Rangeland News - August 2015

From Soup to Nuts

Jim Dobrowolski, SRM Director

From Pre-Law English Major to Rangeland Science: Who changed my mind and how? When Terrence Murphy walked to the podium in Kleiber Hall on the UC Davis campus (newly built, smelled like an earthen tomb, remember?) during my first fall quarter and began to describe how the natural world works in Bio 1A, I was often astounded, startled and flabbergasted. Add to that beginning, Michael Barbour wowed me in Botany 2—my first real taste of ecology! Bill Flocker taught me how to build furrows and plant row crops, and Connie Delwiche gave me the tools to keep ‘em alive!

As a kid from L.A., who knew little about agriculture and even less about natural resources, this was heady stuff. I spent a winter with Horton Laude learning the basics of rangeland science and management (great accent!). Springtime was spent chasing lanky Jack Major as he raced down California Avenue—perennially late for class, glibly matching his Factorial Approach to Plant Ecology to Hans Jenny’s Factors of Soil Formation. I gazed across green fields dotted with wildflowers while Beecher Crampton extolled the virtues and injuries afforded Amsinkia—lookout! Nitrate accumulator!! I passed summers dragging a drip torch behind Harold Biswell in Big Trees State Park and Yosemite, all of us black with soot. I’ve spent warm fall days in Hunt Hall daydreaming about chasing hippos in Uganda with Bill Longhurst, coming to grips with the scourge of red deer in New Zealand with Howdy Howard and studying the Sierra to the Sea walk of soil (loved pointing out California serpentine and vernal pool ecology to my business and economics buddies).

I was drawn to rangeland science because it had everything….the agricultural link through livestock production, charismatic wildlife, the natural resource connection through plant ecology, restoration and riparian zones, the excitement of well, fire!, the chance for international travel, the stark beauty and breathtaking landscapes. No one formally recruited me, I was drawn like a moth to a flame towards rangelands and those titans of education and enquiry that pushed me to understand them. The folks twisting my brain around soil, weeds, water and wild things were known—not just by other academics, but by governors, state and federal congressional types, land managers, farmers and presidents. How? They were exceptional scientists and they told their stories well. Biswell tirelessly spoke to groups up and down the state about saving the charismatic redwoods with prescribed burning (wielding a giant match!). Jenny was exhibiting soil monoliths as an art form across the U.S. and Europe. He felt that our soil language was lifeless and the description utterly boring to farmers, ranchers, foresters, sportsmen and newcomers who had to read them. “If we were more enthusiastic,” he would chide, “we might even become more interesting persons!”

When was the last time you told/wrote an enthusiastic story or a well-crafted piece of work that left the reader flabbergasted? Well, SRM has made it easier for you to do just that—several outlets exist for you! Range Flash, delivers time-sensitive content that keeps us connected; Stewardship, features practical, relevant and easy to read information (both original and previously published) dedicated to anyone with an interest in the stewardship of rangelands; Rangeland News, SRM’s e-newsletter devoted to current news of interest to our membership and other stakeholders; Rangelands, featuring articles on the state of rangeland science (quantitative and qualitative), art, management, technology, policy, economics, education (formal and informal), society and culture; Rangeland Ecology and Management, our flagship scientific statement, publishes all topics-including ecology, management, socioeconomic and policy-pertaining to global rangelands.

With our new publisher for Rangelands and REM, Elsevier, you can expand the reach of your story through channels like as Elsevier Connect—with daily stories for the global science, health and technology communities; Elsevier’s Newsroom, emphasizing press releases and promoting your story through Research Selection, an e-newsletter for journalists. By crafting a brief, nontechnical highlight of your longer story, you’ll be prepared to take advantage of our new outlets, social media and other tools to bring folks to rangeland science and management. Keep this in mind: “Great stories build relationships and make people care. Those two things are necessary to change anything.”― Shane Snow, Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success.

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From the President

Pat Shaver, 2015 SRM President

The summer Board of Directors meeting was held in St. George, UT on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 11 and 12. The last two years, the Board has met in the location of the Annual Meeting a year and a half away. This provides an opportunity for the Board to visit the facilities and for the local planning committee to address the Board with upcoming concerns. The facilities for the 2017 Annual Meeting in St. George are excellent with everything in very close proximity, and the planning is well under way. It promises to be an excellent meeting.

