Rangeland News - May 2014

Spreading the Word

Jenny Pluhar

Jenny Pluhar, 2014 SRM President
We at SRM are often masters of “preaching to the choir.”  And not at all good at tooting our own horn! EVP Peterson, our staff and I are hoping to change that, at least somewhat.  You will notice more references to our Facebook page and Twitter feed in official publications and may even be directed there via a link to view information you are interested in.  Don’t panic!  You do not have to have a Twitter account to view SRM’s activity and links there! 

We have a web page, obviously.  That unfortunately does not get many “hits.”  Or not near as many as I would like!  Even our own members have to be goaded into using it for committee minutes, member directory, general information! 

Media like Twitter and Facebook have an immense audience.  More than most of can ever imagine with a reach broader than we can fathom.  Facebook today has 1.23 billion users.  Twitter trails with a paltry 500 million!    Millions.  Billions.  We have cautiously dipped our collective big toe in the social media waters and I feel it is time to dive in.  For starters, I have asked the OCW committee to prepare some guidelines for SRM social media use.  Like for a committee to have a Facebook page.  The International Affairs Committee has launched its own Facebook page earlier this week - the perfect group to try out a Facebook page and I hope they add a Twitter feed too.  Imagine the global reach!

A Twitter post from May 8th was very exciting- a debate in the Boston Globe involving cattle grazing, soil health and climate change.  Hat's off to SRM's David Briske for his contribution to the article. Click here to read the article.

Using social media takes effort and coordination to draw people in.  We see impacts already with our tenuous attempts.  Allen Press told us in Orlando that the weekly “announcement” that appears on our Facebook page highlighting an article in REM results in an immediate bump in downloads and views of that article!

I want to send big kudos to SRM member Stephen Diess for his Facebook presence.  Stephen is a Rangeland Management Specialist with the Coastal Prairies Coalition of GLCI here in Texas.  Stephen started out posting the occasional range pic or two, often bragging about his “office view for the day,” etc.  He has 327 facebook friends (I am sure he has more in real life, but 327 folks have access to his Facebook account!)  He started getting comments.  Then he started posting more.  He might post a pic of a prescribed burn with a bit of an explanation.  Folks comment.  Folks who know NOTHING about rangeland stewardship.  A week or two later, he will post a pic of the green grass regrowing following the fire.  More comments.  Even a few “shares.”  People think it is cool.  When they “share,” it goes to everyone on their friend list.  Maybe they live in town and learned something as simple as the fact that the smoke out south was a good thing last week!

So, fellow SRM members,  I am betting even many of you in the business of educating and technology transfer did not reach and teach as many people as Stephen did last week.  And it took him mere moments.  One of my goals is for SRM to become much more visible, through various social media, press releases, even television.  Recent  SRM press releases have had my phone ringing.  If we want people to know who we are and what we stand for……sound rangeland stewardship……..we gotta get out there. 

When you are directed to a link on Twitter in a RangeFlash…..click on it!  Change the word “friend” from merely a noun in your vocabulary to a verb as well!  Saddle up and join me in the virtual world and let’s get the word out about SRM!

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YouTube on the Range - Don't Treat it Like Dirt

This music video, which “helps explains why you shouldn't treat soil like dirt,” was brought to our attention by digitally well-connected SRMers always on the lookout for the latest innovation in rangeland messaging (they are way beyond the “barbed-wire telegraph”).   Since its recent (April 24) You-Tube debut, this production sponsored by NRCS Iowa and produced by Earth Team Volunteers has garnered over 500 viewings to date; many, no doubt, being relatives and schoolmates of the talented Panarama High students featured.  It’s message, underlined by the driving pulse of what might be called “rural-rap” (as pioneered by the Peterson Brothers previously in “I’m a Farmer and I Grow It”), and accompanied by still and video images of farmlands and cropping practice, is simple, direct, and repetitive (“Don’t treat it like dirt!”).

While we might prefer a bit more technical specificity in describing what makes healthy soils and what practices promote or destroy them, we appreciate that this is more of an “entry level” narrative probably intended to reach a young audience beset with multiple distractions (with repeated listening, we did discern important points conveyed in the well rhymed and metered lyrics).  Indeed finding ways to connect to the up and coming generations in media they are intimate with is a recurring topic for educators and professionals in all fields.

Kudos to NRCS Iowa for showing a good start.  Now, as asked by our SRMer informants, “Do we have anyone within SRM who could create a similar video on range?????” Hip-Hop “Hope on the Range” anyone?

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SRM 2015 International Annual Meeting Call for Symposia, Forums and Workshops

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Symposia, Forums and Workshop proposals due Friday, May 30th! 

