Rangeland News - May 2015

From the President

Pat Shaver, 2015 SRM President

I hope this month’s edition of Rangeland News finds you all enjoying the great work that you do and passing on the knowledge you have to others working on, and interested in, our rangelands. As members of the Society for Range Management, we are in a unique position to talk about our profession and pass on knowledge learned from education, training, experience and networking.

I was recently cleaning out some old files and I found an excerpt from an essay written by Dr. Vannevar Bush, longtime President of the Carnegie Institution. The title of the essay is ‘Characteristics of a Profession’ and it was published in Science, January 11, 1957. While it is quite old, I found it to be very appropriate. Dr. Bush discusses five characteristics that distinguish a profession from other groups or types of organizations. He states “first and foremost, its members are possessors and custodians of a special field of knowledge, acquired by long, assiduous study, and they are respected and accorded privileges because of that fact.” Secondly he says that “a profession is loose grouping of members rather than a pyramidal organization. The members of the profession work together more like a flock of migrating geese than an ant colony.” Next he talks about the symbolism and ritual that develops around a profession and the distinctiveness of those elements and that they often lead, over time, to the fourth characteristic of standards and discipline for the profession.

Dr. Bush considered the fifth characteristic to be the hallmark of true professions and of the professional. That characteristic is that the members of the profession minister to people. He spends a considerable amount of space discussing the meaning of ministering. He states that to minister implies no servility, apology or inferiority, but rather demands respect due to skill, knowledge and devotion. As professionals we do not merely advise, but insist on being heard for the knowledge and experience we have. While having confidence that our opinions will prevail, we recognize the need to join our knowledge and expertise with other professions to reach the best possible outcomes. We refrain from any appearance of speaking with authority except in the areas of our own competence, but within that special area we advise and guide with pride.

As we struggle to maintain our membership, and look for value of membership services, it occurred to me that this is one of the true benefits to being member and practitioner of a profession. It is also one of the main reasons I have been a member of the Society for Range Management for over 40 years. If I have truly become a professional in my career, it is because of the involvement of and in SRM that has enabled and supported me in ministering to people, to be able to pass on what I may have learned and experienced and heard.

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Board Member's Message

Roy Roath, BOD

A few years ago, a friend and fellow range person from Montana named Bob Ross wrote and book named ”Muddled Meanderings in an Outhouse” contained within were some entertaining musings about outhouses. Below you find Roy’s muddled meanderings that are musing about relationships and how they work. If you agree or don’t; it gives us the opportunity to talk.

SRM is a dynamic Professional organization that is a coalition of all those like-minded individuals who care about and contribute to the stewardship of rangelands, world-wide. We each have a passion and, if you will, a calling, to contribute to the management of rangelands. It is this common belief system that binds us together as an organization. This is like many other professional, non-profit and service organizations. It is what we commonly believe that keeps us coming back or engages us. However, this is like any union; it is only as strong as our belief and commitment.

When we get up in the morning saying I really care about this; it is extremely strong and dynamic. When we don’t think about it for days, weeks, or months; it tends to fade from our consciousness and the bond weakens. The strength of a relationship comes from frequent renewal and most of all, communication. I have been told that good relationships come from constant, careful, maintenance and continual communication. I believe that to be true. It is also true that no good relationship can be maintained without mutual respect and value. When the parties value each other, the investment becomes worthy of great exertion to maintain the relationship.

The operative question is: “What in SRM as an organization, and SRM as an individual, is the value to one another?” I think that takes some introspection to ask the question and to find the answer. As with any relationship, when things are not going as well as they other-wise might, the cause of the difference must be identified, discussed, and resolved. Perhaps too often we focus on the differences we have, rather than what we have in common. When that is our focus, we tend to find more and more reasons why this just can’t work! I know the feelings of frustrations get to all of us, but perhaps the search for what is good and why we value SRM, and each person in SRM, is a worthwhile pursuit. When we identify that common value, it is then easier to tell someone else why SRM is a value to you and why it may of value to them.

Positive vibes create organizations that are going places and making contributions, and we all want to be a part of that. ...And perhaps LOTS OF OTHERS WOULD WANT TO BE PART OF IT TOO! Let me challenge each of you to find the good things about SRM and why we should become a better together than apart.

