  We even spent half a day in bright yellow hard hats, walking around Purisima Creek Redwood Forest with a forester who showed us how he decides what trees to cut, and why.  By the end of the first day, I was falling in love with range camp and everything I never knew California possessed.  The world that had previously seemed to me full of ubiquitous settling and compromising had something tangible to offer me: real examples of people simply unable to contain their passion.  The camp coordinator Marc Horney, the botanists, soil scientists, fire ecologists, entomology connoisseurs- every single one of our instructors an advisors - were obviously in love with what they did.  Their bubbling excitement was intoxicating, as was the magical environment they had chosen to use as their classrooms; because really, velvet grass makes such an impression.  I felt so complete when the sun was disappearing behind the hills.  Several times, I wanted to cry because camp made it seem like there was a reason for everything.  Since then, I have believed in the goodness of people again.  Or rather, I believe in my own strength; it was as if camp made me realize that I can make a difference.  Suddenly, beating global warming and climate change seemed possible.  After all, there were people out there running camps about environmental science.  The night before our last day at camp, I knew that I would soon mentally go over every memory and physically touch every plant I could get my hands on, in a crude attempt to hold on to Range Camp.  The next day, when I actually left Elkus Ranch and my family drove away with me on the freeway, I felt traumatized; as if my senses were not yet adjusted to the loudness, the hardness and the greyness of the world.  For the next few days, I felt lost in suburbia.  I was lost in the uniformity and the cleanliness.

Over the course of the summer, I would dream about Range Camp for a total of seven times.  Later, walking around Hercules, I actually found flowers and grasses that I could identify.  I realized that there is no reason to be sad because I had taken so much from Range Camp.  So thank you Kent Reeves and the Yolo County Resource Conservation District for sponsoring me, and thank you both Michael Hudson and Nicole Ng for introducing me to Range Camp.

Range Camp has enlightened me.  It has changed me.  It has permanently made me a “happy camper.”

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SRM Members: Please Consider Opting for e-Ballots to Help SRM!

Fellow SRM Members:

I have a special favor to ask each of you.  As our election of officers/directors approaches, please consider voting electronically.  SRM operates on a tight budget and this is an easy cost savings.

Last year’s hard copy ballots cost us almost $600 in postage (that was at the bulk rate for US mail pieces!) and over $1,000 for materials, including ballots, candidate statements and envelopes.  This cost doesn’t even include the considerable staff time required to assemble the mailing, handle the returns, and coordinate a count.

Please take a moment to log in to the Members’ side of the website and check your ballot preference in your record, as well as your contact details.  If there is any way possible for you to vote electronically, please select that option. The paper ballot is the default option unless you have previously selected the electronic ballot; you must manually change your preference to vote electronically.

Click here for instructions to view or change your ballot preference online.  You may also contact membership@rangelands.org for assistance. The electronic vote will only count one vote per member.  It is fast, easy and incredibly efficient.

Some sections are also using electronic balloting and for those choosing that option, you are saving your section money as well!

I realize not all of you use and are familiar with your member profile and the features available to members within our website.  Simply follow the instructions provided in the link to access your member profile.  The feature I probably use the most is the Member Directory, where you can look up contact information on fellow SRM members.  You can also access past minutes, section directories, etc.  It is through your member profile that you can also register for Annual Meetings and some Section Meetings.  Two of the ESD workshops are available to members only……lots of good stuff behind that member’s only door on the website!
There are so many good things going on these days in SRM, I can hardly contain my excitement for the future.  Watch the RangeFlashes and Rangeland News to keep up.  We are moving forward and doing our very best to serve you in a cost effective and efficient manner.

Please join me in voting for SRM leadership electronically!

Jenny Pluhar, SRM President 2014
jenny.pluhar@gmail.com – 806-679-8729 day or evening

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President's Update

Jenny Pluhar

Jenny Pluhar, 2014 SRM President

Happy Summer SRM Members!

I want to share a bit about your officers’ recent trip to Washington, DC and some of what SRM is up to these days.  There is much to be excited about and I am eager to share!

We met with a bunch of folks including:

It was a productive visit and follow-ups are fast and furious.  I am hopeful, excited, and eager for SRM to remain the leader in all things rangeland stewardship in light of recent developments!  Join me in passing along the enthusiasm for SRM to your fellow agency employees, students, fellow educators and rangeland stewards.  The diversity of SRM is what will drive us into the future.  Everybody in SRM has a role to play in the future!

