RangeFlash - October 10, 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.
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!
Registration is Now Open for the SRM 2013 Annual Meeting, Technical Training, and Tradeshow
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 Dec. 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
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.
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: Nov. 2nd 2012
Preserving Green Grazing Even During Drought
USDA is helping ranchers learn to keep some green on their land even during drought. Preserving vegetation near creeks on ranches was the goal of a U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation service workshop in Central, West Texas. Ranchers were getting advice on how to keep riparian areas healthy.
Click here to view the video.
Episode 802 - America's Heartland
We are pleased to announce that Episode 802 of America's Heartland airs this week on select PBS stations across the country. Please check with your local PBS/public television station for airdates and times. You can also watch Episode 802 on RFD-TV on Wednesdays (check local time) and Sundays at 11:30pm EST.
Episode 802 features:
California - Yolo Land and Cattle
Arizona - Yuma Lettuce
Nevada - Sheep - Fire control
Kentucky -Bourbon Soy Sauce
Last but not least, feel free to watch your individual stories and the entire episode at www.americasheartland.org.
We Want Your Input On This Month's Photo Quiz
Fenceline contrasts are the stock and trade of our SRM Range Photo Quiz. Here is one that came to us from Kansas with the query, "What's going on in this picture?" And, we just have to ask, "What management goals and practices might be involved?"
Send your observations (and your own quiz-worthy range photos) to email@example.com, subject line "Range Photo Quiz" or Click Here to complete the Range Quiz form!
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/.
Managing Drought Workshop Series
Ranchers: What would you give to know 30, 40 or 60 days ahead of time that your livestock herd was going to run out of grass? Would you give one-and-a-half days of your time?
If so, mark Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 11 and 12, for a unique and comprehensive Managing Drought Workshop series in Wray.
For more information, click here.
2012 NRVMA/NAWMA Combined Conference
Don't miss out on this year's combined conference in Branson, Missouri held at the Hilton Branson Convention Center from Tuesday, October 30, 2012 through Thursday, November 1, 2012. Arrive Monday, October 29th to participate in NAWMA's committee meetings and a fun round of golf. Committee meetings include Train the Trainer and Weed Free Forage, Early Detection and Rapid Response, and our new Professional Certification program.
Click Here for Registration Information
Click Here for Agenda
Lost Resource: C. Robert Binger - Life Member
Binger, C. Robert of Dellwood, White Bear Lake, passed away at home Aug. 14, 2012. He was born on Sept. 11, 1918 to Vida Debar Binger and Dr. Henry E. Binger. On April 6, 1942 he married Elizabeth Wann who died on May 2, 1984.
For his complete obituary, please click here.
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.
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.
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
Nebraska Section Annual Meeting
Oct. 9 - 11, 2012
Quality Inn - Ogallala, NE
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
Utah Section Annual Meeting
November 1 - 2, 2012
Utah Valley University - Provo, UT
International Mountain Section Meeting
November 15 - 16, 2012
Great Falls, MT
Click Here for Registration and Agenda
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)
Northern Great Plains Section Meeting
Dec. 5 - 6, 2012
Fort Keogh, LARRL, Miles City, MT
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
Nevada Section Fall/Winter Meeting
Theme: Factors in Cost Effective Restoration of Sagegrouse Habitat in Northern Nevada
Jan. 10 - 11, 2013
New Mexico Section Fall/Winter Meeting
Jan. 11 - 12, 2013
Las Cruces, NM
Other Events of Interest
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
Managing Drought Workshop Series
Dec. 11 - 12, 2012 - Wray, CO
22nd International Grassland Congress
Sept. 15 - 19, 2013