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SRM WEBSITE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS OPEN!

SRM has officially distributed a request for proposals for website redesign, content management and hosting.  The following announcement was issued today, please forward along to any parties of interest.  

The Society for Range Management (SRM) is seeking proposals for website redesign, website content management and hosting. In general, the goal of our website is to serve as the source of information about our organization for our members, prospective members and to broader related constituencies.  

We seek an updated graphic design and a more functional website to provide information useful to our membership.  The website is also the means by which non-members can learn more about the benefits of being a member of our organization as well as about rangeland resources that will educate the public and enhance the rangeland management profession. Currently, the most accessed pages are those that assist job seekers and potential attendees at the annual meeting. As of now, the SRM website at www.rangelands.org averages 4000-5000 hits per month.  

Selection of the winning proposal will be based on cost (50%); the website developer's understanding of the current website, specified requirements of SRM, and future developmental needs to maintain and grow the organization (30%); creative approach (10%); and experience working with non-profit, membership based, organizations (10%).  

Woven into these categories, SRM needs a website developer that has experience building flexible CMS-driven websites that can be easily modified by non-technical users, demonstrates solid information architecture skills for organizing content in ways that are intuitive to the site visitors, and is experienced with creating sites that build communities and have interactive features (blogs, discussion forums, etc. that are adaptable to current social media).  

Based on the outcome of the RFP process, SRM will enter into detailed negotiations with the selected website development company. Please submit a PDF copy of your proposal to evp@rangelands.org.  Proposals must be submitted by 6:00 PM (EDT) Friday June 5, 2015; proposals submitted after this deadline will not be considered. SRM reserves the right to refuse any and all proposals; in this case, the RFP will be re-opened for consideration. SRM will be available for a two week question and comment period that will close at 6:00 pm (EDT) on May 15.  

CLICK HERE to find an outline of expected services to be carried out by the website development company. Thank you and we look forward to reviewing your submitted proposals.

Sincerely,
Jess Peterson, SRM Executive Vice President
(202) 870-3867

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Calling all SRM members!

Sandy Wyman, Membership Committee Chair

Calling all SRM Members!

Has it been over a year 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, less intimidating, and more welcoming to our members! We don’t just want your membership dues (yes, we do want them), we also want your participation in rangeland related issues, opportunities, research, politics, and providing pertinent, up to date information to those who are not experts in the field of rangeland management but may be dictating how rangelands are managed. The 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.

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 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 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 SRM business processes and by doing so, putting SRM's dues to their best use - the betterment of rangelands!

Sandy Wyman
Membership Committee Chair

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2016 SRM Annual Meeting Technical Training & Trade Show
Call for Symposia, Forums, Workshops, Technical Sessions & Posters

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

The theme of the 2016 SRM Annual Conference, “Rangelands and Wildlife" provides an overarching view of the changing landscape of Texas rangelands, and echoes the diversified management focus for many Texas's Ranches.  With Texas being 97% privately owned, the management of private ranches drive the ecological condition of our rangelands.  Wildlife habitat management in Texas has provided huge opportunities for ranches to diversify and focus on systems approaches while addressing rangeland resource concerns. 

The Annual Meeting offers the opportunity to share with an international audience through symposia, forums, and workshops, information and skills that help our disciplines, professions, educational programs, and public engagement grow.

Please consider joining us to discuss and learn about "Rangelands and Wildlife."  

Symposia, Forums and Workshop proposals due Friday, July 17th! 
Technical Sessions and Posters proposals due Friday, September 25th!

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

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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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The 2015 SRM Annual Meeting Recorded Workshops are now available for viewing!

Click Here to see the list of recorded workshops. Simply click on the workshop you want to view.  

The right hand side of each workshop contains a "Table of Contents" so that you can click or scroll directly to a specific talk!

Happy viewing!

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Lost Resource: Don Ryerson

Don Ryerson, Rangeman, passed away on May 19, 2015, at the age of 91.

Don was born in Havre, MT., on Sept. 19, 1923, to Emmett and Grace Ryerson. He was raised on a ranch southeast of Big Sandy with his mother and stepfather, H.O. Newby. He married Virginia Lux on April 15, 1944, and served in the military from March 31, 1943 and honorably discharged May 15, 1946.