Happy Trails,

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YouTube on the Range - Alta Valley Conservation Alliance Watershed Restoration Progress Report

This lamentably under-viewed video, uploaded May 28, 2012, is “a progress report on the Elkhorn/Las Delicias Demonstration Project in the Altar Valley of Southern Arizona.  Volunteers and organizations work to restore a healthy watershed environment using innovative, minimally invasive construction techniques.”
“Just southwest of Tucson, Arizona, the Altar Valley comprises approximately 610,000 acres of Sonoran desert grassland, some of the most biologically rich and ecologically threatened biotic communities in the world.  Private ranches work side by side with federal, state and local agencies to manage the valley, which is the largest un-fragmented watershed in Pima County, outside of the Tohono O’odham Nation to the west.  It is a working landscape managed by families for generations — families who provide sound stewardship while functioning collectively as bulwarks against urban development and other threats that would forever alter this fragile social and ecological environment.”

The goals of the project include soil stabilization and improvements of wildlife habitat, livestock forage, and the sustainability of an ecologically and biologically productive watershed with the objectives of evaluating the effectiveness of certain minimally invasive erosion control techniques, especially during monsoon and other high water flows, and this video carries us through all the steps in planning, training, implementing, monitoring, analyzing and sharing the outcomes of such an ambitious landscape scale project.  It’s an impressive exercise in cooperative conservation involving 84 hard-working volunteers representing 24 organizations aided by a generous $50,000 grant from Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Mines Foundation.  Matching contributions and the value of donated time and energy brings the total investment well over $200,000.

Under the guidance of channel restoration specialist Bill Zeedyk (a 2011 recipient of SRM’s Outstanding Achievement Award),  900 tons of rock was employed to build 359 erosion control structures (baffles, cobbles, “one rock dams” and “Zuni bowls” for channels, water harvesting “rolling dips” for roads) to “reverse the trend of erosion and help heal the watershed.”  Among the highlights is an excellent field mini-dissertation on how to “read the landscape,” in this case the dynamics of evolving point bars in ephemeral channels.
Since this video (and project) is now going on two years we were curious to hear how it all was going.  As luck would have it, after a few quick emails we learned that finishing touches are being applied to the latest progress report.  Granted a sneak peek of the executive summary (dare we claim a “Rangeland News Exclusive?”), we share below some of the highlights:

For more information, including the full report, please contact Sarah King (sehking@gmail.com).
Or see www.altarvalleyconservation.org/ElkLDDemo.

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2015 Annual Meeting Announcement:  SRM Committees & Social Chairs: Submit Meeting Requests TODAY

Jenny Pluhar

As the 2015 SRM Annual Meeting nears, the 2015 planning committee and your SRM Officers and Board of Directors are asking all Committee and Social Chairs to submit their room, A/V and meeting requests ASAP. 

In an effort to maximize and ensure efficiency, it is asked that all requests be made with careful scrutiny and consideration of your committee’s or social event’s needs.  It is encouraged to look at previous year’s attendance and actual A/V needs in order to properly plan for your 2015 event.

Please use the following links to submit your requests:

All requests must be sent in ASAP; your requests and specific room needs will help determine the course of the 2015 meeting and your timely response and assistance is appreciated! 

For any questions or concerns regarding this notice, please email SRM Annual Meeting staff coordinator Kelly Fogarty at kelly@wssdc.com.

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SRM DC Fly-In: A "Young Professionals" Point of View

by Jill Ficke-Beaton, President, SRM's Young Professional Conclave

Belonging to a number of associations that participate in annual DC fly-ins, I assumed that the delegates spent their days touring the House and Senate buildings begging for someone to listen to their issues and offer some support.  As the 2014 SRM Young Professionals Conclave President, I was invited along to be a spokesperson for the young professionals and SRM.  Having never been to DC either as a delegate or a tourist I had no idea what it takes to make the trips successful. It was an opportunity that I could not refuse, even though it meant traveling nearly 10,000 miles round trip from Hawaii and using every minute of leave I had accumulated since my recent employment with NRCS.

