Rangeland News - September 2014

Don’t forget to cast your vote for 2015 SRM Officers and bylaw amendments!
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your ballot, please contact Vicky at vtrujillo@rangelands.org or 303-986-3309.

Ballots must be received or postdated by Oct. 15, 2014.

Click here for this year's Candidate Statements

Why Stay Involved?

LoefflerPaul Loeffler, 2014 SRM Director
Because I am selfish.  While some are involved in SRM to “give back” to our profession or to keep current on their technical training, or even because it is “expected” by their current employer; I stay involved for selfish reasons. Technically I am retired from my first career; however, I am still involved in private land stewardship with a family ranch, but today my rangeland interactions are primarily in appraising ranch property. Certainly my range knowledge comes in mighty handy, but I am no longer affecting the management of thousands acres of rangeland as I once was.

So, it would seem a natural time to stop sending in that dues check and “move on”, so to speak. Maybe hit the links. Do some more hunting and fishing. Visit the grandkids. Enjoy the family ranch more. While I am trying to do those things, except for the golf course……that certainly isn’t me, I am still heavily involved with SRM. I serve on the Board of Directors and as liaison to the Finance Committee, which is a healthy time commitment. I make the meetings, both Section and the national, paying for it out of my own pocket as I have for many years. Stepping back would certainly save some bucks!  But…….

SRM has a lot going on that I want to be a part of. I get a tremendous amount of satisfaction from the things I do in SRM. And what SRM does for me.

My favorite part of SRM is my involvement with the youth activities. I spend a week at the Texas Section Youth Range Workshop each June; this year for the 25th time. I help with the Plant ID contest at the Annual Meeting and Co-Chair the Masonic Range Science Scholarship and the Combined Award. It is very rewarding to me to see youth interested in range and to be involved in teaching them about the importance of rangeland stewardship. Seeing those youth as high schoolers, eager to learn, but relatively naïve about all things range, then reading scholarship applications, watching students compete with their colleges, and succeed….just seeing the growth is extremely gratifying to me. Sharing the knowledge I gained over many years of range management and then seeing young people use that knowledge to secure a career and go on to impact rangeland stewardship is what keeps me coming back for more. I like the feeling that I am making a difference and in this case, believe selfish reasoning is not a bad thing at all.

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President's Update

Jenny Pluhar

Jenny Pluhar, 2014 SRM President
I hope you take time to vote for your leadership and look through and vote on the proposed by-law changes. We are in the midst of an effort to get the by-laws consistent throughout and up-to-date.

We had a wonderfully productive Summer Board meeting in Texas where we got to tour the facilities for the 2016 meeting. We met on the campus of TAMU-Kingsville and toured and spent the night at the East Foundation in south Texas. We had several members who joined the board for the facilities tours, meetings and the time at the East Foundation. It is always wonderful to have SRM members participating in our meetings.

I hope you are planning to attend the 2015 meeting in Sacramento, CA. More details soon on trainings available for NRCS members. The planning committee has a vibrant, exciting program planned that I think will offer something for everyone’s interest.

We will have complete FY 2014 close outs available at the meeting. We are operating below budgeted expenses, but continue to be challenged by low membership income. An effort is planned this fall to gather some folks, notably Membership Committee Chair, Advisory Council Leadership and the officers to focus entirely upon membership recruitment. We hope our efforts to offer trainings the agencies support will help folks be able to attend both section and SRM level events.

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Jenny Pluhar2015 Annual Meeting Announcement:  SRM Committees & Social Chairs: Submit Meeting Requests TODAY

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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International Travel Fellowship (ITF) Applications Due Oct. 1st!

Announcing an International Travel Fellowship (ITF) for the 68th Annual Society for Range Management Meeting, Technical Training and Trade Show to be held Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, 2015 at Sacramento, CA!  The theme of the 2015 meeting is Managing Diversity.

We seek outstanding rangeland professionals from outside the USA and Canada to apply for an ITF that will provide registration and travel support to attend the 2015 SRM Annual Meeting. See the application details and a list of previous winners at:  http://www.rangelands.org/internationalaffairs/iac_itfellowship.shtml

A description of the 2015 SRM Annual Meeting, as well as portals for the submission of abstracts and registration and lodging information, is found at: http://rangelands.org/sacramento2015/index.html

While a presentation is not absolutely required for ITF applicants, it is preferred. Applications are due Oct. 1, 2014. The winner will be notified on Oct. 14, 2014.

