Rangeland News - March 2015

Winding Down from Sacramento, Looking Ahead for 2015

Pat Shaver, 2015 SRM President

What a great annual meeting of the Society for Range Management! The Cal-Pac section folks really put on a well-organized and full meeting for us. I hope that all who were able to attend enjoyed the technical and scientific exchange, the networking, the social opportunities and the weather. The final tally is not in yet, but this promises to be one of the most financially successful meetings in several years. While that is a very good thing for the Society, we are still struggling with many internal issues, especially membership. During the past year, our membership has been in the range of 2500 – 2900. While that is low compared to some years past, it seems to have stabilized, and hopefully will be on the rise in the near future. Our very own sandy Wyman is heading a ‘Membership Action Forum’ focusing on student/new graduate members and agency employees. Her group is looking hard at ways to encourage these two groups to join and/or continue their membership and involvement in the Society. This effort is taking place at the same time as a Membership Service Task Force, chaired by Ken Fulgham, which is looking at what and how SRM provides services to its members. Please contact me, Sandy and/or Ken with any ideas, concerns or offers concerning membership opportunities.

As occurs each year, there is a rotation of the officers and members of the Board of Directors. Jenny Pluhar is now past President. Her tireless work and enthusiasm for all thinks SRM are greatly appreciated by all. Thank you Jenny for the time, effort and sacrifices of the last three years as you transitioned from 2nd Vice President through the Presidency. Also transitioning off the Board this year were Directors Barry Irving and Ken Fulgham. Thank you both for the three years you served on the Board. Your insight, wisdom and passion are appreciated. All three of you will be missed in these roles, but I know you will all be involved in other ways within the Society. New to the team this year is Larry Howery as 2nd Vice President, Roy Roath and Jim Dobrowolski as Directors. These three join me, 1st Vice President Val Anderson, and the other Board members, Leonard Jolley, Paul Loeffler, Joe Hicks, and Clayton Marlow as your elected leadership team. Along with your staff of EVP Jess Peterson, Kelly Fogarty and Vicky Trujillo we all serve to help you and SRM achieve our shared goals. Please feel free to contact me or any of the folks listed above with questions, comments or concerns. We look forward to an exciting and fruitful year.

If you were able to attend the Annual Meeting, you undoubtable noticed a much larger presence of federal employee attendance than in the past 3 or 4 years. That was due mostly to the efforts this past year working with the Agencies to design and conduct targeted training elements specifically requested by the Agencies. This practice promises to become a viable mechanism to increase relevance of the Society to the Agencies, provide needed science and technical training to employees, and increase attendance at meetings; and hopefully, membership in the Society. This may also provide a template for some Section activities. A main thrust this year of the Board of Directors will be to increase relevance and visibility of the Society to the Agencies and the interested public. Please let me know of ideas you may have to promote this effort.

We are involved in several subject matter areas with many partners across North America. Some of these include the upcoming Xth International Rangeland Congress to be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in the summer of 2016, the Native American Council, the Wild Horse and Burro Coalition and the Sage Grouse Initiative. Check out our web page and other social media tools to become informed and up to date on what is going on. We are also in the process of developing an RFP for a new website, watch for changes to occur this coming fall. Speaking of social media, check out our Twitter page and search #respectontherange to view stories or post you own positive range stories.

I hope you all have a rewarding year in all your endeavors and are able to learn from and enjoy your association with your respective Sections and the Society for Range Management. If I can help you achieve that, or if you have ideas to improve what the Society does, please contact me.

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Keeping the Momentum Going

Larry D. Howery, 2nd VP

First of all, I would like to thank the SRM Staff, the Annual Meeting Planning Committee, and all of the other folks who were involved in conducting a first class meeting in Sacramento. Those of you who have served on previous annual meeting planning committees know that putting on a successful meeting requires a tremendous amount of effort, hours of thoughtful coordination, and loads of intricate teamwork. Congrats and many thanks to all who were involved in planning and carrying out our Sacramento meeting!