Once in DC, Jenny Pluhar, Pat Shaver, Allen Rasmussen, Barry Irving, Jess Peterson and Kelly Fogarty and I got right down to business. On the day of arrival we met for dinner and a briefing of the schedule for the next two days. It appeared that there would not be a spare minute and we were warned to wear comfortable shoes (it would have been wise to wear running shoes).  Our first day, beginning at 7 am, started with a brief meeting at the SRM office and then off to the USDA for a meeting with Butch Blazer, Deputy Under Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment.  At my desk in the Hilo Field Office, I had just read his blog where he wrote about his renewed faith in the upcoming youth he met in the Scapegoat Wilderness.  It was a pleasure to be in his office and I was given the opportunity to say a few words about how SRM benefitted young professionals with education, networking, and mentoring.

The next 48 hours were a whirlwind of meetings, scheduled one after the other and from one side of the capitol to the other.  At meetings with USDA’s Robert Bonnie, BLM’s Steve Ellis, and NRCS’s Leonard Jordan, the discussions mainly focused on how SRM serves its membership and the agencies need for continuing education and how could SRM better serve the various agencies’ needs.  We focused on successful strategies that would enable a stronger attendance from agency personnel and we were also given the opportunity to express our concern for the vacancies that remain unfilled in many range positions.  Every meeting and every discussion had a direct impact on young professionals.  I realized that being there was much more than just a tag along observation of DC and the fly-in process, but an incredible opportunity to express the concerns young professionals in range management have for the future.

I felt that my input represented all young professionals, which in my case could be more accurately described as a new professional, and conveyed the importance of SRM to our knowledge base and career development.  I stressed that the SRM annual conference is able to concentrate educational, accreditation, and certification opportunities, which are increasingly difficult for the agencies to provide.  The annual conference allow us to develop both informal and formal mentorships and friendships within the industry that would not happen otherwise, given the geographical challenges many of us face.

The DC Fly-in not only introduced me to inspirational people who are doing their best to support range managers but convinced me that we all need to take the time to stand up and speak about the challenges we face, and do what we can do to bring attention to services that our professional society provides us.  I now see how critical it is to support the Society not only with our annual dues but with the donation of our valuable time and unique perspectives.  SRM leadership is at the forefront of the battle for funding, educational and employment opportunities.  They provide and support the development of the innovative materials and tools we use in our increasingly important profession.  With numerous agencies, industries, and individuals relying on our profession to provide food, animal by-products, environmental benefits and technical expertise, there was hardly time to catch our breath as we spread the word and sought partnerships on the Hill.

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National Range Judging Contest

Yes indeed!  The 2014 National Range Judging Contest was held from April 29 to May 1 in Oklahoma City, OK in conjunction with the National Land and Homesite Judging Contests.  This event draws several hundred contestants from all over the nation and the competition is immense.  This year persistence, hard work, and dedication concluded with top honors for teams from Texas and North Dakota, as this year marked the 63rd year for the annual contest.  The three day event concludes with an exciting banquet and awards ceremony held at the prestigious National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, where the winners are awarded for their talents.

The Society for Range Management sponsors and awards the National Champion teams and their coaches in both the FFA and the 4-H divisions, as well as the high individuals in each division with a jacket.  As might be expected, the competition for this inspiring and extremely popular award has become increasingly tougher each year.

For the 63rd competition, the Hondo FFA Chapter, Hondo, Texas took home the top honors for the FFA team competition.  The first place high individual FFA award was won by April Molitor from the Hondo FFA Chapter.  The Oliver County 4-H Club, Center, North Dakota won the top honors for the 4-H team category.  The first place high individual 4-H award was won by Emily Klein, from the Oliver County 4-H Club.

The outcome of all the participants and other information about the contest may be viewed at http://www.rangejudging.com/.

Hondo FFA Chapter, Hondo, TX (l to r) Dr. Keith Owens, Past President of the Oklahoma Section of the Society for Range Management who is presenting the jacket award on behalf of President Jenny Pluhar, Cole Rosenbaum, April Molitor, Maddy Ainsley, Nick Lamourt, and Coach Timbo Tatsch.  April Molitor also won the high individual category in the FFA division.  Photo and copyright permissions courtesy of JPT Photography.   Oliver County 4-H Club, Center, ND (l to r) Dr. Keith Owens, Past President of the Oklahoma Section of the Society for Range Management, who is presenting the jacket award on behalf of President Jenny Pluhar, Michael Schmidt, Ashly Miller, Emily Klein, William Liffrig, and Coach Rick Schmidt.  Emily Klein also won the high individual category in the 4-H division.  Not pictured is Coach Kevin Sedivec.  Photo and copyright permissions courtesy of JPT Photography.