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Call for Undergraduate Papers - Submit Abstracts by Oct. 15th!

Abstract submission for the Undergraduate Student Paper Session at the 68th Annual Meeting for the SRM (2015) is now open!

The Undergraduate Student Paper Session is a concurrent session for undergraduate students to present papers on any topic related to range science or management, ecology, botany, ranching, animal science, etc.  The papers may be original research or review-type papers. This session is not judged.  The president of the Student Conclave conducts the undergraduate paper session.  

If you have undergraduates participating in research projects, please encourage them to present!  This is a great experience for young research scientists. The deadline to submit abstracts is Oct. 15, 2014

Abstracts can be submitted directly through the student paper submission form under the “Students” tab on the Society for Range Management website.  Go to www.rangelands.org, select the “Students” drop down menu, then “Student Abstract Submission Form,” or go to http://www.rangelands.org/student_abstract_submission_form.shtml.

Submissions may also be sent directly to Loreen Allphin at loreen_allphin@byu.edu.

Submissions should include:  Full name of presenter and author(s); university and address of presenter and author(s); full title of presentation; abstract of presentation; contact information. Only electronic submissions (word, pdf) will be accepted

For more information, contact: Loreen Allphin, loreen_allphin@byu.edu / (801) 422-5603

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2015 RSEC-SRM Call for Nominations for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and Early Career Undergraduate Teaching Award

Do you know someone who teaches undergraduate Range Science courses that is a truly excellent teacher?  Is there a university Range teacher who inspired you to become a Range Science professional?  If so, please consider nominating that person for one of the Range Science Education Council’s teaching awards.  This is a wonderful way to recognize and honor someone who has made a difference in your professional career!

The Range Science Education Council (RSEC) Teaching Awards will be presented at the 2015 SRM Meeting in Sacramento, CA. 

  • The Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award recognizes excellence in teaching and advising that has extended over the course of many years. 
  • The Early Career Undergraduate Teaching Award recognizes excellence in teaching and advising Range Management students by faculty/instructors in the early stages of their teaching careers (less than 10 years experience). 

Recipients will receive a monetary award from the Range Science Education Council and recognition by both the RSEC and SRM.

A copy of the guidelines and procedures for nominating a teacher for each of the RSEC-SRM Teaching Awards plus a copy of the Nomination Form can be found on the RSEC website: http://rangesec.wordpress.com/.

A single hardcopy plus an electronic copy (pdf files on CD or emailed) must reach the chair of the RSEC Awards Committee by Nov. 4, 2014:

Pat Johnson, Chair, RSEC Awards Committee
1905 Plaza Blvd.
Rapid City, SD 57702
605-394-2236 (voice)
605-394-6607 (fax)

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2015 Rangeland Cup Sacramento, Register Teams by Nov. 7, 2014

Jenny Pluhar

An issue paper on biodiversity of rangelands from the SRM states: “Biodiversity is important for four basic reasons: morality, aesthetics, economics and the services that it provides to society,” and that “the least understood, but most important, value of biodiversity is the array of environmental benefits provided by natural ecosystems.” Although many management decisions are often based on impacts to biological diversity, how managing for diversity (at multiple scales) impacts rangeland management goals may depend on the situation.

  1. Is more diversity always better? Explain.
  2. Identify a potential threat to rangeland diversity that may also present an opportunity for enhancing the goods and services provided by a specific rangeland ecosystem. Discuss how your approach addresses the four reasons for the importance of biodiversity as stated in the SRM issue paper (quoted above).

SRM’s Issue Paper on Biodiversity of Rangelands can be found here: http://www.rangelands.org/pdf/Biodiversity_Issue_Paper_FA.pdf

*Use logic and literature to support your conclusions for your poster.
**There will be no additional video portion for this year’s competition

REGISTER YOUR TEAM ONLINE TODAY AT  http://rangelandcup2015.eventbrite.com

Registration DEADLINE for 2015 SRM meeting in Sacramento:
Nov. 7, 2014.

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Nominations for SRM Officers Sought by Dec. 19, 2014

The SRM Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the office of Second Vice President and for the Board of Directors (two positions) to be filled beginning in 2016. Nominations are sought from SRM members, Committees, and Sections. A total of six candidates, two for 2nd Vice President and four for each of two Director positions, will be selected from the list of nominees submitted.