We also had the opportunity to hear a report from the 2016 (Corpus Christi, TX) Annual Meeting Planning Committee. They are in the final stages of planning for their meeting and everything is looking good. The training opportunities for all of us abound with technical sessions, symposia, workshops, tours and designated agency training planned and ready. Detailed information will be available soon. Register soon and take advantage of the early registration rates and to ensure availability of the tours you want. This will be an excellent meeting with many opportunities to learn, interact, network, visit old friends and make new ones.

The FY 2016 SRM budget was reviewed and passed. 1st Vice President Val Anderson presented the budget and the Board discussed the direction of the SRM finances and budgets into the future. Thanks to all, planners and participants, the 2016 Annual Meeting in Sacramento provided some much needed relief in the ongoing operations of the Society.

In other business, the Board discussed the appointment of committee chairs, co-chairs and members. 2nd Vice President Larry Howery presented a summary of all the committee handbooks information relative to appointments, the SRM by-laws and past Board actions. There are many areas of inconsistency in the manner in which committee chairs and members are appointed of designated. This will be an on-going item of discussion. Watch for more information on this topic.

Some of you may have heard that Dr. David Briske, Editor-in-Chief of Rangeland Ecology and Management, has asked to step down. David has held that position for 8 years, including the transition to a new publisher, and has had a tremendous impact on our flagship journal.

THANK YOU Dr. Briske. Your work and leadership has been greatly noted and appreciated.

However, Rangeland Ecology and Management will not be without an Editor-in-Chief. Welcome to Dr. Roger Sheley for accepting that position! After several months of an internal search by a task force led by Board member Jim Dobrowolski and 2nd Vice President Larry Howery, Roger was selected unanimously by the Board to fill the vacancy left by David’s resignation. Roger, a USDA-ARS scientist at the Northern Great Basin Experiment Station in Burns, OR, will begin the transition with David’s assistance immediately.

Progress is being made on both the Membership Service Task Force and the Web-site Task Force. Both task forces are reviewing proposals from several vendors and have developed metrics to evaluate the proposals. Watch for exciting news from both of these groups in the near future.

Watch for the official minutes of the meeting to be posted in the next month. Please send me and the other Board members feedback and discussion items, we need your communication. I hope you all have a great fall, I am looking forward to seeing you all in Corpus Christi.

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2016 SRM Election of Officers

Read the full candidate statements here.

Candidates for Vice-President

Dr. Charles R. Hart

Dr. Barry Irving

Candidates for SRM Directors

Jill Ficke-Beaton

Dr. Eddie Alford

Jamin K. Johanson

Curtis J. Talbot

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CSSRM West Slope Range Tour a Big Success!

Our Section had a very successful range tour in the Carbondale area on June 25th & 26th. The event was co-sponsored by the North Thompson-Fourmile Grazing Association and the Mount Sopris Conservation District. About 30 people participated in the two day event held on the White River National Forest’s North Thompson Fourmile grazing allotment. The theme of the tour was "Cooperative Rangeland Stewardship over the Decades: with continuity, great communication and a partnership approach, this Forest Service grazing allotment is an outstanding example of long-term success and sustainability." The tour kicked off on the first evening with a tasty BBQ cooked-up by Dan & Kimberly Diller’s BBQ smoker (see picture).

Following the BBQ cookout the group was entertained with a fantastic “picking & singing” session around the campfire involving Tom & Leslie McClure on fiddle/guitar, Kimberly & Dan Diller on guitar/base fiddle, Randy Reichert on guitar, and Wayne Ives on guitar. The music lasted well in the night and provided a great link into the next day’s range tour for those camping out on the forest and other folks staying in the Carbondale area that night. (See picture).

During the tour participants gained an appreciation of the complexity of issues involved with the management of this higher elevation rangeland.  Topics of discussion on this productive 35,000 acre public land cow-calf grazing allotment included the history of grazing use, range improvement practices, current grazing management strategies, and multiple use interactions involving natural gas exploration, recreation & native fish habitat restoration. (See picture). Participants also learned some history of the Roaring Fork and Crystal River areas of western Colorado and how agriculture & livestock grazing values are being preserved in such an internationally prominent recreation area.

The event provided 3 CEU’s toward SRM Certified Professional in Rangeland Management (CPRM) certification. By all accounts the participants left this range tour with knowledge and an appreciation for the stewardship involved with rangeland management on the public lands of Colorado’s western slope.

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High School Students Gather Near Burns for High Desert Youth Range Camp

Students interested in learning more about rangelands and their management participated in three and a half days of hands-on experiential learning at the 5th annual High Desert Youth Range Camp (HDYRC) held at the Northern Great Basin Experimental Range just outside of Riley, OR. This year 24 students had the opportunity to meet with some of the members of the Pacific Northwest Section of the Society for Range Management who were on hand at their summer meeting as camp got underway on June 17th.

