Rangeland News - March 2014

Staying the Course in 2014

Jenny Pluhar

Jenny Pluhar, 2014 SRM President
I hope everyone who had the pleasure of attending the 2014 SRM Annual Meeting, Technical Training and Trade Show in Orlando, Florida safely traveled home, albeit reluctantly considering the temperatures across much of the United States recently!  The Southern and Florida Sections put together an excellent meeting and their efforts were greatly appreciated.

I want to touch on a few financial pieces from the past year and make sure everyone understands where we stand.

  • SRM passed a balanced budget in August for FY2014 that did not figure in transfers from reserve accounts or a big profit from the annual meeting.  The budget figures in $5500 profit from the annual meeting.  This is a departure from past budgets.  The past ten years have seen SRM rely upon large transfers from reserves and hope for as much as 75K profit from the annual meeting.
  • We are absolutely 100% on track with our budget this year.  We see statements EVERY month of our expenses and income and these are compared to the budget.
  • Staffing costs were cut in 2010, capped in 2012 and cut in both 2013 and 2014.  Your team of officers and directors, along with the Finance Committee under the capable chairmanship of Bill Conner is on top of our expenses.
  • EVP Peterson has been heading up efforts to improve revenue generation.  Collaborative agreements with the agencies allowed SRM to produce the first ever live streamed workshops from the Orlando meeting.  Those sessions are archived and will be available for a fee to others to view in the near future.
  • We believe we have the most accurate, up-to-date accounting of our finances that we have had in many years.  Our bookkeeping team is working with us to manage cash flow as well.

Other highlights from your hard working team of officers and directors:

  • An RFP for our publishing needs has been developed with input from Advisory Council and Rangelands Steering Committee and the Publishing Task Force.  Barry Irving and Gary Frasier have consolidated our needs and we are moving forward with this.
  • The Annual Meeting Task Force of last year which so many of you participated in has resulted in the creating of an Annual Meeting Committee; not the committee planning the actual meeting, but a collaborative group looking far into the future to determine the complexion of our meetings.

As the year progresses, I will pass along more of our work.  Remember, our monthly conference call meetings are open to all; the 4th Thursday of the month, at Noon Mountain time.

Happy Trails,
806-679-8729 day or evening

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EVP Message: Your Society at Work

Jess Peterson

Jess Peterson, SRM Executive Vice President
2013 was yet another year where SRM continued its efforts to modernize operations, expand membership services and take action on needed task force items. The state of our society remains strong and one that centers on constant growth and flexibility in order to meet the needs the SRM membership.

In early 2013 SRM transitioned to its new office headquarters in Littleton, CO. The SRM Board of Directors (BOD) utilized the new office space during its summer BOD meeting. The BOD departed with a positive perception, both in terms of the dollars saved through the sale of the old building and the move forward with a more flexible and convenient headquarters.

SRM continues to remain active on a number of fronts. In order to keep the membership informed, SRM has maintained an active social media presence to communicate such activities in a timely fashion. Be sure to follow the SRM Facebook page, Twitter account and LinkedIn profile for all of the latest SRM news!

SRM members have consistently requested that the society present a publication where information is tailored to both the range practitioner and the multi-use land manager in an easily accessible format. It’s with that in mind that Stewardship was created. Past-president and Stewardship Editor Gary Frasier is in charge of reviewing and publishing the articles submitted by SRM members. Feedback has been very positive regarding this publication, however, like everything at SRM, it will be made better by YOU.  So please read it and provide feedback at Stewardship@rangelands.org. Also, as you continue your SRM membership recruitment, please feel free to print and circulate copies to promote the Society.

SRM continues to be active with its partners in the natural resources field. Through participation at the Professional Societies Fair held at the USDA, ongoing leadership within the National Horse and Burro Rangeland Management Coalition along with new and simplified agency training and outreach agreements, SRM is on track for another productive year. This will be maybe most apparent in SRM’s upcoming role within the NRCS Soil Health Initiative. SRM voiced the necessity of including rangelands within this initiative, and as such, will be playing a pivotal role in this effort in 2014.

SRM remains committed to its membership goals of both retaining and increasing membership. It’s with this in mind that the SRM Membership Committee is overseeing the redesign of the SRM membership display.   

