RangeFlash - September 19, 2012
SRM 2013 Annual Meeting, Technical Training, and Tradeshow Information
Start planning your trip to Oklahoma in 2013 for the 66th Annual Meeting of the Society for Range Management. There will be activities galore to suit every attendee. Come ready to experience the history, heritage and culture of Oklahoma. The culture is unique unto itself. Expect a warm welcome as you arrive, friendly faces throughout your stay and a humble "so-long" as you head back home. We will be looking forward to meeting everyone and showcasing our great state to all! For more information, visit our website at http://rangelands.org/oklahoma_city2013
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.
Excellence in Rangeland Management Entries Due December 15th
Don't miss your opportunity to recognize an Excellent Rangeland Manager from your section! The Excellence in Rangeland Management poster contest is an excellent way to showcase the "best of the best" at the international SRM meeting.
Each section may submit up to 2 entries from previous section-level Excellence in Rangeland Management Award winners. The winner will be recognized at the SRM Awards Ceremony at the Oklahoma City SRM meeting.
If your section will be submitting an entry, you must submit the following no later than Dec. 15, 2012, to the SRM Awards Committee Chair, Melissa Teague, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Section affiliation
- Title of Poster
- Abstract (max 100 words)
For more information, visit the SRM Awards website at: http://www.rangelands.org/awards/awards_handbook11.shtml
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!
2013 Rangeland Cup Oklahoma City
Disturbance is a natural process that can drive rangeland vegetation dynamics. However, dramatic changes in frequency or severity of disturbance may result in the need to actively reestablish desirable vegetation on disturbed sites. Historically, many non-native plants were used to rehabilitate drastically disturbed rangelands, but more current efforts have emphasized the use of native species. The selection and use of plant materials that will successfully establish, persist and restore ecological function to disturbed sites is a crucial decision in any restoration project.
1) Discuss the debate regarding whether native or non-native plants are better-suited for use in rangeland restoration projects. Is there consistent biological evidence that native plants are superior to non-native plants for revegetating disturbed areas? Are there situations where non-native plant materials may be more appropriate than native species?
2) Develop a process that rangeland managers can use to select plant materials for rangeland restoration projects. Your process should consider ecological characteristics of restoration sites and socioeconomic goals for long-term management of the disturbed site. Describe your process in detail and explain any pitfalls which may be encountered in the implementation of the process.
*Use logic and literature to support your conclusions for your poster.
** 2013 Additional task: Produce a digital video describing your project above to be displayed on the internet and as part of the meeting in Oklahoma City. Teams that produce a video will receive 5 additional total Rangeland Cup points.
To register your team send an email to including your school/university, names of team members and mentor, contact information (email, phone, address) of at least one team member. Contest guidelines and regulations may be found at http://www.rangelands.org/RangelandCup/index.shtml or by emailing the address above. We look forward to the strong competition and creative ideas on this challenging topic. Good luck!
Registration DEADLINE for 2013 SRM meeting in Oklahoma City: November 2nd 2012
Thank You From the Awards Committee
The SRM Awards Committee wishes to send a sincere note of thanks to everyone who took the time to nominate someone for an SRM Honor Award this year. For the last few years we have received an overwhelming response to the call for nominations. While this is wonderful, due to committee guidelines on the number of awards in each category, we are unable to present each nominee with an award at the 2013 SRM Meeting and at most annual meetings. So, if your nominee was not selected for an award, please don't get discouraged. It is common for a nominee not to be selected upon initial submission, but to be recognized in a subsequent year upon resubmission of the nomination. Due to the large number and quality of award nominees the past few years, we urge you to please re-examine your nomination packet, strengthen it as much as possible, and resubmit it next year! There are a lot of deserving individuals that the Society would love to recognize!
Chair, SRM Awards Committee
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. 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/.
Friends of the Kaibab Squirrel
As many of you know, our old friend Bill Hurst (retired Regional Forester, Southwestern Region and Past President of SRM) has long been concerned about the status of the Kaibab Squirrel in Arizona. This tassel-eared, white tailed sub-species of the Aberts Squirrel is found only in the Ponderosa pine forests north of the Grand Canyon in Arizona on the Kaibab National Forest and the Grand Canyon National Park. Bill believes that the Kaibab Squirrel population is declining and may not survive in the long run if specific habitat requirements are not maintained and if predation both natural and human caused is not held in check. While he served as Regional Forester he was able to exert enough influence concerning the squirrel's habitat needs and predator impacts to be reasonably assured that its needs were being met. In recent years however, he feels the situation has changed for the worse.
