In This Issue
2013 Election Results
Annual Meeting Goes High Tech
Registration for Annual Meeting Now Open
RSEC Call for Nominations
Become a TSP for NRCS
The Redd Fund for Rancher Sponsorship
NRVMA/NAWMA Combined Conference
2013 SRM Job Fair
2013 SRM Endowment Fund Silent Auction
YPC Events/Updates
Update - 2012 - 2013 NAIPSC Webinar Series
5NCGL Registration Open
CSU - Master's Degree
SRM Section Meetings
Other Events of Interest
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RangeFlash - October 25, 2012  

2013 Election Results


Results of this year's election have been confirmed.  We wish to thank all the candidates  for their participation. Please join us in congratulating your new officers:    

2013 2nd Vice President: Dr. Pat Shaver

2013 Board Directors: Dr. Leonard Jolley and Paul Loeffler  

A total of 374 votes were cast by eballot (49 % return) and 523 (24 % return) hard copy ballots were received for a total return of 30 %.


Thank you to all members who cast their vote!


Do You Tweet? 2013 SRM Oklahoma City Annual Meeting Goes High Tech with Twitter (#SRM2013)

Welcome to the 21st century. The 2013 planning committee has decided to go high tech for the annual meeting in Oklahoma City with the new Twitter hashtag #SRM2013. This is a chance for social interaction on the internet about all things SRM OKC in 2013. Lets hear some tweets from the membership.

A couple of important items regarding the meeting,  which is scheduled for Feb. 2 - 8, 2013: anything and everything you will need to know is located on the website (http://rangelands.org/oklahoma_city2013/). On the webpage, several items have been added, including the program at a glance.  


Registration is now open but after Dec. 12, 2012 registration fees increase. Information regarding hotel and travel are also on the website. Don't wait to register or reserve your hotel room. Make plans to attend this meeting, you won't want to miss it.


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.  


For more information, visit our website at http://rangelands.org/oklahoma_city2013 

For more hotel and transportation information, click here.  






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. This is a wonderful way to recognize and honor someone who has made a difference in your professional career!


The Range Science Education Council (RSEC) Teaching Awards will be presented at the 2013 SRM Meeting in Oklahoma City, OK. The Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award recognizes excellence in teaching and advising that has extended over the course of many years. The Early Career Undergraduate Teaching Award recognizes excellence in teaching and advising Range Management students by faculty/instructors in the early stages of their teaching careers (less than 10 years experience). Nominees are eligible only if they were involved in undergraduate teaching during the period Sept. 1, 2011 and Sept. 1, 2012. Recipients will receive a monetary award from the Range Science Education Council and recognition by both the RSEC and SRM.


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 (pdf) 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, 785-532-7223 (voice), 785 532-6094 (fax),  


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Becoming a Technical Service Provider for NRCS: An Introduction - Webinar Series Begins Nov. 1, 2012 


As part of a NRCS national Conservation Innovation Project NCAT and 10 other partners on Nov. 1 will be offering the first of four webinars on how to become a TSP and what it takes to write conservation plans.


In the webinar, "Becoming a Technical Service Provider for NRCS: An Introduction," Harriet Behar with the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) will begin this series with an introduction that will help you navigate the TSP approval process, receive payment for your work, as well as give you a basic understanding of what is required in this plan. Harriet is approved as a TSP to write Conservaton Activity Plans.


For the full announcement, please click on the link below:   


Faces of CRP 


Join over 340 of your colleagues across the country who have already participated in our comprehensive training program. The path to becoming an NRCS certified CRP Technical Service Provider (TSP) has never been easier with new online training options and access to local mentors. Participants complete an online Core Training, develop a CRP plan with a mentor and have access to a suite of online, in-person and hybrid supplemental courses.


Participants who complete the FREE online Core Training are eligible for the mentorship and supplemental courses at no additional charge. Supplemental courses are available for a fee to all other participants.    

Please visit our new website facesofcrp.info for an overview of the entire program including training availability, benefits and continuing education units (CEUs). Also, take a few minutes to get to know some of your peers who have already participated in the program by clicking on the Our Stories and TSP Blog sections of the website. If you are on Facebook, please help us get to 100 Likes by the end of the month so we can spread the word on conservation and the benefits of becoming a TSP.  

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.  

For more information, visit the SRM Awards website at: http://www.rangelands.org/awards/awards_handbook11.shtml

2013 Rangeland Cup Oklahoma City, Deadline Nov. 2, 2012 


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.  


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!


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 ABSTRACTSWe 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 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.


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 vtrujillo@rangelands.org, 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!  


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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.

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2013 SRM Job Fair   


Sunday, Feb. 3, 2012, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


BLM Volunteers needed to man the BLM booth at the SRM 2013 Annual Meeting, Technical Training and Tradeshow

Calling all available BLM personnel to volunteer their time at the BLM Booth in the Tradeshow from Feb. 2-8, 2013.


Please contact Marc A. Pointel, 2013 Job Fair Coordinator at 775-482-7850 or e-mail at mpointel@blm.gov




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  mpointel@blm.gov (with subject line - Job Fair Volunteer).


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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 mlomkin64@gmail.com or call 208-358-1533.


YPC Events/Updates


This year we are awarding two Young Professionals Conclave Travel Scholarships in the amount of $500 each! 

We have only had 1 applicant for the scholarship so far so chances of receiving one this year are good!  You can either mail your application in or email it to is ypc@rangemail.org or areid@ttrs.org.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


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 ypc@rangemail.org or areid@ttrs.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.    


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.


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SRM Section Meetings


Utah Section Annual Meeting   

Nov. 1 - 2, 2012
Utah Valley University - Provo, UT   


International Mountain Section Meeting   

Nov.  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)
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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
Casper, WY
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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
Elko, NV

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
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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

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5th National Conference on Grazing Lands (5NCGL) 

Dec. 9 - 12, 2012 - Orlando, FL

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Managing Drought Workshop Series  
Dec. 11 - 12, 2012 - Wray, CO
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22nd International Grassland Congress

Sept. 15 - 19, 2013
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