Rangeland News - May 2016

From the President

Val Jo Anderson, 2016 President - Society for Range Management

Please note: A version of this letter from President Val Anderson was previously shared via the April 20th RangeFlash. We are re-running it for this newsletter in case you missed it, along with an update (first paragraph) of current SRM activities. Thank you. SRM

Dear SRM Members:
As this year is progressing, SRM continues to be involved with many ongoing projects and initiatives and has taken on a few additional topics. EVP Jess Peterson and our management folks in Washington, and Vicky Trujillo in the Denver office continue to keep SRM running smoothly and working to meet the needs of our membership. They all do a terrific job of keeping us updated on issues, concerns and opportunities for SRM to have influence on or be directly involved in the realm of rangelands. We were recently funded to work on a initiative to help increase opportunities for Native Americans to be trained and better qualified for employment in rangeland jobs. We are also working on a project involving a review of management of the Yellowstone Northern Range, with the hope to be positively involved with management in that important region. Prompted by a letter of concern, signed by a number of SRM members, we are in the process of organizing a Diversity Task Force which will be charged with improving opportunities in SRM for under-represented segments of our Society membership. We are participating in another initiative organized originally by leaders of the Humane Society to bring stake holders to the table to brainstorm viable solutions to the burgeoning problems associated with wild horse and burrow over-population on western rangelands. These activities, along with our publications, a website design, reviews of proposals for our member services provider and, of course, meeting planning for our upcoming Annual Meeting and Trainings are keeping SRM Officers, Board, Staff and Committees occupied in good service for the benefit of rangelands.

On another note, by now you should have received notification of the proposed bylaw amendment regarding changing to a single renewal date for all members but just in case we missed anyone, we are including the notice we sent out via RangeFlash previously. If you have any questions regarding this proposed amendment to the SRM Bylaws, please don't hesitate to contact me or any of your Board members. Contact details can be found at on the SRM website at http://www.rangelands.org/contact_officers.shtml or by contacting Vicky at SRM Head Quarters; 303-986-3309, or vtrujillo@rangelands.org. This proposed change to our bylaws came from the Membership Services & Meeting Management Task Force and has been worked on for nearly two years. The proposal has been discussed and approved by both the SRM Advisory Council and the SRM Board of Directors.

We are proposing to change Article I, Sections 10-12 regarding the renewal dates of your SRM membership from an “anniversary date” to an “annual renewal date” of January 1st of each year. There will be a transition period and all implementation will be coordinated between the SRM Headquarters Office and the SRM Business Office at Allen Press. The purpose of this proposed change in SRM Bylaws is to allow the Society for Range Management (SRM) to streamline membership renewal and administration. Currently members are spread across 12 renewal dates, with a majority concentrated during the period of November to February. This is because the months leading up to the SRM Annual Meeting have been a common time for new members to join. The current system of year round anniversary date renewals is difficult to administer, and as such, the SRM Leadership often does not know what the total membership and associated revenue is at a given point in time since it is in constant flux.

The justification for this change is that a single annual renewal date for all members will be easier for members to remember and bookmark, will simplify administration of the SRM membership database, and will enable better budget planning as membership renewal revenue will be known and relatively consistent early in each calendar year.

If this proposed Bylaw change is approved by the membership, the SRM staff, our current membership services contractor Allen Press, the SRM Board of Directors, the Membership Committee, and the Membership Services & Meeting Registration Task Force are all committed to making the transition move fluidly to completion.

As Board members we encourage you to review and support the proposed changes and additions. Please exercise your right vote. Thank you in advance for support this transition for the betterment of our Society.

Val Jo Anderson, President
Society for Range Management

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Is it about your Soul?!

Roy Roath, SRM Board of Directors

I have thought long and hard about SRM and the ties that bind us all together. What are we ‘about’? We are, as members of this organization, of tremendously varied background, education, and heritage. We go about teaching, managing, learning, and conserving. We move about between many countries and many cultures. We go about the business of filling out conservation forms, government permits, grant applications, and other things that distract us, at infinitum, from asking ourselves, “but what are we really ‘about’?”

