RangeFlash - September 27, 2012
SRM 2013 Election of Officers: Vote Today!
Have you voted yet? If you have, we want to thank you. If you haven't, you must submit your ballot by 12:00 Midnight MST on Oct. 12, 2012.
Click here to view the candidate statements online.
Once you have finished voting, please consider a donation to SRM. Directions at the end of the ballot have been provided; login with your User ID and applicable Password.
Thank you and happy voting!
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 email@example.com:
- 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.
SRM 2013 Job Fair
Sunday, February 3, 2012, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
MISSION OF THE RANGELAND JOB FAIR
The mission is to match prospective employers from the Federal Agencies, State and Provincial Governments, Private Industry, Academia and Conservation Organizations with the high caliber of educated and enthusiastic prospects from SRM.
PROVISION FOR EMPLOYERS
Employers will be provided space to display information, distribute vacancy announcements and interact with job seekers. Registered participants will be provided with one 6-ft table for displays within a large exposition area. For an extra charge, we will also provide 4'x 8' display boards (see registration form).
We will encourage all interested meeting attendees to drift through and browse the JOB FAIR between other scheduled activities, meetings and workshops. We do expect that all participants staff, their tables/displays and be prepared to answer questions.
A limited number of interview rooms for employers will be available. Please contact Marc A. Pointel, 2013 SRM Job Fair Coordinator at 775-482-7800 or firstname.lastname@example.org (with subject line - interview room)
This is a free service for employers that represent SRM members and Trade Show participants. This is a free service for all job seekers interested in the rangeland profession.
All employers MUST register for this program.
To register, please complete the reservation form which can be found on the SRM website: http://www.rangelands.org and return it to the address at the bottom of the form.
Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis, and space is limited. The deadline for receipt of all reservations is January 13, 2013. On-site registrations may be accepted, depending on available space, and will require payment of a $100 late fee.
If you are interested in this program, or know of prospective employers who may be, please feel free to contact the JOB FAIR Coordinator, Marc A. Pointel, at email@example.com and/or 775-482-7800.
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
Call for Undergraduate Papers!
Abstract submission for the Undergraduate Student Paper Session at the 66th Annual Meeting for the SRM (2013) is now open!
What is the Undergraduate Student Paper Session?
The Undergraduate Student Paper Session is a concurrent session for undergraduate students to present papers on any topic related to range science or management, ecology, botany, ranching, animal science, etc. The papers may be original research or review-type papers. This session is not judged. The president of the Student Conclave conducts the undergraduate paper session.
If you have undergraduates participating in research projects, please encourage them to present! This is a great experience for young research scientists.
Deadline to submit abstracts: October 20, 2012
Abstract submissions should be sent directly to Loreen Allphin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Submissions should include: Full name of presenter and author(s); university and address of presenter and author(s); full title of presentation; abstract of presentation; contact information.
Only electronic submissions (word, pdf) will be accepted.
Who to contact for information or questions?
Loreen Allphin, email@example.com; (801) 422-5603
We look forward to your submissions!
Strategic Grazing for Complex Adaptive Systems
Symposium, Poster Session, Trade Show, and Ranch Tour
November 29-30, 2012 - Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado - Hosted by the Colorado Section SRM
Call for abstracts
We are accepting poster presentations related to the theme of Strategic Grazing Management (broadly defined), including both research and management (e.g., case studies), on a competitive basis. Accepted abstracts will be printed in the symposium program and posted online. Please email your abstract to StrategicGrazing@ShiningHorizons.com by October 31. Be sure to include all authors and their titles, institutions, addresses, and email addresses. Abstract text should be no more than 250 words.
Improve rangeland stewardship and grazing capacity by managing the intensity and distribution of livestock grazing across time, space, and plant species.
Click Here for the Agenda
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.
Grazing Land Stewardship: A Manual for Hawaii Landowners
Are you tired of wondering where to go for information on grazing management in Hawaii?
What about forage kind and quality data?
How about setting proper stocking rates for each pasture?
The list of questions goes on and on....
Many ranchers have asked us (Hawaii GLCI) to compile the most important information on grazing land management for Hawaii. Well, we heard you! The good news is that we've completed the Grazing Land Stewardship Manual for Hawaii Landowners and it's available for purchase.
Click Here for more information.
Last 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!
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
Oklahoma Section Meeting
Oct. 4 - 5, 2012
Pawhuska and Bartlesville, OK
(BOD meeting Oct. 3, 2012)
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
Theme: 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
Dec. 10 - 13, 2012
Idaho Section Winter Meeting
To be held jointly with the Intermountain Rangeland Livestock Symposium
Jan. 10 - 11, 2013
Twin Falls, ID
Other Events of Interest
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