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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 on-line 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.

Susan Edinger Marshall

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Calling All Cooks, Submit Your Recipes!

Featured Recipe - Bar-B-Que Flank Steak - Submitted by Mrs. John F. Hughes, Hughes Ranch

2 flank steaks (not scored or tenderized)    

2 tsp. monosodium glutamate

2 tbsp. dry sherry
1 tbsp. sugar 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. salt    

Prick steaks with fork on both sides. Marinate all day, turning often. Cook over charcoal 3 to 4 minutes on one side and 2 minutes on second side. Slice thinly at an angle. Serves 4 to 6.

Background: Men are crazy about this recipe.  In fact, it is the favorite of my son, husband, and two son-in-laws.  Very unusual flavor.

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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May Range Photo Quiz Answer

Trail Boss CookbookPhoto Quiz Question: Successful rangeland operations critically depend upon ample forage and adequate drinking water for livestock and wildlife.  While forage production is largely subject to the seeming whims of Mother Nature (though certainly also at the seeming whims - for better or worse - of managers), human ingenuity has developed technologies to get water to places where it had not often before.  Inventive infrastructure tends, however, to inevitably weaken and decay with age, and – as shown here – can catastrophically fail when we least expect it; such as in the middle of a hot, high water-demand period.

What cost-effective fix would you suggest to the manager who discovered one morning that this 12,000 gallon storage tank had a rusted-out bottom? (We’ll show you the “cowboy fix” employed next time!)

ANSWER:  Our range water quandary in our last quiz attracted six likes on Facebook (from Bozeman, MT to Alice Springs, NT) and numerous practical solutions.  Paul Brayton wrote, "An epoxy sealed sandwich patch would hold the pressure but an HDPEtank made from recycled materials would be better.  Less leaching and it would never corrode."  Tyler McCafferty suggested "bondo - ain't nuthin' a lil' bondo can’t fix!"  Central Texans Debbie and Kent Ferguson, enjoying “a wonderful day in the neighborhood (deer are walking twins everywhere you look and the wind is not blowing for the first day in over a week),” thought “the answer to the quiz is pour a concrete bottom in the trough.  That is how this cowboy fixes the leaky outfits!”

Trail Boss CookbookRMS Mackenzie Moor,  TX NRCS, commented, “Well, in my mind, the most cost-effective fix would be a long-term solution.  And keeping with that train of thought, the most cost-effective long-term fix would be to contact the NRCS and get an EQIP grant to replace the tank by either purchasing a plastic tank or fiberglass tank; or to build a concrete storagetank – all of which would be more reliable, more long-lived solutions than justpatching.  Due to the longevity and reliability of these types of tanks and with the financial assistance from the NRCS, this is the best cost-effective solution.”

Our rancher, who submitted this photo, could not agree more, and in fact has applied for such.  In the meantime, considering the hurry-up-and-wait nature of applying for EQIP improvements, especially in the wake of last year’s sequesterand last minute passage of a Farm Bill, has followed a variation of this advice from Rob McCray, "Turn it overand use the other end."  As you can see from the photos the storage tank was Trail Boss Cookbookcarefully disconnected and laid on its side, using locally available bracing, where a thumb sized hole was discovered in the rusted flakey steel; and numerous others about to pop forth.  Various patches have been welded on from time to time while the EQIP application for cost share of a replacement HDPE tank works its way through the labyrinth.  Note the numerals that had been used for indicating fill level (at 1,000 gallon increments) are now gauging sideways; we wonder now how they’ll keep track of reserves on this horizontal cylinder?

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 15th of the month!

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July Photo Quiz Question

Range Quiz Photo

Photo Quiz Question: On rangelands, a cow pie is always a cow pie; except when it isn't...  If this isn't a cow pie, what is it, and what is it good for?  Stay tuned next issue when we'll take a closer look and hear "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!