I just watched a documentary about the packer/outfitter icon of the Bob Marshall Wilderness named Smoke Elser. He personified the land ethic in a way many of us would like to emulate. In a loosely worded paraphrase, he said,” I didn’t just lead pack horses and mules into the wilderness; I lead expeditions of discovery of the wilderness spirit”. Let it be so.…

I have had the good fortune to have crossed paths with many of our early founders like E.J. Dyksterhuis, Leo Merrill, Don Cox, Lyman Linger, Sherm Ewing, Bob Ross, Don Ryerson, and many more; each one passing one there love of the land. Each one contributed to my enduring love for the resource and helped me make a personal commitment to sustain it into the future. Like Smoke Elser, we are not just about the mechanics of getting us from point A to point B. It’s about something deeper. We’re not just about cows and elk, prairie chickens and sage grouse, projects and plans…we are about the land.

Recent interactions with agencies about their hiring challenges revealed the reality that college students spend less time on the land and have little understanding about things that we once took for granted. Sadly, even some of our younger tribal members are now as apart from the land as some of their urban and suburban cohorts. This younger generation is in danger of falling through the cracks because we perhaps make assumptions that everyone has the same opportunities as we did in spending time outside and experiencing “the spirit” that Smoke Elser talks about.

Now is the time to reevaluate what we are really about. The need for professionals who care deeply and know about the land is not diminishing, but expanding, and we need to build bridges necessary so that information and knowledge can be transferred to our current and younger generations. If the land is at our core, then our heart will beat freely and we will do and teach the right things. While we’re packing the mules and making preparations for the future, be sure to remember “why” we’re going on this trip in the first place. It’s about the land.

If you’d like to view the documentary which inspired my musing in this article, here is the link. 3 Miles An Hour: http://watch.montanapbs.org/video/2176749351/ I think you might enjoy it!

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EVP Update

Jess Peterson, 2016 Executive Vice President - Society for Range Management

Respect on the Range, or #respectontherange as it’s known on SRM social media, has been a successful outreach and promotional tool for the Society.  It enables those in the rangelands profession, or interested in rangelands, to be connected and share stories via social media.  The concept was created and implemented by SRM members and it has been a pretty neat success story; but we need to build on it.  You don’t necessarily need a ‘hashtag’ to expand “respect on the range.”  You can simply pick up the phone, send an email, or even send us a letter at the SRM Denver headquarters.  Tell us what you are doing; send a picture of your rangelands work place; outline a project and its ties to SRM; or, if SRM needs to be aware of something being done or not being done on rangelands, tell us that too.  The most important element- share your rangelands story and feedback.

To their credit, SRM members do not often brag or seek out the spotlight for their work and successes.  You focus on a project, get it done and move on to the next one.  This is what makes the Society unique – hard working, humble people.  We don’t want to change that, but we do want to share these successes to a wider group.  Whether it’s SRM leadership and committees trying to outline priorities and mission areas for work and projects, or in meetings with agency officials in DC, sister societies, and like-minded NGOs, it’s extremely helpful and productive to know about your exciting projects and endeavors.  We also want to make sure that we are relaying these rangeland activities, research and projects to the membership.  Too often we hear from potential SRM members saying “I don’t know what the Society is doing or does for me.”  Again, there are incredible successes that are tied to SRM occurring every day, but they are often quietly accomplished and not widely shared.

A short personal story on this point:  During our spring cattle work last month, my Dad and I were discussing a mineral supplement for cattle on one of our summer pastures.  He referenced a special mineral supplement that was developed specifically for the region.  At the Billings, MT airport as I was flying back to the office, I bumped into one of SRM’s premier range and pasture researchers.  I had a hunch that he and his colleagues may have played a role in this success story which has benefited a number of cattle producers in Eastern, Montana; and I turned out to be right.  So the next time a cattle producers says, “I don’t see the value and benefit of a rancher joining SRM”, share this story with them.  And to Dr. Mark Petersen and the good folks at the Fort Keogh USDA ARS Livestock and Range Laboratory – thank you for all that you do - keep up the good work and keep sharing stories about what you are doing; #respectontherange.

On sharing your rangelands story, the SRM website redesign is underway and we are making excellent progress.  A big thank you to the SRM Website Task Force and their efforts to get us to this point.  Hats off to Chuck Butterfield, Leonard Jolley, Vicky Trujillo and the SRM redesign lead- Jill Caren with 2 Dogs Media.  This group of individuals is putting in some long hours on this effort, and the final product will be well worth it.  Current and future members of the Society will benefit from what is shaping up to be an impressive website.  That being noted, the website will still be lacking…if SRM doesn’t hear from you.  For example, and an immediate request, we are looking for a wide range of rangelands photos.  Take a minute and peruse your collection, or snap a rangelands photo the next time you are out in the field.  Text them to: 202-870-3867 or email:  evp@rangelands.org

In the months to come, SRM members will be excited to learn about new projects and endeavors underway.  The SRM leadership is looking to expand its membership and communications outreach function.  We are in the process of developing the SRM FY17 Budget.  I can’t go into the details as to what is in the works, but I can say that your membership dollars, involvement at annual meetings, and contributions are making a big difference and as a result, SRM is working to expand its outreach function in several areas.  The membership has stuck with SRM during times of fiscal austerity, and now the Society is in a place to utilize funds that are now found in a healthy cash flow.  Our goal is to support and invest in a few targeted areas.  Again, there is much more to come, but we wanted to let you know that membership interaction and satisfaction is a priority, and we hope to build on that in the months ahead.

