Rangeland News - February 2016

From the President

Pat Shaver, 2015 SRM President

2015 SRM President Shaver’s article was written to be read prior to the Annual Meeting but the newsletter was delayed. It was shared with the membership in the January 28th RangeFlash. We are including it here again in the newsletter in case you missed it. Thank you.

As I prepare for the upcoming 69th Society for Range Management Annual Meeting in Corpus Christi next week, many things are running through my mind.  This meeting will finish my term as President of the Society.  As you all know, it is a three year progression from 2nd VP to 1st VP to President.  In many ways, I wonder where the time has gone while at the same time, it seems that this has been a lifetime position.  Many feelings and emotions emerge as I consider the end of this term. Certainly relief; time and money demands have been large and the release of those demands will be welcome. Disappointment is also there; so many good things to accomplish that did not get done. However, the most prevalent emotion is that of profound humility and thankfulness. You, the members of the Society for Range Management, have given me the opportunity to represent you, our society and profession in many varied ways and situations. The learning opportunities have been constant. Thank you all for that and for your support that I truly felt throughout this journey.

With all the opportunities and responsibilities that this position has offered, the highlight has been the opportunity to work with the various members of the Board of Directors, committee chairs, task forces, Section officers and our staff. It is amazing how much good work is happening and how many individuals are involved in society activities throughout the Sections and the society. We have made some major changes and have more in the pipeline, due to diligent, hard professional work, mostly done on a voluntary basis with the support of our staff. The Society is working well and has a bright future.

As I look to the future, I see many good thinks on the horizon. Due to budgeting process changes and changes in income generating paradigms the last few years, I see the SRM’s ability to step out and be relevant in a larger scale of resource issues involving rangelands increasing. As I look at the upcoming leadership in the Sections, with the committees and task forces and the BoD and officers, I am excited. There are good people with good ideas and energy tending to our future as a professional society. The future of SRM looks very bright from my chair. Thank you all for this past opportunity to serve you and for all the support I have received the last three years.

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President’s Thought, Post-Annual Meeting 2016

Val Anderson, 2016 SRM President

In a reflective moment, having just returned home from the SRM Annual Meeting in Corpus Christi, I marveled at what SRM is and does! I reflected back over all of the issues SRM boards have dealt with in just the last five years of my experience. The number of subjects that affect rangelands, the uses and users, the policies and laws, the education and practice, were all represented in committee meetings, technical sessions, symposia, trade-show, and many conversations at this Annual Meeting.

Perhaps the most awe striking point that dawned on me is how many people are actively engaged in creating and pulling off this strikingly large and diverse feat! By many standards, we are a relatively small and diverse professional society, yet the collective output is huge in contrast. Over 400 students attended our meeting with nearly 100% participating in technical sessions or sponsored competitions. Hundreds of technical presentations and posters were on offer across a wide spectrum of range related topics. And perhaps best of all, we rubbed shoulders and shared conversations, meals and drinks with old friends, new acquaintances, young professionals and students.

Working on rangelands requires that we transcend our differences in age, subject expertise, and employer to create a network that helps each of us do our part in sustaining rangelands with all of its entities and uses. SRM has developed into a diverse professional society that makes that happen.

Thank you to all that organized these meetings and all who attended. We know there were other members that wanted to be there, but couldn't. On behalf of the Officers and BOD, we hope to see all of you next year in St George, Utah. We also look forward to connecting with you at your Section meetings this year.

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SRM Names Top Honor Awardees

We are pleased to announce the recipients of SRM’s 2016 Honor Awards:

2016 Frederic G. Renner Award
Dr. Kendall L. Johnson, Utah Section

W. R. Chapline Land Stewardship Award
Dr. Larry D. Butler, Texas Section

2016 Sustained Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Stephan L. Hatch
Dr. Roger Q. “Jake” Landers, Jr.

2016 Fellow Award
Dr. Laurie B. Abbott
Dr. G. Allen Rasmussen

2016 Outstanding Achievement Award - Research/Academia
Dr. David B. Wester

2016 Outstanding Achievement Award – Stewardship
Chuck J. Perry

2016 Outstanding Young Range Professional Award
Lovina M. Englund
Dr. David Toledo
Dr. Dirac Twidwell

2016 Young Professionals Conclave Outstanding Apprentice Award
Dr. Kasey Lane DeAtley

Please join us in congratulating these deserving individuals!

