Rangeland News - October 2015

2016 SRM Officers Election Results

Please join us in congratulating your new officers!

2016 2nd Vice President
Dr. Barry Irving

2016 Directors
Dr. Eddie Alford
Curtis Talbot

A big THANK YOU to all candidates for their participation in this year's election. We genuinely appreciate your willingness to serve the SRM!


From the President

Pat Shaver, 2015 SRM President

A few months ago, I wrote about the subject of professionalism. I quoted Dr. Vannevar Bush from an essay titled ‘Characteristics of a Profession’. You may recall that in that essay, Dr. Bush identifies the hallmark of a true professional as ministering to people. In the interview with our first president, Joseph Pechanec that is included with his biography on our web site, Joe talks about the founding if the Society and the function of a profession in ministering to each other and the public. It occurs to me that perhaps the recent decision regarding the listing of the Greater Sage-grouse is a great example of what these two distinguish gentleman were trying to explain. In the reasons given by US Fish and Wildlife Service for not listing the sage-grouse it is noted:

"…we have determined that the primary threats to Greater Sage-grouse have been ameliorated by conservation efforts implemented by Federal, State, and private landowners."

"…regulatory mechanisms through Federal and three State plans that incorporate conservation principles identified by the scientific experts have substantially reduced these risks in approximately 90 percent of the breeding habitat through avoidance and minimization measures."

"This coordinated approach to conserve Sage-grouse and Sagebrush habitat has resulted in substantial reductions in all of the potential threats facing Sage-grouse in the Great Basin in the foreseeable future."

"We have a high degree of certainty that the majority of the planned future actions will be implemented and will reduce the magnitude of potential threats facing the Sage-grouse in the Great Basin."

I could go on for several pages, however, I think you get my point. Professionals from various fields - rangelands, wildlife, various production interests – all worked together with federal, state and private entities to develop and implement plans that would mitigate and reduce the various threats to the greater Sage-grouse throughout its range. This is an unprecedented example of professional expertise across many different disciplines ministering to each other and to the public and user of the rangelands that make up the habitat for this species. SRM has been involved with various aspects of this effort for several years on many levels. Certainly numerous members have been involved, through their various job and vocational responsibilities, in the planning and application of efforts described and recognized in the decision. As individuals we should all recognize the work done by all the professionals involved; as members of the profession, we should all be proud of our part in this work and look for more opportunities to minister to each other, our profession, and the public.

On a different subject, the election of Officers for the coming year is underway. We have an outstanding slate of candidates and time is running short to cast your vote. The election closes October 15 so if you have not done so yet, please do! These will be your Directors and Officers for the next three years. The successful candidates will be installed into their respective offices during the annual business meeting held during our 2016 SRM Annual Meeting, Technical Training and Trade Show in Corpus Christi, TX. Plans for this meeting are nearly complete with the folks in Texas working hard on a great agenda. The meeting is scheduled for January 31 - February 4, 23016. Make your plans now. See you there!

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Board Member's Message

Clayton B. Marlow, SRM Director
Montana State University

Some terms are used so often and have become so common place that we may miss the message the word or phrase originally meant to convey. Range management is such a phrase. It can be both a noun, a distinct discipline founded on ecological principles and dealing with the use of rangelands and range resources for a variety of purposes; and an action verb, professionals [who] oversee the management of public and private rangelands. Interestingly, even as a noun, range management denotes an action involving the use of rangelands.

In the face of growing criticism of red meat production, global warming, excess feral horses, overgrazing in national parks and threatened species, it may be worthwhile to ask exactly how the discipline of range management deals with the use of rangelands. Most resource managers would quickly respond that managers direct the use of rangeland ecosystems based on sound, scientifically based management recommendations and protocols. While certainly true this attitude has developed into an overtly cautious approach to both new and long standing challenges to the conservation of soils, vegetation, watershed function, wildlife populations and livestock production. Stop and think about the outcome of many of the public planning and scoping meetings each of us has participated in over the years. Too often the conclusion of the meeting has been that we need more data or better science before the proposed action is undertaken. In short, management action has been delayed because of reluctance to make a decision until more scientific information can be generated on the topic. In The Snow Leopard (1978) Peter Matthiessen recounts a conversation with his traveling companion George Schaller about wildlife conservation. Schaller, a renowned field biologist by this time, complained that many threatened wildlife species would go extinct because conservation groups and management agencies were pre-occupied with garnering enough information to take action. He worried that threatened populations if not the entire species would be lost before enough data was collected to make a “sound scientific decision.” In his view, action was necessary, sooner rather than later, to guarantee that there would be some individuals left to conserve. Thirty years later we find range management actions stymied by the same cautionary management style. Two examples of the decision avoidance behavior in the name of more information come quickly to mind; feral horses on public lands and overgrazing within Yellowstone National Park.