The SRM publications continue to deliver a wealth of information on rangelands research and projects.  Working with Elsevier has brought new opportunities and expertise. REM Editor-In-Chief Roger Sheley and Rangelands Editor-In-Chief Lori Hidinger continue to organize and edit impressive content, and offer a host of excellent services to the authors.  We greatly appreciate all of the work that authors have contributed to the latest rounds of journals.  A big thank you to John Hendrickson, Roger Gates and Patricia Johnson for their special issue “Incorporating Rangeland Management on Tribal Lands” along with Kristie Maczko and John Tanaka for their special issue “Future Directions of Useable Science for Rangeland Sustainability.”

On the projects and outreach front, work continues in the effort to establish a UN designation for the “International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists.”  Barbara Hutchinson, Jim O’Rourke and their respected colleagues, along with SRM staff Kelly Fogarty and I are working every angle to make this happen.  There isn’t enough ink in this newsletter to give a full update on our efforts thus far; just know that when it happens, some dedicated folks within SRM went to great lengths; #respectontherange.

A special thanks and hats off to USDA Deputy Under Secretary Butch Blazer.  DUS Blazer announced his retirement plans in early May.  Along with serving as a plenary speaker at the SRM 2016 Annual Meeting in Corpus Christi earlier this year, Butch has been a great friend to SRM over the years.  Before he announced his retirement, he circled up Diana Doan-Crider and SRM staff in his DC office and relayed word that the SRM Native American Range Training Project was fully established, and outlined a transition of contacts in his absence.  Words can’t explain how much we appreciate DUS Blazer’s contributions to rangelands and the Society.  Here’s to you Butch – take a well-deserved break and rest at home in New Mexico.  Hope to see you down the road at many more events and SRM meetings.

And lastly, as this summer heats up, I look forward to joining fellow resource society executives as we circle up over a lunch meeting to discuss ways in which our societies can collaborate more on projects, engage the next generation of members, and possibly find a way to create joint committees within the Societies.  As an example of this last point- there is the potential for great benefits if an SRM member were to gain reciprocal access to a similar issue-based Society of American Foresters committee, and vice versa.  More to come on this, but we look forward to exploring such joint ventures and work in the months to come.

In closing – thank you, thank you, thank you for your membership, involvement and contributions to SRM.  Let’s keep the positive momentum going; respect on the range – with or without a hashtag - let’s keep SRM prospering in the 21st Century.

Jess Peterson, Executive Vice President
Society for Range Management

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Accreditation Announcement:
Montana State University and South Dakota State University Accreditations

The Society for Range Management is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors (BoD) approved accreditation of the Rangeland Ecology and Management Program at Montana State University during the 2016 Annual Meeting in Corpus Christi, Texas.

At the same meeting, the BoD also approved the reaccreditation of the Rangeland Ecology and Management program at South Dakota State University. These universities join the other ten universities with accredited range programs and we commend them for offering quality degree programs in rangeland ecology and management that meet the SRM Standards for Accreditation.

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April Rangelands Announcement

How do we know we are doing “the right science” to address the challenges facing policy makers, land managers, practitioners and the public working to ensure the future sustainability of rangelands?
And how do we make that science “usable” to those addressing these problems?
With these important questions in mind, the Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable, Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at the Arizona State University, and the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation partnered to convene a workshop June, 2014 in Ardmore, Oklahoma to initiate the process of charting a research agenda for future directions of usable science for rangeland sustainability.  At the workshop we conducted an experiment to see if we could develop a set of research questions for sustainable rangelands. The ultimate goals of the workshop were to identify issues facing rangelands and to produce a set of recommendations for future research on rangelands for 5 topic areas (soil, water, vegetation, animals, and socio-economics). The April issue of Rangelands presents the major outcomes from the workshop discussions.
Members can access the online journal by logging into their member record, http://srm.allenpress.com/srm/MEMBERSHIP.aspx, selecting “Journals” then selecting “Read Rangelands.”  If you do not know your login details please contact the SRM Business Office:
800-627-0326 x456
Direct at 785-865-9456
To purchase hard copies, please contact:
Members: membership@rangelands.org
Non-Members: journalscustomerservice-usa@elsevier.com

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Elsevier 1 Online Access to Journals

Dear Member,
We are happy to report that SRM journal access login issues have been resolved!