Thank you to all nominators for submitting your nomination packets. As usual, it was a difficult process to narrow down the awardees for each category.

No nominations were submitted this round for the Chapline Research category though SRM certainly has many deserving individuals. We encourage everyone to start gathering information NOW for the next awards cycle so we have a full slate of nominees for all categories.

The deadline to send in your nominations for the 2017 Honor Awards is April 30. Please be sure to use the NOMINATION FORM and FORMAT from the current version of the Awards Committee Handbook, http://www.rangelands.org/awards/doc/awards-committee-handbook-2014.pdf. SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS can be found on page 21 and the form/format begin on page 22.

Good luck and Happy Nominating!

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What is the Future of Range Management?

Miranda Meehan, Young Professionals Conclave (YPC) President

In August I had the honor of representing the young professionals within the Society during the SRM 2015 DC Fly-in. The Fly-in is an opportunity for the SRM leadership to meet representatives of agencies and organizations with a shared interest in the sustainable management of rangelands. In addition to myself, the SRM delegation included President Pat Shaver, 1st Vice President Val Anderson, 2nd Vice President Larry Howery and Board of Director Jim Dobrowolski. The delegation had a full schedule of meetings with representatives from American Seed Trade Association, Dow AgroSciences, National Association of Conservation Districts, Tri-Socieites (Crop Science, Agronomy and Soil Science), BLM, NRCS, USFS and Administration Officials within the USDA Natural Resources and Environment division; organized by SRM Executive Vice President Jess Peterson and DC Liaison Kelly Fogarty.

A vast array of topics were discussed during these meetings, including agency trainings at the SRM Annual Meeting, the status of vacant Rangeland Specialist positons within agencies, the Native American Rangeland Management Capacity Building Project, and the National Seed Strategy. While the focus of each meeting was different there was one common theme; the importance of young professionals, students and youth.

As a Society SRM does a wonderful job of cultivating an interest and passion for range management with youth and students. The Society supports youth range camps, range judging competitions and the High School Youth Forum; introducing youth to the field of range management. I owe my career to my involvement in these events, as do many other range professionals. SRM is one of the few societies with strong student programs and membership. USDA Deputy Under Secretary Butch Blazer was first exposed to range management through his involvement in student competitions at the SRM Annual Meeting. It was inspiring to meet with someone so passionate about range management and the development of youth and students.

The opportunities provided by the youth and student programs within the Society help to develop young professionals and the future of the range profession. YPC provides a platform within the Society for young professionals to develop leadership skills required to be successful in their career. In addition, YPC provides professional development and networking opportunities. The Society works to provide training opportunities to members and agency personnel ensuring that they are using the best available science and technology to manage resources.

Why is all of this important? Because the average age of our range professional is increasing and the number of range programs and students in these programs are decreasing. In the past 24 hours I have received notification of the retirement of four of my colleagues. While our youth and student programs ignite a passion for range within the students that attend, we need to broaden our reach and impact. YPC and the Society provide opportunities for professionals to network and gain skills required to be successful, but these opportunities are only successful if the membership are able to attend these events. The Society has made strides in this area recently by implementing agency specific training. However, we need to explore ways to get more young professionals at these events and increasing the opportunities available to members at the Section and Chapter levels. The future of the Society and the profession we love depends on it!

If you would like to learn more about the professional development opportunities available through the SRM Young Professional Conclave or have any suggestions on how we can broaden our impact please contact me at miranda.meehan@ndsu.edu. Make sure to check out our events at the Annual Meeting, including the “Navigating Your Future as a Range Professional” workshop.

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Online Journal Access for Members

Dear Members,

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 ext 456; 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!
SRM

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Calling all SRM members!

IS YOUR MEMBERSHIP CURRENT?

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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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.

Applying Targeted Grazing

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

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

Access the webinar archive here.