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CSU Rangelands Degree

Ecological Site Description Workshop Series Available Online

As an ongoing partnership between SRM and the federal agencies (BLM, USFS and NRCS) the ESD Workshop series continued at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Orlando with a set of four workshops taking place.  As many of you know, each workshop was live-streamed to users across the country who were able to view and participate live during each session. Each workshop was also recorded, thus allowing for archived access over the course of the year for those unable to attend the Orlando meeting or participate via the live-stream.

In order to release the information to as many individuals as possible, the first two sessions will be available to anyone through the SRM website at:  http://www.rangelands.org/ESD/index.shtml .  These first two workshops, “ESD Uses and Users” and the “Unifying Concepts for Riparian Ecological Sites”, cover a whole range of introductory and foundational materials and will remain available free of charge through the SRM website.

The third and fourth Orlando ESD sessions will be available to SRM member only.  These sessions, titled “Emerging Technologies for ESD Development” and “Integrating Ecological Sites Into a Spatial Hierarchy to Improve Predictions”, can be accessed through the members only page of the SRM Website. They can be found by clicking on the Resources tab of the “Members-Only” page.  This is a great opportunity to encourage your fellow colleagues to get involved in the Society.  They’ll gain access to not only great information like the ESD workshops, but all that SRM has to offer.

A technical note: When accessing each workshop, allow for additional time so that your computer can load the workshops without causing too much “buffer” time when viewing.  Each workshop will be directed to you through a web link, so ensure you have stable and consistent internet connection.

SRM hopes that you will take advantage of these workshops and all that each has to offer within the ESD field; if you have any questions regarding access to any of the workshops, please email SRM Washington, D.C. Liaison at kelly@wssdc.com.

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Targeted Grazing Online Workshops 2014 - Grazing with a Goal - April 17 - August

Learn the principles of targeted grazing to manage landscape the Third Thursday each month in 2014.  Online presentations and discussion will by the experts in the topic of targeted grazing and made possible by the Targeted Grazing Committee of the Society for Range Management. Third Thursday – Starting April 17 – 11:30 Pac/12:30 Mtn/1:30 Cntr/2:30 East time. All you need is a computer and good internet connection.  Bring co-workers, students, or colleagues to sit in on sessions with you. Make it a lunch if you are in the western states.

Basic Principles

Application and Examples to be scheduled fall and winter include: Livestock-Wildlife Interactions, Livestock Grazing in Crop System, Multi-species Grazing, Livestock and Endangered Species, and Grazing to Manage Fuel Loads.Targeted Grazing CERTIFICATE and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Certified Professional in Rangeland Management are available. Register at: http://targetedgrazing.wordpress.com/

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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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X International Rangeland Congress (IRC), Saskatoon, Canada, July 17-22, 2016

Range QuizThe X International Rangeland Congress (IRC) will be held in Saskatoon, Canada, July 17-22, 2016. The aim of the IRC is to promote the interchange of scientific and technical information on all aspects of rangelands, wildlands and grass farming: including research, planning, development, management, extension, education and training and reclamation.

Please go to our website http://2016canada.rangelandcongress.org for preliminary information on the program, tours and venue. We look forward to seeing you in Saskatoon in 2016!

Bruce Coulman and Duane McCartney, Co-Chairs of the Congress Organizing Committee

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Position Announcement: Montana State University Extension Sheep Specialist

Extension Sheep Specialist (Assistant or Associate Professor of Sheep and Wool Production), Department of Animal and Range Sciences, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, USA. Tenure track, 12-month full time, can be hired at assistant professor or associate professor level depending upon professional qualifications. Position is 77% Extension teaching, 13% research, and 10% service. Earned PhD in Animal Science or closely related field required at hire date. Incumbent will provide educational leadership to individuals and organizations related to sheep and wool production and management, including county/reservation Extension faculty; livestock producers; youth; state livestock and commodity organizations; and related industries or organizations. Incumbent also will provide leadership and supervise activities at the Montana Wool Lab, one of only two active university wool laboratories in the US. Screening of applications will begin on July 1, 2014, but applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate pool is established.