All you need to do to gain online access to your respective journal subscriptions is log in to the SRM Business site just as you normally would do, http://srm.allenpress.com/srm/MEMBERSHIP.aspx.

Once logged in, select “Journals” from the menu bar. You will see a button below each journal to which you have online access which will take you directly to that journal.

If you don’t see a button/link below a journal you think you should have access to, please contact us at membership@rangelands.org, or by phone at 800-627-0326 x456; direct at 785-865-9456.

We thank you for your continued patience as we’ve worked to resolve the problems with journal access.

Happy reading!

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Lost Resources: Daniel “Buddy” Arvizo

Daniel “Buddy” Arvizo was born in Albuquerque, NM on December 17, 1944.  He was raised on a ranch at Cubero, NM.  Buddy’s dad was a rancher and rodeo contractor.  Buddy developed the skills of a rodeo performer and was a champion roper at more than one location.  After graduating from High School, Buddy worked as a miner.  This experience convinced him to go back to school.  He enrolled at New Mexico State University (NMSU) and graduated with a degree in Range Science.
Upon graduation from NMSU, Buddy began his career with the Bureau of Land Management as a Range Conservationist in Socorro, NM.  He was active in the community. He was chief welder at the County Fair Grounds Arena and he partnered in the Rocking On Rodeo Company that provided bulls for aspiring bull riders to ride and train on. Buddy also continued with team roping during his off hours, and took up golf with other BLM employees in Socorro.  Buddy had additional BLM range management assignments at Dillon MT.; Montrose CO, Boise ID, Cheyenne WY, and Washington DC.
Buddy was active in the Society for Range Management throughout his career, serving on various Section Committees and as a Section officer.  He took his family with him to SRM meetings.  They especially remember the summer meeting in Eureka, CA and the Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL.  He helped organize Annual Meetings in Boise and Washington, DC.  While in DC, Buddy mentored a student from Mexico who had won the Plant ID Contest, which formed the foundation for part of the award for this contest.
After 30 years with the BLM, Buddy retired, then drove a school bus for seven years.  He also continued to play golf and support baseball teams.  He mudded baseballs for the Sky Sox, Triple A team in Colorado Springs for a number of years.  He also collected logo golf balls from all the different courses he played, ending up with over 230.
Buddy was a family man.  He was married to his wife Penny and they had two daughters, Megan and Jamie, as well as two grandsons.  He loved people from all walks of life and lived his life with zest.  Buddy passed away February 5 at the Mayo Hospital in Phoenix from complications after surgery for congestive heart failure.  If desired, a memorial contribution may be made in his memory to Mayo Clinic, who gave him such high quality care in his last days:
Department of Development
Mayo Clinic
200 First St. SW
Rochester, MN 55905

From Buddy’s Memorial (After Glow):
I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the way,
Of happy times and laughing times and bright and summer days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun.
Of all the happy memories that I leave
When life is done.

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Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center Announcement:

Burns (EOARC) Selects Boyd as Research Leader for the Range and Meadow Forage Management Research Unit

Dr. Chad Boyd has been selected as Research Leader for Range and Meadow Forage Management Research Unit, Burns, OR, effective April 17, 2016.  Dr. Boyd received a B.S. in Wildlife Management from Texas Tech University in 1990, an M.S. in Rangeland Ecology from Utah State University in 1993, and his Ph.D. in Rangeland Ecology from Oklahoma State University in 1999. He is currently Lead Scientist for the NP 215 Project “Restoring and Managing Great Basin Ecosystems” at Burns, Oregon.  His research program focuses on the disturbance ecology of sagebrush plant communities with an emphasis on perennial grass seedling ecology and fuels management.

Dr. Boyd is an author on 48 refereed journal articles and 39 technical bulletins, popular press articles, and book chapters.  In the last five years, Dr. Boyd has been principle or co-principle investigator on successful competitive grant proposals totaling over $1.5 million.  Dr. Boyd has authored or co-authored research manuscripts and technical bulletins that are being used in management planning for plant communities that serve as sage-grouse habitat in the western United States.  His synthesis articles provide science-based frameworks that are being used by state and national policy makers to guide ecosystem-based management of plant communities throughout the sagebrush biome.