The SRM BOD, staff, and committees remain committed to growing and improving the Society.  Multiple task forces have reviewed SRM operations as it links to financials, membership, meeting structures and other areas. These reports are being reviewed by the BOD and the recommendations are evaluated and implemented through an ongoing process. This will remain an ongoing effort in 2014 as SRM continues to address the growing needs of its membership and further evolve as a professional Society. 

Membership reached 2900 in 2013, which is lower than it has been in years past.  However, membership dues were slightly increased during this period. An SRM membership now includes online access to both Rangelands and Stewardship. A big focus in 2014 will be promoting ALL of the membership benefits within SRM. Membership recruitment at the section level is the pivotal component to attaining the SRM membership goals.  For questions regarding how sections can be more active in membership recruiting please contact the SRM office.

Annual Meeting
Upwards to 800 people attended the 2014 Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL. SRM would like to extend a special thank you to the Orlando Planning Committee for all of their hard work and job well done as we are all currently enjoying the top notch 2014 Orlando Annual Meeting.  Meanwhile, the 2015 Sacramento Planning Committee is off and running and the Corpus Christi Planning Committee (2016) is moving forward.

Continuing Education
SRM is currently hosting Ecological Site Description (ESD) workshops at the Annual Meeting. Due to significant restrictions to agency travel, the ability to continue delivery of these workshops at a regional scale is no longer viable. SRM answered the call of our agency partners to continue these trainings on a different format.

Support from BLM, NRCS and USFS has allowed four separate workshops to take place in Orlando; a combined total of 15 ½ hours of instruction and 14 ½ CEUs is available. To accommodate those unable to attend in-person, live-streaming access is available to agency employees and the public; those who participate through this access will also be credited with CEUs. Following the Annual Meeting, each workshop will be available for archived access. 

Both SRM journals published significant, well-read content in the past year. Among the most-read articles in Rangeland Ecology & Management during 2013 were a series of articles from late 2012 that were sponsored by the Jornada Experimental Range. Three of these articles have, in little more than one year, landed among the five most-accessed articles ever on the journal’s website. In addition, REM’s impact factor increased from 1.461 to 1.733, a new peak for the journal. Rangelands published the most-accessed article ever on its website, a response to the Allan Savory TED video that has generated much discussion about grazing, land management, and climate change. The journal ended 2013 with two compelling sponsored issues, one on strategic grazing management for complex creative systems, the other on women as change agents in the world’s rangelands. Also in 2013, both journals adopted open-access publication policies to accommodate this growing aspect of scholarly communication.

Farm Bill Updates
In closing, there have been several updates and briefings regarding Farm Bill implementation and the USDA budget. I thought it might be helpful to pass these along.  The following are links to Farm Bill handouts from the Farm Bill briefings, along with notes taken at both of the meetings.

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YouTube on the Range - Global Rangelands

Global Rangelands

One of the goals of SRM’s Outreach, Communication, and Website committee (OCW) has been to encourage the production and distribution of high quality digital videos on diverse rangeland topics, and promote their ready accessibility to an ever increasing audience.  There are many, many, such videos out there in the cloud, some catching the notice of this feature, YouTube on the Range, but hunting up and organizing them can be sometimes akin to “herding cats.”  Thankfully there is an under-noticed (until now, we hope) YouTube channel, Global Rangelands, that is performing this useful and necessary task. Sponsored by Rangelands West, an SRM affiliated consortium of western universities, this channel hosts over 70 videos organized into “playlists” focused on vegetation monitoring, climate, fire, invasive species, public outreach, and other related subjects.  There are also several presentations from the SRM 2012 Spokane Aspen symposium and some range student projects as well (which suggests that Global Rangelands might serve well for archiving other SRM symposia).

Barb Hutchinson of Arizona State University, OCW Co-Chair and current “curator” of the RW “collection,” notes that “the RW channel is always a work in progress and we have plans for many more videos and video clips this coming year.  Given we are also discussing with the Board the possibility of hosting an SRM archive collection too, it would seem appropriate to consider adding an SRM video collection on the RW YouTube channel as well…”

Anyone interested in this project, or knowing of videos that might be added or linked to the playlists, should contact Barb at barbarah@ag.arizona.edu.