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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. The hotels are booked, Pre- and Mid- Congress Tours are arranged, the main invited speakers are confirmed!

To learn more about the Congress and to register go to: irc2016canada.ca

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 

SIGN UP TO RECEIVE CONFERENCE INFORMATION

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Lost Resources: Donald Nelson Hyder

Charter member of the Society for Range Management, Don Hyder, passed away December 21, 2015 in Fresno, CA. To read Don’s notice, view his guestbook or send condolences to his family, click here.

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Lost Resources: Max E. Robinson

Charter member of the Society for Range Management, Max Robinson, passed away December 29, 2015 in Provo, Utah. To read Max’s notice, view his guestbook or send condolences to his family, click here.

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Lost Resources: Thomas Lee Thurow

Long time SRM member, and renowned rangeland watershed scientist, Tom Thurow died Jan. 13, 2016 following a sudden, brief illness.

Tom Thurow's contribution to both the profession and SRM was his ability and his passion to integrate new ideas, new techniques, and most importantly, new people into solutions for the most pressing problems. As a scientist, he advanced both forested and rangeland watershed science by integrating entire watersheds into analyses and solutions to improve the lives of people on every continent. As a teacher and administrator, he integrated disciplines to improve the quality of education for his students and for the university and the people it represented. He truly believed that science was intended to serve people and he practiced it very well.

Tom had a long history of supporting the SRM, from chairing the SRM accreditation Task Group focused on the evaluation and revision of SRM accreditation for 21st Century relevancy, to Advisory Board Member for the Wyoming Section Council. Tom consistently focused on students—helping them to be contenders and winners across the whole spectrum of SRM exams. During his tenure at the University of Wyoming, UW often had the most students present at the meeting, and as Tom would beam, they would prove to be some of the best informed and educated among their peers.

As Department Head of UW, the range management program grew to be recognized as one of the leaders in graduate and undergraduate education and the largest range management program across the nation and the world. In recognition for his rapport with students, Tom was selected as the Range Science Education Council’s Undergraduate Teaching Award winner. He felt that "It was a great, heartfelt honor to have received the award, humbling to be chosen by the students and faculty writing letters on my behalf." He was a caring guy, always focused on the improvement and achievement of others.

To read Tom’s notice, view his guestbook or send condolences to his family, click here.

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Lost Resources: John Lincoln (Jack) Artz

Founding member John Lincoln (Jack) Artz died peacefully in the early hours of November 19, 2015. In his characteristic way, he enjoyed life fully up to the few days before his passing. The West was the formative force in his life, both personally and professionally. When he left home for the first time, it was to work on his Uncle Dan’s ranch in Montana. Born in Syracuse, New York, his high school graduation present was a one-way bus ticket to Jackson Hole to take a seasonal job as a fire lookout. That was the first venture into a career spanning most facets of rangeland management.

Following his discharge from the Army after World War II, he and his new wife Mary packed up and moved to Missoula where they started a family and he would study range management at the University of Montana. Several Forest Service jobs followed his graduation in 1950; then, in 1952, a Nevada BLM appointment took the family to Elko, then Battle Mountain, Winnemucca, Eureka, and finally Carson City in 1957. He was responsible for most of the crested wheatgrass seedings in northern Nevada during those early years.

The 15 years in Carson City were significant for Jack’s career. He took a position with the Nevada Division of Forestry and became Deputy State Forester. He managed the agency’s fire program and set up the state prison honor camp system for inmate fire crews, as well as the state’s fire retardant bomber program.

In 1967, he took a temporary assignment as State Extension Range Management Specialist at the University of Nevada-Reno, which became permanent and lasted nearly 20 years. He earned a Master of Science degree in range management and a Graduate Certificate in public administration. He was instrumental in setting up UNR’s Renewable Natural Resources Program.

As a tenured full professor at UNR, he was increasingly active on the public land policy and administration front; ultimately spending two years in Washington, DC, as the first and only National Range Management Program Leader with the USDA Extension Service. Finishing his career back at UNR, he retired in 1988, moved to Cool, CA, and took up golf.

