In This Issue
December Issue - Rangeland News
REM Article
Annual Meeting Deadlines
Invasive Plants Workshop
Excellence In Rangeland Management
Fundamentals in Soil Science
Rangeland Science Symposium
Faces of CRP
Job Announcement
Update - 2012 - 2013 NAIPSC Webinar Series
SRM Endowment Fund Silent Auction
Call for SRM Nominations of Officers
2013 Job Fair Information
Other Events of Interest
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Check out the Dec. Issue of Rangeland News   

Highlights Include:

  • Just A Little Rain - Misty Hays, SRM Director 
  • Student Chapter Display Contest
  • Trade Show Booth
  • YouTube On The Range
  • Capital Update
  • Rangeland Science Symposium
  • Trail Boss Cookbook Recipe
  • Pathways Program
  • Nov. Photo Quiz Answer
  • Dec. Photo Quiz Question
  • Job Opportunities
    • Outreach & Research Coordinator
    • Chief Programs Officer
    • Sales Executive
    • Assistant Professor Range Science
    • Assistant Professor Wildlife Ecology
    • Post Doctoral Research Associate
    • Rangeland Management Specialist
    • Conservation & Land Mgmt. Internship
  • Upcoming Events, Conference & Section Meeting Listings
  • CPRM Calendar
  • New Members

Check out the new online version of the Rangeland News at www.rangelandnews.org.


 The Next 100 Years Bring New Challenges to Rangeland Science


When severe droughts and overgrazing in the late 19th century brought livestock mortality, soil erosion, and loss of native forage plants to the western United States, the profession of rangeland science was born. While the original intention was to create sustainable rangelands for livestock production, today's world has additional needs. Rangeland science must progress to accommodate increasing demand for ecosystem services in changing environments.


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SRM Annual Meeting Deadlines & Hot Points   
Dec. 12, 2012 -- Annual Meeting Discounted Registration Fee Ends

Dec. 15, 2012 -- Excellence in Rangeland Management Entries Due.  More Information

Invasive Plants: Managing Controversy, Creativity and Conservation

July 21, 2013

Join us in July for a one-day special workshop entitled "Invasive Plants: Managing Controversy, Creativity, and Conservation." The workshop will focus on the challenges and issues associated with invasive plant species.

Want to contribute? Workshop organizers are seeking oral and poster presentations to complement the invited plenary speakers. For detailed instructions on submitting an abstract

in Track 4: Invasive Plant Species, go to www.swcs.org/13AC

and download the Call for Presentations and Symposia Sessions.


Questions? Contact workshop organizer Steve Young at

[email protected].


Deadline to submit: Dec. 17, 2012.


Excellence in Rangeland Management Award   


is a poster presentation and competition held at the Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This award honors exemplary rangeland management and recognizes the "best of the best" from among section-level Excellence in Rangeland Management Award winners. The award will be presented at the annual SRM awards ceremony. 


Visit the SRM Awards website to learn more about qualifications and judging criteria for this poster contest.

http://www.rangelands.org/awards/pdf/Qualifications ERM_Award.pdf  

http://www.rangelands.org/awards/pdf/Judging Criteria ERM_Award.pdf  

Contact your Section awards representative or the Chair of the SRM awards committee, Melissa Teague, if your section will be presenting a poster at the Oklahoma City meeting.

Sections must indicate their intent to bring forth an ERM poster(s) no later than Dec. 15, 2012, by submitting the following information to Melissa Teague, SRM Awards Committee Chair, via email [email protected]:

  1. Section affiliation
  2. Title of Poster
  3. Abstract (max 100 words)

Only 10 poster spots have been reserved, so don't delay your submissions.


Fundamentals in Soil Science: An Online Course from the Soil Science Society of America


Orientation Date: Jan. 7, 2013
Class Dates: Jan. 9 - March 27, 2013

(Dates are subject to change)  

Class Times:

7:00 to 9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 to 8:00 pm Central

5:00 to 7:00 pm Mountain/4:00 to 6:00 pm Pacific

Registration deadline: Wednesday, January 2, 2013: https://www.soils.org/education/fundamentals-soils     


Please contact Michele Lovejoy  with any questions.


2013 2nd Rangeland Science Symposium and 8th Annual Rangeland Coalition Summit at UC Davis 


Event date:  Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 - 9:00 a.m. to Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 - 4:00 p.m.


The California Rangeland Conservation Coalition and the California Rangeland Watershed Laboratory are excited to announce the 2nd Annual Rangeland Science Symposium and 8th annual California Rangeland Conservation Coalition Summit set for January 24-25, 2013 at the University of California, Davis - Freeborn Hall.

"This event is a time for ranchers to showcase their positive role in stewarding California's wide open spaces and their contributions to the state's economy. Ranchers who attend the annual event learn valuable information on the latest research outcomes of best management practices for their land to simultaneously improve natural resources and profitability," states past event attendee, Tim Koopmann, President, California Cattlemen's Association.


The two-day event will feature presentations on striking a balance between conservation goals and the production of food, fiber and energy we need as a society. Using management examples and research from around California and the Western United States, a diverse set of presenters will lead discussions on opportunities to enhance both agricultural production and environmental goals.


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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 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).    

Job Announcement: Post Doctoral Research Associate


The Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory in Mandan, ND seeks a Post Doctoral Research Associate/Ecologist for a Two Year Appointment. A recent Ph.D. is required. The incumbent will participate in team research with specific responsibility for research on improving ecological indicators of grazingland health resulting in an integrated grazingland health assessment tool.

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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).  


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  [email protected]
or call 208-358-1533.


Call for SRM Nominations of Officers

Within the next few months, I would like to build a roster of candidates for board and leadership positions. It is my expectation that this roster could be used and added to in the future, and that it might serve as an opportunity for leadership development efforts within SRM. Please let me hear your ideas, either by email or phone (below). It is always the right time to move the Society and the profession forward.

Bob Budd - SRM Nominations Committee Chair


Office: (307) 777-8024 / Cell: (307) 349-5387 / [email protected] 


2013 SRM Job Fair Information

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



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.




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 [email protected](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 protected] and/or 775-482-7800.

Volunteers are needed for the Job Fair. Click here for more details.


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SRM Section Meetings


Northern Great Plains Section Meeting  
Dec. 5 - 6, 2012
Fort Keogh, LARRL, Miles City, MT 
Symposium Theme: "Recovery after Wildfire"
Sleep Inn in Miles City, MT
For more information, contact Jennifer Muscha 


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
More Information

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
Click Here for Agenda

New Mexico Section Fall/Winter Meeting
Jan. 11 - 12, 2013
Las Cruces, NM


Arizona Section Winter Meeting
Theme: "Old Problems and Better Solutions - Applied Wisdom"
Jan 23-25, 2013
Prescott, AZ
More Information


Kansas Section Business Meeting  
Will take place in conjunction with the
2013 Kansas Natural Resources Conference

Jan. 24 - 25, 2013
More Information


Other Events of Interest 


5th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress

Dec. 3 - 7, 2012 - Portland, OR

More Information

5th National Conference on Grazing Lands (5NCGL) 

Dec. 9 - 12, 2012 - Orlando, FL

More Information   


Managing Drought Workshop Series  
Dec. 11 - 12, 2012 - Wray, CO
More Information 


Fundamentals in Soil Science: An Online Course from the Soil Science Society of America 

Jan. 9 - Mar. 27, 2013
More Information 

Montana State University Extension: Winter Grazing Seminar

Jan 16-17, 2013
For information, contact Heidi Crum  

22nd International Grassland Congress 

Sept. 15 - 19, 2013