Once camp is set up, students spend three of their days learning about soil health, rangeland botany, invasive plants, fire effects, fuel management, wildlife habitat management, the ability to use grazing as a tool, cattle feed requirements and other issues that affect ecological balance in the sagebrush steppe. Students hike, learn field methods and are quizzed on rangeland botany basics. HDYRC offers students not only an in-depth look at rangeland ecology, but also an opportunity to appreciate the complex rangelands surrounding them. Of course, it is not all work… students also participate in cooking Dutch oven desserts, a selfie scavenger hunt, and rangeland bowling. Camp culminates on Saturday morning with a hike to the top of the Butte (the landmark of this property) and students presenting their management plans to their peers and field experts. With successful completion of camp, students are eligible to receive two free college credits in field studies from Treasure Valley Community College.

In addition to earning college credit, Oregon high school students have the opportunity to earn the “Top Camper” award. The Top Camper receives an all-expense paid trip to the Society of Range Management annual conference to represent the Pacific Northwest Section in the High School Youth Forum (HSYF). The students present a professional paper on a rangeland related issue, tour area ranches and areas of natural resource management. In Jan. 2016 the meeting will be held in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Pacific Northwest Section of Society for Range Management sponsors their entire trip.

This year’s overall Top Camper chosen to attend the HSYF is Tyler Thomas, a senior at Burns High School from Hines, OR. The Trail Boss award recipient, given to the top camper of any age from any state, is Annalisa Peer, a senior at Crook County High School from Prineville, OR.

Since its inception, 96 campers have attended HDYRC. The HDYRC is conducted with staff from Eastern Oregon Agriculture Research Center, Burns, OR USDA-Agriculture Research Service, Oregon State University, Treasure Valley Community College, The Nature Conservancy, Adrian High School, Burns High School, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service and Harney County Watershed Council.

If you’d like more information about the High Desert Youth Range Camp, please call Brenda Smith at 541.573.4084 or email her at brenda.smith@oregonstate.edu.

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Calling all SRM members!


Have you renewed your membership lately?
Are you having difficulties with your member login?
Do you have a question about your membership?

You can verify your membership status by logging into your member record, http://srm.allenpress.com/SRM/.

If you did not receive your new login details, are not able to log, or have any questions or difficulties with your membership whatsoever, please contact the SRM Business Office at Allen Press:
Email: Membership@rangelands.org
Phone: 800-627-0326 x456 / direct at 785-865-9456

You can also contact Vicky for assistance:
vtrujillo@rangelands.org / 303-986-3309


If your membership is expired you will not be able to vote.

Additionally, per the bylaw change approved during the 2015 election, all ballots will be sent via email unless you don't have an email address, or you have marked your ballot preference to paper. Reminders have been sent to active and expired members to verify your preferred email address, as well as ballot preference.

PLEASE NOTE: Only one vote per email address; no email sharing is possible for voting purposes. You must have an individual email address to receive your eballot.

If you would like to receive a paper ballot instead of electronic, you must change that preference in your member record by no later than August 17. Ballot preference may be changed in the "Other Information" section of the member profile page. Contact the SRM Business office or Vicky if you need assistance. Contact details are above.

Thank you!

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Member Access to SRM Journals

If you are having difficulties accessing your journal subscriptions online or have not received hard copy issues, and you have verified with the SRM Business office that your subscription is current (membership@rangelands.org / 800-627-0326 x456/ 785-865-9456), please contact Elsevier directly for assistance at ussocieties@elsevier.com with a copy to Shirley Goldsborough (s.goldsborough@elsevier.com).

Please also copy Vicky at vtrujillo@rangelands.org so we can get an idea whether or not there may be other issues we may not be aware of.

We apologize for the delays and are continuing to work together with Allen Press and Elsevier to get member subscriptions and online access cleared up. 


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2016 SRM Annual Meeting Technical Training & Trade Show

69th SRM Annual Meeting & Trade ShowJanuary 31 – February 4, 2016
American Bank Center - Corpus Christi, TX

Call for Symposia, Forums, Workshops, Technical Sessions and Posters

The Deadline for Symposia, Forums & Workshop has passed but there is still time to submit an abstract for Technical Sessions & Posters. More information here.

Deadline: Friday, Sept. 25th

Submit your proposal through the SRM WEBSITE or the ABSTRACT WEBSITE.