As one of 3 new Board members who were installed last month in Sacramento, I have been spending a lot of time getting up to speed on the many activities that the current and previous SRM leadership has been working on to advance the Vision and Mission of SRM. There has been much to learn and digest. I can assure you that your EVP, the SRM Staff, and your elected leaders have been working very hard to serve you and the entire SRM membership. If you haven’t already, I would suggest that you read the November 2014 Rangeland News articles written by former President Jenny Pluhar and Board member Ken Fulgham.

Here are a few bullets that I summarized from Jenny and Ken’s articles:

  • Timely financial information is reported by Christine Triantos (SRM’s Director of Finance) at each monthly Board conference call in an understandable manner.
  • A new publishing contract with Elsevier was announced in Sacramento which is expected to provide innovative benefits to SRM members. A Publication Transition Team is taking steps to ensure that the transition from Allen Press to Elsevier goes smoothly.
  • SRM’s Endowment fund is healthy and continues to grow thanks to gifts, bequeathments, and sound market advice from our financial advisors.
  • A “Request for Proposals” (RFP) has been developed for the purpose of soliciting bids to redesign SRM’s website and to explore other social media avenues to broadcast and trumpet the many reasons for being a member of SRM. The RFP is scheduled to be distributed around May 1, 2015.
  • Task Forces have been formed to address critical issues concerning membership services, recruitment, and retention, as well as to pursue and evaluate bids received in response to the website RFP.
  • SRM continues to pursue federal agency support and recognition of the valuable educational training gained by agency personnel who attend SRM Section and Annual Meetings. The Sacramento meeting was well attended by >250 federal agency personnel. SRM is taking steps to ensure this uptick in agency participation at SRM-sponsored events continues at both the Section and National levels.

I look forward to working with the SRM staff, leadership, committees, and task forces to continue these strategic and tactical efforts and to be open to creative ways to improve, grow, and expand SRM’s influence. There is no question that many challenges lay ahead. But it is exciting that we live in a time when the nation and the world need highly trained professionals who understand the principles of rangeland ecology and management!

If you have concerns about SRM’s direction, or better yet, if you have ideas on how to improve SRM as an influential and respected professional organization, please feel free to contact me, our EVP, or any Board member. Monthly Board calls are typically scheduled on the last Wednesday of the month at noon MT. Any SRM member can participate. Minutes from past Board meetings can be accessed by any SRM member by logging into the ‘Member’s side’ of the SRM website and then clicking on the ‘Resources’ tab.

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Calling all SRM members!

Sandy Wyman, Membership Committee Chair

Has it been a while since you have received your SRM Membership Renewal Notice?

Are your Membership Dues up to date?

Can you access your Membership Profile on the SRM website?

Well, don't fret! Don't worry! We’ve had a delay with our Membership Renewal System but are in the process of updating the renewal letters so that they are more appealing, and more welcoming to our members! We want your membership and we also want your participation in rangeland related issues, opportunities, research, politics, and providing pertinent, up to date information to those in the field of rangeland management making decision on how rangelands are managed. These renewal letters will include quotes from current members - why they choose to continue to be SRM Members. We are also including a few SRM 2014 Accomplishments to give folks an idea of what is being accomplished with your dues and the donations of others. Remaining relevant and active in sound rangeland stewardship is out goal.

For those who haven't renewed in the past 6-8 months, you will receive a series of renewal requests via email and postal service from Allen Press until you do so. If you think your membership renewal is overdue, please sign into your SRM profile and it will indicate your due date. You don’t have to wait for your renewal notice, which, if all goes according to plan, should be sent in the next couple weeks. You can go ahead and renew now! Cross it off your "To Do List"! Be Proactive! Help us help you!

Thanks everyone for your patience and understanding as we continue to streamline the SRM business processes, and by doing so, putting SRM's dues to their most valued use - the betterment of rangelands!

Sandy Wyman
Membership Committee Chair

(p.s. If you have problems logging into your SRM profile, email membership@rangelands.org or call (800) 627-0326 x456, direct (785) 865-9456.)

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2016 Annual Meeting, Technical Training and Trade Show Meeting Room Request

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

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. If we receive your request by July 1, 2015 we will attempt to meet your preferred meeting time and we will include your information in the published program. This should also allow us to include a tentative listing of committee meetings in the Pre-Convention Trail Boss.

All groups will be expected to provide any audio/visual equipment needed for their meetings.

Use the Room Request Form to reserve your space.