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Thanks for a Great Meeting! 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

First came the welcome, now the farewell.  The 2014 Planning Committee would like to sincerely thank everyone who was able to make it to Orlando for the 67th Annual International Meeting, Technical Training and Trade Show.  We know that many of you overcame significant financial and travel obstacles to attend our meeting but we hope that we were able to meet and even exceed your expectations for this meeting and, if not, at least the weather was nice!  For those of you who were not able to make it, you missed a good meeting and we wish you could have come but hopefully we will see all of you in Sacramento next year!

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Why Ask Your Colleagues to Join SRM?

Why ask your colleagues to join SRM?

Ask someone to join today!  Every new member expands our efforts in a positive way!  Together we can make a difference, in small towns, large cities and the halls of government!

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SRM Student Competition Results, Listing of Graduate Paper and Poster Winners

A full listing of the student award winners, along with photos, are available at: http://rangelands.org/education_studentactivities.shtml

It is our pleasure to announce the winners of the 2014 Society for Range Management PhD and MS oral paper and poster competitions. For a full list of winners

MS Oral Paper Competition
First Place:  Amanda Lipinski, North Dakota State University,
“Interactions Among Rangeland Vegetation, Black-Tailed Prairie Dog Colonies, and Grassland Avifauna in Northern South Dakota”

Second Place:  Cara Noseworthy, University of Wyoming,
“Statewide Prioritization of Cheatgrass Infestations in Wyoming”

PhD Oral Paper Competition
First Place:  Shelly Wiggam, Kansas State University
“Pollinator Responses to Patch-Burn Grazing”

Second Place:  Mitch Stephenson, New Mexico State University
“Association Patterns of Visually-Observed and GPS-Tracked Cattle in the Western United States”

MS Poster Competition
First Place:  Darrell Roundy, Brigham Young University,
“Estimating Pinyon and Juniper Tree Cover and Biomass Using NAIP Imagery Across Utah”

Second Place:  Shayla Burnett, University of Wyoming
“Establishment of Native Perennial Grasses in the Presence of Cheatgrass and Imazapic”

PhD Poster Competition
First Place:  Laura Goodman, New Mexico State University
“Effects of Applying Picloram and Aminopyralid with 2,4-D on White Locoweed in Northern New Mexico”

Second Place:  Leticia Varelas, University of Wyoming
“Using the Human Footprint to Measure Ecological and Socio-Economic Impacts of Wind Energy Development”

Please join us in congratulating these students on their accomplishments!

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2014 SRM Honor Awardees

The Society for Range Management honor awards program recognizes members and non-members who have made outstanding contributions to the science and art of range management. A full description of each award criteria, along with photos of this year's winners are available at: http://rangelands.org/awards/awards_honorawards.shtml

2014 Honor Awardees
Dr. John C. Malechek
Dr. Melvin R. George
Dr. Carl L. Wambolt
Dr. David M. Engle
Dr. Charles Howard (Chuck) Butterfield
Dr. Mitchel P. McClaran
Dr. Maria Fernández-Gimenez
Dr. Urs. P. Kreuter
Kevin L. Guinn
Dennis W. Thompson
Sandra K. Wyman
Angela Marie Reid

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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, Bruce Healy, at bruce.healy@yahoo.com. Thank you for taking the time and effort to nominate deserving individuals and groups for an SRM Honor Award!

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SRM Endowment Fund Update

The Endowment Fund Development Committee would like to thank everyone who stopped at our booth in the Trade Show during the Orlando meeting.  The Endowment Fund helps sustain SRM and gives you, the members, an opportunity to grow the Endowment Fund.  What can you do to help that growth?  Bring an item to donate to the Silent Auction in Sacramento.  You can also contribute to the Endowment when you renew your SRM membership and can encourage your colleagues to contribute. 

The Endowment Fund was very successful last year.  The silent auction in Oklahoma City brought in $5,200 while the raffle earned an additional $5,056.  The Committee also sold $360 in years-of–membership pins and Endowment Fund pins.  Individual contributions totaled $2,580.  The balance in the Endowment Fund account on December 31, 2013 was $523,323. The largest ever legacy gift is about to be bestowed to SRM.  Watch for news of this event in a future issue of Rangeland News.