Meeting Room Request 

All committees and groups in need of meeting space and time to meet at the AM16 must request scheduling in order to have space reserved. CLICK HERE for the Room Request Form to reserve your space.

Look for the 2016 Annual Meeting website to be live soon!

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YPC Travel Scholarship Application Now Being Accepted

The Society for Range Management-Young Professionals Conclave (YPC) awards two (2) $500 travel scholarships to two outstanding young professionals active in range management to assist in paying for attendance at the national Society for Range Management (SRM) Annual Meeting. To qualify, the applicant must be:

  1. currently employed in a range-related job,
  2. currently pursuing a graduate degree in range-related degree, or
  3. unemployed but recently graduated from a range-related degree or recently left a range-related position.

There is no age limit to qualify for these scholarships; however, one must have been working in the range profession (excluding graduate degrees) for 5 years or less. Additionally, recipients of the scholarship must attend both the YPC social and business meeting held at the annual SRM meeting in order to receive the funding. Scholarships will be presented to the recipients after these requirements have been fulfilled at the awards ceremony during the annual meeting.

Visit the YPC page for full details and application, http://www.rangelands.org/ypc/.

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YPC Call for Papers: Texas Section SRM Meeting, Wichita Falls, TX

The Young Professionals Conclave of the Texas Section of the Society for Range Management is currently seeking submissions of professional papers from young professionals to be presented at the Texas Section annual meeting on Friday morning October 9.

Young Professionals that are interested in presenting should please submit an abstract to Committee Chair Matthew Coffman at matthew.coffman@tx.usda.gov.

For information regarding registration for the Texas Section meeting please visit http://www.rangelands.org/texas/aminfo.shtml


Thank you and we look forward to hearing from all of our Young Professionals at the annual meeting this year.

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YPC Soliciting Texas Brands for AM16 Wildrags

Are you part of the Texas Section and want your brand incorporated into the design of the 2016 SRM Wildrags? Wildrags are designed and sold by the SRM Young Professional Conclave, and the proceeds from sales fund two travel scholarships for young professional to attend the annual meeting.

The deadline for brand submissions is September 15th.

For more information please contact Alex Beaton at abeaton808@gmail.com or Matthew Coffman at Matthew.Coffman@tx.usda.gov.

Thanks from the YPC!

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International Rangeland Congress 2016 - Call for Papers

The 2016 International Rangeland Congress being held in Saskatoon, Canada from July 17-22 is now less than one year away. Our committee members have developed a great program, entertainment and excellent Pre- and Mid- Congress tours for the delegates.

Currently we are trying to estimate the number of people interested in attending the Congress. If you think that you might be interested in attending, we ask you to sign up for our email distribution list at some point during the next two weeks by filling out your information at: http://eepurl.com/baWW3r.

If you have already signed up - THANKS!! There is no obligation. We are just trying to get an estimated number of potential delegates. Full information on the Congress can be found at: http://2016canada.rangelandcongress.org

Please forward this Announcement on to colleagues who might be interested in attending IRC 2016. We look forward to seeing you in Saskatoon in July 2016!

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

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V Bar V Ranch to Create a Rangeland Specific Edition of their Jr. Animal Scientist Magazine

Hey Rangers, what do you call a Grumpy Cow?
. . . Mooo-dy  

What does a Cow sound like walking backwards?
. . . ooM!  

What's all this joking around for? Well we need your help! We are working with the Society for Range Management and partners at American Society of Animal Science - ASAS and their subsidiary AnimalSmart to create a Rangeland specific edition of their Jr. Animal Scientist magazine. The edition is going to be K-5 specific and full of fun imagery, games, and jokes.

That's where ya'll come in. We need more jokes! Good clean Rangeland fun that'll make kids laugh. So if you have something you want to share please send to Vicky with the subject line Jr. Animal Scientist Magazine!

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America’s Grasslands Conference

America’s Grasslands: Partnerships for Grasslands Conservation
Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2015 - Fort Collins, CO
Deadline for Abstracts: June 22, 2015
Contact Aviva Glaser at GlaserA@nwf.org for more information.

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Tag calves. Dad’s 60th birthday. Mend fence. Caleb’s 4H showing. Earn your master’s degree in integrated resource management online from Colorado State University and get a research institution rooted in agriculture, plus the flexibility your life requires. Get the education you need to hone your craft amidst the life you’re living now. Learn more at www.csurangeland.com.