He was educated in the Havre schools and received his degree in Animal Industry and Agriculture Education from Montana State College in 1949. He was an instructor in Vocational Agriculture at Beaverhead County High School in Dillon from 1949 to 1954. He returned to Montana State College in 1954, and left with a Master’s of Science in Agriculture in 1955. He entered Texas A & M University and received a Doctorate in Range Management in 1965. He was Leo Merrill’s first PhD student and according to Leo “was a rangeman without parallel” but... Leo was not sure he was going to survive Don Ryerson!

Don began his teaching career at Montana State College in 1957. He was responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Range Ecology and Improvement. He was characterized "as an unforgettable teacher and person,” as any of the thousands of students who wear his brand still attest. A man of boundless energy and enthusiasm, Don became a driving force in the lives of his students. He was awarded the MSU College of Agriculture Outstanding Teacher Award each year from 1975 to 1979. His reach extended further into Montana when he established the Agriculture Range Lenders School in 1964, a school established especially for agriculture bankers to better serve Montana ranchers. Among his many notable contributions to Range Education were his film and television educational materials. His video education efforts were unique and advanced for that time. When range problems were found in Montana, Don would arrive to tackle the problem. His efforts to help the Montana agricultural industry and to protect Montana's largest natural resource earned Don the 1980 Range Man of the Year award from the Montana Range Council. The mark of a man is measured not only by his accomplishments, but also by those he influenced. Don was not broadly known beyond the northern Great Plains and the state of Montana but it is without doubt that his passion for rangelands and their management was infectious, and that passion influenced millions of acres rangeland being managed by ranchers and agencies. Few have exceeded the contribution that Don Ryerson made to resource management in Montana and beyond. His passion incited and excited his students. His “Principles of Range Management Class” was consistently among the largest in the College of Agriculture at Montana State University and, through that class and interactions with both undergraduate and graduate students, he incited hundreds if not thousands of those students to careers in resource management. His passion for rangeland management has truly changed western landscapes across the United States.

He and Virginia retired from Montana State University on July 1, 1980. They spent many happy and wonderful years traveling across the United States pulling their 5th wheel trailer. After years of travel, Don and Virginia moved to Great Falls where he passed away.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia of Great Falls; son Doug (Lynn) Ryerson of Great Falls; daughter Donna (Steve) Czesak of East Wenatchee, Wash.; grandchildren Michael Czesak, Christy Perret, Christopher Czesak, JM Ryerson, David Czesak, and Patrick Ryerson; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Don requested any memorial donations be sent to Montana State University, for the Payne, Ryerson, and Taylor Academic Scholarship for Rangeland Management, c/o College of Agriculture, P.O. Box 172860, Bozeman, Mont., 59717.

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International Rangeland Congress 2016 - Call for Papers

The First Call for Papers for the 2016 International Rangeland Congress in Saskatoon, SK Canada is now open. We invite you to present a paper - oral or poster presentation - featuring your research on range/grassland related to one of thirty-one (31) topic categories. The online submission system will be live starting February 1, 2015.

For a complete list of the topic areas you can present in, please visit our website: http://2016canada.rangelandcongress.org.

On the site you will also find Paper Submission Guidelines, updated information on the Pre-Congress Tours as well as details on Delegate Sponsorship.

To continue to receive reminders about IRC 2016 we invite you to sign up for the Email Distribution List. 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
http://bit.ly/1KG7BJs
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 You Tube on the Range: Rancher Stewardship: Protecting Montana's Prairie

This video from 2010 (1381 views) is an example of how some rangeland producer communities are reaching out to tell their story to the wider world. Produced by the Montana Stockgrowers Association's Research, Education and Endowment Foundation, it highlights several hundred-year plus family ranching operations and is organized around such themes as dedication, history, wildlife, harmony, and sustainability.

“In South Phillips County, near the hub of Malta, Montana, ranchers have called the prairie home for over 100 years. Here, ranchers have created a ranch and wildlife haven by working and living in harmony with nature. In this video, ranchers discuss the importance of raising their families here, developing innovative ranch management practices, working in cooperation with each other and building a lasting community to protect these prairielands. Biologists and conservationists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service also discuss the importance of ranchers in sustaining this diverse ecosystem and the wildlife species it supports.”