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Lost Resource: Rick Dunne

Rick Dunne was an active member of WY SRM for many years and a former section President. Rick was celebrated Saturday, February 7 2015 at the Washakie Museum in Worland, WY. Visitors were encouraged to arrive early to view the exhibits. Rick worked on the Ancient Basin and the story of the early people, or as he liked to say, how people made a living here 13,000 years ago.

The ceremony began with the lighting of the Unitarian chalice, handmade from local clays and set on a disc of copper from Rick’s days at Anaconda Mine. Sagebrush from the Wind River Seed Company farm decorated the tables and friends were invited to speak. The ceremony was followed by a potluck dinner at which friends and family were able to enjoy each other’s’ company, and reminisce about the life of one fine man.

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Lost Resource: Sid Salzman

Sid Salzman passed away February 21, 2015. Sid was a Charter Member of the Nebraska Section – SRM, at that time called the American Society for Range Management. He was elected President of the Nebraska Section in 1954 and again in 1989. Sid was instrumental in securing the bid for the 1991 Summer SRM meeting, held in North Platte, NE. Sid was also active in the Planning Committee for the 1999 International SRM Meeting held in Omaha, NE, in conjunction with the American Forage and Grassland Council. Sid has been a strong advocate for the Nebraska Range Youth Camp by not only being active with the group that made the Camp a reality in 1964, but also by his many years of financial support to the Camp as a ranch sponsor. Sid was involved in the 60 years of Range Judging in Nebraska and the Old West Regional. Sid received the Nebraska Section – SRM Rangeman’s Award in 1978 and the Fellow Award from the Society for Range Management in 1997. Sid received the Nebraska Section SRM Special Award of Merit in 2008.

Obituary reprinted below from Hoch Funeral Home:
Sid Salzman was one of a kind. The one and only child and pride and joy of Albert and Leona Salzman. He was born in Ainsworth, Nebraska on February 23, 1927 and passed away in Ainsworth on February 21, 2015, just 2 days before his 88th birthday. After graduating from Ainsworth High School, Sid received a degree in agronomy from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He returned home to follow in his father's footsteps to become a second generation rancher. In 1948, he went on a blind date with a nice Catholic girl from Valentine, Nebraska - Ruth Bachelor. He called it "his lucky day". He joined the Catholic faith and married Ruth in Valentine on August 27, 1949. They started their life together in a small bunkhouse on the family ranch south of Ainsworth. Over the course of 65 years, they built a legacy of faith, family, and friends. They had five children - Mary Beth, John, Ann, Steve, and Peggy. They were blessed with fourteen grandchildren, ranging in age from 37 to 4, plus eleven great grandchildren.

Sid was dedicated, generous, enthusiastic, fun-loving, and opinionated. He was a promoter of progress and innovative thinking and a man who got things done. As a lifetime resident of Ainsworth, he served on numerous boards and committees, including mayor, always with the intention of bettering and giving back to his beloved Brown County. Sid was proud to be a Sandhills cattleman. He loved the native grasses and rolling hills. One of his greatest accomplishments was building the Salzman Family Ranch and working alongside his two sons, the third generation of Salzman ranchers. He never stopped ranching. Even after he "retired", he checked in with "the boys" to get his ranch work for the day. Sid loved golf, Nebraska football games and being with his friends and family. He was known for speaking his mind and being a colorful character. He won awards, received recognition and enjoyed success. He was loved and respected by his family, friends, peers, and community. He lived a full and complete life. There will never be another Sid.

Memorials were suggested to the Brown County Foundation, the Sandhill's Cancer Fund Inc. in Sid's name. Burial was held at the Ainsworth Cemetery. Hoch Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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6th National Conference on Grazing Lands (6NCGL)

Deep in the Heart of Grazing Lands
Grapevine, Texas – Dec. 13-16, 2015

Call for papers deadline: May 1, 2015
More Info

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, Dec. 13-16, 2015! 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!

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2nd Annual Ranch Sustainability Forum

May 18-20, 2015 - Sheridan, WY

To provide informational resources and tools for ranch stakeholders that will help provide healthy and sustainable ranches in 2020 and beyond.