To assure that Bill is not alone in this effort, some of his friends have joined together to form an organization called, "Friends of the Kaibab Squirrel" (FKS). This is a unique, non-profit group whose sole purpose is to help assure the perpetuation and long-term survival of this beautiful little animal. FKS does not advocate listing the squirrel under provisions of the Endangered Species Act and does not intend to be a pressure group. Rather, it wishes to be a support group encouraging the organizations responsible for the animal - the Arizona Department of Game and Fish, and for management of its habitat - US Forest Service and the National Park Service, to actively redeem their responsibilities in the squirrel's behalf.
It is easy to become a member of Friends of the Kaibab Squirrel. The organization has no dues, holds no meetings and uses the Internet as its prime method of communication. The more members FKS has, the more it is apt to be listened to. Please log onto www.kaibabsquirrel.org and sign on.
SRM 2013 Job Fair
Sunday, February 3, 2012, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where Your Destiny and Your Future Job Meet!
Interview Tip No. 1
Proper English Diction ("Watch your mouth!")
The English language is very diverse and has a dynamic linguistic system. Every year the Oxford Dictionary (the standard for the English language) is obligated to add new words to their listings. Words such as "yeah", "cool", "hip", "gnarly", "slick", and "hey", and phrases such as "right on, man", "what's happening", and "you know", are considered a "big no-no" during the interview process. Your answers to interview questions will reveal your abilities in expressing yourself, your mastery of the English language, and your overall intelligence quotient. The interviewer is listening for answers given in complete and concise sentences. Include enough detail to give necessary information while staying on track, but not so much that you lose the interviewer either in a myriad of minutiae or a bog of boredom. Let your "Yes" be "Yes" and your "No" be "No".
You know! (...Searching for the right words without finding them...)
Interviewer: What monitoring have you conducted in the past?
Candidate: You know--stuff, heuh!!
Interviewer: Could you elaborate, please?
Candidate: ...pause...Monitoring stuff
Interviewer: Next question...
On a Personal Note
Take heart: Interviewing for a job challenges even the most brilliant among us!
"Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts." Blaise Pascal
For further information regarding the SRM 2013 Job Fair go to http://rangelands.org and click on the Job Fair 2013 (right side of page) or contact Marc A. Pointel at 775-482-7800 or email@example.com.
This year we are awarding two Young Professionals Conclave Travel Scholarships in the amount of $500 each! To qualify, the applicant must be a) currently employed in a range-related job; b) currently pursuing a graduate degree in range-related degree; or c) unemployed but recently graduated from a range-related degree or recently left a range-related position. There is no age limit to qualify for these scholarships; however, one must have been working in the range profession (excluding graduate degrees) for 5 years or less. Additionally, recipients of the scholarship must attend both the YPC Social and YPC business meeting held at the SRM Annual Meeting in order to receive the funding. Once these requirements have been fulfilled, the Scholarships will be presented to the recipients at the SRM Honor Awards Program at the annual meeting. The application materials are posted on our website (http://www.rangelands.org/ypc/pdf/YPC_Travel_Scholarship.pdf) and are due back by November 1, 2012. There have been no applicants yet so there is a great chance of receiving one! You can either mail your application in or email it to is firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
This year the YPC will be selling our first edition silk wild rags! Each year we will produce a new version of the wild rags in a different color and with brands representing the state in which the annual meeting is being held. If you are an Oklahoma rancher and are interested in getting your brand on the OKC Meeting wild rag please send us an email at is firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. There is only space for a limited number of brands so please email us soon!
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).
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
South Dakota Section Annual Meeting
Oct. 10 - 11, 2012 - Deadwood, SD
2012 Annual Meeting Poster (pdf - 45kb)
2012 Annual Meeting Registration (pdf - 228kb)
Oklahoma Section Meeting
Pawhuska and Bartlesville, OK
October 4 - 5, 2012
(BOD meeting Oct. 3, 2012)
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
Colorado Section Annual Meeting
Theme: Strategic Grazing Management for Complex Adaptive Systems
Nov. 29 - 30, 2012 - Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
(BOD meeting - 6 p.m. Nov. 28)
Wyoming Section Annual Meeting
To be held jointly with Wyoming Stock Growers & Wyoming Assn. of Conservation Districts
Theme: Wyoming Natural Resource Rendezvous
December 10 - 13, 2012
Idaho Section Winter Meeting
To be held jointly with the Intermountain Rangeland Livestock Symposium
Twin Falls, ID
January 10 - 11, 2013
Other Events of Interest
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
Old West Regional Range Judging Contest
Oct. 6, 2012 - Scottsbluff, NE
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