 


May 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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January Photo Quiz Answers

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 the SRM Range Photo Quiz today!

Answer:
Our longest running photo quiz (since January!) garnered 8 “Likes,” a few “Shares,” including Utah SRM, Texas GLCI, and Rangelands Partnership, and a trio of comments. Coloradoan Julie Elliot says “the shrub appears to be a safe haven/food source for little critters. I can't make the picture big enough to see what kind of iconic vegetation it might be. I would hazard a guess that it is of the sage persuasion.” Eric Thacker (Utah State), “they are sage-grouse tracks and that is a black sagebrush plant.” And student member Maggi Sliwinski from Nebraska answered, “Sage brush for plant, Jackrabbits and sage grouse for tracks."

Well those little footprints in crusted over New Mexico snow were made by a hardy covey of scaled quail, finding some sort of sustenance on shriveled remains of Russian thistle, that much maligned invader. They spared enough of it  so that recently, following some not-seen-for-a-long-time-around-these-parts spring precip, mating pairs are tripping about a maze of tender tumbleweed seedlings, among other more welcome and worthy forages. But sorry, no sage here!

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: Land Administrator Grazing

The Eastern Irrigation District (EID), Brooks, Alberta, seeks a full time Land Administrator – Grazing, to join our Land Administration team.

The EID, a leader amongst Alberta’s irrigation districts, is an integral component of the economic, environmental and social fabric of southeastern Alberta. Our core business is the delivery of water to 298,000 acres of irrigated farmland plus all of the lakes / reservoirs, wetlands, industries, municipalities and many rural acreages throughout our region. Under a multi-use philosophy, our team manages all activities and uses on the EID’s 600,000 acres of land, including some of the largest tracts of native prairie in Alberta. Building on a proud 80 year history, the EID maintains its focus on agriculture, sustainability and social responsibility.

Brooks, one of Alberta’s cities, has a young population, diverse economy and an unique multi-cultural flavour. Located on the TransCanada Highway, 1½ hours southeast of Calgary, Brooks is the region’s service centre with first class professional, retail, medical, educational and recreational services and facilities. The County of Newell, supported by strong agricultural, oil and gas sectors, surrounds Brooks and offers abundant opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.

The Land Administrator – Grazing, reporting to the Land Supervisor, works alongside 5 team members. This position is primarily responsible for:

  • managing the EID’s community pasture, swing field, private grazing lands and related infrastructure under a long term viability and sustainability program,
  • working with grazing associations and other lessees, and
  • assisting with monitoring oil & gas, public access and other activities on EID lands.

Key Skills and Competencies

Ideally, the individual will have a background in rangeland management, including, but not limited to:

  • 2 year diploma or degree in environmental, conservation or agricultural sciences with a major in agriculture, rangeland resources or equivalent,
  • minimum of 5 years of experience working with cattle and grasslands, including familiarity with various breeds of livestock and their requirements,
  • knowledge of the cattle and farming industries,
  • knowledge of land-related access and use standards for oil & gas operations, researchers, outdoor enthusiasts and the general public will be an asset,
  • ability to foster and maintain strong working relationships with a variety of stakeholders,
  • effective Word, Excel and database skills, and
  • well-developed skills in communications, organization and project management

For further information, please visit our website at: www.eid.ca

The EID offers a competitive salary, a comprehensive benefits package including a defined benefit pension plan, along with learning and development opportunities.

Interested applicants are invited to submit a resume to humanresources@eid.ca

We thank all applicants for your interest in the EID; however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Human Resources
Eastern Irrigation District
Box 128, 550 Industrial Road West
Brooks, AB. T1R 1B2
Fax: (403) 362-6206

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Granite Seed Sales Executive

Granite Seed and Erosion Control is the leading provider of conservation seed and erosion control products in North America. We are currently adding a Sales Executive in our Denver, Colorado office. Executive will be responsible for helping service existing customers and developing new leads. This position is primarily inside sales with potential infrequent travel (approximately once per quarter), and requires a strong technical background in native seed and/or turf products.

Ideal start date is June 15, 2015.