Submit your proposal at http://rangelands.org/events/

The theme of the 68th SRM International Annual Meeting & Trade Show, Jan. 30 - Feb. 7, 2015, in Sacramento, CA, is Managing Diversity. This theme reflects the diversity of California’s rangeland ecosystems as well as the diversity of people and organizations who appreciate and use the state’s vast rangelands. Partnering with conservation-minded people and organizations benefits the grasslands, shrublands, woodlands, wetlands, and deserts that cover over 40% of California, and 53% of the western United States.  The annual meeting offers the opportunity to share with an international audience through symposia, forums, and workshops, information and skills that help our disciplines, professions, education programs, and public engagement grow.  Please consider joining us to discuss and learn about “Managing Diversity.”

About the Society of Rangeland Management

The Society for Range Management is the professional scientific society and conservation organization whose members are concerned with studying, conserving, managing and sustaining the varied resources of the rangelands which comprise nearly half the land in the world. Established in 1948, SRM has over 4,000 members in 48 countries, including many developing nations.

SRM's members are land managers, scientists, educators, students, producers and conservationists--a diverse membership guided by a professional code of ethics and unified by a strong land ethic.

The Mission of the Society for Range Management to promote the professional development and continuing education of members and the public and the stewardship of rangeland resources.

Conference Format

Sessions will vary in structure in order to provide a robust conference experience for presenters and participants. Presenters are asked to identify their preferred format in their proposal, however, proposal reviewers may suggest alternative formats and/or combinations of topics to form symposia.

 Sessions are comprised of a number of presentations, all related to a unifying topic Each presenter will be provided with approximately 20 minutes to speak. After all have presented their work, there will be a shared time at the end for questions and discussion. It is not assumed that those presenting in a symposium format will collaborate before the session, only that they share the time. The idea is that by providing information and viewpoints on different aspects of a topic in one session, rich discussion among presenters and the audience will ensue.

Forum Sessions are sessions that present research, theory, concepts, and practices. Concurrent sessions are 45 minutes long and consist of either one presentation for the full 45 minutes, or in some cases, two presentations back-to-back (about 20 minutes each).

Workshop Sessions are designed to provide an opportunity for in-depth discussion of current and emerging topics of interest to the rangeland community. We encourage workshop proposals that bring together people working on new and developing research topics that favor highly interactive discussions. Those proposing a workshop should provide information showing that the workshop is of interest to the rangeland community, and explain why a workshop on this topic is beneficial.

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Rangelands Wins Gold Excel Award from Association Media & Publishing

SRM 2015 logo.jpgRangelands won the Gold Excel Award in the Journals-Feature Article category for an article published in the December 2013 issue.  The article, “Cross-Border Interaction Spurs Innovation and Hope Among Pastoral and Agro-Pastoral Women of Ethiopia and Kenya,”* was part of the Women as Change Agents in the World’s Rangelands sponsored issue, which in turn originated from a symposium at the 2013 Society for Range Management Annual International Meeting, Technical Training and Trade Show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Lead author, Dr. Layne Coppock, was also organizer of the sponsored issue.  You can access the article at http://srmjournals.org/doi/abs/10.2111/RANGELANDS-D-13-00039.1.  The article will be available with open access for a limited time so you can read the full article even if you do not have a subscription to Rangelands.

Association Media & Publishing’s Excel Awards is the largest and most prestigious awards program that exclusively recognizes excellence and leadership in nonprofit association media, publishing, and communications. 

A list of winners can be downloaded at: http://associationmediaandpublishing.org/EXCEL. Rangelands is mentioned on page 6 under Journals > Feature Article. Congratulations to Rangelands Editor Dr. Lori Hidinger and all the authors* of the article!

*Authors: D. Layne Coppock, Seyoum Tezera, Solomon Desta, Mark Mutinda, Stellamaris Muthoka, Getachew Gebru, Abdillahi Aboud, and Azeb Yonas

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ESD Workshop Series Now Available Online!

SRM 2015 logo.jpgAs an ongoing partnership between SRM and the federal agencies (BLM, USFS and NRCS) the ESD Workshop series continued at the 2015 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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Rangeland Ecology Management Marks 10 Years of Growth and Impact

SRM 2015 logo.jpgRangeland Ecology ManagmentThe Society for Range Management (SRM) celebrates 10 years of publication of the journal Rangeland Ecology & Management. The journal has accelerated activities to provide information regarding wise stewardship of global rangelands. This involves increased content focused on the complex issues of human-ecological systems, climate change, natural resource policy, and socioeconomics.

