RangeFlash - September 12, 2012
SRM 2013 Annual Meeting, Technical Training, and Tradeshow Website
The 2013 Society for Range Management Annual Meeting, Technical Training & Trade Show website is up and running. Information on the state of Oklahoma, Bricktown, hotels, registration, activities, sponsorships, travel, program, abstracts speakers and more can be found on the website. Reservations are currently open at the meeting hotels, however registration for the meeting is not open yet, it will be open in just a few weeks. The website will be updated frequently when new information is available. Check the website often to get informed on the excitement that will be happening in Oklahoma City in February. The 2013 SRM meeting website is
Travel to the 2013 SRM Annual Meeting, Technical Training and Tradeshow - Feb. 2-8, 2013
The 2013 SRM Annual Meeting Committee is pleased to welcome you to Oklahoma City. The meeting will occur in beautiful downtown Oklahoma City, just steps from the Bricktown entertainment district. All events will take place in the Renaissance Convention Center Hotel and Cox Convention Center, with contracted lodging available at the Renaissance, Sheraton, Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott, and Hampton Inn & Suites, all of which are conveniently located within easy walking distance of the Cox Convention Center.
Reduced lodging rates are provided by the convention hotels and can be reserved via telephone or via the SRM 2013 Annual Meeting website. If you make your reservation through another website, please inform the hotel that you are with the SRM 2013 Annual Meeting. This will ensure the reduced rate and ensure that SRM gets credit toward our room quotas.
For more hotel and transportation information, click here.
Announcement - 2013 SRM International Delegate Travel Fellowship
The Society for Range Management (SRM) has established a program intended to:
- Support attendance at the Annual Meeting by rangeland scientists or managers from countries other than the U.S. and Canada.
- Foster international exchange about advances in rangeland ecology and management.
Submit your ITF application materials (application directions) to the address below by Sept. 30, 2012 via email to Leslie Stewart-Phelps or by post [please include a disk copy with all materials in a single file in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, Rich Text Format or Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format] to:
U.S. Forest Service
125 N. Main St.
Chadron, NE 69337
Awards will be announced before Nov. 1, 2013. Click Here for the Application Directions.
Don't Miss Your Chance To Respond To This Month's Photo Quiz
Rangeland residents are often challenged with all kinds of catastrophes, from fire and drought and even here and there a flood. While in the "Big Picture" these disturbance events may often rejuvenate senescent systems, for their individual components (organisms) they sometimes pose an immediate existential challenge. Our question today is what critter do we see here, and on what plant is it seeking refuge? Is this an example of an adaptive behavior in the face of climate change?
Go to http://rangelandnews.org/range_photo_quiz.html to tell us what you think!
Strategic Grazing Management for Complex Adaptive Systems
Save the date! Thursday - Friday, Nov. 29-30, 2012
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Symposium hosted by the Colorado Section SRM, Colorado Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, and Colorado State University
Featuring Fred Provenza, Pat Shaver, Tim Steffens, Ben Norton, Marshall Frasier, Poncho Ortega-Santos, Matt Barnes, Grady Grissom, and Doug Peterson
Ranch tour at award-winning Sylvan Dale Ranch and awards dinner featuring local grass-fed beef.
Details and call for abstracts coming soon!
Old West Regional Range Judging Contest - Oct. 6, 2012
The Nebraska Section SRM is hosting the Old West Regional Range Judging Contest on October 6th, 2012. We need your help to get the word out to students and professionals that may be interested in participating! The Old West Region includes Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska.
There is information and registration forms available on the Nebraska SRM website.
NE State Range Judging Committee, Secretary
2013 RSEC-SRM Call for Nominations
OUTSTANDING UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING AWARD
EARLY CAREER UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING AWARD
Do you know someone who teaches undergraduate Range Science courses that is a truly excellent teacher? Was or is there a college/university Range Science teacher who inspired you in your preparation 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 2013 SRM Meeting in Oklahoma City, OK. 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). Nominees are eligible only if they were involved in undergraduate teaching during the period September 1, 2011 and September 1, 2012. 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 found on the RSEC website: http://www.rangelands.org/RSEC/RSEC.htm.