Jack remained professionally active. A Society for Range Management member since his college days in Missoula, he served for three years as an SRM officer – as President in 1992. For two years he was a member of the National Wild Horse and Burro Management Advisory Board. His wife Mary died in 2012. They are survived by three children, seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

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Fall Photo Quiz Answer

Range Quiz Photo

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.

Question:
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.

Answer:
Our "landscape manipulation" quiz photo attracted the discerning eyes of a university emeritus, a practicing consultant, and a researcher noted for a keen wit.

Jeff Davidson (KSU Emeritus): "It appears to me the backhoe operator is in process of "keying in" a fairly small rock check dam - likely he has or will be doing more of the check dams to make a series in this drainage. The check dams will slow water movement, collect silt, and hopefully allow this drainage to re-vegetate."

Rich LaCasse (retired NM BLM): "What is that backhoe doing there? In the middle of the photograph is a red survey ribbon which leads me to believe this is a project. I don't see any rocks or gabion baskets so it's probably not a check dam. The survey ribbon looks to be a distance from the drainage so the project must be crossing the drainage. My guess is the rancher is putting in a water pipeline crossing. The pinon and junipers indicate that the area is probably above 6000' in elevation so the winters are probably cold and the pipeline needs to be buried extra deep crossing the drainage to prevent freezing and guard against washouts. Better get to work, "daylights a burning."

Joel Brown (ARS Jornada): "That is a photo of either 1) an attempt at waterspreading by altering the flow from the arroyo to a less confined portion of the landscape or 2) digging a mass grave to dispose of the bodies of generations of scientists who have installed ill-advised landscape modifications to 'redirect' the energy of water."

As our “very soon after” photo shows it is #1; an attempt at waterspreading that provides runoff an early upland exit instead of tumbling down into an ever incising channel. The previous check dam suggestions would also be relevant here, especially the "one rock dam" structures in contemporary usage. At the moment it is providing some “pulsed irrigation” to a stand of galleta and alkali sacaton. The hypothesis is that, with “good grazing management,” the stand will prosper and be able to promote dispersed flow and resist re-channelization. Will it stand the test of time? Well probably not, but not to worry. Despite Joel’s expressed skepticism in #2, we can assure you that this little example of incremental conservation on private rangelands (the operator thought he might try a little experiment during some idle time installing a nearby storage tank) was not undertaken with any input of USDA funds or expertise. Though it may be ephemeral, the grass is still, for the moment, green.

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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Winter Photo Quiz Question

Range Quiz Photo

Question:
"We get a lot of gawks and stares going down the road with this rig," say the folks shown here in our current photo quiz. "People ask us at gas stations what in the world are we up to." So what in the world are they up to, and what, if anything, might it have to do with rangelands?

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

Texas GLCI- Solutions for healthy land and profitable ranching, brought to you by Texas Grazing Lands

To coincide with the 2016 SRM Annual Meeting coming up Corpus Christi we wanted to highlight the great work of the Texas Grazing Lands Coalition at the recent tri-annual national GLC meeting in Grapevine. As video of this has not yet been released (though it’s YouTube Channel already has 80+ titles!), we’re showing a July 2013 assemblage of earlier gatherings celebrating "Solutions for healthy land and profitable ranching."

GLC meetings are notable in the high levels of producer attendance and active participation, complementing the contributions of research and extension components to fully round out the diverse community involved in forward looking grazinglands conservation and management. No longer an "Initiative," it used to be known as "GLCI," the NatGLC is now fully fledged and flying high in Texas and across the land.

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Position Announcement: USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Range and Meadow Forage Management Research Unit, Burns, Oregon

The USDA-ARS is hiring a GS14/15 Supervisory Research Ecologist/Rangeland Management Specialist (GS-0408/0454).

About the Position
The duty station for this position is Burns, Oregon in the southeastern portion of the state. The incumbent would serve as Research Leader for the Range and Meadow Forage Management Research Unit.

This position offers a challenging career opportunity for a dynamic individual seeking a rangeland research leadership role. The incumbent serves as Research Leader over a complex research program providing the science for sound land and livestock management focusing on productivity, weed invasion, species composition, and water, carbon, and nitrogen cycles in rangeland and meadow plant communities of the Great Basin. Oversight includes direct supervision of unit employees to develop high quality research outcomes with impact.