As Rangeland Ecology & Management marks this milestone, an editorial within the current issue highlights the major advances   and the current status of the Journal. The journal, published by SRM with its co-publishing partner Allen Press, represents a continuation of the Journal of Range Management, which began publication in 1948.

Rangeland Ecology & Management has experienced considerable success in its first decade. The journal’s impact factor passed 1.0 in 2008 and has continued to increase to its current value of 1.73. This metric of journal usage is based on the number of citations of journal content per the number of articles published. The current impact factor places Rangeland Ecology & Management near a median ranking among 136 journals in the “ecology” and  210 journals in “environmental sciences” categories.

The number of published articles and pages has continued to increased, with a record number of 81 articles and 784 pages published in 2013. Online, the journal garnered 13,259 views or downloads from its web site in 2013 and 23,029 more through the clearinghouse BioOne. Special feature, synthesis and forum articles represent the most frequently viewed and cited content. This strong showing indicates the interest in and relevance of Rangeland Ecology & Management articles.
The journal also participates in programs that disseminate journal content to developing countries at no cost or greatly reduced cost. Rangeland Ecology & Management now reaches about 150 countries. Thirty percent of the journal’s editorial board members represent rangelands outside the United States and 34 percent of its submitted manuscripts come from locations outside North America, further expanding its global impact.

Content that integrates plant and animal ecology, ecosystem management, socio-economics, and natural resource policy is well suited to informing multiple stakeholder groups, including natural resource managers, policy makers, academics, students and the interested public of current rangeland research. These activities enable Rangeland Ecology & Management to achieve its mission of communicating “science-based information to promote wise stewardship of global rangelands.”

Full text of the article “REM Publishes Its 10th Volume: An Editorial Report,” Rangeland Ecology & Management, Vol. 67, No. 3, May 2014, is now available.

About Rangeland Ecology & Management
Rangeland Ecology & Management is a peer-reviewed journal of the Society for Range Management that is published six times a year. The journal provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of research information, concepts, and philosophies pertaining to the function, management, and sustainable use of global rangeland resources. The journal is available online at www.srmjournals.org. To learn more about the society, please visit: http://www.rangelands.org/.

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Lost Resource: Bud Purdy, Jan. 2, 1918 to April 14, 2014

Compiled by Anna Owsiak from articles from the Twin Falls Times-News and Idaho Statesman

Leonard “Bud” Purdy, one of Idaho’s most beloved and respected ranchers and conservationists died April 14, 2014 at his home on Silver Creek in Picabo, Idaho.  He was 96.

Bud was born in Beatrice, Neb., on Jan. 2, 1918, to parents Leonard Purdy and Rachael Kilpatrick.  He and his brothers, Bill and Paul, and sister, Margaret were raised by their mother and grandparents W.H. and Maggie Kilpatrick.

Bud’s grandfather’s construction company built 5,000 miles of railroad across the United States and, in 1882, they surveyed the Oregon Short Line spur to Hailey, Idaho and took up three sections of land which became the Kilpatrick Bros. Ranch in Picabo.  Bud’s grandparents and mother lived in Redlands, Calif., and at the age of 10, Bud and his brothers began working the summers on the Kilpatrick Ranch.

At age 16, Bud attended college at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, and he graduated in business administration in 1938.  The local bank offered him $50 a month, but his grandfather offered him $60 a month to go to Picabo and take over management of the ranch, and Bud accepted.  A year later, Bud married Maxine Dahl, and they had three children, Nick, Mark, and Kris.  Bud and Maxine were divorced in 1950, and in 1952, he married Ruth Eccles.  Ruth became the bookkeeper and postmaster for the Picabo Store.

In 1955, Bud and Ruth bought the ranch from his grandparents.  Bud’s sister, Margaret, and brother, Paul, took over the sheep and Bud and Bill and Ruth took the cattle and the ranch in Picabo.  Later, Bud and Ruth bought Bill out of the ranch and they bought the Picabo Store and Picabo grain elevator and seed business, Silver Creek Supply.

Bud and Ruth worked hard building up the ranch and running their different businesses, but hunting and skiing during Sun Valley, Idaho’s early days were diversions they always enjoyed.  They met a lot of interesting people who visited Idaho then and became lifelong friends to many of them including Ernest Hemingway, Jimmy Stewart, and Gary Cooper.  For a challenge, Bud took up flying in the 1940’s and it became an important part of his life and very helpful on the ranch.  Bud was still piloting his plane at age 90.  Bud was exempted from World War II because of his management job on the ranch and the need to produce food and fiber for the nation.