Please note that a single hardcopy plus an electronic copy on CD (pdf files) must reach the chair of the RSEC Awards Committee by Nov. 1, 2012:
Walt Fick, Chair
RSEC Awards Committee
3016C Throckmorton Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
785 532-6094 (fax)
Employment Announcement: Restoration Ecologist
This academic position has 100% Cooperative Extension responsibilities and will be located in the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences. The research and extension focus of the candidate will address restoration and conservation of multiple goals in working landscapes, including a focus on both natural (e.g., grasslands, wetlands, woodlands) and managed (e.g., rangeland, agricultural, urban, parks) ecosystems, and their interactions.
The Redd Fund for Rancher Sponsorship: Deadline Dec. 1st
Are you a rancher or do you know ranchers who would be interested in attending the SRM annual meeting? Help is out there!
The Redd Fund is a cost-sharing joint venture between the Charles Redd Foundation and SRM in part to recruit ranchers by helping them attend annual meetings. Nominations of individuals shall be made by Sections to the BOD by December 1st for consideration. Selected ranchers who attend the annual meeting also receive a complimentary one year membership in SRM!
For details on program guidelines and nomination forms, please see the Redd Fund tab on the Outreach and Communication Committee webpage at: http://rangelands.org/outreachcommunication/.
Seeking Innovative Conservation Ideas in Western North America
Do you have an innovative restoration or conservation project or idea but lack the means to make it happen? I am working with a private foundation looking to help galvanize projects in western North America that break new ground, utilize new approaches, foster innovative conservation thinking, tackle difficult problems, or work in areas that have received little previous attention. We are particularly interested in projects that, if successful, would have significant potential impact, either directly by demonstrating important ecological benefits, or indirectly by pioneering new strategies that could be widely applicable in the conservation realm. Projects should be ambitious in scope and vision ($2-8 million), produce tangible, measurable, on-the-ground results within 3-5 years, and focus on key conservation issues. If research or planning is a significant component of the project, these must be supported by other funds. Sell us on your idea by submitting a brief description - no more than one page to: InnovativeConservation@gmail.com
The Nation Possessed: The Conflicting Claims on America's Public Lands
UPDATE: Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will be addressing conference participants at lunch on September 13th, 2012.
The Center of the American West, the BLM, and the Public Lands Foundation announce a bicentennial event, The Nation Possessed: The Conflicting Claims on America's Public Lands, September 12-14, 2012, at the University of Colorado, Boulder, to reckon with the dramatic history of the federal government's management and allocation of the public domain, and to find guidance in the past for the future. The two hundredth anniversary of the creation of the General Land Office, the agency that orchestrated the allocation and the management of the territory and resources on a nearly unimaginable scale, provides a prime occasion to consider America's public lands heritage.
The year 2012 is also the Sesquicentennial (the 150th anniversary) of the Homestead Act, presenting an important opportunity to recognize the dynamic interplay between public and private ownership of the nation's lands. Participants for this event include: Timothy Egan; former BLM Director, Bob Abbey; former Utah State Senator Bob Bennett; the Sonoran Institute Executive Director, Luther Propst; one of the founders of Burning Man, Will Roger Peterson; Humanities Scholar and performer, Clay Jenkinson, and many more. For a complete list go to: http://centerwest.org/events/the-nation-possessed/
The Commemoration will bring together a large group of distinguished public land experts to discuss and make recommendations for the future of the public lands administered by the BLM. The advice and recommendations developed at the Commemoration will be sent to the BLM, The Department of the Interior, and the Administration.
Click here for more information.
SWGLA Whole Ranch Planning Series
Sept. 7, 2012 - April 20, 2013:
Raton, Tucumcari, Albuquerque & Corona, NM
Join the Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance (SWGLA), internationally renowned consultant and holistic management expert, Kirk Gadzia and additional instructors in this unique learning series. Four separate 2-day sessions will begin in late summer of this year and conclude in spring of 2013. This is a unique and affordable opportunity, appropriate for grass-fed producers, ranchers considering a transition to grass-fed and all others interested in developing more economically viable ranching & holistic resource management.
Click Here for more information.
2012 - 2013 NAIPSC Webinar Series
August 30, 2012. A new webinar series on topics related to invasive plants has now started and will continue on topics related to biocontrol, increasing stakeholder involvement, large-scale restoration efforts, new invasive plant species, invasive plant genetics, and the latest in plant identification tools.