For complete job description, list of required and preferred qualifications, and application procedures visit: http://www.montana.edu/jobs/faculty/14-395 - AA/ADA/EEO/Vet Pref Employer

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Position Announcement: Assistant Professor / Range Scientist, North Dakota State University

North Dakota State University is seeking applicants for an Assistant Professor / Range Scientist, School of Natural Resource Sciences. Job responsibilities for the Range Scientist include developing a regionally and nationally recognized research program in rangeland ecology, restoration ecology, ecosystem management and habitat management; and collaboratively acquire extramural funding to support the research program; and teach one undergraduate course in sampling techniques and develop one graduate level research design course in range/natural resource management. For a full listing of the responsibilities and qualifications, and to apply, visit http://jobs.ndsu.edu/postings/4731. Screening of applications will begin on July 15, 2014, but applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate pool is established. NDSU is an AA/EEO employer, women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Women and traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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Position Announcement: Ph.D Graduate Assistantship, Department of Animal and Range Sciences, New Mexico State University, USDA ARS Jornada Experimental Range

A Graduate Research Assistantship (PhD) to study impacts of Criollo cattle grazing patterns on Chihuahuan Desert ecosystems is currently available. We are seeking to attract a highly motivated individual interested in studying habitat selection and movement ecology of livestock. Applicants must have earned a Master of Science degree in Rangeland Ecology, Animal Science (livestock behavior), Wildlife Science, Ecology, or a related discipline with a minimum 3.5 GPA.  Outstanding writing skills and knowledge of GPS/GIS are required. Spatial data analysis skills and proven ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals are highly desirable.

Preferred starting date is August 1, 2014 but is negotiable.  The assistantship includes an annual salary of US$ 22,220.00, waiver of out-of-state tuition, health insurance benefit program, and the possibility of obtaining a tuition fellowship (waiver) from the Graduate School at New Mexico State University for highly qualified individuals.  Interested applicants are encouraged to send: 1) a letter stating interests and goals; 2) a current CV; 3) unofficial copies of transcripts and GRE scores (if available); and 4) contact information for 3 references.

Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2014 or until suitable candidate is found. Please send application materials via email to Dr. Rick Estell (estell@nmsu.edu) or Dr. Andres Cibils (acibils@nmsu.edu).


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Position Announcement: Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor Serving San Benito, Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties

The University of California, Division of 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 and marketing, food safety, 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.

The UC Cooperative Extension Advisor will facilitate interactions and information exchange among campus based academics, CE Advisors and Community Stakeholders. The Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor is responsible for the development and implementation of Cooperative Extension education and applied research programs addressing important issues at the interface of rangeland livestock production systems, natural resources management, and watershed health.  The Advisor needs to have a thorough and practical understanding of livestock production, irrigated pasture, range management and the constraints in arid ecosystems in order to develop an effective program, providing credible and practical solutions to ranch owners and managers, natural resource professionals, and water resources regulators, who face complex management issues relating to livestock production, rangeland resources, and watershed health.  The successful candidate will have expertise and experience in livestock production, range management, and watershed management.

The Advisor will develop linkages with individuals, clientele groups, researchers, policy makers, agency professionals and organizations relevant to range and livestock management in a tri-county area.   Many of the producers, owners, and managers would become collaborators on educational and research projects.  Programs will be developed and carried out in collaboration with other ANR academics as well as related government and private industries in all three counties.  The successful candidate must have the ability to communicate science-based information to ranch owners, operators, managers and community stakeholders, as well as agency professionals and the general public. 

EDUCATION:  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 demonstrate relevant course work, training, and practical experience in both animal science and range management and 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.

For a full position vacancy announcement and application procedures, please visit our website http://ucanr.edu/jobs. To assure full consideration, application packets should be submitted by July 21, 2014 to anracademicsearch@ucop.edu.  Each application packet must contain a UC Academic application, CV or resume, copies of transcripts and a cover letter.  Please refer to AP#14-06.

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Position Announcement: University of Nebraska Range and Forage Management Specialist

The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska, is accepting applications for a Range and Forage Management Specialist, a 50% research, 50% extension,  twelve-month, tenure-leading faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture and located at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center (PHREC) in Scottsbluff, NE.  Tenure home for this position is the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, with administrative assignment to the PHREC.   Focus of extension and research programs will be on grazing management, rangeland health, ecosystem services and alternative uses of native rangeland, pastureland, and forage crops in western Nebraska.