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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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Genetic Selection Could Produce Cattle Resistant to Toxic Larkspurs

Rangelands Cattle are not picky eaters: Put them in a pasture with toxic plants and edible grasses, and they quickly swallow both. For ranchers, this diet comes at a heavy price, with up to 10 percent of steers that graze fields containing toxic larkspurs dying after eating the poisonous plants.

The authors of an article published in the current issue of Rangelands hope to change that by identifying cattle breeds that are more resistant to specific toxic plants. The current study focused on larkspurs. This large group of Delphinium species is toxic to many animals, including cattle. But how poisonous the plants are varies widely depending on the specific species of larkspur, where it is located, and the breed of the cattle.

Steers that eat large quantities of larkspurs can show signs of poisoning in as few as 7 hours. They are most likely to eat high-protein larkspur pods, which are also the most poisonous part of the plants. Ranchers tend to move cattle at the first sign of poisoning, leaving valuable forage behind. The authors note that poisoning cases and related management practices cost ranchers in the western United States millions of dollars each year.

The current study focused on half-siblings in five breeds of cattle: two types of dairy cattle and three beef breeds. The steers were given the same dose of dried, ground tall larkspur and watched for 24 hours. They were then walked on a halter until their muscles weakened from larkspur poisoning. Symptoms were recorded, and the animals rested until they could walk again without tiring.

The authors found that all five breeds of cattle weakened on average within about 30 minutes but that the Line 1 Herefords from ARS Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory averaged less than 9 minutes. The dairy breeds had greater resistance to tall larkspur than the beef breeds, and Jersey cattle, a breed noted for having little genetic diversity, lasted the longest. Brahman cattle were particularly susceptible to larkspur poisoning.

An unexpected result of the study was in the reactions of individual cattle. Some Angus steers walked for 40 minutes and were labeled as resistant, but other Angus steers were too sensitive to the toxin to be exercised. For each breed tested, at least one animal was labeled as resistant to tall larkspur.

The results indicate that ranchers may be able to selectively breed cattle for larkspur resistance. If a gene marker was found, ranchers could submit a blood or hair sample for genetic testing of vulnerability to the toxic plants, just as they can today test for coat color or meat quality. The authors are also working to identify such resistance to other toxic plants, such as lupine.

Full text of the article “Mitigation of larkspur poisoning on rangelands through the selection of cattle,” Rangelands, Vol. 36, No. 1, 2014, is now available.

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

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Lost Resource: Harvey Sprock, 1929 to 2013

Jack Lavin Harvey Sprock, NRCS Area Rangeland Management Specialist in Greeley, CO, passed away in his home January 24, 2014. His career spanned nearly 46 years in SCS/NRCS.

Harvey’s life-long passion was the stewardship of Colorado’s rangelands, through science-based principles.  He was a strong advocate of holistic resource management and was able to see the cause and effects of management related issues.  He challenged others to think in terms of solving the problem and not treating the symptoms. Harvey worked individually with many ranchers in northeastern Colorado, NRCS employees, and partners.  He also spoke at many workshops, provided training, and was an active member in the Colorado Section SRM since 1970, where he was a former President and Board Member.  He mentored many young professionals in their careers.  One of his favorite games with new employees was “stump the chump” to sharpen their field plant ID skills.  Harvey also provided leadership and authored Ecological Site Descriptions for eastern Colorado.  He provided many “teaching moments” in his career.

Harvey received many awards during his career including: Society for Range Management “Outstanding Achievement” Award at the 2010 International Meeting in Denver, CO,  the Trail Boss award from the Colorado Section – SRM, numerous certificates of merit and certificates of appreciation from NRCS throughout his career along with appreciation awards from both the FFA and 4-H.  Harvey will be greatly missed.

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Calling All Cooks, Submit Your Recipes!

Featured Recipe - Smorgasbord Cabbage Rolls - Submitted by Ruth Buchanan, The Buchanan Ranch, Thermopolis, WY

1 lb. cooked ham, ground     ½ tsp. pepper 1½ lbs. ground fresh pork
1 tbsp. chili powder 1½ c. cooked rice 1½ c. sauerkraut
1 tsp. salt        1½ c. meat broth (from cooked ham)  

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

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

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

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

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

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January Range Photo Quiz Answer

Range QuizPhoto 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?"?