Bud was very involved in rangeland conservation.  He led the ranching industry into rest-rotation grazing on public lands to protect the range and improve cattle production.  He donated a 3,500-acre conservation easement on all of the ranch along Silver Creek to the Nature Conservancy, adjacent to their Silver Creek Preserve.  Silver Creek is known world-wide for its high quality trout fishery and spectacular scenery.

Bud has always been a leader and generous with his time and resources.  He was instrumental in the establishment of the Idaho Cattle Association and served for two years as its president and many years on its board of directors.  He served as chairman of the Idaho Rangeland Committee for 17 years, on the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission for 10 years, and on the National Bureau of Land Management Advisory Council.  Education was very important to Bud, and he served as president on the University of Idaho and the College of Southern Idaho Foundations.  He also served as chairman of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry.

Bud received many awards through the years; so many that the walls in his office wouldn’t hold any more plaques.  He was honored as a Distinguished Citizen of Idaho by the Idaho Statesman and was inducted into the Idaho Hall of Fame in 2013.  He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Range Science from the University of Idaho and the College of Southern Idaho.  Locally, he was grand marshal of the 2013 Ketchum Wagon Days Parade.

In 2009, Bud received the SRM’s W.R. Chapline Stewardship Award for his commitment and vision in creating and leading innovative programs at the forefront of management, policy, and stewardship on western rangelands.  These approaches resulted in positive management direction for several million acres of public and private rangeland in Idaho, Montana, California, and Nevada.  Bud also became involved in another innovative program: the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission.  Bud’s leadership on this Commission resulted in the development of the assessment program that generates over $200,000 per year to portray the positive efforts of rangelands and ranching.  The concept of this Commission has been used as a blueprint for similar efforts in other western states.
Idaho’s Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter said: “Bud Purdy was the very embodiment of the Code of the West – someone whose life was a lesson in cowboy ethics, common sense, stewardship and the value of hard work and perseverance.”

Bud himself said in 2012, “I was never a cowboy, but I’ve ridden a million miles.”  Those million miles resulted in a lasting legacy for Idaho and the people who live and work on western rangelands.

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Lost Resource: Harvey Sprock, 1929 to 2014, Commemoration Service, May 17, 2014

Jack Lavin A commemoration service will be held on Saturday, May 17th at 1 p.m. at the northwest corner of 65th Ave. and 37th St. in Greeley, CO. Take Highway 34 to 65th Avenue, then south approximately one mile. Turn right in the driveway just before 37th St. Please bring stories or memories of Harvey you would like to share. A catered BBQ lunch will be provided. BYOB.

Harvey Sprock, NRCS Area Rangeland Management Specialist in Greeley, CO, passed away in his home Jan. 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 - Beef & Potato Roll - Submitted by Mrs. Earl Pelton, Bone Springs Ranch, Halliday, ND

1-½ lbs. lean ground beef         ¼ tsp. pepper 1 c. soft bread crumbs  
1 pkg. (12 oz.) frozen hashed brown potatoes, thawed 1-½ tbsp. instant minced onion  ½ c. dry white wine
⅓ c. grated parmesan cheese 1-½ tsp. salt  ¼ c. chopped parsley
1 egg, beaten 1 tsp. onion powder ¼ tsp. Italian herb seasoning
  tomato sauce (see directions below)    

Preheat oven to 375°.  Mix crumbs, onion, wine, salt, egg, herb seasoning and pepper, let stand a few minutes to moisten bread crumbs.  Add meat, and mix with a fork until well-blended.  Shape into a flat 10" square on a sheet of waxed paper.  Mix potatoes with cheese, parsley, and onion powder.  Arrange in an even layer over meat, leaving 1" uncovered on two opposite sides.  Roll up starting with one side where meat is not covered with potatoes, using paper to lift meat.  Place seam side down in shallow, lightly greased roasting pan.  Bake in moderately hot oven about 35 minutes. Spoon tomato sauce over meat, and bake 5 to 10 minutes longer.  Remove to serving platter, slice and serve.  This is an easy one dish meal, and my family always enjoys it.

Background: My husband Earl and I moved to our present home 26 years ago.  The Ranch name is used because of the spring that is in our pasture.  In homestead days all of the springs in the area had names.  This spring still waters our cattle herd, as it did when Earl's grandfather homesteaded here.  The Campstool brand has also been in the family for four generations and is used only by our families as we have every location available.

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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March Range Photo Quiz Answer

Range QuizPhoto 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?

ANSWER: Our early spring photo quiz inspired comments concerning wayward Easter Bunnies (“I’d like to see the size of HIS basket! And what was in it; fencing tools?”); and April Fools’ themes (“Isn’t that ‘Harvey’ from the old Jimmy Stewart movie?”).