May Photo Quiz Question

Our Range Photo Quiz manager is currently unavailable to put together the answer article for the May quiz; a vacation possibly? Until he returns, please enjoy it for a little longer. It has proven to be our most responded to quiz to date, with lots of interesting responses! Will you weigh in? We also have a new photo and quiz for August for you to enjoy!

Range Quiz PhotoQuestion:
One never knows what “anthropogenic materials” one might come across on rangelands. What do we see here, and what is/was its purpose?

August Photo Quiz Question

Range Quiz PhotoQuestion:
One never knows what “anthropogenic materials” one might come across on rangelands. What do we see here, and what is/was its purpose?

And - Call for Quiz Photos! - Please send in your pixeled puzzles for the next edition of the Range Photo Quiz - our well of images has about run dry! 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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CSU Rangelands Degree


Position Announcement: Assistant Professor – Forage/Livestock, Oregon State University

The Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University in Corvallis invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor Position. It is expected that this appointment, with focus on Forage/Livestock, Teaching, and Research, will find support for and mentor graduate students as part of both research and teaching components.

Salary for an additional two months will be provided in at least the first two years of employment as part of the start-up package. Subsequently, the faculty member will be expected to obtain funds for summer salary through grants, contracts, fees or other sources.

This position will focus on grazing-based, sustainable ruminant production systems. It is intended to address important needs of society (such as food security, health, food quality and safety, environmental health) and stakeholder-oriented research that meets the needs of farmers, and ranchers in Oregon.

Oregon State University is the state's Land Grant University and is one of only two universities in the U.S. to have Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant designations. Oregon State is also the only university in Oregon to hold both the Carnegie Foundation's top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification.

Oregon State University is located in one of the safest, smartest, greenest small cities in the nation. Situated 90 miles south of Portland and an hour from the Cascades or the Pacific Coast, Corvallis is the perfect home base for exploring Oregon's natural wonders.  

Qualifications: PhD in Animal Science, Range Science, Agronomy, Crop Science, or closely related field with demonstrated experience in grazing-based systems; Demonstrated teaching, basic and applied research and organizational skills; Demonstrated written and oral communication skills including the effective use of mass media; Demonstrated ability to work as a team member with other professionals and volunteers; Demonstrated ability to lead groups and to plan, organize, evaluate, manage, and delegate details associated with program and office management; General knowledge of computers, including proficiency in word processing and other data management programs; Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and evidence of good time management skills; An understanding of and commitment to the basic philosophy of the Land Grant University system; and Ability to secure external funding support for educational and research programs. This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; Travel is necessary to perform some of the position duties. Experience in forage and livestock production or research; Demonstrated ability to secure external funding support for educational and research programs; and Demonstrated commitment to promote and enhance diversity.  

Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Benefit package includes several options for health/dental/life insurance, retirement and tuition fee reduction.

To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0015586. For full consideration, applications should be received by 10/03/2015. Closing date is 10/03/2015. OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled, and has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.

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Position Announcement: Professor/Head, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM), Oklahoma State University

Position Description: The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) at Oklahoma State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Professor and Head. This is a 12-month administrative position and carries tenure in the NREM department.

Qualifications: 1) an earned doctorate in a natural resource ecology and management discipline, including but not limited to fisheries, forestry, range, or wildlife; 2) an understanding and appreciation of the land grant mission and the importance of that mission to the people of Oklahoma; 3) a distinguished record of scholarly achievement in teaching, research, Extension, and/or administration that will qualify the individual to be tenured at the rank of professor in the department; 4) strong leadership skills and a demonstrated ability to relate well to people, inspire creativity and cooperation in others, delegate responsibilities, and motivate team approaches to problem solving; 5) effective managerial skills and the ability to define organizational objectives, conduct strategic planning, manage fiscal resources, and generate new resources; 6) ability to communicate clearly and to represent the department in relation to the university, industry, and government; 7) strong commitment to faculty, staff, and student development; and 8) willingness and ability to take responsible risks and make timely decisions.

To Apply/Nominate: Submit application materials to: https://jobs.okstate.edu (search by keyword req829). Applicants should submit: 1) a letter of application that includes qualifications, previous professional responsibilities and achievements, administrative philosophy, and how these relate to the department head position; 2) curriculum vitae; and 3) a listing of five names, with telephone number and e-mail address, for those who may be contacted for additional information. References will not be contacted prior to applicant authorization.

Submit nominations and/or address questions to Dr. Mike Woods, Search and Screen Committee Chair, 405.744.6161 or mike.woods@okstate.edu. Nominations should include the name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number of the nominee.