ANSWER: It can be a little challenging to draw conclusions from a single photo, but that doesn’t hold SRM’ers back.  Robert Shellard posited pocket gophers, while Steve Kolarik though it the former site of a round bale or a salt lick.  Tim Steffens thought it had been the site of “an exclosure cage and the cattle had gathered around it tromping and defecating immediately around it.  You can see where they moved the cage to in the background of the picture.”


Range QuizThe winning entry, “June Bug and Skunks,” came from Ryan Limb of NDSU, who may have had an edge as our winter issue quiz photo came from Bob Patton, NDSU Associate Range Scientist.  This spot had “been infected with June bug larva.  The June bugs eat the grass roots killing the vegetation.  Then skunks or other animals came and dug up and ate the larva, turning over the sod.”  We would assume that the end result of such “natural” disturbance leads to positive outcomes?

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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March Photo Quiz Question

Range Quiz Photo

Photo Quiz Question: Rangelands can be full of surprises - and sometimes creative examples of adaptive management.  What is depicted here and how does it work? (Hint: it's on public land!). Bonus points: What MLRA might we be in and what is going on in the back ground?

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


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).

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40th Annual Great Plains Symposium, April 1-4, 2014, Lincoln, Nebraska

Drought, or the ever-present threat of it, has had a pervasive effect on the region and its people.  It molded the region's settlement patterns, agriculture and commerce, stimulated innovation, aroused conflict between agriculturalists and environmentalists, and fueled litigation between states.  Drought shaped how the people of the Great Plains think of themselves and their region and influenced their culture, literature, and art.  Today it raises concern about whether the region will have sufficient water for its future. 

Scientists and scholars from across the full spectrum of disciplines are invited to share their expertise and perspectives as the symposium explores all aspects, causes, impacts, projections, social and cultural consequences, and ramifications of drought.

For more information go to http://www.unl.edu/plains/2014-symposium or click here for a flyer.

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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


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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Nebraska Range Shortcourse, June 16-20, Chadron State Collect

The Nebraska Range Shortcourse is scheduled for June 16 to 20, 2014 on the campus of Chadron State College. The shortcourse is sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Chadron State College, and the Nebraska Section Society for Range Management. It is designed to provide individuals who have a background in range management, natural resources, or agriculture an opportunity to increase their knowledge in the field of range management.

The week-long course taught through a series of classroom and field sessions focuses on underlying principles of range management for efficient, sustainable use of rangeland for multiple purposes. The diversity of course topics include plant identification, plant growth and development, rangeland soils, assessing range condition and health, prescribed burning, ecosystem services, wildlife management, grazing management, and range livestock production.

The shortcourse can be taken for credit through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln or Chadron State College. Sixteen Continuing Education credits are available for the SRM "Certified Professional in Rangeland Management" program.

Applications are due May 16, 2014 and enrollment is limited to 50 participants. The registration fee of $275 includes educational materials, transportation associated with field trips during the week, and breaks. Food and lodging can be arranged with Chadron State College.

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Grazing Management Workshop, June 25-27, 2014, Monument, CO

A Grazing Management Workshop taught by Ian Mitchell-Innes will be held in Monument, CO, June 25-27, 2014. Ian teaches Farmers and Ranchers how to FEED the whole - Grass, Animal, Soil surface, Sub soil, using animals at High and Ultra High Stock Density (Mob Grazing).

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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: Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist in Restoration Ecology, Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Davis

The Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis, seeks to fill an 11-month, career-track position at the Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension level.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  This academic position has 100% Cooperative Extension (CE) responsibilities and will be located in the Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the UC Davis.  The research and extension focus of the candidate will address restoration and conservation in working landscapes, ranging from natural to managed ecosystems (e.g., grasslands, woodlands, as well as associated freshwater wetlands).   The position should address conservation and restoration of Californian plant communities that enhance productivity, wildlife habitat, fertile soil, erosion control, pollination, air and water quality, or pest management.  This CE specialist will bring statewide leadership, visibility, and cohesion to the research and extension efforts of an interdisciplinary team of CE academics and Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) faculty as well as private and public stakeholders.  This position will support relevant UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) strategic initiatives and program teams (http://ucanr.edu/About_ANR/).  Research will be conducted in the laboratories and fields at UC Davis, on diverse stakeholder lands (e.g. nature reserves, local, state and federal lands, and commercial farms and ranches), and/or at UC field stations located throughout California. 