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Winter Photo Quiz Question

Range Quiz Photo

Winter Photo Quiz Question:  “Our last photo quiz of a range survey crew ready to hit the road attracted few respondents, so we thought we'd "sweeten the pot" a bit by showing how this squad of ATVs was deployed in the field.  So our questions now are: what information is being gathered, how might it be utilized, what is the tech looking at, and how might it relate to other means and modes of rangeland monitoring?  We'll show some results next time around!

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

Grazing Stop: Herd Building on the Rancho Valle Columbia, Coahuila Mexico

A full day workshop at the 2016 SRM Annual Meeting in Corpus Christi, TX was dedicated to the trending topic of Low Stress Livestock Handling.  Here, in this sometimes shaky horseback video of a 2013 “cattle training” session in Coahuila Mexico, is where its application to range management becomes apparent; by reinstalling herd instinct and group grazing behavior (as compared to being scattered and widely dispersed), accomplished practitioner Bob Kinford shows how cattle can be “placed” on a landscape to meet grazing goals and objectives.

“Traditionally, placing cattle is simply getting all of the cattle to stop in one area.  When this is done, cattle spread out and graze much as they do in conventional grazing.  To instill herd instinct in cattle and maximize the herd impact for planned grazing, I use the "Grazing Stop," which gradually makes the cattle want to graze closer to each other in the same direction; imitating the grazing of bison, elk and antelope herds.  Once the herd instinct is instilled a person can go out once a day, point the cattle in the direction of the area to be grazed, put a grazing stop on them, and the cattle will continue grazing over the desired area for the rest of the day.  In larger pastures they will go to water then return to where they left off grazing and continue in the same direction.”

After the training process (varying from a few days to a couple weeks), cattle can be “rotationally grazed” across extensive landscapes without the costs and troubles of electric or permanent fence.  Key areas can be targeted for utilization or rest.

 We see on Facebook that Bob is looking for some crowdsource funding or a grant so that he can produce a high quality video to contribute to this growing approach for integrating livestock and grazing management.  Maybe there could be a research project for a grad student in this area?

For more see http://naturalcattlehandling.com/

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#RangeNerd Social Media Campaign

We’d like to thank everyone for helping us with our #RangeNerd Social Media Campaign. Thanks to your support we’ve had the memes collectively receive over 80,000 views, 600 shares, and 4000 likes!  That’s a huge success and better than anything we had hoped for when we started this campaign last June.
We’d like to keep this momentum going and to do that we need your help.  These memes have been user generated, made by our fellow #RangeNerds out there.  We’ve been collecting and stockpiling them, slowly posting them every Monday, but our stockpile is dwindling and we don’t have very many memes left.  For this campaign to continue we need more #RangeNerd Memes.  If you have a meme you’ve been thinking about please put one together and send it on down, we’d love to see it!

Creating the memes is rather easy; they just require the headline, the photo, and the punchline.  We’ve even created a power point template, downloadable here, where all you have to do is add the photo and adjust the punchline or photo location as you see fit.  We’ve also left a place in the bottom right where you can add your organization’s logo if you would like. When you create your meme please email them to Christopher.bernau@nv.usda.gov and we’ll schedule it to be posted on a future Monday.

For more information on the campaign, and for full instructions for making #RangeNerd Memes, go to https://cals.arizona.edu/vbarv/rangeprogram/sites/cals.arizona.edu.vbarv.rangeprogram/files/%23RangeNerdCampaign.pdf.

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Inside "Equal Access to Justice Act" by Baier

To read the full pdf and learn more, click here.

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Program Coordinator: Cooperative Extension, Northern Arizona

The University of Arizona, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Salary Range $29,443 to $43,062 annually
Available May 2016

Apply only at  www.uacareers.com, click “Search Jobs,” then paste S21440 in “Posting Number”

The person in this position will be the primary coordinator for extension rangeland monitoring efforts in the northern region of Arizona, but will collaborate with similar programs in other regions of the state. This person will work under the direction of the Rangeland Extension Specialist responsible for northern Arizona and will also assist with other extension activities such as publications, workshops, youth camps, or applied research projects. Minimum of B.S. degree in rangeland/natural resources/ agriculture and 4 years experience is required. MS degree in rangeland/natural resources/ agriculture preferred. The position is benefits eligible. The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA - M/W/D/V Employer.