Members or Sections who wish to put forth a nomination should submit for each nominee: Nominee’s full name, address, phone number, and email, and the office for which they are being nominated:

  • 2-page (maximum) biographical sketch highlighting the nominee’s qualifications (including education, employment, professional emphasis, SRM and other activities, and honors, awards, and recognitions)

  • ½-page (maximum) statement of why the nominee wants to serve as an SRM officer at this time (including nominee’s qualities, skills, and passions)

  • A cover letter with:

    • A statement from the nominee consenting to the nomination and asserting his/her willingness to serve

    • Evidence that the nominee’s Section, if applicable, has been notified of the nomination (this could include copying the Section on the nomination or a note from the Section acknowledging awareness of and/or support for the nomination) Additional materials, such as letters of support, will not be considered by the Nominating Committee.

Members may nominate themselves or other SRM members. The Nominating Committee will interview nominees during its meeting at the SRM Annual Meeting. Nominees are encouraged to be available and participate in these interviews. If the nominee cannot participate in the interview process, a written statement may be submitted in lieu of the interview.

The Nominating Committee will consider the following criteria in selecting candidates from the nominee pool:

  • leadership skills and ability;

  • active and engaged participation in SRM (committee, section, parent society level);

  • diversity of experiences, geography, gender, ethnicity, professional affiliation, age, and areas of expertise.

Each nomination shall be submitted as a separate packet to the Chair of the Nominating Committee. The preferred method of submission for nomination packets is via Email with the above information submitted as attachment(s) in MSWord or WordPerfect rather than in the body of the email message. Nomination packets may also be submitted by mail.

DEADLINE: Submit Nominations via mail or email by Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, to:

William Fox (Chair)
4509 Lapis Ct
College Station, TX 77845
Phone: (979) 777-3730
E-mail: w-fox@tamu.edu

Successful candidates will be informed at the Annual Meeting and announced during the Annual Meeting Membership meeting.

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Lost Resource - Dr. Phillip L. Sims

Dr. Phillip L. Sims, 74, of Woodward, OK passed from this life on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.

Phillip Sims was born on April 7, 1940 near Saddle Mountain, Oklahoma to Gurnie Guy and Fern Irene (Roberts) Sims.  He graduated from Cooperton High School in 1958.  Phillip obtained his Bachelor of Science in Agronomy in 1962 and Master of Science in Agronomy in 1964 from Oklahoma State University.  

He completed his Ph.D. in Range Science at Utah State University at Logan in 1967, accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Colorado State University (CSU) and was stationed at the Eastern Colorado Research Center, Akron from 1968-1970.  In 1970, he moved to CSU, Ft. Collins, where he achieved the rank of Associate Professor in 1972.  In 1977, Phillip was named the Research Leader of the Southern Plains Range Research Station in Woodward, Oklahoma where he remained until retiring in 2007.  His work provided him the opportunity to travel the globe promoting methods of improving the world’s rangelands, but he always loved returning to his home in Woodward.  

Phillip was very involved in his community, including the Woodward Chamber of Commerce and Woodward Industrial Foundation. Phillip was a member of the Woodward Church of Christ where he served as deacon and elder.

While serving as Research Leader, he was temporarily assigned the duties of National Program Leader five times in the areas of Forages, Rangeland, and Global Change.  These assignments lasted from a few months to 1-1/2 years.  In September 1997, he was asked to assume the acting Research Leader position at the Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center, Booneville, AR.  He served in this position until October 1998, while continuing to serve as the Research Leader in Woodward.

Phil oversaw a revitalization of the Southern Plains Range Research Station facilities at Woodward over his 30 year tenure.  Greenhouse facilities were upgraded, a new greenhouse and headhouse were built in 1990, and a $15 million laboratory, greenhouse, office complex, and conference center were designed and built as part of a phased modernization plan.  In addition, a water distribution system was constructed as well as all new barns, cattle handling equipment, and equipment storage facilities at the Southern Plains Experimental Range north of Ft. Supply, OK.