Research and Extension responsibilities: Incumbent will conduct research on the sustainable use and management of semi-arid rangelands, the integration of annual and perennial forage crops to supplement range and the ecological implications of grazing and sustainable livestock production on rangelands.  Extension programming will be designed to help clientele enhance profitability, sustainability and ecosystem services of rangeland-based enterprises in Nebraska that may include forage production alternatives to supplement rangeland.  The incumbent will provide research- and scientifically-based educational programs and products that are problem-solving oriented and quantifiable in terms of impacts, including training programs, decision-support tools, workshops, demonstration projects, and field tours to area producers.  Expected scholarship includes communication of research results in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, presentations at scientific conferences, and supervision of graduate student research.  Contributions to extension publications and electronic educational resources is expected.  Acquisition of grant funds to maintain an active research program is also essential for this position. 

Requires a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. in place by date of hire in Range Management/Ecology, or closely related field, with training in forage production.

To review the complete position details and apply for this position, go to: http://employment.unl.edu, search for requisition number F_140063.  Click on “Apply to this Job.” Attach a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and an overview of research and extension experience and interests.  Arrange for 3 letters of reference to be sent via e-mail to:  kdanforth2@unl.edu.   Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2014 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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Upcoming Events & Announcements

New Jornada Experimental Range Blog!
Jornada Experimental Range is hosting a new blog called Land Ecology.  Posts are intended for a broad audience.  The blog was catalyzed by efforts of JER, universities and agency partners to build a science around Ecological Sites, state and transition models and their management applications.
Brandon Bestelmeyer and Joel Brown will keep the blog going and solicit posts to keep it interesting. You can participate at http://landecology.org

The presentations from the Intermountain Native Plant Summit VII, held one year ago at Boise State University, are now available online at: http://gbfiresci.squarespace.com/workshops/ - thanks to Génie Montblanc in Reno.

The Wildlife Society (TWS) has formed a new rangelands working group. If you are active in TWS or would like to be, please consider joining this working group.  Contact Megan Clayton (megan.clayton@ag.tamu.edu) for more details. This is an excellent opportunity to focus attention on rangeland resources within another large professional organization." 

Understanding the Problem with Junipers in the Great Plains Recordings Available HERE

Cool-Season Invasive Grasses: Abstracts and Presentation Available HERE

Ecology & Management of Grazing - Online Course
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NAIPSC Webinar Series
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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

Targeted Grazing Online Workshops 2014 - Grazing with a Goal

Eastern NV Landscape Coalition (ENLC) & NV Pinyon-Juniper Partnership Joint Summer Conference: Aligning Industry & Ecology to Achieve Landscape-Scale Restoration in the Great Basin
July 15-17, 2014 - Sparks, NV * John Ascuaga's Nugget Hotel & Casino
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International Mountain Section Summer Tour
July 18, 2014 - Wainwright, AB
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2014 SWCS Meeting
July 27-30, 2014 - Chicago IL
Call for Presentations coming soon!!!

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Riparian Complex Ecological Site Description Workshop
Aug. 5-7, 2014  - Dickinson, ND
Registration/information: Jeff Printz, Jeff.Printz@nd.usda.gov, ( 701-530-2080) or Miranda Meehan, mmeehan@carlsonmccain.com, ( 701-595-7006).

8th International Congress for Wildlife and Livelihoods on Private and Communal Lands: Livestock, Tourism and Spirit
Sept. 7-12, 2014, YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO
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Society for Ecological Restoration Regional Conference - Collaborative Restoration:  From Community Efforts to Landscape Scale
Oct. 6-10, 2014 - Eagle Crest Resort, Redmond, OR
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California Invasive Plant Council Symposium
Oct. 8-11, 2014 - California State University - Chico, Chico, CA
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75th Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference - Natural Resource Management in an Increasingly Connected World
Feb. 8-11, 2015 - Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, IN
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18th Biennial Conference of the Australian Rangeland Society - Innovation in the Rangelands
April 12-16th 2015 - Alice Springs NT
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Twitter: @arsconf2015 - Facebook: Australian Rangeland Society Conference - Instagram: @arsconf2015

International Rangeland Congress - IRC 2016
July 17-22, 2016 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
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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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