The Society for Range Management has responded to both issues through convened workshops, position papers and letters sent to state directors, federal Secretaries and newspapers since 1992, and the problem(s) still exist(s). As I write this column I can look over to my bookshelf that contains 5 publications dealing with elk population dynamics, aspen regeneration and range condition on the Northern Winter Range outside Yellowstone National Park. The earliest of these publications synthesized a series of invited papers from a symposium held at the University of Wyoming in 1978. A second appeared in 1996 and a third was published in 2003. The second and third were independent reviews of research conducted in Yellowstone from 1962 to 2001. Topic searches within the Journal of Range Management archives will reveal an additional record of scientific reports on the response of sagebrush and grass communities to elk and livestock grazing patterns. The literature on feral horses and their impact to range ecosystems is nearly as exhaustive so if “sound, scientifically based” information is the foundation of range management I think it is imperative for us to ask why we are still struggling to implement management actions based on over 3 decades of good science? Are we really involved in range management or simply habitat inventories? My suggestion about our retreat from range management is that we’ve become unsure of our capacity to make sound decisions with the information generally at hand. When and how we lost our collective “professional confidence” would require several more columns but one thing is certain, our crippled capacity to make decisions DOES NOT stem from the lack of professional expertise. The Society has been diligent in expanding the professional impact of our annual meetings by providing directed training, e.g. Ecological Site Descriptions, in addition to technical sessions. Additionally, our Accreditation Committee has revised the educational standards colleges must meet to graduate thoroughly trained range managers. It appears then that reluctant decision-makers do not exist because of a lack of up-to-date education; rather it has been the demise of the mentoring process that our young professionals went through when they first entered employment.

While all three federal agencies directly involved with rangeland resources, BLM, Forest Service and NRCS, provide regular “in-house” training for their employees there are few opportunities for new employees to work side by side with the 20 to 30 year veterans. Even though the veterans may provide classroom training or be down the hall for a quick answer, these efforts cannot impart the wealth of knowledge a young professional once gained by riding along in the pickup to implement a new improvement project or when assisting with a range survey.

I can still remember a powerful lesson I learned about sage grouse from an old time BLM range con. We were checking water tanks and I noted that several had developed little seep ponds on the pad margins because the water was being left on all year. According to my college training this oversight would cause erosion and tank subsidence; a negative impact to the grazing system. Roy just smiled and said “where do you think those sage grouse get a drink when there’s no snow on the ground?” No research, just years and years of observing the interaction between sage grouse and livestock improvements. Roy’s advice expanded my knowledge base sufficiently to add some confidence to my next round of decisions about the management of livestock water developments. Unfortunately, we have lost these mentoring moments as fewer and fewer range managers are ordered to do more and more. The new employee must jump in and take over with only an occasional brush with long time managers. Loss of this added training means those entering the workforce never feel quite prepared to make THE decision. When we’re unsure about what we know it is easy to be cowed into delaying action until more information is obtained. In short, we have a tremendous back ground in ecological principles but don’t have the confidence to “deal with the use of rangelands and range resources.”

We all have too much on our plates, but one avenue exists for long time range managers to bolster the confidence of our young colleagues just entering the field. Well planned winter and summer Section Meetings will give young professionals an opportunity to interact with the 20+ year veterans. Those of us with seniority need to temper our cynicism about “how things used to be done” and see these new members as a chance to make a difference; a chance to impart the “art” of range management. Field trips with discussions about how to make something happen on the ground will become the mentoring the profession and the range resource needs.

When all is said and done, we must remember that range management is an action word. The term “Range Management” should always convey the image of trained professionals making decisions designed to maintain the ecological integrity of rangelands. Decisions based on the best, currently available information are necessary so society can draw on rangeland resources to meet personal, community and national needs. As the old axiom goes, “actions speak louder than glossary definitions.”

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2016 SRM Annual Meeting Technical Training & Trade Show Information 

The 2016 Annual Meeting website is now live!
Registration will be live soon!
Contact Kelly Fogarty, kelly@wssdc.com, for information or if you have questions.

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.

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Excellence in Rangeland Management Award

The Excellence in Rangeland Management Award is a poster presentation and competition held at the Annual Meeting in Corpus Christi, TX. This award honors exemplary rangeland management and recognizes the "best of the best" from among section-level Excellence in Rangeland Management Award winners. The award will be presented at the annual SRM awards ceremony.

The objective of the award is to demonstrate and publicize to the public, and other range managers, outstanding examples of management which result in long-term health of the range resource while providing efficient production of livestock, wood products, water, supporting wildlife, esthetic values, and other non-commodity values.

Sections are encouraged to submit poster presentations of recent winners (2 per year maximum) of their Excellence in Rangeland Management award or other suitable nominations, representing outstanding ranches or other land management operations.

The posters presented will be judged by the Awards Committee to determine which poster best conveys Excellence in Rangeland Management. See page 16 of the SRM Awards Committee Handbook, to learn more about qualifications and judging criteria for this poster contest.

Contact your Section awards representative or the Chair of the SRM Awards committee, Kim Obele, if your section will be presenting a poster at the Corpus Christi meeting.

Sections must indicate their intent to bring forth an ERM poster(s) no later than December 18, 2015, by submitting the following information to Kim Obele, SRM Awards Committee Chair, via email kobele@fs.fed.us:

  1. Section affiliation
  2. Title of Poster
  3. Abstract (max 100 words)

Only 10 poster spots have been reserved, so don’t delay your submissions.