Required undergraduate/graduate degrees:

  • Rangeland Sciences
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Agronomy
  • Plant Sciences
  • Other related degree

Experience in one or more of the following areas is a plus but not required:

  • Government agencies such as NRCS, BLM, USFS, Fish & Wildlife, etc.
  • Commercial projects such as mine and landfill reclamation, wetlands restoration or wildlife conservation.

Compensation:

  • $45,000 to $75,000 depending on education and experience
  • Attractive bonus plan
  • Significant opportunities to grow within the company

Please contact Daryle Bennett at daryle@graniteseed.com with any questions.

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Teton Regional Land Trust Seeks Land Manager

Teton Regional Land Trust is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time Land Manager to complete land management and conservation-related duties. For a complete job description, visit www.tetonlandtrust.org/about-us/employment. Deadline June 1, 2015.

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Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor, Serving Siskiyou County, CA

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 a county-based extension, education and applied research program that will focus on livestock production including nutrition, herd health, grazing management, genetic selection, reproductive efficiency, and marketing. The natural resource component of this position will focus primarily on the interaction of beef cattle production systems with water quality, aquatic habitat, and wildlife while developing livestock production strategies that enhance ecosystem services of range and pasture lands.

The UC Cooperative Extension advisor will facilitate interactions and information exchange among campus based academics, CE advisors and community stakeholders. The Livestock and Natural Resources advisor is responsible for the development and implementation of Cooperative Extension education and applied research programs addressing important issues at the interface of livestock production systems, natural resources management, and watershed health. The advisor needs to have a thorough and practical understanding of livestock production, irrigated pasture and range management in order to develop an effective program. Advisors provide credible and practical solutions to ranch owners and managers, natural resource professionals, and water resources regulators, who face complex management issues relating to livestock production, natural resources, and watershed health.

Key clientele will include livestock producers and managers, 4-H youth, public resource management agencies (Natural Resources Conservation Service, California Fish and Wildlife, and US Forest Service, Resource Conservation Districts), nonprofit conservation organizations (such as local watershed councils and The Nature Conservancy), and other public agencies.

EDUCATION: A minimum of a master's degree is required, though advanced degrees are encouraged, in disciplines of animal science, rangeland management or other closely related fields. The applicant will demonstrate relevant course work, training, and practical experience in both animal science and range management to be a Certified Rangeland Manager and will obtain this certification within five years of date of hire; see http://casrm.rangelands.org/HTML/certified.html. Extension experience is desirable. Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required.

SALARY: Beginning salary will be in the Cooperative Extension Assistant Advisor Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding Cooperative Extension Advisor salary scales, please refer to the University of California website: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/187037.pdf For a full position vacancy announcement and application procedures, please visit our website http://ucanr.edu/Jobs/Jobs_990/. To assure full consideration, application packets should be submitted by June 5, 2015 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#15-07.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

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Targeted Grazing Online Workshop Series

The Targeted Grazing Committee is hosting a series of Webinars focused on the basics of Targeted Grazing. The Series was initiated with a workshop on ‘Why Targeted Grazing’ by Dr. John Walker. The next installments in the series have included ‘Plant Ecology and Response to Grazing ‘ by Dr. John Hendrickson, ‘Diet Selection Basics’ by Dr. Karen Launchbaugh, ‘Choosing and Developing the Animal for the Job’ by Dr. Rachel Frost and finally ‘Monitoring for Success’ by Dr. Marc Horney.

If you’ve missed a workshop, don’t worry. The webinars can be viewed on either YouTube or Brainshark. For more information, please check out our webpage at https://targetedgrazing.wordpress.com/ and click on the Training Tab.

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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
http://www.glci.org/6NCGL.html

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! The Coalition is accepting abstracts for this unique, producer-based conference until June 1st, 2015.  This is your opportunity to share your success stories with other producers from across the nation. Abstracts should be 400 words or less, include a description of the presentation and indicate whether it is an oral or poster presentation. Abstracts should be submitted electronically HERE.

If you have any questions regarding abstracts, please contact, John W. Peterson, 6NCGL Conference Manager at (703) 455-4387 (w), (703) 505-1782 (c) 703-455-6888 (f) or jwpeterson@cox.net; or, Monti Golla, NatGLC Executive Director at, (979) 777-9779 (c) or by email at grazinglands@verizon.net.  Notification of accepted abstracts will begin in June 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!