Meeting Reservations:
Call Lisa at Padlock Ranch (307) 655-2264 or email Lisa@padlockranch.com

Email wayne@agwingroup.com or call (307) 751-4507 or buy tickets here.

  • Low Stress Livestock Handling ($25/day or $40 total two-day session)
  • Tuesday Open House Social Hour (no cost)
  • Tuesday Dinner and Keynote Speaker ($30)
  • Wednesday Ranch Sustainability Symposium ($30)

Hotel Room Block listed under Padlock Ranch
Sheridan Center Best Western for May 18 – 20
Rate is $95.99 plus tax
Contact Jacki if you have problems at reservation desk
20 rooms blocked

Hosted by Sheridan College & Padlock Ranch
Sponsored by Padlock Ranch, Sheridan College Ag Department, Fahsholtz’s AgWin Group, First Interstate Bank, and University of Wyoming with help from Northern AG Network, Wyoming Livestock Roundup, Drovers, Beef Magazine, Beef Today, Sheridan Media and Sheridan Press

Visit the website 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.


March You Tube on the Range: Sand Dams in Kenya

This 2009 video (nearly 25,000 views) deals with “Sand Dams,” an innovative approach that has been used to improve water availability for dryland communities in Kenya for over 50 years. We wonder if this conservation practice has ever been tried in North America: a dam that is intended to silt in order to retain water?

“Sand dams are a key technology to improve water supply in semi-arid regions. A sand dam is a reinforced concrete wall built across seasonal river beds - 2 to 4 metres high and up to 90 metres across. Over one to three seasons, the dam fills up with water and then sand, which filters water clean and protects it from evaporation and parasites. About 40% of the volume behind the dam is water, meaning that sand dams can hold an incredible 2 to 10 million litres of water!

Sand dams are combined with land terracing and tree planting to improve the conservation of both soil and water, enabling farmers to grow more food on their land. This holistic approach to development creates a positive cycle of improvement which allows people to change their lives sustainably, moving away from a situation where water and food are in short supply, towards water and food security.

Excellent Development works with community self-help groups in semi-arid Africa to improve their environment sustainably. Effective soil and water conservation enable improved water supply, food security, health and incomes.”

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January Photo Quiz Questions


Range Quiz PhotoQuestion:
Little footprints in rangeland snows might make pretty patterns, but what stories might they tell about those that made them?

And what withered, iconic vegetation seems to have been at the center of attention?

Send your best and final answer (regardless of “confidence level”) to Vicky Trujillo at vtrujillo@rangelands.org, subject line “Range Photo Quiz.”

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: BLM Range Management DHA Internship – Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative, Multiple Locations

The Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative (IIC) at Southern Utah University is seeking qualified applicants for 5 Range Management internships under the BLM Direct Hire Authority-Resource Assistant Internship Program. These internships are competitive and rigorous project-based experiences and will be at least 11 weeks during summer 2015. The target participants for the program are current college students or recent college graduates (seniors/graduates preferred). The BLM is committed to attracting, recruiting, and hiring qualified candidates for mission critical and hard-to-fill occupations. The internship is an opportunity to bring new and diverse viewpoints to the BLM. Upon successful completion, the intern may be eligible for the Resource Assistant Direct Hire Authority, a direct springboard into a career with the Bureau.

2015 Range Management Internship Position Locations:

  • Cedar City Field Office – Cedar City Utah
  • Salt Lake Field Office – Salt Lake City Utah
  • Sierra Front Field Office – Carson City Nevada
  • Kingman Filed Office – Kingman Arizona
  • Farmington Field Office – Farmington New Mexico

First Consideration April 15, 2015.

Full Position Descriptions and Application procedure are available online here.

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Position Announcement: Assistant Professor and Extension Rangeland Brush/Weed Management Specialist, New Mexico State University

The Department of Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources, New Mexico State University, seeks to fill a 12-month, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor / Specialist rank. This position will have 80% Cooperative Extension and 20% research responsibilities and will be located in Las Cruces, NM.  The position will conduct extension and outreach programs designed to address and solve critical issues and problems associated with NM rangelands as well as conduct applied research that is closely linked to the extension program.

For complete job description, qualifications and application process visit the posting.

