RangeFlash - October 18, 2012
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 [email protected]:
- 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
Strategic Grazing Management for Complex Adaptive Systems Symposium
Hosted by the Colorado Section SRM and Sponsored by the Colorado Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative
Nov. 29 - 30, 2012
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
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, innovative grazing projects, etc.), on a competitive basis. Accepted abstracts will be printed in the symposium program and posted online.
Please email your abstract to [email protected] 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.
EXHIBIT OPPORTUNITY: Exhibitor registration includes one complimentary symposium registration. Registration will be discounted for SRM members. One additional registration is available at half price. Registration for the Thursday afternoon-evening ranch tour and dinner is also available, but not included.
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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 protected], 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
Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 11 & 12 - Wray, CO
Registration is Free, pre-registration required
For more information or to register contact the Yuma County Conservation District at 970-332-3173 ext. 3 or email [email protected]
This workshop series will begin on Tuesday afternoon (12/11). There will be a separate session Tuesday evening and one on Wednesday, December 12.
Tuesday afternoon will focus on the thought processes of drought and the Calf_Cost_Cow-Q-lator spreadsheet. This spreadsheet predicts profit (or loss) given certain conditions such as hay prices, amount of hay fed, calf weaning size, calf prices, and many more variable that only a computer can crunch. Attendees will go through the worksheet and fill in the best and worst case prices and conditions and learn the profit estimate using those parameters. The spreadsheet is free and available on the web at www.agmanagerstools.com.
After a provided dinner, the workshop series will continue with an introduction to various web resources. Pat Reece will introduce all of these resources and explain why ranchers should know how to use these websites to gain valuable information vital to making informed drought plan decisions. Pat served many years as a range management specialist for the Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center. He has more than 30 years of experience in the high plains and is a highly sought after speaker and consultant.
On Wednesday, attendees will learn about drought indicators, plant drought response, and drought planning. Attendees will learn what they need to know to answer these critical questions: How much moisture do we need? How do I decide how many animals I can run this summer? When can I decide?
We will start the workshop at 9 a.m. and close by 3:30 p.m.
Anyone is welcome to attend any part or all of the workshop sections. There will not be a registration fee, although pre-registration will be necessary. Call 970-332-3173 ext. 3 or email [email protected] for more information. The workshop is being sponsored by the Yuma County Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
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
Employment Announcement: Assistant Professor
The Department of Forest Management seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor of Rangeland Ecology and Management who will contribute to the teaching, research, and service missions of the College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana. This is a nine month, tenure-track position. Employment will begin in autumn 2013.
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 Job Fair
Sunday, Feb. 3, 2012, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
This seminar is for the early birds students and limited to 12 people who are preparing to be interviewed at the job fair. This coaching session will be an opportunity to strengthen your interview skills and abilities and learn trends in interviewing. The seminar will be offered on Sunday, February 3 and Monday, February 4, 2013 from 0600 am to 0700 am with locations to be announced. There is no cost to the attendees. Please contact Marc A. Pointel, 2013 SRM Job Fair Coordinator at 775-482-7800 or [email protected] (with subject line - interview coaching) coaching). "Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)
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 [email protected] (with subject line - Job Fair Volunteer).
Career Development Workshops
In addition to the successful Student Employment Workshop (now called the Rangeland Employment Workshop), where you can ask questions on how to really succeed in the job market, SRM is planning to host additional career development workshops. All workshops will be one to two hours in length and will be offered concurrently with the 2013 Rangeland Job Fair on Sunday afternoon, February 3, 2013 from 1 pm to 6 pm. Top professionals from both the private and public sectors of rangeland management have volunteered to guide these workshops to benefit SRM members.
Rangeland Employment Workshop - 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Ingrid Drieling, USFS, North Zone Salmon-Challis N.F., Leadore, ID
Employers are looking for ethical, motivated, hard working persons who can think, solve problems, communicate effectively (all modes), work effectively on a team, and have good leadership skills. Yes, they want certain specific technical knowledge and skills, but they generally assume that a person has ample technical ability so that they can train them in the specific technical components of their job.
At this workshop each participant will be asked to bring a specific job application along with a cover letter and their resume that they developed for that specific job. The workshop will help students analyze their materials with discussions on how they may improve it. Further discussions will concentrate on the process of evaluating job announcements, gathering information, preparing check lists, and then writing the resume and cover letter, submitting the application, follow-up, and preparing for the interview.
Also at this workshop you can ask the questions on how to really succeed in the job market. This is a confidential and discreet workshop. You can ask the hard questions without potential employers present. Expect to get honest, straight-forward answers on what employers really look for.
Did you know that the average time spent on a resume by a future employer is 20 seconds? At this workshop a team of experienced range professionals will offer critical real life resume assessments with usable suggestions to help you learn how to become one of the people that gets 20 minutes of a future employer's time rather than 20 seconds.
Potential employees that attend this workshop will also learn about appropriate interview attire, the importance of networking, and having a business card. Attendees will also find out why people that serve on committees as students typically get job offers when they graduate.
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.
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 [email protected] 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 protected] or [email protected].
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 protected] or [email protected]. 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
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
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