RangeFlash - October 4, 2012
Check out the Oct. Issue of Rangeland News
- SRM: Returning to Fundamentals, Dr. Roger D. Blew, Advisory Council Chair
- SRM 2013 Election - Don't Forget To Vote!!
- YouTube On The Range
- Capital Update
- 2013 Rangeland Cup
- Redd Fund Scholarship
- Trail Boss Cookbook Recipe
- Sept. Photo Quiz Answer
- Oct. Photo Quiz Question
- Job Opportunities
- Postdoctoral Scholar in Rangeland Ecology & Management
- Research Assistant - Restoration Genetics
- Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension
- Upcoming Events, Conference & Section Meeting Listings
- CPRM Calendar
- New Members
Check out the new online version of the Rangeland News at www.rangelandnews.org.
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.
If you are an online voter, please consider a donation to SRM. Directions at the end of the e-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
Be sure to register and get hotel reservations soon to take advantage of cheaper rates. This year's meeting will be held, February 2-8, 2013, in the heart of Oklahoma City.
The 2013 OKC SRM Planning Committee has organized a great event and we hope you will experience the excitement of Oklahoma by adding time to take one of the social or technical tours we have planned.
Since the meeting is in February, you may not hear nature's thunder, but you could get in on an OKC Thunder basketball game. There are 2 scheduled during our meeting; another reason to get your hotel reservations soon! Come to OKC, where we will celebrate and learn more about Native America, Native Rangelands.
For more information, visit our website at http://rangelands.org/oklahoma_city2013
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
|SRM 2013 Job Fair |
Sunday, Feb. 3, 2012, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where Your Destiny and Your Future Job Meet!
STUDENT VOLUNTEERS FOR 2013 SRM JOB FAIR
The 2013 SRM Job Fair is requesting assistance of two volunteer university students for customer service and administration of the job fair. The volunteer must be a dynamic, enthusiastic and outgoing person with a great sense service to the students and staff at the job fair. The purpose of the volunteers is to increase the involvement of students in the activities of the job fair and gain organizational and administrative skills as well. Please submit a letter of recommendation, resume and a cover letter on "Why I want to be a volunteer at the 2013 SRM Job Fair." Please contact Marc A. Pointel, 2013 SRM Job Fair Coordinator at 775-482-7800 or firstname.lastname@example.org (with subject line - Job Fair Volunteer).
PREPARING FOR ACADEMIC INTERVIEWS
Would you like to eventually obtain a position in academia or at a University? Are you currently a Ph.D. student? Join us on the first day of the SRM Meeting (Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013; 5 pm to 6 pm) to learn about:
- How cv's are different than resumes
- What is expected from the seminar presentation
- Meeting with interest groups
- How to dress during academic interviews
- How to negotiate salary, benefits and start-up funds
Please reserve your spot in the workshop by contacting Dr. Megan Clayton, Assistant Professor & Extension Range Spc., Texas AgriLife Extension Service/Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at MKDominguez@ag.tamu.edu or 361-265-9203 or Marc A. Pointel, 2013 SRM Job Fair Coordinator at 775-482-7800 or email@example.com. Spread the word to your students or fellow classmates! Room location for the workshop to be announced at a later date.
Interview Tip No. 2
First Impression: Dress for the Part
When a Shakespearean actor is about to enter the stage for their performance, the actor will wear the appropriate clothing for their role. It is part of the overall persona they are trying to display. They don't just play the part; they are the part.
You have heard the saying, "Dress for success". The first impression that you make upon the interviewer will determine the mood and direction of the interview. What type of impression do you want to make at first appearance? Being well-dressed presents you in a positive light. It declares that you are confident, organized, and well-groomed-that you took the time to look sharp. What lasting impression will you make on the interviewer so that you will shine above the other candidates? Dress for the part and make such a positive, indelible impression on the interviewer that they will want you on their team!
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: Oct. 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
Nov. 29-30, 2012 - Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO -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 Oct. 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 Website.
Click Here for the Agenda
The Redd Fund for Rancher Sponsorship - Deadline Dec. 1
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/.
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
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 and shipment.
Click Here for more information.
2013 SRM Endowment Fund Silent Auction
The Endowment Fund Development Committee requests your participation in the 2013 Silent Auction! At the 2012 Silent Auction in Spokane, over $10,000 was raised for the Endowment Fund by auctioning 120 items. All proceeds from the Silent Auction each year are added to the Endowment Fund. We are looking forward another successful Silent Auction Feb. 3-5 in Oklahoma City.
The SRM Endowment Fund was established in 1987 to help underwrite a strong financial position for the Society. Individual contributions and special events, such as raffles and the Silent Auction add to the corpus of the Endowment Fund. A portion of the earnings gained from investment of the Endowment Fund each year support the operating budget or special projects of SRM as determined by the Board of Directors. As the Endowment Fund grows, it contributes greater amounts to SRM's programs and operations.
You can participate by donating items to be auctioned and by bidding on items in the auction. Bid high and bid often! Past Silent Auction items have included art, books, jewelry, SRM mementos, and more! So bring your items and your check book or credit card to Oklahoma City.
The Silent Auction will operate during the Trade Show hours in the Trade Show Area/Hall.
Auction close out and item pick up will occur Tuesday evening.
For more information on the 2013 SRM Silent Auction or if you have an item for the Auction but are not able to transport it to the meeting, contact Meribeth Lomkin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 208-358-1533.
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 Nov. 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. There is only space for a limited number of brands so please email us soon!
2012 - 2013 NAIPSC Webinar Series
Sept. 30, 2012 -- Organizers of the North American Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Short Course (NAIPSC) have announced the schedule of speakers for October through December 2012. Check out the NAIPSC website (http://ipscourse.unl.edu) for all the details and get instruction on how to join the NAIPSC online community.
The NAIPSC 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. 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
Stockmanship: Low-Stress Livestock Handling Workshop
Oct. 4 & 5, 2012 - Cal Poly's Ranch, Davenport, CAMore Information
Old West Regional Range Judging Contest
Oct. 6, 2012 - Scottsbluff, NE
9th RISE Symposium (Research Insights in Semi-arid Environments)
Oct. 13, 2012
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