The webinar series is designed to inform participants who are involved in invasive plant management, research, and/or policy and provide an online venue for sharing resources, ideas, and information. Registration in the NAIPSC community is good for life. The first webinar on managing Phragmites australis is now archived and the second webinar will be happening soon. Don't miss out! Sign up today!
For all the details, check out the NAIPSC (website).
CNGA Improving Grassland Health & Profitability: A 3-Day Workshop for Ranchers
Sept. 25-27, 2012 - Ridgewood Ranch - Willits, CA
Learn how to develop and implement a successful grazing plan. This powerful step-by-step grazing planning process developed by Allan Savory is good for your grass, livestock, wildlife, soil, monitoring, and especially your wallet.
Click here for more information.
Stockmanship: Low Stress Livestock Handling Workshop
Oct. 4 - 5, 2012 - Cal Poly's Swanton Pacific Ranch in Davenport, CA
This is an introductory workshop where participants will learn Stockmanship basics with participatory learning. Join
instructors Richard McConnell, Tina Williams, and Kent Reeves to learn the Economic, Social, and Environmental benefits
of implementing Stockmanship. Workshop includes classroom and fieldwork.
Click here for more information.
5NCGL Registration Now Open
Dec. 9 - 12, 2012, Orlando, FL
Come learn how sound, scientific technical assistance can help you improve your management systems and how you can increase public awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of grazing.
Click here for Registration information.
Colorado State University
Advance your career with a degree from one of the nation's leaders in rangeland education. As a Colorado State University OnlinePlus student, you'll receive the same quality instruction, from the same expert faculty, carrying the same esteemed CSU reputation, as an on-campus student would receive - all delivered online or via DVD or correspondence. Learn more about this master's degree at www.csurangeland.com.
SRM Section Meetings
Colorado Section Summer Range Tour
Sept. 13, 2012 - Jackson Ranch - Villegreen, Colorado
Excellence in Range Management Award Recipients
10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
NOTE: Board of Directors Meeting, Wednesday, Sept. 12th, Felisa's Mexican Restaurant, La Junta CO 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
2012 CalPac Section Annual Meeting
SRM 2015 Planning and Water Quality
Sept. 17-18, 2012
Hyatt Regency, Sacramento, CA
South Dakota Section Annual Meeting
Oct. 10 - 11, 2012 - Deadwood, SD
2012 Annual Meeting Poster (pdf - 45kb)
2012 Annual Meeting Registration (pdf - 228kb)
Texas Section Annual Meeting
Building on Our Heritage to Prepare For the Future
Oct. 10 - 12, 2012 - Fredericksburg, TX
Click Here for the Agenda
Kansas Section Fall Meeting
Oct. 25, 2012
Kansas Wetlands Education Center - Great Bend, KS
Other Events of Interest
Multiple Indicator Monitoring (MIM) of Stream Channels and Streamside Vegetation Sept. 10 - 14, 2012 - Burns, Oregon (16 Credits)
Contact: Steve Smith, Team Leader, National Riparian Service Team (541-416-6703, firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Nation Possessed: The Conflicting Claims On America's Public Lands
Sept. 12 - 14, 2012 - Boulder, CO
Streamside Landowner Workshop
Sept. 19, 2012 - Goliad, TX
Forest Stewardship Workshop
Sept. 21, 22, 29 - 2012, St. Regis, MT
CNGA Improving Grassland Health & Profitability
Sept. 25 - 27, 2012 - Ridgewood Ranch, Willits, CA
Stockmanship: Low-Stress Livestock Handling Workshop
Oct. 4 & 5, 2012 - Cal Poly's Ranch, Davenport, CA
2012 NRVMA/NAWMA Combined Conference
Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, 2012 - Branson, MI
The Greater Sage Grouse of the Bi-State Area
Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, 2012 - Carson Valley Inn Minden, NV
More Information - Details coming soon
5th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress
Dec. 3 - 7, 2012 - Portland, OR
5th National Conference on Grazing Lands (5NCGL)
Dec. 9 - 12, 2012 - Orlando, FL
22nd International Grassland Congress
Sept. 15 - 19, 2013