Thank you,
Kim Obele, Chair
SRM Awards Committee

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2016 Rangeland Cup Corpus Christi

Today’s rangeland managers face a complex set of challenges – not only from biological or ecological perspectives, but also from an increasing level of interest and engagement from a larger public who has little or no experience with rangeland ecosystems. Relatively recent technological advances allow us to share information efficiently with very large audiences.

How has the use of social media affected rangeland science or management in a positive way? In a negative way? Develop a clear strategy to use social media (or other current communication technologies) to educate non-rangeland users on what you think is THE primary issue facing rangeland management today.

*Use logic and literature to support your conclusions for your poster

**There will be no additional video portion for this year’s competition

Registration deadline for 2016 SRM meeting in Corpus Christi: November 13, 2015

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Call for Student Chapter Display Contest

This is a call for all student chapters who want to participate in the Student Chapter Display Contest at this year’s SRM national conference in Corpus Christi Texas. Be sure to submit an application for a Trade show booth. The cost of a university chapter booth space is $100. The deadline for booth registration is December 10th; if you register any later then you’ll be charged a $50 late fee. If your club plans on participating please have a representative email Rory O’Connor (ro.c.oconnor@gmail.com) to let him know that you would like to compete this year.

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Call for Undergraduate Papers!

Abstract submission for the Undergraduate Student Paper Session at the 69th Annual Meeting for the SRM (2016) is now open! Meeting to be held January 31-Februray 4 in Corpus Christi, TX

What is the Undergraduate Student Paper Session?

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

If you have undergraduates participating in research projects, please encourage them to present! This is a great experience for young research scientists.

Deadline to submit abstracts: October 31, 2015

Abstracts can be submitted directly through the student paper submission form. Submissions may also be sent directly to Loreen Allphin at loreen_allphin@byu.edu.

Submissions should include: Full name of presenter and author(s); university and address of presenter and author(s); full title of presentation; abstract of presentation; contact information. Only electronic submissions, either through the form above or by email as a PDF/word file, will be accepted.

Who to contact for information or questions? Loreen Allphin, loreen_allphin@byu.edu; (801) 422-5603

We look forward to your submissions!

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SRM Awards Committee Appointments

If you are looking for a way to actively participate on an SRM committee that promotes the recognition of outstanding contributions to the art and science of rangeland resource management - then maybe the SRM Awards Committee is for you!  This Presidentially appointed position does not require a large time commitment, but needs several trustworthy, energetic new members for a 3 year appointment. This is a great way to meet and work with people from across the country to acknowledge range related achievements in range stewardship and research. If you are interested and would like to be considered, or have additional questions, please contact 2016 Awards Committee Chair Kim Obele, kobele@fs.fed.us or 970-295-6755.

Thank you!

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International Travel Fellowship (ITF) for the 69th Annual Society for Range Management Meeting

Announcing an International Travel Fellowship (ITF) for the 69th Annual Society for Range Management Meeting, Technical Training and Trade Show to be held January 31 to February 04, 2016 at Corpus Christi, Texas! The theme of the 2016 meeting is Rangelands and Wildlife.

We seek outstanding rangeland professionals from outside the USA and Canada to apply for an ITF that will provide registration and general travel support to attend the 2016 SRM Annual Meeting. See the application details and a list of previous winners at: http://www.rangelands.org/internationalaffairs/iac_itfellowship.shtml

A description of the 2016 SRM Annual Meeting, as well as portals for the submission of abstracts and registration and lodging information, is found at: http://www.rangelands.org/events/

Abstracts for meeting presentations are due October 9, 2015. While a presentation is not absolutely required for ITF applicants, it is preferred.

Applications for the ITF award are due November 1, 2015.

The winner will be notified on November 14, 2015.

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Rangelands the Focus of September Edition of Junior Animal Scientist

The K-12 Rangeland Education Interest Group first met at the SRM Annual Meeting in Sacramento. As part of our initial outreach to other similar organizations, the American Society for Animal Science (ASAS) was asked to speak and share their success with the Junior Animal Scientist program, a 6 issue magazine along with accompanying website and e-newsletter aimed at grades K-8, with the magazine hitting the younger kids, K-5th grade. There was initial discussion in Sacramento of putting together a range focused edition.

We are happy to share that the September edition is the fruition of that effort - all about rangelands!  A portion of the group worked together to compile information about the different rangelands found in North America, why they are important, a short story about a boy on a Texas ranch, a range focused word search, and of course some kid appropriate range jokes along with many pictures of different rangelands and the animals who call them home.  There is already discussion of future collaborations between the two Societies.  Working together, we can reach more people and have a greater impact.

The K-12 Rangeland Education Interest Group (soon to be a full committee) will be holding a meeting to further define their goals and help all members continue to develop rangeland curriculum for K-12 and successfully implement it.  We need to start teaching children about the many benefits society receives from rangelands.  Maybe one of the readers today will become a future SRM member.

If you have any interests in rangeland education, please be sure to join us in Corpus Christi!

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6th National Conference on Grazing Lands (6NCGL)

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

Registration is open: http://www.cvent.com/d/brqsxm/4W

Special invitation to SRM Range Club/Student Chapter members to participate in the upcoming 6NCGL 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. 