Apply only at the website listed above, but for more information, contact:
Doug Tolleson

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Livestock and Natural Resources Cooperative Advisor Serving Fresno and Madera Counties

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 locally-based extension, education and applied research program.  The focus within the livestock area will be on livestock production and marketing, food safety, herd health and management, forage production, invasive species, and grazing management. Natural resource efforts will address water quality, forage production, grazing systems, soil health and the wide array of issues surrounding provision of ecosystem services on rangelands. 

The UC Cooperative Extension Advisor will conduct and report regular comprehensive needs assessments to identify priority issues or problems relevant to the local clientele groups being served; disseminate useful, science-based information to inform clientele, using extension methods that are responsive to clientele needs and appropriate for the audience and situation; develop and implement applied research designed to monitor changes and solve locally relevant problems; maintain and promote UC ANR CE’s credibility and visibility by participating in professional organizations and collaborating with government agencies, commodity groups, allied industry groups, policy makers and other organizations by providing independent science-based information and leadership; evaluate programs and report accomplishments, results, and potential or actual impacts to scientific and lay audiences through a variety of outreach methods; develop collaborative teams with other UC ANR academics, including CE specialists, AES faculty, CE advisors and/or others, to address priority issues for UC ANR.

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.  Ideally the applicant will demonstrate relevant course work, training, and practical experience in both animal science and range management. Incumbent is required to become a Certified Rangeland Manager within five years of date of hire; see http://casrm.rangelands.org/HTML/certified.html

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’s website: http://ucanr.edu/Jobs/Jobs_990/?jobnum=990.

For a full position vacancy announcement and application procedures, please visit our website http://ucanr.edu/jobs. To assure full consideration, application packets should be submitted by June 12, 2016 to anracademicsearch@ucanr.edu.  Each application packet must contain a UC Academic application, CV or resume, copies of transcripts and a cover letter.  Please refer to AP#14-11.

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Society for Range Management Red Rocks & Rangelands

Society for Range Management
2017 International Annual Meeting, Technical Training and Trade Show
January 29-February 2, 2017 – St. George, UT

Email proposals to Mike Duniway (mduniway@usgs.gov)

CONFERENCE THEME:  The theme of this year's conference is "Red Rock & Rangelands," and it highlights the juxtaposition of spectacular geology and diverse rangelands in the region around St. George.  The southwest corner of Utah is an ecotone at the convergence of three major rangeland regions: the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave.  Range management in this region is especially complex due to the high biophysical variability, high concentration of natural wonders and associated recreation activities, and diverse set of stakeholder groups.  We especially welcome proposals that highlight the variety of rangeland environments and habitats, multitude of rangeland land-uses, and diversity of people who manage and depend upon rangelands in the southwestern US.

CONFERENCE FORMAT:  Sessions will vary in structure in order to provide a robust conference experience for presenters and participants.  Presenters are asked to identify their preferred format in their proposal, however, proposal reviewers may suggest alternative formats and/or combinations of topics to form symposia.

SYMPOSIUM SESSIONS:  Are comprised of a number of presentations, all related to a unifying topic.  Each presenter will be provided with approximately 20 minutes to speak.  After all have presented their work, there will be a shared time at the end for questions and discussion.  It is not assumed that those presenting in a symposium format will collaborate before the session, only that they share the time.  The idea is that, by providing information and viewpoints on different aspects of a topic in one session, rich discussion among presenters and the audience will ensue.

FORUM SESSIONS:  Are sessions that present research, theory, concepts, and practices.  Concurrent sessions are 45 minutes long and consist of either one presentation for the full 45 minutes or, in some cases, two presentations back-to-back (about 20 minutes each).

WORKSHOP SESSIONS:  Are designed to provide an opportunity for in-depth discussion of current and emerging topics of interest to the rangeland community.  We encourage workshop proposals that bring together people working on new and developing research topics that favor highly interactive discussions.  Those proposing a workshop should provide information showing that the workshop is of interest to the rangeland community, and explain why a workshop on this topic is beneficial.

For information regarding Special Symposia please contact Mike Duniway (mduniway@usgs.gov).  Additional questions regarding the program can be addressed to Program Chair Mark Brunson (Mark.Brunson@usu.edu).