While applications and nominations will be accepted until a successful candidate has been identified, interested parties are encouraged to submit their information by Sept. 15, 2015, to receive optimal consideration. The position will be filled by Jan. 1, 2016, or as soon thereafter as an acceptable applicant is available. Salary is commensurate with qualifications.

More information about NREM, as well as a full position description, can be accessed at http://nrem.okstate.edu/

Oklahoma State University is an AA/EO/E-verify employer committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. OSU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans for its openings.

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Position Announcement: Agriculture and Natural Resources Area Agent (Assistant, Associate or Full)

DEPARTMENT: University of Arizona, Cooperative Extension, Mohave County, Kingman, Arizona

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Collaborates with College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Cooperative Extension faculty, programmatic teams, and other experts in the development of livestock production and range management related educational programs and scholarly works. Supports the crop production industries in the county. Supervises the Master Gardener Program Coordinator and offers administrative support to the program. Conducts creative programming and utilizes new technology. Prepares educational materials, program evaluation instruments, teaching aids, and publicity information in support of position-relevant programs in the communities served. Disseminates position-relevant information through county-wide events in cooperation with others; and will make use of volunteers and individual contact methods. Evaluates and documents position-relevant programming. Identifies and obtains resources (grants, contracts, in-kind contributions, etc.) to enhance the program.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree related to livestock production and rangeland management or a similar field. Demonstrated ability to design and implement productive and innovative problem solving research and educational programs. High competency in subject matter for programs, and people related skills such as teaching, problem analysis, communications, human relations, and leadership development. Desire and capability of working with diverse audiences and volunteers. Possess self-confidence, and creativity, good judgment and sensitivity, effective time management and teamwork skills and exhibits a positive view of others and their capabilities.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Two years of applicable professional experience working in Arizona or an area with similar conditions. Demonstrated effectiveness in supporting a team approach to county and statewide Extension programming. Knowledge of use and application of computers and internet technology in the subject matter area is highly desirable. Experience and/or educational background in related subject matter; in particular, in the field(s) of agronomy and/or horticulture. Additional experience, skills, or expertise specifically related to the assignment. Ability to travel regionally and nationally.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: For a complete job listing and to apply go to: https://uacareers.com/postings/3255 Review of candidates will begin on August 24, 2015.

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Position Announcement: Texas Native Seeds Project, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Position Title: Research Associate - Central Texas Project Coordinator (Stephenville, TX)

Position Description: The successful candidate will be headquartered in Stephenville, TX and will be responsible for the collection, processing, evaluation, and increase of native plant germplasm seed collections in Central Texas. Applicant will collaborate with private landowners and government agencies and as part of a team of researchers from Texas A&M University-Kingsville (South Texas Natives Project), Tarleton State University, Sul Ross State University, Texas AgriLife Research, and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to develop native plant seed sources and ensure their commercial availability.

Principle duties include: <0l>

  • Hand-pick native seed collections of target restoration species from native plant stands in remote locations. Will require extensive travel, and overnight stays throughout the region.
  • Record and maintain detailed database of all seed collections including GPS locations, geographic locations descriptions, NRCS soil series information, dates of collection, botanical name of species collected, and weight of seed obtained.
  • Dry, clean, and process native seed collections for use in seeding trials and plant evaluations. Work will require use of specialized seed cleaning equipment at USDA NRCS Plant Materials Centers. Week-long or longer overnight stays and work from Knox City and/or Kingsville, Texas may be required for this task.
  • Produce greenhouse transplants of native plant species for planting at in evaluation plots throughout the Central Texas region.
  • Design, plant, and collect data from multiple species-native plant evaluation plots and common garden studies at various Central Texas locations. This duty will require monthly travel to each location for data collection and possible overnight stays.
  • Compile, analyze, and summarize native plant evaluation data for plant selection purposes. Use of peer-reviewed publication quality scientific principles and appropriate statistical analyses will be required.
  • Help conduct or oversee laboratory seed quality trials.
  • Make frequent presentations to public audiences to meet outreach goals of the project.
  • Provides excellent customer service.
  • Minimum Qualifications: B.S. in Range and Wildlife Management, Botany, or Natural Resources Sciences, or equivalent. 2 years field experience identifying native Central Texas plants, and experience working collaboratively with private landowners and government agencies as part of a statewide research team. Must possess or be able to obtain a TDA Pesticide Applicators License. Valid Driver's License is required.