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You might be a #RangeNerd if...

Don't forget to help us get the word out about this Rangelands Partnership social media campaign 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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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

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Bill Hurst Celebrates his 100th Birthday

SRM Charter Member William D. Hurst was born in Parowan, Utah on October 5, 1915. A celebration of his 100th birthday took place this month in West Jordan, UT where Bill resides. Past SRM Presidents Stan Tixier and Thad Box attended the celebration. Bill may be the last surviving Charter Member of SRM. (If you know of another surviving Charter Member, please let Vicky Trujillo of the Denver office know).

Bill Hurst graduated from Utah Agriculture College in 1937 with a degree in Forest-Range Management. He then worked for the USDA Forest Service, starting in survey crews and advancing to District Ranger on the Ashley National Forest. His Forest Service career was interrupted by his service in the US Army during World War II. He then continued in the Forest Service, serving on the staff of the Cache National Forest and in Washington, DC. He was Regional Forester in the Southwest Region (Region 2), headquartered in Albuquerque, NM. He retired in 1976.

Bill was active in SRM from its inception. He served on various committees in the UT and NM Sections, and also served in the National Capital Section. He was elected as an SRM Director in 1964 and then as President in 1970. After his term as President, he served on the Public Affairs Committee. He was in charge of preparing Benchmark statements on the use of pesticides on rangelands.

Bill became a Fellow of the Society for Range Management in 1978 and was awarded a Sustained Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995. When the SRM Annual Meeting was held in Salt Lake City in 2004, the Society recognized Bill with the Frederic G. Renner Award, the most prestigious award bestowed by SRM.

Bill attended SRM annual meetings until 2007 and was always available for sage advice on how to deal with conflicts requiring common sense and diplomacy. In summary to a lifetime of caring for rangelands and people, Bill is a standard bearer.

Bill currently lives in an assisted living facility just south of Salt Lake City. His physical health is pretty good for a man of that age. His short term memory may not be the best but his memory of past events and experiences is much better. If you’d like to send a belated card and/or note to Bill in celebration of this 100 year milestone contact Vicky for details, vtrujillo@rangelands.org.

More on Bill can be read in Thad Box’ column in the October 14 edition of the Logan Herald-Journal, http://bit.ly/1Oy08Sl.

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Targeted Grazing On-The-Ground 2015 – Examples from the field

Please join us for these online workshops to see how the principles of targeted grazing are applied on the ground. Online presentations and discussions will be led by people who are applying targeted grazing to accomplish landscape goals.

Made possible by the Targeted Grazing Committee of the Society for Range Management. Starting Thursday, October 8 – 11:30 Pac / 12:30 Mtn / 1:30 Cntr / 2:30 Eastern. Free. Register Here, to make sure you get e-mail reminders and updates.

All you need is a computer and good internet connection. Bring co-workers, students, or colleagues to sit in on sessions with you. Make it a lunch if you are in the western states.

  1. Grazing for specific objectives—Realistically determining objectives for your targeted grazing program. Beth Reynolds Facilitator – October 8, 2015
  2. Livestock and endangered species—What do targeted grazers need to know about endangered species? Rachel Frost and Marc Horney Facilitator—November 12, 2015
  3. Livestock and wildlife interactions—Using targeted grazing to develop wildlife habitat. John Hendrickson Facilitator – December 10, 2015
  4. Multi-species grazing—Determining management keys for grazing multiple livestock species together. John Walker Facilitator—January 14, 2016
  5. Communicating with administrators and clients about targeted grazing—How can you make sure your message is heard? Karen Launchbaugh Facilitator—February 11, 2016

Each webinar will consist of a researcher and at least one practitioner discussing the topics and will last approximately one hour.

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Range Science Education Council (RSEC) Teaching Award Nominations Sought

Dear SRM Members,  

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

The Range Science Education Council (RSEC) Teaching Awards will be presented at the 2016 SRM Meeting in Corpus Christi, TX. 

The Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award recognizes excellence in teaching and advising that has extended over the course of many years. 

The Early Career Undergraduate Teaching Award recognizes excellence in teaching and advising Range Management students by faculty/instructors in the early stages of their teaching careers (less than 10 years experience).  Recipients will receive a monetary award from the Range Science Education Council and recognition by both the RSEC and SRM.  

A copy of the guidelines and procedures for nominating a teacher for each of the RSEC-SRM Teaching Awards plus a copy of the Nomination Form can be downloaded from the RSEC site, http://www.rangelands.org/RSEC/RSEC.htm, or by contacting Karen Hickman, RSEC Awards Committee Chair (Karen.hickman@okstate.edu).  

As a reminder, please be sure to follow the instructions as described in the guideline and procedures documents.  

A single hardcopy plus an electronic copy (pdf files on CD or emailed) must reach the chair of the RSEC Awards Committee by November 2, 2015:

Karen R. Hickman, Chair
RSEC Awards Committee
008C Ag Hall
Stillwater, OK  74078
405-744-9579 / Karen.hickman@okstate.edu

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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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Lost Resources: Long time member, William "Bill" Schroeder passes

It is with deep sadness Laura Schroeder and her family announce the passing of her father, William "Bill" Schroeder on Tuesday October 20, 2015 at the age of 87.