“No doubt a ‘jackalope trap,” writes Keith Klement of Sheridan College.  “Being lured in by this fuzzy little friend, jackalopes are then caught by surprise and thus end up trapped in the crossing.”  Reggie Clark (USFS) discerned a utilitarian purpose.  “Looks like a new cattle guard has just been installed on the road and the drift fence and gate are not finished.  By placing a strange object with staring eyes in the front of the rabbits face (predator eyes) perhaps the rancher is hoping cattle will stay away from the cattleguard and open gate and stay in the proper pasture.”  (We wonder: might it not also spook away wild/feral horses?)  “My guess is that it is MLRA 25 or 34A in Utah or Wyoming.  It looks like there was some logging in the background.”

We also had four “Likes” on Facebook: Darby Livingston, John Mark Austel, Tyler McCafferty, and Ghulam Raza Balti.

Here is the photographer’s own interpretation.  As in other rangeland questions, we have no authoritative ‘last and final answer.’  “This is a ‘bunny guard’ not to be confused with a ‘cattle guard.’  It works by attracting predators, which in turn frighten off the prey animals (cattle) into not crossing the invisible fence!  Maybe the large bunny was placed here instead of flagging to let folks know to slow down.  In the back ground is a recent pinyon tree removal project.  The cattle guard is part of a new fence that will create a riparian pasture and manage grazing on the tree removal area.  The MLRA is 28B, the west side of the MLRA in the Desatoya Mountains of Lander County, Nevada.”

Thanks to Tracey Jean Wolfe, NRCS Nevada, for her contribution to the SRM Photo Quiz.  Note that the editors need more photo submissions to keep the photo quiz going.  Keep that camera (or is it now the “phone”?) handy and be on the lookout for good quiz photos.  Check your archives too!

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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May Photo Quiz Question

Range Quiz Photo

Photo 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!)

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

Targeted Grazing Online Workshops 2014 - Grazing with a Goal - April - 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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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).

In this course you will learn:

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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: PhD Graduate Assistantship Announcement, Department of Animal and Range Sciences, New Mexico State University, and 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: NMSU Ext. Animal Livestock Cattle Specialist

Extension Livestock Specialist. Extension Animal & Natural Resources, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico. Tenure track, 12 month full time. 100% extension appointment.  Ph.D. in Animal Science or related field. Emphasis in beef cattle nutrition and management preferred.  Must have degree in have by hire date. Share responsibilities for statewide Extension educational programs. Serve as resource person and make interpretations and recommendations in livestock production and financial management; serve as liaison with the livestock industry, statewide organizations and other agriculture groups related to livestock production. Participate in ranch livestock production demonstrations and/or demonstrational research projects as appropriate including but not limited to range nutrition, poisonous plants, herd health, and range management. Travel is required, valid driver’s license is required.
Online application must be submitted by 6/15/2014.

For complete job description, qualifications and application process visit: http://hr.nmsu.edu/jobs/. CES tab- posting # 1400075F

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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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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

Large Wildland Fires:  Social, Political & Ecological Effects  
May 19-23, 2014, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 

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Ecological Site Description (ESD) Workshop
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 – 9:00AM to 4:00PM - Farson Community Center, Farson, WY
(Approved for 4 CEUs SRM certification programs)
Contact Windy Kelley at 307.367.4380 or wkelley1@uwyo.edu

California-Pacific Section SRM Spring Meeting
May 29-30, 2014 - Arcata, CA
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'Bud Williams Marketing'& StockmanshipProfitability & Low-Stress Livestock Handling Course
MARKETING: Monday & Tuesday June 2 - 3, 2014
STOCKMANSHIP: Wednesday - Friday June 4 - 6, 2014
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Science on the Sonoita Plain - Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch
Elgin, AZ - June 7, 2014
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Nebraska Range Shortcourse
June 16-20, 2014, Chadron State College, Chadron, NE
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2014 Wyoming Range Management School
June 24 - 27, 2014 - South Lincoln Training & Event Center - Kemmerer, WY
Contact Windy Kelley for more information - Phone: (307) 367.4380 - wkelley1@uwyo.edu 
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Grazing Management Workshop
June 25-27, 2014, Monument, CO
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Targeted Grazing Online Workshops 2014 - Grazing with a Goal

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 & Fairfield 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
October 6-10, 2014 - Eagle Crest Resort, Redmond, OR

18th Biennial Conference of the Australian Rangeland Society - Innovation in the Rangelands
April 12-16th 2015 - Alice Springs NT
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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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