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Position Announcement: Assistant Professor, Crop & Soil Sciences or Animal & Rangeland Sciences, Eastern Oregon Ag & Natural Resource Program, Oregon State University, La Grande, Oregon

Responsibilities include teaching, advising, and interacting with undergraduate and graduate students; competing effectively for external funding; and working with stakeholders to implement a balanced program of fundamental and applied research directed toward the interactions of water, soil, vegetation, animals, and climate endemic to Eastern Oregon and regionally to the Intermountain West. Position is a full-time, 9-month tenure-track position. Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Required qualifications include a Ph.D. by start of employment in Agronomy/Forages, Arid Land Ecology, or closely related field; education and/or research experience emphasizing sustainable forage systems; experience and/or willingness to work in a team setting that may include multi-agencies and multi-disciplinary research.

Preferred qualifications include college-level classroom teaching experience, especially related to soils, forages, plant pathology, and integrated pest management; Experience establishing a nationally-recognized program in Sustainable Forages research; Experience obtaining extramural funding; Previous experience successfully working cooperatively with land management agencies and private landowners; A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting # 0014009. Closing Date: 05/01/15. OSU is an AA/EOE, and has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.

Apply Here

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Position Announcement: Research Technician – Temporary, Arizona Strip

The University of Arizona, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Salary Range $10.86 to $13.51 per hour
Available March 2015
Apply only online:

  1. Visit www.uacareertrack.com
  2. Click Search Postings
  3. Search for Job Number 57419

The Research Technician will assist with standard sampling procedures for inventory and monitoring of soils and vegetation on rangeland ecosystems. The position is with Arizona Cooperative Extension, but is based in St George, Utah with most field work occurring on lands administered by the BLM Arizona Strip District Office. Employment will be full time for 1 year. Continued employment depends on future funding. Minimum of B.S. degree in rangeland/natural resources/agriculture or 4 years experience is required. The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA - M/W/D/V Employer.

Apply only at the website listed above, but for more information, contact:
Del Despain, despain@email.arizona.edu, (435) 688-3357

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Workshop Announcements

Hand 'n Hand Livestock Solutions Marketing & Stockmanship Schools
April 7-9, 2015 – El Reno, OK
More info

18th Biennial Conference of the Australian Rangeland Society
Innovation in the Rangelands
April 12-16th 2015 - Alice Springs NT
Twitter: @arsconf2015
Facebook: Australian Rangeland Society Conference
Instagram: @arsconf2015
Conference brochure now available!

2015 Interpreting and Measuring Indicators of Rangeland Health
April 20-24 - Reno, NV (full with limited capacity for Reno region participants)
June 15-19 - Rock Springs, WY
June 15-19 NRCS sponsored class - Manhattan, KS (Konza Prairie)
July 20-24 - Taos, NM
More info

The Management of Medusahead on California Working Ranches
April 28, 2015 – Hornitos CA or April 29, 2015 – Farmington CA
More info

Rancher Roundtable: Facilitating the Use of Prescribed Fire through Grazing Management
May 13-15, 2015 – Abilene, TX
More info

2nd Annual Ranch Sustainability Forum
May 18-20, 2015 - Sheridan, WY
More info and registration

Great Basin Fire Science Exchange Webinar
Seed zones & Climate Change
May 20, 2015 – ONLINE
More info

Grasslands of the World: A Symposium on Global Conservation
June 12, 2015 – Flint Hills, KS
More info

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

2015 ESA Annual Meeting
Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating ESA’s Centennial
August 9-14, 2015 – Baltimore, MD

6th National Conference on Grazing Lands (6NCGL)
Deep in the Heart of Grazing Lands
Grapevine TX – December 13-16, 2015
Call for papers: Deadline May 1, 2015
More info

2013-2014 NAIPSC Webinar Series
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.

Ecology & Management of Grazing - Online Course
More Information 

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

Intermountain Native Plant Summit VII
Presentations now available

Understanding the Problem with Junipers in the Great Plains
Recordings now available

Cool-Season Invasive Grasses
Abstracts and presentation available

2014 NGP Section Symposium, Managing Rangelands for Threatened & Endangered Species
Agenda and Session recordings for the Oct. 9 meeting are now available here.

2015 SRM Annual Meeting, Managing Diversity
Resources are now available.

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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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