Bill was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, attorney, mentor, advocate of people, and friend to many. Admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1951 at the age of 20, he enjoyed a long and successful legal career as a litigator and advocate for the wise use of natural resources.

Bill is survived by his wife of 65 years, Alberta Wienhorst Schroeder, children Laura (Scott Borison) Paul (Suzanne), John (Margaret), Katherine (Tom Gustafson), Alan (Diane) and Sara (Kevin Votava); and 14 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He will be very missed by all who knew him.

His funeral will be at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 707 W. Fort Street, Boise, ID at 2 pm on Saturday, October 24, 2015. The family request donations to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Organ Fund.

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Lost Resources: Dr. Will R. Getz

We were recently notified that long time Life Member Dr. Will R. Getz, passed away on Monday, July 20, 2015. Go to https://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/home/index.cfm/obituaries/view/fh_id/13937/id/3253356 for the notice.

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Save the Date: Nevada Section Winter Meeting

When: Thursday, January 14th & Friday morning the 15th.
What: Nevada Section of SRM Winter Meeting; Sage-grouse on the Nevada Rangeland; Positive Management Actions Moving Forward.
Where: Elko, Nevada. Meetings on the Great Basin College campus.
Who: All Nevada SRM members, friends and helpers!

Speaking invitations for the meeting are out and we should have some confirmations back soon. We expect this event to be a good mix of some “bleeding edge” science, and other great things happening on Nevada’s rangeland. Registration material will be forthcoming next month. Please plan to attend and look for more details as we continue developing the agenda for the event this January!

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Oklahoma Natural Resources Conference

February 24-26, 2016
Oklahoma City Convention Center

Please join us at the 2016 Oklahoma Natural Resource Conference February 24-26, 2016 at the Renaissance/OKC Convention Center in Oklahoma City.The OKNRC is hosted by the Oklahoma Chapters of The Wildlife Society, American Fisheries Society, Society for Range Management, Invasive Plant Council, Prescribed Fire Council and the Soil and Water Conservation Society.The conference will have presentation topics on range, wildlife, fisheries, forestry and environmental sciences.

Room Blocks & Registration
The OKNRC has rooms blocked at the Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel. The Renaissance hotel is located across the street from the convention center, and just steps away from Bricktown.This location makes it very convenient for meeting attendees. Visit www.oknrc.com for more information on reservations. Early registration and room block rate deadline is February 1, 2016 (after that room block rates cannot be guaranteed).

Abstract Submissions
Abstracts, paper and poster presentations, will be accepted for the OKNRC until November 1, 2015. Submit all abstracts to oknaturalresources@gmail.com. Visit www.oknrc.com for more information about abstract submission instructions. 

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May/Spring Photo Quiz Answer

Range Quiz PhotoRange Quiz Photo

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

While our SRM Photo Quiz Meister was off on “summer sabbatical,” our SRM followers kept the answers trickling in – the most ever for this feature (just when we were thinking of discontinuing in light of lagging interest!). There seemed to be an interesting bimodal distribution in how the “anthropogenic materials” were identified; either as a pile of discarded tires (a plurality), or rolls of pipeline languishing in the sun.

Saskatchewan Regional Forage Specialist, John Hauer: “The anthropogenic objects in the picture are old vehicle tires. They were likely used to allow a large tracked vehicle like a track-hoe or dozer to cross a paved road. Alternatively they were used to weigh down the plastic/fiberglass tarp cover on a silage pit bunker.” TSSRM members weighed in as well. Mark Mosley (who admits that he “Likes these little quizzies”) ponders, “That looks to me like ‘padding’ for crossing a road with heavy equipment, such as a bulldozer with cleats on the track” and Kyle Owen thinks “they are for a bulldozed to cross a hwy. That way they the tracks won’t ruin the pavement.”

Past SRM Director and Emeritus Professor-Humboldt State, Kenneth Fulgham, poses several possibilities, “Well it could be tires for heavy equipment to cross pavement, tires for filling with sand as fence post anchors, or it could be tires just discarded by someone.” Julie Elliot, NRCS CO states, “The picture is of old tires. They were probably being used to ‘control’ erosion, either in a blowout or a gully, and someone gathered them up into a pile.” Jeffery Creque, CA offers, “This is a tire dump; NRCS actually advocated use of tires for gully erosion stabilization for many years; many of these sites have become serious problems and are gradually being cleaned up and restored....”

Tires apparently have further utility on rangelands. Ward Whitworth (TX), “… for dragging to destroy vegetation & create a fireguard.” Retirees Charlie Bradshaw (USFS WY): “looks like a goat playground. I know some goat folks and they have constructed areas like this for their goats to play on. It's pretty fun to watch the kids,” and Kent Ferguson (NRCS TX): “Old tires to lay in cow trails to make cattle move out of trail to prevent erosion. Not a real solution to grazing mgt., but it is a start in the right direction.”

Jake Landers, Edwards Plateau in Central Texas whose (tongue-in-cheek?) guess is that “this is habitat for breeding endangered mosquito species. I would not allow it to be placed on my rangeland, because when I conduct a prescribed burn, the smoke from these tires would be in violation of the Clean Air Act or whatever it is called, and I would be subject to mucho fines. I don't care if the endangered mosquito species disappear.”

