In This Issue
Annual Meeting Deadlines
ESD Workshops
Pedoderm & Pattern Class Workshop
Charles Redd Center for Western Studies
Fundamentals in Soil Science
Faces of CRP
News from the NRCS
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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SRM Annual Meeting Deadlines & Hot Points   

Lodging is quickly filling up. The Residence Inn and the Sheraton are sold out. The Courtyard, Hampton Inn and Renaissance are available at this time.

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Make plans to attend the plenary session "The Future of Rangeland Fire in a Changing World" on Monday, Feb. 4th, at 8:30 a.m.  This session is sure to generate some lively discussion, so be sure not to miss it.

Ecological Site Workshops at the Annual Meeting   

SRM is hosting three Ecological Site Description (ESD) workshops at the Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City. For complete workshop agendas click here. There are limited seats available, so register today!

The workshop on Saturday, February 2nd is intended for ESD developers and will showcase interagency and interdisciplinary ESD development efforts from across the country. The Saturday workshop is worth 8 CEUs. The ESD users workshop consists of four-hour sessions each day from February 4th-7th, and  will focus on standards, concepts, data management, and field use for ESD users. The four-day users workshop is worth 16 CEUs. The final workshop, on Thursday, February 7th, is intended for students and will focus on ecological site concepts, description and applications. The student workshop can be taken for 1 hour of college credit.

Pre-registration is required for each of these workshops, and can be completed using the SRM registration form. See you in Oklahoma!

Pedoderm and Pattern Class Workshop   

Feb. 20th & 21st (8:00-5:00)

SRM CEU Credits: 8

Location: Garcia Building, Jornada Experimental Range (JER) Ranch Headquarters. Vans will be provided to shuttle participants between Wooton Hall, NMSU Campus and the Jornada Experimental Range.

Description: This two-day training will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of Pedoderm and Pattern Classes (PPC) and their uses for inventory, assessment, ecological site development and management decision making. Participants will be trained to apply PPCs in a consistent and repeatable fashion. Day one includes indoor (Garcia Building JER Ranch Headquarters) and outdoor (Jornada Experimental Range), hands-on instruction in assigning PPCs using the Field Guide to Pedoderm and Pattern Classes. Day two includes further calibration followed by a 'methods test.' The methods test will be used to ensure consistency of the PPC method. The workshop is suitable for professionals with backgrounds in a variety natural resources and ecology fields. Lunch will be provided.

Materials: Please bring your own water, hat, sunscreen and other field equipment. Pencils, clipboards, data forms, and a Field Guide to Pedoderm and Pattern Classes will be provided.


Please contact Laura Burkett if you wish to register for this training.


Congratulations Are In Order!

Congratulations to Tyler Stewart (Humboldt State student) and Jason Martin (NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist - New Mexico). They each won a $100 gift certificate for Carhartt merchandise by completing a biographical sketch for the upcoming Range Education Recruitment website. Thanks to all who participated!

Congratulations to the recipients of the $500 Young Professionals Conclave Travel Scholarships for 2013:  Jess Milby of North Platte, NE and Jill Ficke-Beaton of Paauilo, HI!


The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Awards


The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies is pleased to announce multiple awards for 2013 that are available for scholars conducting research related toArizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Please click here for further information and instructions for applying for each award.  Applications for 2013 are due by 11:59 pm MST on March 15. Please note the application website will be down for maintenance through the end of 2012 and will be available beginning January 1, 2013.

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.


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).    

News from the NRCS


Colorado Farmers and Ranchers Help Voluntary USDA Conservation Program Reach 50M-Acre Mark 

Wetlands Reserve Program Marks 20 Years of Wetlands Conservation   

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.  

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.


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 / bob.budd@wyo.gov 


2013 SRM Job Fair Information

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



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

Any amount of time you can donate to man the booth and answer questions is appreciated. No time-slot too small!

Trade Show Schedule:

Sunday, February 3, 2013 Noon-6pm, booth set-up

Monday, February 4, 2013 - 8am-6pm, exhibit hall open; 6pm-8pm, trade show mixer

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 7am-6pm, exhibit hall open; 6pm-10pm, tear down booths

Please contact Marc A. Pointel, 2013 Job Fair Coordinator at 775-482-7850 or e-mail me 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).



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 c.v.'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 mpointel@blm.gov.  Spread the word to your students or fellow classmates! Room location for the workshop to be announced at a later date.

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SRM Section Meetings


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

Jan. 24 - 25, 2013
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Other Events of Interest 


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

Jan. 9 - Mar. 27, 2013
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Montana State University Extension: Winter Grazing Seminar

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


California Rangeland Conservation Coalition Summit
Jan. 24-25, 2013
University of California, Davis - Freeborn Hall 

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Intermountain Native Plant Summit VII
March 26-27, 2013
For information, contact Tom Jones


River Crossings: Linking River Communities Workshop
March 11-15, 2013
Grand Junction, CO
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22nd International Grassland Congress 

Sept. 15 - 19, 2013