    Preferred Qualifications: M.S. in Range & Wildlife Management, Botany, or Natural Resources, equivalent. Experimental field plot design experience. 1 year experience in agronomic production of native plant seed, 1 year experience in field collection and processing of native seed, 1 year experience writing, editing, and publishing natural resources related findings in scientific and popular formats, experience collecting data from common garden plant evaluation trials, greenhouse production of native plants, and public speaking. Non-commercial political TDA Pesticide Applicators License.

    Work Location: Stephenville, TX

    Salary: $35,934 – $40,000 plus benefits; starting salary will be dependent on experience and qualifications; this is a 3 yr grant funded position.

    Application Deadline: Review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is selected.

    To Apply: Submit application online at JavJobs.tamuk.edu, position number 0602077, and attach the following documents - cover letter stating interests and career goals; resume; list of 3 references with email and phone numbers. For questions about the position, please contact TNS Project Director Forrest Smith at (361) 593-4525.

    Note: Full position details and application procedures are posted here.

    Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) enrolls approximately 6,000 students. The Department of Animal, Rangeland and Wildlife Sciences grants B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in wildlife. The Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute is a research unit of the university with 15 scientists, 50+ graduate students, and numerous support staff. The Texas Natives Seeds Project is a program of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute. Founded in 2010, the mission of the program is to develop native seed sources for use in restoration activities in Texas. Texas law requires that males 18 through 25 show proof of compliance with Federal Selective Service law in order to be eligible for employment. EEO/AA/

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    You might be a #RangeNerd if...

    The Rangelands Partnership has launched social media campaign called #RangeNerd. The purpose of this campaign is to promote awareness of Rangelands, show the diversity that exists within Rangelands, and showcase the various tasks and humor of the Rangeland World.  The goal is to post a rangeland meme every Monday until they run out of ideas.

    SRM is helping this effort by sharing the posts on our Facebook page, and also re-tweeting from our Twitter feed, @rangelands.

    Click on these direct links for the Partnership’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. They also have an Instagram account for this campaign.  

    Help us get the word out by liking, sharing, re-tweeting, and submitting your own posts to Christopher Bernau at cbernau@cals.arizona.edu. Instructions can be found on the SRM Facebook page or by contacting Christopher.

    Don't forget to use the #RespectOnTheRange hash tag!

    Happy posting!

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    2015 Grass Tour: Stewards of the Land

    The Pawnee Buttes Seed and the Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management are proud to present the 2015 Grass Tour. The Stewards of the Land Tour will be held Thursday, August 20th and Friday, August 21st in Greeley, CO. The objective of this year’s tour is to demonstrate the commitment of energy companies, land owners, seeding contractors, and seed suppliers to reclaim disturbances to as close to pre-existing conditions as possible and preserve our natural resources for future generations.

    Topics being covered on the first day include:

    • The recovery process of an overgrazed pasture
    • Reclamation of oil & gas sites from an energy companies standpoint
    • How energy production acres are reclaimed
    • HydroLoc (a soil amendment developed by Green Earth Environmental made from the tailings of drill sites)
    • Pollinator species

    Topics being covered on the second day are:

    • Grazing management
    • Cover crops and soil health
    • Conservation easements – can you still have oil, gas, or wind production on your land?
    • The escarpment near Grover
    • Sites that were reclaimed five years after oil & grass drilling
    • Reclamation after wind turbine installation
    • Both days will include discussions on grass stand establishment and plant ID.

    For information visit www.pawneebuttesseed.com/grass-tour-2015 or contact Marci Dickie at 800-782-5947.

    We look forward to seeing you in August!

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    Special Workshop Announcements

    6th National Conference on Grazing Lands (6NCGL)
    Deep in the Heart of Grazing Lands
    Grapevine TX – December 13-16, 2015

    We are pleased to announce that the National Grazing Lands Coalition will host a 6th National Conference on Grazing Lands that will take place in Grapevine, Texas, December 13th - 16th, 2015. Registration is now OPEN!

    Please visit the website often to learn of new updates or subscribe to our Facebook page and our Grazing Lands eNewsletter to stay abreast of conference planning!

    6th National Conference on Grazing Lands (6NCGL) Invitation to Range Clubs/Student Chapters
    The National Grazing Lands Coalition would like to invite SRM Range Club/Student Chapter members to participate in the upcoming 6th National Conference on Grazing Lands being held December 13th-16th, 2015, in Grapevine, TX. This unique conference targets producers, conservationists, grazing land managers and anyone interested in effective and sustainable natural resource systems.