Several responders got pretty close to the right answer. Retired BLMer Bob Alexander (NM) offered this explanation, “…appears to be tires stacked over a pipeline. They mark the pipeline and may mark were a joint or valve is located,” but Ricardo Vasques (Mexico) was the first to recognize the “rolled up pipe for building the ‘hydraulic web’ for water distribution on the ranch.” Lisa VanAmburg (USFS CO): “That be some pvc pipeline (500’ rolls) used to get water from point a to point b….someone has a lot of work to do! I guess all that time spent in the high mountain dessert was good for something!” [Actually Lisa, it’s 2000’ of HDPE!]

Shawn McKay (OR): “At first glance I thought we were looking at a tire disposal, but after taking a closer look I think what we may have is project materials that never found there home. Often as managers of federal agencies we try to share the opportunity to participate in conservation programs with all of the producers that qualify. However some of these projects have no business on the range due to feasibility of installation or the potential for long term viability of the project. I think that is what we may be seeing in the photo. It looks like there are several rolls of black poly line that were most likely intended to be a supply line for a spring or other water development.”

Both Shawn McKay and Richard G. LaCasse (retired NM BLM) nailed it: “I see a lot of work. Looks like the producer is going to install livestock water pipeline with all that polyethylene pipe. Often times you have to drop off part of the materials before the rest of the materials, equipment and labor show up to complete the project. Hopefully it won't sit out there too many months!”

As you can see from the accompanying recent photo, these rolls of high-density poly pipe, languishing through good summer construction weather under the glacial pace of archeological clearances, inadvertently serve to monitor forage production/utilization (in which case it’s too bad these weren’t more randomly distributed?): it’s been a rare, way above average precip year here in eastern New Mexico, so it’s good to have this image for the archives - who knows when such conditions will ever be seen again…

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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Fall Photo Quiz Question

Range Quiz PhotoQuestion:
Rangeland managers have long deployed technology to manipulate landscapes in (hopefully) desired directions. What might be being attempted here, and what might be the likely outcome(s)? We hope to have some "after" pictures next time.

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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YouTube on the Range

Stewardship with Vision - Episode 2: Malpai Borderlands Group (MPG)
Published on Jun 20, 2015

“In the high desert of southern Arizona and New Mexico, almost a million acres of important habitats and nearly 30 at-risk species are being protected and conserved… by a coalition of ranchers who manage from “The Radical Center”… the Malpai Borderlands Group.”

Part of a budding series from WLA (www.westernlandownersalliance.org), this video features ranchers, conservationists, and agency people showcasing collaborative landscape-scale stewardship over a vast mosaic of private, BLM, USFS, and state (NM and AZ) lands; and even encompasses a FWS wildlife endangered fish refuge, all in the semi-arid “Boothill” region on the border with Mexico.

Besides bringing brush-suppressing fire back onto the landscape, additional tools employed include grass banking, Habitat Conservation Plans (species include the Chiricahua Leopard frog and the elusive jaguar), nearly 80,000 acres of conservation easements, and, though not detailed here, extensive cooperation with ARS Jornada and other dedicated researchers.

Rather than sit back and follow along, these on-the-ground rancher-managers take much of the lead and shoulder much of the burden in this impressive partnership. Rancher Bill McDonald (a 2009 MacArthur Genius fellow for his work in founding the MBG) notes that, among the things he’s learned over the past twenty years is that “other people can love this country as much as I do… We’re just the caretakers – and we are fortunate to be able to do that.”

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Position Announcement: Professor and Endowed Chair in Ranch Management, King Ranch® Institute for Ranch Management (KRIRM)

Job Summary
The successful applicant will be a nationally recognized expert by the ranching industry that understands and works to advance the vision and mission of KRIRM. The person hired will advise KRIRM graduate students, teach appropriate graduate courses, and support the outreach mission of the institute.

Job Responsibilities
The person hired will be expected to advise KRIRM graduate students, expand the national network of land owners and managers with whom KRIRM collaborates, and to enhance KRIRM outreach to the ranching industry through service projects, presentations, and publication of ranch management manuscripts and training materials. Additional expectations include teaching appropriate courses, obtaining external funding to support the KRIRM mission, and engagement in recruitment and placement of graduate students.

Qualified candidates must have a PhD or MBA from an accredited institution or university with at least 10 year’s work experience, evidence of exceptional communication and mentorship skills, as well as a passion for developing graduate students. Academic experience, abilities and reputation commensurate with an endowed chair are required, with demonstrated ability to understand and support the teaching of a systems approach to ranch management. Other qualifications include exhibited ability to effectively work with ranching industry stakeholders. The successful candidate must have a terminal degree in Range Science, Animal Science, Wildlife Science, Agricultural Business, or other appropriate discipline and 18 hours of graduate coursework in any field in which the applicant will teach. Preferred qualifications include attained rank of professor and work experience dealing with land management decisions, combined with experience in the management of a complex, financially successful ranching enterprise or demonstrated ability to work with producers in the ranching industry.