Dr. Sims authored or coauthored over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and proceeding articles and made numerous invited and volunteered presentations at scientific meetings.  He was a member of the American Society of Animal Science, British Ecological Society, Society for Range Management and The Nature Conservancy and honorary member of Alpha Zeta, Sigma Xi, Xi Sigma Pi, and Phi Sigma.  He was named Outstanding Range Science Professor, 1972-73, by undergraduate students of the Range Science Department, CSU.  A member of the Society for Range Management for over 50 years, he was awarded Outstanding Achievement Award in 1994, and a Fellow Award in 2000.

Phillip is survived by his wife, Connie; daughter, Amy Scott and husband Brent of Edmond; son, Aaron Sims and wife Lisa of Woodward; five grandchildren, Madison, Olivia, and Sophia Scott of Edmond, Seth and Anna Sims of Woodward; two brothers, Carl Sims of Edmond; Bill Sims and wife Bonnie of Mountain View; sister-in-law, Rita Baird and husband John of Norman; brother-in-law, Russell Saunders and wife Sandy of Owasso; many nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends.

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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 - Needmore Ranch Applesauce Cake - Submitted by Lois Eversole, Needmore Ranch, Bitter Creek, WY

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup shortening

1 1/2 cup applesauce
2 cups flour 1 cup raisins 2 tsps soda
1/2 cup nuts 1 tsp cloves 1 tsp cinnamon

Cream shortening and sugar together, [then add applesauce]. Mix flour, soda, cloves and cinnamon, and add to sugar.  Add raisins and nuts.  Stir and pour into well-greased and floured square cake pan and bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes.  Cool, then frost with caramel or plain vanilla frosting.

Background: This cake was a favorite for lunches taken in the fall as we gathered cattle for shipping.  The old ranch has been in the family since 1914.  Part of it was homesteaded.  An old uncle checked his 3 cows daily with much pride.  Their main source of income was from trapping and part-time work on sheep ranches in the area.

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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July / September Photo Quiz

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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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_Management_Course_Description_and_Registration/

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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Restoration after Disturbance Focus of December Colorado SRM Section's December Meeting

“Responding to Disturbance: Effective Restoration and Monitoring” is the theme for this year’s Society for Range Management annual meeting.  The meeting will be held Dec. 3-5, 2014, at the Fort Collins Marriott, 350 East Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins, CO.  The meeting will look closely at the impacts of fire, flood, grazing/drought, and oil/gas development on various land types and restoration methods for each.  Friday morning will be workshop style focus on reseeding/revegetation methods, mulch and monitoring techniques and adaptive management.

Practitioners, landowners, contractors, city and county government officials are invited to attend.  A complete agenda, registration and exhibitor information will be available by Oct. 1 at the meeting website:  http://cssrm2014.eventbrite.com

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Range QuizSRM Apparel eStore


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

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Position Announcement: Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor, University of CA - UC Davis, Modoc County

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 including nutrition, herd health and management, forage production, invasive species, and grazing management.  This advisor will also have a natural resource component to their program and address water quality, soil quality, wildlife habitat and management as well as forage production and grazing strategies that support ecosystem services.

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 Oct. 24, 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#13-27.

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Position Announcement: Three Tenure-Track Positions, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Oklahoma State University – Stillwater, Oklahoma

The Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University is seeking applicants for a cluster hire of 3 tenure-track positions in the arena for forage systems, pastures and rangelands, and range beef cattle nutrition to establish an interdisciplinary, integrated team focused on improving and sustaining the forage-livestock systems central to Oklahoma and Southern Great Plains agriculture.  These three positions will be 11 month, tenure-track appointments at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. http://hr.dasnr.okstate.edu/vacant-positions/administrative-faculty-vacancies - APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sept. 30, 2014, or until a suitable candidate is identified.

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Position Announcement: Program Coordinator, V Bar V Ranch Experiment Station, University of Arizona, School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Salary Range $29,443-$35,552 annually - Available ~ October 2014 - Apply only at  https://www.uacareertrack.com, click “Search Postings”, then paste 55406 in “Job Number” - The successful candidate will work closely with the Rangeland Management Specialist at the V Bar V Ranch Experiment Station to develop and deliver extension programming.  This person will assume responsibility for Range Rocks!, an outdoor-oriented youth education program primarily focused on rangeland ecology and management. Subject matter may include grazing animal nutrition, ecological monitoring, or application of technology in agriculture and natural resources.  Educational activities coordinated by the incumbent will take place in both indoor and outdoor “classrooms”. Students in this extension program learn hands-on “real life” skills; in the field as much as possible.