    Range Clubs and Student Chapters are invited to participate as oral or poster paper presenters, and as a student organization exhibitor.  This is a prime opportunity for students to network within their industry and gain valuable experience presenting their research topics.  All accepted oral and poster papers will be published in the conference proceedings.

    Student registration rates are available as well as special Range Club exhibitor pricing.

    Please contact NatGLC Executive Director, Monti Golla: at grazinglands@verizon.net or at 979-777-9779 for more information.

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    Workshop Announcements

    2015 Grass Tour
    Stewards of the Land Tour
    August 20-21, 2015 – Greeley CO

    Patch Burn Grazing Meeting 2015
    August 26-28, 2015 – Pratt KS

    2015 NGP Section Meeting
    Ranch Resource Roundup
    September 1-2, 2015 – Miles City MT

    2015 North Dakota Range Management School
    September 9-11, 2015
    Western ND 4-H Camp - Washburn ND
    Registration is limited to 20 operations
    Contact Jen Obrigewitch to Register
    P: 701-260-2108
    E: jplumbum@hotmail.com

    MT Range Tour
    September 16-17, 2015 – Ennis MT
    Register by September 8th to receive early rate.

    2015 PNW Section Fall Workshop
    Natural Resources in the Hanford Reach
    Sept.16 –18, 2015 – Richland WA

    Rolling Plains Quail Research Symposium
    Reversing the Decline of Quail in Texas
    September 16-18, 2015 – Abilene TX

    America’s Grasslands Conference
    America’s Grasslands: Partnerships for Grasslands Conservation
    Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2015 - Fort Collins, CO
    Contact Aviva Glaser at GlaserA@nwf.org for more information

    12th RISE Symposium (Research Insights in Semiarid Ecosystems)
    October 17, 2015 – Tucson AZ

    6th National Conference on Grazing Lands (6NCGL)
    Deep in the Heart of Grazing Lands
    Grapevine TX – December 13-16, 2015
    Call for papers: Deadline has passed, but abstracts MAY still be considered for admission into the conference program with no guarantee. You are welcome to submit an oral or poster abstract and have it reviewed by the program committee: SUBMIT HERE
    Registration is open!

    76th Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference
    Great Waters – Great Lands – Great Responsibilities
    Grand Rapids MI – January 24 - 27, 2016

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

    2016 SRM Annual Meeting Technical Training & Trade Show
    Rangelands and Wildlife
    Jan 31-Feb 4, 2016 – Corpus Christi, TX
    Technical Session and Poster abstracts due Friday, September 25th!
    Submit Here

    Tamarisk Coalition's 13th Annual Conference
    The Road to Riparian Restoration: Innovations for working on public, private, and tribal lands in the arid West
    February 9 - 11, 2016 – Grand Junction CO
    Deadline for submission: October 1, 2015

    Since invasive plants don't take a break, neither does the NAIPSC. The 2013-2014 NAIPSC Webinar Series, NAIPSC Online Community, and new NAIPSC Web Course will keep you engaged and informed about invasive plants. We've added two more webinars to our archives and will now be broadcasting the remaining webinars free to anyone who is interested in invasive plant ecology and management. If you know of others who would be interested, make sure you let them know about this great opportunity. For information on upcoming and archived webinars, visit the NAIPSC website.

    Abstracts from the 2015 SRM Annual Meeting, Managing Diversity are now available!
    Click Here!

    The 2015 SRM Annual Meeting Recorded Workshops are now available for viewing at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXpYqw7Im8fL1XYnXa93vxg/playlists

    Archived Targeted Grazing Online Workshops available!

    • Why Targeted Grazing?
    • Plant Ecology & Response to Grazing
    • Diet Selection Basics
    • Choosing and Developing the Animal for the Job
    • Monitoring for Success

    For information go to: https://targetedgrazing.wordpress.com/training/

    Presentations from the 3rd Rustici Rangeland Science Symposium, which focused on water quality and sustainable public lands grazing, are now available at:

    Recorded webinars from the Great Plains Fire Science Exchange are available at:
    http://www.gpfirescience.org/past-events-webinars/ and a list of upcoming events can be found at http://www.gpfirescience.org/upcoming-events-webinars.

    Ecology & Management of Grazing - Online Course
    More Information 

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

    Intermountain Native Plant Summit VII presentations now available:

    Understanding the Problem with Junipers in the Great Plains recordings available at:

    Cool-Season Invasive Grasses: Abstracts and Presentation available at:

    Agenda and Session recordings for the October 9, 2014 NGP Section Symposium, Managing Rangelands for Threatened & Endangered Species, are now available at:

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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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