The incumbent will also perform leading research to improving the resilience and recovery of rangeland ecosystems, providing sustainable systems for multiple land uses, including livestock grazing, wildfire protection, and restoration of sage grouse habitat, with emphasis on control of invasive annual grasses. The incumbent is expected to develop collaborations and communicate technical information to a variety of stakeholders including government officials, scientific and academic communities, national or international scientific organizations, and diverse community and non-government groups.

About the Research Unit
The Range and Meadow Forage Management Research Unit is located at the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center, which is operated cooperatively with Oregon State University. Currently, there are 13 permanent employees consisting of five scientists with expertise in rangeland management, plant physiology, and ecology; five technicians; and three office support staff. The Center serves two major cattle-raising environments: the Great Basin sagebrush-steppe, and the inland coniferous forests.

The Unit’s mission is to develop agricultural and natural resource strategies that maintain or enhance intermountain forest and shrub steppe ecosystems for the benefit of present and future generations. The current program includes research on invasive species; ecology and management of sagebrush range, juniper dominated sites, and riparian zones; livestock behavior; management of flood meadows; and traditional livestock management. Unit scientists and staff, in collaboration with their OSU colleagues, provide information and research services for ranchers, public land managers, hay producers, environmental groups, and the general public. Dissemination of information is achieved via journal publications, tours, field days, public presentations, and individual contacts.

Burns, Oregon and Surrounding Areas
Burns is located in eastern Oregon’s wide open rangelands in Harney County. This incorporated “old west” community has a population of approximately 4,000 and is known for its surrounding natural features and outdoor recreation opportunities. Camping, hiking, fishing, and hunting are just a few activities that occur on public lands in Blue Mountains to the north, Steens Mountain to the south, and other remote, scenic areas. Because of the nearby Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the area is renowned for being a spectacular bird watching destination. Historically, Burns has supported the county’s economic base of farming and ranching. Tourism based on sports and recreation is on the rise. Burns is a full service community with hospital and medical facilities; a small airport; public elementary/middle school; public high school; access to higher education facilities; and several churches affiliated with a variety of religions. Housing is available below national average costs.

How to Apply
The vacancy announcement for this position (Job Announcement Number: ARS-D16W-0127) is posted on the U.S. Government official website for employment opportunities at: www.usajobs.gov. All applications must be received through this website. Please read entire announcement and all instructions before you begin.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT
Kent Amott, Human Resources Specialist
Phone: 970/492-7037
Fax: 970/492-7034
E-mail address: kent.amott@ars.usda.gov

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Position Announcement: Beef Cattle Research Assistant, Browns Valley, CA

The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources, is recruiting for a Beef Cattle Research Assistant, Closing Date: 2/1/16. Full time, permanent. Manages beef cattle herd; supports research related to cattle health and production; develops, monitors and executes grazing plans at the UC Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center in Browns Valley, CA. For more information and to submit application, please visit; https://jobs.ucop.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=59117%20

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Position Announcement: Postdoctoral Researcher: Post-fire recovery of mule deer habitat in juniper-invaded sagebrush-bitterbrush ecosystems

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Postdoctoral Research Associate position. The successful applicant will work with Dr. Dana Sanchez and Dr. Lisa Ellsworth, together with a collaborative research team including the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Reappointment for the second year or beyond is expected and depends upon annual review and availability of funding.

The overarching objectives are to quantify responses of plant community, small-bodied mammals and mule deer to multiple restoration scenarios following stand-replacing wildfire in the Phillip W. Schneider Wildlife Management Area.  The area was renowned as a critical wintering area for mule deer. Historic overgrazing, expansion of western juniper, loss of understory, and invasion by multiple non-native annual grasses have contributed to declines in habitat quality and site occupancy by multiple native species.  Further, a large wildfire in 2014 has presented new challenges to ecosystem restoration as well as has spurred new questions about post-fire ecosystem response.