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Position Announcement: The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc., Ardmore, Oklahoma, Ag Research Associate

The Agricultural Division of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc., Ardmore, Oklahoma, is seeking an Ag Research Associate to support research in the area of range ecology research focused on evaluation of new vegetation measurement technologies. The incumbent will perform a wide range of duties in the field and office which may include but are not limited to the collection of soil and vegetation samples, making measurements of vegetation characteristics, refurbishing and deploying Global Positioning System (GPS) collars, and assisting with ground support to collect very large-scale aerial (VLSA) imagery. The incumbent will record and organize data using spreadsheets, Geographic Information System (GIS), GPS, image analysis software, and digital data loggers, and performs basic statistical analyses of these data. The incumbent will use GIS to geo-reference VLSA imagery. The incumbent documents methods used in collecting, preparing and analyzing experimental data. This temporary position is funded through a grant from the USDA. The funding for this position is to be renewed annually based upon performance and funding availability and is scheduled to end on or before Feb. 14, 2018.

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Position Announcement: Department Head, Animal & Range Sciences, New Mexico State University

Department Head. Animal & Range Sciences. New Mexico State University. Tenure track 12 month, full time. Ph.D. in animal science, range science or related field and qualify for a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor. Applicants must have a national/international record of scholarly achievement in research and/or instruction and have excellent written and oral communication skills; must provide demonstrable evidence of effective administrative experience and collaborative leadership abilities. Administrative duties include, but are not limited to: personnel management, program evaluation, maintaining and expanding departmental facilities, faculty, staff, and administering departmental programs. Application must be submitted online by: Nov. 1, 2014. Screening of applications will begin Nov. 3, 2014. For complete job description, qualifications and application process visit: http://hr.nmsu.edu/jobs/. Posting #1400132F

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Position Announcement: Assistant/Associate Professor, Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences

The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, a statewide program with a Tenure Track Position- Forest and Range Soils:  Full-time, academic year, tenure track Assistant/Associate Professor position in the Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences (NRES) Department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California. Beginning date is Jan. 5, 2015 but no later than Sept. 9, 2015. This position is a full-time teaching appointment with expectations for professional development through research or project work. Rank and salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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Upcoming Events & Announcements

ESD Webinars from the 2014 SRM Annual Meeting available for viewing and download at

Intermountain Native Plant Summit VII presentations now available at http://gbfiresci.squarespace.com/workshops/

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

Cool-Season Invasive Grasses: Abstracts and Presentation Available HERE

NAIPSC Webinar Series
More Information  

Pawnee Buttes Seed Inc. 2014 Grass Tour: Living a Legacy: Sylvan Dale's Story
Sept. 25-26, 2014 - Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch. Loveland 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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Nebraska Section 2014 Annual Conference: Restoring Lost Rangeland Resources
Oct. 7-9, 2014 - North Platte, NE
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California Invasive Plant Council Symposium
Oct. 8-11, 2014 - California State University - Chico, Chico, CA
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Planned Grazing: Build Soil, Grassland Health & Profit (CNGA)
A 3-Day Workshop for Ranchers / Fees: $375 for 3 days
Tuesday - Thursday, Oct. 21-23, 2014 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm - Ridgewood Ranch, Willits, CA
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Jornada Field Botany Workshops
*  Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014 
To register or for inquiries, email Kirsten Romig at kirromig @nmsu.edu or call 575-528-9337
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Cal Pac Section Fall Meeting
November 5-6, 2014 - Canyon View Community Center, Auburn CA
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Utah Section Annual Meeting
Nov. 6-7, 2014 - Bridgerland Technical College Conference Center - Logan, UT
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Contact Beth Burritt for information, beth.burritt@usu.edu.

2014 Colorado Section Winter Conference & Workshop - Responding to Disturbance: Effective Restoration & Monitoring
Dec. 3 – 5, 2014 – Marriott Hotel, Fort Collins CO

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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Tamarisk Coalition's 12th Annual Conference: Advancing Riparian Restoration in the West
Feb. 10-12, 2015 - Albuquerque, NM
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Submit Abstracts by Oct. 1, 2014
Click here for Submission Instructions

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

X 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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Society for Range Management6901 S. Pierce St., Suite 225 * Littleton, CO 80128
Phone: (303) 986-3309 * Fax: (303) 986-3892
Email: info@rangelands.org

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