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

Abstracts are being accepted until June 1st, 2015, and can be submitted online HERE.

2015 Interpreting and Measuring Indicators of Rangeland Health
* June 15-19 - BLM sponsored class - Rock Springs, WY
* June 15-19 NRCS sponsored class - Manhattan, KS (Konza Prairie)
* July 27-31 - BLM sponsored class - Taos, NM
More information: http://jornada.nmsu.edu/files/RangelandHealth2015.pdf

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Workshop Announcements

“NEW AND IMPROVED” Targeted Grazing Online Workshops 2015!
Basic Principles: 11:30 Pac/12:30 Mtn/1:30 Cntr/2:30 Eastern
May 21 – Monitoring for Success
For information and to register: https://targetedgrazing.wordpress.com/training/

2nd Annual Ranch Sustainability Forum
May 18-20, 2015 - Sheridan, WY
Go to http://www.agwingroup.com/ranch-sustainability-forum-agenda/ for information and to register.

Great Basin Fire Science Exchange Webinar
Seed zones & Climate Change
May 20, 2015 – ONLINE
http://www.gbfiresci.org/storage/docs/webinars/2015-01_SeedingSeries.pdf

Grasslands of the World: A Symposium on Global Conservation
June 12, 2015 – Flint Hills, KS
Integrity
http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/kansas/kansas-grasslands-symposium-details.xml

2015 Interpreting and Measuring Indicators of Rangeland Health
June 15-19 - BLM sponsored class - Rock Springs, WY
June 15-19 NRCS sponsored class - Manhattan, KS (Konza Prairie)
July 27-31 - BLM sponsored class - Taos, NM (NOTE CORRECTED DATE)
For more information go to: http://jornada.nmsu.edu/files/RangelandHealth2015.pdf

2015 WSASAS Extension Symposium at the WSASAS Meeting
Value of Low Stress Livestock Handling in Livestock Production Practices
June 25, 2015 - Ruidoso, NM
https://www.asas.org/membership-services/asas-sections/western-section/meetings

100th ESA Annual Meeting
Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating ESA’s Centennial
Baltimore, Maryland
August 9 – 14, 2015
Click here for information http://esa.org/baltimore/ and to register http://esa.org/baltimore/registration-fees/
Housing is now open
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America’s Grasslands Conference
America’s Grasslands: Partnerships for Grasslands Conservation
Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2015 - Fort Collins, CO
http://bit.ly/1KG7BJs
Deadline for Abstracts: June 22, 2015
Contact Aviva Glaser at GlaserA@nwf.org for more information

6th National Conference on Grazing Lands (6NCGL)
Deep in the Heart of Grazing Lands
Grapevine TX – December 13-16, 2015
http://www.glci.org/6NCGL.html
Call for papers: Deadline May 1, 2015
http://www.glci.org/assets/6NCGL/6NCGL%20Call%20for%20Papers_reduced.pdf

76th Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference
Great Waters – Great Lands – Great Responsibilities
January 24 - 27, 2016
http://midwestfw.org/html/call-for-presentations.shtml

X International Rangeland Congress - IRC 2016 Canada
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada - July 17-22, 2016
www.rangelandcongress.org

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

Presentations from the 3rd Rustici Rangeland Science Symposium, which focused on water quality and sustainable public lands grazing, are now available at
http://rangelandwatersheds.ucdavis.edu/main/symposium_RSS_2015.html.

Recorded webinars from the Great Plains Fire Science Exchange are available at
http://blogs.missouristate.edu/gpfirescience/tag/webinar-recording/
and a list of upcoming events can be found at
http://blogs.missouristate.edu/gpfirescience/category/event/.

Ecology & Management of Grazing - Online Course
More Information 

ESD Webinars from the 2014 SRM Annual Meeting available for viewing and download at
http://www.rangelands.org/ESD/index.shtml

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 at
http://www.ndsu.edu/nrm/seminar_and_workshop_announcements/

Agenda and Session recordings for the October 9, 2014 NGP Section Symposium, Managing Rangelands for Threatened & Endangered Species, are now available at:
http://www.rangelands.org/events/2014/2014-managing-rangelands-symposium.pdf

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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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