The Postdoc will:

  1. Merge and analyze existing data sets of fire effects on invasive/native species dynamics,
  2. Lead field efforts for upcoming research phases focused on testing how management alternatives pre-fire (juniper cutting, cessation of grazing) and post-fire (e.g., herbicide, herbaceous and woody seeding, seedling planting) impact ecosystem recovery and wildlife utilization following disturbance,
  3. Present research results for scientific and management audiences,
  4. Contribute to pursuing new research questions and funding potential within the larger project objectives. An ability to work independently and constructively as part of multi-faceted research team is critical.

Full details can be found and applications should be submitted to: https://pa266.peopleadmin.com/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp under posting #0016932

Screening of applications begins February 15, 2016 and applications will be considered until the position is filled. A start date of April 1, 2016 is preferred but there may be some flexibility for the preferred candidate.  Please indicate your availability in your cover letter.

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Rangeland Management-Rangeland Ecology Asst. Professor (tenure-track position), Chadron State College, Chadron, Nebraska

Department
Applied Sciences

Salary
Rank and Salary commensurate with qualifications and in accordance with SCEA Agreement; excellent benefits package. Work authorization and/or visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Dates
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Starting Date
August 2016

Qualifications

Required
Master’s degree in Rangeland Management or related field
Successful background records check

Preferred
Doctorate or ABD status in Rangeland Management or related field (Earned doctorate is required for tenure)
Experience teaching in higher education
Ability to teach a variety of range courses for majors and courses in the Essential Studies Program, and willingness to participate in interdisciplinary course development

Responsibilities

Teaching
Teach undergraduate courses in rangeland management including: Introduction to Plant Science, Principles of Rangeland and Forage Management, Range Plant Identification and Lab, Grass Systematics, Habitat Inventory and Analysis and Lab, Vegetation Manipulation, Agriculture Seminar I, and Agriculture Seminar II. Active development of courses for our Essential Studies Program (ESP) program including First Year Inquiry (FYI) and Capstone courses, serve on departmental and college wide committees required. Participation in assessment at the department level and in ESP assessment required.

Other responsibilities include participation in high impact practices, student research, supervising student groups/clubs, program marketing and promotion, networking with community and professional contacts, involvement with student groups and working with learning outcomes assessment. The successful candidate will have the ability to shape the on-going development of this program in response to new potential markets and improvements in program curriculum.

Candidates are expected to maintain excellence in areas of teaching, service and scholarship.

Service and Scholarship
Active participation in CSC curriculum revisions, program development and assessment, development and instruction of on-line courses, pedagogies of engagement, campus and professional community service activities, student advising and recruitment, creative/scholarly activities in accordance with requirements established by the SCEA agreement, service on committees, collegiality, flexibility to the changes occurring within higher education, deep commitment to teaching, interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and other duties as assigned are expected.

Application Procedure
Apply for this job online at http://www.csc.edu/hr/jobs/, click on Faculty, and then click on the green checkmark below “Apply for Vacancy” next to the position title.  Required application materials include the Chadron State College Employment Application form, cover letter, resume, and transcripts.  Applicants can attach and submit their cover letter, resume, and transcripts within the online CSC Employment Application form. Questions regarding the application process can be directed to hr@csc.edu or 308-432-6224.

Academic Information
CSC’s faculty members are a “community of learners” that value teaching and learning. CSC is committed to the orchestration of learning environments, teaching as a community endeavor, critical self-reflection, continuous improvement, and collegiality that encompasses responsibility. Recently, CSC initiated and began implementation of an innovative general studies program, known as the Essential Studies Program (ESP). The ESP is one of six Master Academic Plan (MAP) priorities 2014-18, the hub of the Chadron State 2020 plan.

General Information
Chadron State College is a small, rural four-year public college located in the scenic Pine Ridge of northwestern Nebraska and is a member of the Nebraska State College System. CSC offers undergraduate and graduate degrees to its approximately 3000 enrolled students and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. CSC is located within 90 miles of Rapid City, SD and 300 miles of Denver, CO.

Additional Information
This position is covered by the SCEA negotiated agreement. Please refer to our website (www.csc.edu/hr) for more information about Chadron State College.