The position will report to the director of KRIRM, and is available on January 1, 2016 or until filled. Interested candidates should apply at https://javjobs.tamuk.edu. Review of applications will begin October 26, 2015. For more information contact Clay P. Mathis at clay.mathis@tamuk.edu.

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Position Announcement: Sagebrush Shrub-Steppe Wildlife Habitat Ecologist, Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, Oregon State University – Corvallis campus

Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences, College of Agricultural Sciences

The Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences, invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Shrub-steppe Wildlife Habitat Ecology. This is a full-time tenure track position with responsibilities for research, teaching, advising, and Extension Outreach. The appointee will be expected to teach 2 undergraduate classes (each in alternating years) and has freedom to consider offering graduate courses in the future. Courses will be offered on campus and may be offered online, or in some combination.

The faculty member will also advise undergraduate and graduate students. Research should relate to understanding rangeland ecology and management issues related to wildlife habitats in the shrub-steppe, particularly those issues related to the greater sage-grouse and other species within the associated wildlife community.

The person in this position is expected to develop a nationally recognized, extramurally funded, research program that will support management to maintain and/or improve habitat for the greater sage-grouse in rangeland systems. Focus should be on management, and maintenance or restoration as needed, at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Anticipated issues include, but are not limited to, management of livestock grazing, wildfire impacts, conifer encroachment, habitat fragmentation, invasive species, climate change, energy development, and predation.

The incumbent will serve as a resource to disseminate relevant scientific information to rangeland livestock producers, community residents, Extension faculty, wildlife and land managers in state and federal agencies as well as NGOs, and other appropriate audiences.

The incumbent will teach courses on Wildland Restoration and Ecology and Rangeland Analysis, currently offered alternate years. College of Agricultural Sciences faculty are committed to enhancing student success by engaging students in quality academic, research, internships, global studies, and other experiential learning opportunities. Positions with primary responsibility for Extension and outreach are likewise committed to learner success through programming appropriate for diverse audiences.

Full description of position duties including minimum and preferred qualifications, and application, see job posting #0016225 http://jobs.oregonstate.edu. For full consideration, applications must be received by November 16, 2015. Final closing date is December 02, 2015.

Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Benefit package includes several options for health/dental/life insurance, retirement and tuition fee reduction. OSU has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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Position Announcement: Assistant Professor of Wildland Watershed Management, The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, University of Wyoming

(position number 1097)

The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management (ESM; http://www.uwyo.edu/esm/) of the University of Wyoming is recruiting a 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor of Wildland Watershed Management with a 45% Teaching, 45% Research, and 10% Service appointment. ESM is an interdisciplinary department, offering degrees in Soil Science, Entomology, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management, and Agroecology, and several undergraduate minors including Forest Resources and Reclamation and Restoration Ecology.

We are seeking a candidate for the Wildland Watershed Management position that will integrate applied and basic research in rangeland and forest watersheds. The incumbent will have the opportunity to pursue research that bridges rangeland and forest management and hydrologic science. We seek candidates who investigate processes and feedbacks in rangeland and forest systems and their response to management. Research in this area is essential to effective multiple use management in systems that face an uncertain future due to natural and anthropogenic disturbances such as drought, climate change, insects and disease, energy exploration and development, and agricultural diversions. Candidates for this position are sought who will build an applied field-based research program focused on hydrologic processes that includes stakeholder engagement.

Required qualifications are an earned PhD at time of application in watershed or rangeland management, rangeland ecology, forest ecology, or a closely related area, demonstrated research productivity in the form of peer-refereed journal publications, and demonstrated ability for effective teaching. Preferred qualifications are postdoctoral or post-PhD research experience in watershed-related studies, a research focus on applied, spatial and field-based watershed management in rangeland or forest systems, experience in grantsmanship, excellent verbal and written communication skills, demonstrated ability to work effectively with natural resource agencies, and demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues, students, and staff.

We are targeting an applicant who works productively in collaborative and interdisciplinary teams, is able to communicate research findings to a wide range of audiences, and conducts research in field-based science directed toward extensive land management with linkages to water resources, restoration ecology, and ecosystem function. Research will address rangeland and forest management and restoration issues in watersheds with an emphasis on plant-soil-water interactions at the watershed scale. The successful candidate will address processes underlying watershed responses to anthropogenic and climatic disturbances to provide compelling insights that enhance the impact of applied rangeland and forest research.

The incumbent will teach 2 undergraduate courses (Wildland Watershed Management [REWM 4700] and Forest Management [RNEW 2100]) as well as a graduate course in their area of expertise. In addition, the successful candidate is expected to advise undergraduate students and mentor graduate students. The service component includes outreach to State and Federal natural resource agencies, industry, agriculture, and energy sectors in the state. The incumbent will have a rich research and teaching environment and be able to engage with water resources faculty, the Wyoming Center for Environmental Hydrology and Geophysics (WyCEHG), Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR), Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center (WRRC), Program in Ecology (PiE), and School of Energy Resources (SER) at the University of Wyoming.