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2016 Interpreting and Measuring Indicators of Rangeland Health Classes

Participants in this four day course will learn how to apply the “Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health” qualitative evaluation protocol and learn about quantifying (measure) selected core indicators. Classes have been modified to incorporate revisions to Version 4 prior to releasing Version 5.April 26-29, Reno, NV (limited capacity)

May 10-13, Phoenix, AZ
June 13-17, NRCS sponsored class, Manhattan, KS (Konza Prairie)
June 28-July 1, Billings, MT
Registration & Other Info Here

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Grazing Livestock Nutrition Conference

July 17-19, 2016 – Park City UT
This meeting with focus on Enhancing management, production, and sustainability of grazing ruminants in extensive landscapes.  Click here for more information, https://www.asas.org/meetings/glnc2016/home.

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2016 IRC Registration is Open!

Online registration for the 2016 International Rangeland Congress being held in Saskatoon, Canada from July 17-22 is now live.

While the Congress officially kicks off with Opening Ceremonies on Sunday, July 17th there are three spectacular Pre-Congress Tours that delegates can register for.  All tours depart from Saskatoon and return on Saturday, July 16th. 

  • 7-Day Tour - July 10 to 16, 2016 - $2150 CAD (+ tax) per person based on double occupancy

On this tour you will learn about range research at three research centres being visited, go horseback riding, watch stock dogs in action, be entertained by cowboy poetry, hike the native prairie, take a gondola ride up the Rocky Mountains;

  • 4-Day Tour - July 13 to 16, 2016 - $1030 CAD (+tax) per person based on double occupancy

Stops include a pioneer museum, a provincially managed community pasture, two cattle ranches, a bison ranch, a dairy operation, a University-run research ranch and an agriculture college;

  • 3-Day Tour - July 14 to 16, 2016 - $720 CAD (+tax) per person based on double occupancy
  • Stops include a native prairie conservation area, the largest earth-filled dam in Canada (Gardiner Dam), a federal agriculture research station, a cattle ranch and community pasture, Grasslands National Park

To register for a Pre-Congress Tour, please visit:

Early Bird Registration Rates are in effect until May 30, 2016

We look forward to seeing you in Saskatoon in July 2016!
Thank you,
Bruce Coulman and Duane McCartney 
Co-Chairs of the Congress Organizing Committee


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  • SESSION 1 – June 3-4:  Church Rock/Standing Rock:  Understanding the Whole Picture:  Introduction to Holistic Management and Grass-fed Livestock Topics.  Learn about the basic principles of Holistic Management and planning strategies, including drought planning and financial planning.  Develop or refine your business plan. Learn about grass-fed livestock production and marketing options and enjoy a tour and hands-on exercises at the Bar WJ ranch in Standing Rock.
  • SESSION 2 – August 12-13: Sanders, AZ/Nahata D’zhil 14R Ranch:  A Grass Roots Approach:  Assessing Your Resources and Developing a Plan.  Learn how Holistic Planned Grazing works with existing biological processes, and how to develop your own customized grazing plan, along with evaluating land health, conducting a forage analysis and calculating animal days/acre (ADA).  See management intensive grazing and learn about the Navajo Beef and Native Beef production and marketing programs at the 14R Ranch. Continue to refine your business plan.
  • SESSION 3 – October 7-8:  Shiprock:  Financial Planning and Grass-fed/Local Marketing Options.  Learn Holistic Financial Planning Principles and advanced grass-fed/local product marketing options and strategies.  Join the Department of Natural Resources in Shiprock for onsite exercises and a tour of one of their land management units.

Registration for this workshop is limited to 30 participants, so register early to guarantee your spot!
For more information, to download a flyer with full course descriptions, and to register, please CLICK HERE.
For specific questions, contact Laurie Bower:
thepoetlaurie@hotmail.com or (970) 390-5597

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Workshop Announcements

2016 Interpreting and Measuring Indicators of Rangeland Health Classes

  • April 26-29, Reno, NV (limited capacity)
  • May 10-13, Phoenix, AZ
  • June 13-17, NRCS sponsored class, Manhattan, KS (Konza Prairie)
  • June 28-July 1, Billings, MT

Registration & other info: http://jornada.nmsu.edu/files/RangelandHealth2016.pdf

WY Habitat Restoration Workshop – RESCHEDULED
Originally scheduled for April 19-20, 2016 – Casper WY
NEW DATE: September 8-9, 2016

Victoria/Calhoun Brush Management Workshop
May 25, 2016 – Victoria, TX
For Information: victoriaswcd@gmail.com

Sustainable Rangeland Symposium
June 6 & 7, 2016 - Lubbock, TX
Contact Glenn Duff for information: (575) 646-5279