This position supports Veteran’s Preference. Applicants who need a reasonable accommodation during the selection process may contact HR at (308) 432-6224 for assistance. Successful Background Records Check required as part of employment process. Chadron State College is an equal opportunity institution. CSC does not discriminate against any student, employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, or age in employment and education opportunities, including but not limited to admissions decisions. The College has designated an individual to coordinate the College’s non-discrimination efforts to comply with regulations implementing Title VI, VII, IX, and Section 504. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination Policies may be directed to:

Sherri Simons, Interim Title VI, VII, IX Compliance Coordinator
Chadron State College, 1000 Main Street
Chadron, NE 69337
Phone 308.432.6479
Email: titleixcoordinator@csc.edu

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Workshop Announcements

Targeted Grazing On-The-Ground 2015 – Examples from the field
October 8, 2015: Grazing For Specific Objectives—Realistically Determining Objectives for Your Targeted Grazing Program. Beth Reynolds, Facilitator
(ARCHIVED https://targetedgrazing.wordpress.com/videos-presentations/)
November 19, 2015: Livestock and Endangered Species—What Do Targeted Grazers Need To Know About Endangered Species? Rachel Frost & Marc Horney, Facilitator
(ARCHIVED https://targetedgrazing.wordpress.com/videos-presentations/)
December 17, 2015: Livestock and Wildlife Interactions—Using Targeted Grazing To Develop Wildlife Habitat. John Hendrickson, Facilitator
(ARCHIVED https://targetedgrazing.wordpress.com/videos-presentations/)
January 14, 2016: Multi-Species Grazing—Determining Management Keys for Grazing Multiple Livestock Species Together. John Walker, Facilitator
(ARCHIVED https://targetedgrazing.wordpress.com/videos-presentations/)
February 11, 2016: Communicating with Administrators and Clients About Targeted Grazing—How Can You Make Sure Your Message Is Heard? Karen Launchbaugh Facilitator
https://targetedgrazing.wordpress.com/training/

Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan Native Prairie Speaker Series
Rangeland Monitoring –Grazing Response Index (GRI)
Dec 9, 2015 – 12:00pm CST – WEBINAR
For information: http://www.pcap-sk.org/upcoming-events-workshops
To register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7811023333179190786

2016 SRM Annual Meeting Technical Training & Trade Show
Rangelands and Wildlife
Jan 31-Feb 4, 2016 – Corpus Christi, TX
Website is Live:
http://rangelands.org/srm2016/index.html Registration is OPEN! Click 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
http://www.kansasnrc.org/

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
http://www.tamariskcoalition.org/about-us/events/2016-conference

SWGLA 2016 Annual Conference
Grass-fed Livestock in the Southwest: Inspiring Local, Regional and Global Health
February 18, 2016 – Albuquerque NM
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ebyfsbv00fd1fd79&llr=yj8n6ejab

Sagebrush Ecosystem Conservation
All Hands, All Lands
Joint conference of the Great Basin Consortium and a WAFWA-sponsored sagebrush science and management meeting
February 23-26, 2016 – Salt Lake City UT
http://www.sagebrushconference2016.org/

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
http://www.oknrc.com/

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

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/

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! http://rangelands.org/sacramento2015/2015-SRM-proceedings.pdf

The 2015 SRM Annual Meeting Recorded Workshops
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/

3rd Rustici Rangeland Science Symposium
Focus: Water quality and sustainable public lands grazing
Presentations are now available:
http://rangelandwatersheds.ucdavis.edu/main/symposium_RSS_2015.html

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/

Understanding the Problem with Junipers in the Great Plains
Recordings available at:
http://www.gpfirescience.org/research-publications-1/2015/6/18/understanding-the-problem-with-junipers-in-the-great-plains-recordings?rq=Junipers

Cool-Season Invasive Grasses
Abstracts and Presentation available at
http://www.gpfirescience.org/research-publications-1/2015/6/18/cool-season-grass-workshop?rq=cool%20season

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

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:
http://www.rangelands.org/events/2015/2015-ND-SRM-presentations.pdf

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