To apply, send a CV, statement of research interests, statement of teaching interests, and contact information for three references as a single PDF document via email to the ESM Departmental Office Associate, Sarah Kauer (skauer@uwyo.edu). Please direct questions specific to the position or search process to the search committee chair, Dr. Jeff Beck, Dept. of Ecosystem Science and Management, University of Wyoming, at jlbeck@uwyo.edu.

Review of applications will begin on October 30, 2015 but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The University of Wyoming is located in Laramie, a town of ~32,000 in the Rocky Mountains. Located in a high mountain valley between the Laramie and Snowy Range Mountains, Laramie is immediately accessible to public lands providing a diversity of opportunities for summer and winter outdoor recreation. The community provides the advantages of a major university and a distinctive identity as an important city in the state. Laramie is 1-3 hours away from Colorado’s major cities, university communities along the Front Range, and a major international airport.

The University of Wyoming is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law and University policy. Please see www.uwyo.edu/diversity/fairness

We conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of the background check.

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Position Announcement: Dean of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Tarleton State University

Tarleton State University invites applications and nominations for a position of key importance: Dean of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Tarleton State University, a member of the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), is seeking a Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES). The Dean of CAES will report to the provost and will provide strategic leadership for the academic departments of Agricultural and Consumer Sciences, Animal Science and Veterinary Technology, and Wildlife, Sustainability and Ecosystems Sciences, as well as the College Farm. This is a time of transition as agricultural theory and practice continues to evolve, propelling the integration of greater research and science into the curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

For the full announcement, including qualifications statement and application information, please visit SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group's website at www.spelmanandjohnson.com/higher-education-professionals/current-searches

Tarleton State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer

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Position Announcement: Research Technician, Arizona Cooperative Rangeland Monitoring Program, University of Arizona

The University of Arizona is hiring a Research Technician within the Arizona Cooperative Rangeland Monitoring Program. The position is based in St. George, Utah. Duties include conducting standard sampling of vegetation and soils for inventory and monitoring of rangeland ecosystems administered by the Bureau of Land Management in northwestern Arizona. Employment is for a minimum of one year with continued employment dependent on funding.

For more information, please visit https://uacareers.com/ and search job number S20436.

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Position Announcement: Assistant Professor of Practice – Oregon State University Extension Service Pendleton, Oregon

Oregon State University Extension Service invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term, Assistant Professor of Practice position that will serve the area of Umatilla and Morrow Counties in the Columbia Plateau Region in the area of Livestock and Range Management. The Columbia Plateau region is home to a robust and progressive livestock industry in a diverse rangeland environment going from desert steppe to high mountain meadows.

The faculty member has principle responsibility for needs assessment, Extension program development, educational program delivery and instruction, and evaluation for adult audiences in the area of livestock, rangeland, and natural resources programming using research based information.

The mission of the Extension Agriculture Program is to deliver research-based, objective, informal education to help Oregonians solve problems, develop leadership, and manage resources wisely. As a land grant institution committed to teaching, research and outreach and engagement, OSU promotes economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation and the world.

For additional information about the position duties and qualifications, please review the posting at: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu - Posting  #0016084

Closing Date: 10/30/15.

OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.

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Workshop Announcements

NE Section Annual Fall Meeting
Oct 14-16, 2015 – Scottsbluff NE

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

ID Section 2015 Rangeland Fall Forum
October 22, 2015 – Jerome ID

Communicating with the Land User & 2015 CO Section Annual Meeting
Nov 3-5, 2015 – Glenwood Springs, CO

2015 WY Section Annual Meeting with WY ACD & WY WPC
Partners in Resource Excellence
Nov 3-5, 2015 – Laramie WY

2015 UT Section Fall Annual Meeting
Nov 5-6, 2015 – Moab UT

IM Section Annual Fall Meeting
Feral Horses on the Range
Nov. 6, 2015 – Airdrie AB

CalPac Section Annual Fall Meeting
Nov. 12-13, 2015 – Susanville CA

6th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress
Advancing Ecology in Fire Management
November 16-20, 2015 - San Antonio TX

Foothills Restoration Forum’s 9th Annual Fall Information Session
Succession and Recovery Pathways
November 18th, 2015 – Claresholm, AB
or contact Donna at corpirate@shaw.ca

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.
REGISTER BY OCTOBER 15 FOR THE EARLY BIRD RATE! http://www.cvent.com/d/brqsxm/4W

AZ Section Winter Meeting
Colorado River Management
Jan 7-8, 2016 – Yuma AZ

NV Section Winter Meeting
Sage-grouse on the Nevada Rangeland; Positive Management Actions Moving Forward
Jan 14-(15), 2016 – Elko NV

76th Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference
Great Waters – Great Lands – Great Responsibilities
Grand Rapids MI – January 24 - 27, 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: http://srm.apexabstracts.com/

SO Section Winter Meeting
@ SRM AM16 in Corpus Christi TX

KS Section Winter Meeting
with the Kansas Natural Resources Conference
Feb. (4)-5, 2015 – Wichita KS

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

Oklahoma Natural Resources Conference
Hosted by Oklahoma Chapters of:
The Wildlife Society,
American Fisheries Society
Society for Range Management
Invasive Plant Council
Prescribed Fire Council
The Soil and Water Conservation Society
February 24-26, 2016 – Oklahoma City OK

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

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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