2016 PNW Section Summer Field Workshop
Symphony of Species: Managing Rare and Diverse Ecosystems
June 8 – 10th, 2016 – Osoyoos, BC

2016 NGP Section Summer Meeting
In conjunction with the 19th Annual Native Prairie Appreciation Week (NPAW)& the SaskOutdoors Spring Camp
Section meeting: June 16, 2016 at 3pm
Maple Creek, SK
NPAW: June 16-17, 2016
Maple Creek, SK
SaskOutdoors Spring Camp: June 17 -19, 2016
Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

2016 Spring CalPac Section Meeting (to coincide with CalPac Range Camp)
Jun 22-23, 2016 – Elkus Ranch, near Half Moon Bay, CA

1st Rustici Rangeland Tour
June 27-28, 2016 – Alturas, CA
Contact Tracy Schohr for information, tkschohr@ucdavis.edu or 916-716-2643.

Practical Approaches to Managing Medusahead and Barb Goatgrass
June 28, 2016 –UC Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center, Browns Valley, CA
For information: (530) 639-8800 / mgosbourn@ucanr.edu

5th Grazing Livestock Nutrition Conference
July 17-19, 2016 – Park City UT

2016 IM Section Summer Tour
July 24-26, 2016
AB Rangeland Research Ranch (formerly Mattheis Research Ranch) near Brooks, AB
More information to come at http://ims.rangelands.org/calendar.shtml

X International Rangeland Congress - IRC 2016 Canada
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada - July 17-22, 2016
www.rangelandcongress.org Multiple Indicator Monitoring (MIM) for Stream Channels and Streamside Vegetation Training
Aug 8-12, 2016 – Winnemucca, NV

World Congress Silvo-Pastoral Systems 2016
Silvo-Pastoral Systems in a Changing World: Functions, Management and People
Sept. 27-30 2016 - Évora, Portugal
http://www.silvopastoral2016.uevora.pt/ 2016 NGP Section Annual Fall Meeting
Range Management: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Hosted by the ND Chapter of the NGP Section
October 13, 2016 – National Energy Center of Excellence at Bismarck College, Bismarck, ND
For More Information Contact:
Fara Brummer at (701) 261-6726 or fara.brummer@ndsu.edu: or
David Toledo at (701) 390-3206 or david.toledo@ars.usda.gov

2016 Fall CalPac Section Meeting & Tour
Oct 26-28, 2016 – Kilauea Military Camp near Volcano HI


70TH Annual Meeting, Technical Training and Trade Show of the Society for Range Management
Red Rock & Rangelands
January 29 – February 2nd, 2017
St. George, UT
Information coming soon!


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, website.

Abstracts from the 2015 SRM Annual Meeting, Managing Diversity are now available!
Click Here! http://rangelands.org/sacramento2015/2015-SRM-proceedings.pdf

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 http://rangelandwatersheds.ucdavis.edu/main/symposium_RSS_2015.html.

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.

Abstracts from the 2015 SRM Annual Meeting, Managing Diversity are now available!
Click Here! http://rangelands.org/sacramento2015/2015-SRM-proceedings.pdf

The 2015 SRM Annual Meeting Recorded Workshops
Now available for viewing at:

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/

3rd Rustici Rangeland Science Symposium
Focus: Water quality and sustainable public lands grazing
Presentations are now available:

Great Plains Fire Science Exchange
Recorded webinars are available: http://www.gpfirescience.org/past-events-webinars/ List of upcoming events can be found here: http://www.gpfirescience.org/upcoming-events-webinars

2014 SRM Annual Meeting
ESD Webinars 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/2013/3/26/intermountain-native-plant-summit-vii.html

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

Cool-Season Invasive Grasses
Abstracts and Presentation available at

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

Collaborative Efforts to Manage Rangelands and Wildlife
2015 ND Chapter of the NGP Section, Bismarck, ND, October 8, 2015
Agenda and Session recordings are now available at:

Agenda and Session recordings from the October 8th, 2015 ND Chapter of the NGP Section 2015 Symposium, Collaborative Efforts to Manage Rangelands and Wildlife, (Bismarck, ND) are now available at:

2016 Rangeland Summit – Keeping Ranchers Ranching

CLICK HERE for Understanding Wild Pig History and Biology
An online course via TX A&M AgriLife Extension

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
Christopher.Bernau@nv.usda.gov (NOTE NEW EMAIL ADDRESS).
You can contact Christopher or CLICK HERE for instructions and the template.
Don't forget to use the #RespectOnTheRange hash tag!
Happy posting!

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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:
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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