This CE specialist is expected to develop a nationally-recognized research and extension program, secure extramural funding, and publish research results in appropriate refereed journals and extension publications. The appointee will also organize, coordinate or participate in meetings/workshops with CE academics and other stakeholders in multiple venues.  Meeting these expectations will require extensive in-state travel.  The appointee will have the opportunity to support graduate teaching missions of the department and to be a member of graduate programs.  In support of affirmative action, CE programs are expected to include outreach to ethnic minorities, women, and other underrepresented clientele.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Ph.D. in restoration ecology, ecosystem management, rangeland ecology, plant ecology, plant biology, plant science, weed science, soil ecology, or a closely related field with an emphasis in restoration ecology. Applicants must have leadership ability, restoration expertise and communication skills.  Ability to conduct independent research and outreach in restoration ecology must be demonstrated.  

SALARY:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

TO APPLY:  Candidates should begin the application process by registering online at http://apptrkr.com/441158

Please include statements of research and extension interests, curriculum vitae, publication list, copies of 3 of your most important research publications, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if within 5 years of either degree), and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five professional references.  For administrative questions regarding the application process, please email Ms. Dee Madderra (damadderra@ucdavis.edu).  Review of the applications for this position will begin May 1, 2014.  The position will remain open until filled.

The University of California, Davis, and the Department of Plant Sciences are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. The University of California, Davis is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty and staff. UC Davis is an NSF ADVANCE institution committed to equality and inclusion. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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Position Announcement: Zumwalt Botany Technician

The Nature Conservancy seeks an experienced botanist to conduct a variety of field projects supporting conservation at priority grassland sites in northeastern Oregon. Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in botany or a related field, experience with ArcMap and MS/Office, and a proven record of coordinating projects in both field and office. Familiarity with flora of the region, experience leading field crews, and knowledge of field-methods relating to rangeland management a plus. Must be able to hike 5 or more miles a day, work in adverse conditions, and have valid driver’s license. Shared housing on TNC preserve provided.  This is a full-time (40 hr / week) seasonal position that starts on May 12, 2014 and ends on Jan. 9, 2015 and is exempt.   Salary is equivalent to approximately $15 -17 / hr, depending on experience. To apply please see job description and instructions at nature.org/careers  (refer to job ID 41937).

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Position Announcement: Assistant/Associate Professor, Forage AgronomyUniversity of Nevada, Reno

The Department seeks a dynamic individual to provide leadership in teaching, research and outreach related to sustainable development and use of annual and perennial forage crops and cropping systems employed on semi-arid and arid lands with limited irrigation.   Research will be expected to integrate with domestic and wild animal nutrition, sustainable livestock production systems, and rangeland management programs already in place within the department. Research activities may be conducted at the Nevada Agriculture Experiment Station Main Station Field Lab, Valley Road, and Newlands farm facilities, as well as other field sites as appropriate. The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate with departmental faculty, USDA Agriculture Research Service scientists, and USDA Plant Materials personnel while developing research projects appropriate for Great Basin ecosystems. Expected scholarship includes communication of research results in peer-reviewed journals, presentations at scientific conferences, workshops and field days, and supervision of graduate student research.  Acquisition of grant funding is essential to maintain an active research and outreach program that meets expectations for this position.

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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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Jornada Field Botany Workshops

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

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)

DROUGHT:  In the Life, Cultures, and Landscapes of the Great Plains - 40th Annual Great Plains Symposium
April 1-4, 2014 - Lincoln, Nebraska
REGISTRATION OPEN NOW AT www.unl.edu/plains 

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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Large Wildland Fires:  Social, Political & Ecological Effects  
May 19-23, 2014, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 
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Nebraska Range Shortcourse
June 16-20, 2014, Chadron State College, Chadron, NE
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Grazing Management Workshop
June 25-27, 2014, Monument, CO
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2014 SWCS Meeting
July 27-30, 2014 - Chicago IL
Call for Presentations coming soon!!!

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
Deadline is April 15, 2014
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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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Phone: (303) 986-3309 * Fax: (303) 986-3892
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