In This Issue
Annual Meeting Deadlines
Just Out of the Chute
VGS User-Group Meeting
Endowment Fund Raffle
SRM Endowment Fund Silent Auction
River Crossings
Charles Redd Center for Western Studies
Faces of CRP
Out on the Land
NAIPSC Field Course
Other Events of Interest
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RangeFlash - January 3, 2013

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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Five sessions on rangeland fire (four special sessions and one session of volunteer papers) start on Sunday afternoon. The topics vary from anticipating and managing for the wildfires of the future, to modeling fuels and fire behavior, to transferring research to application.


This is for all student chapters who want to participate in the Student Chapter Display Contest at this year's SRM national conference in Oklahoma. Be sure to submit an application and registration as an exhibitor to get your booth space. If you plan on participating please have a representative from your student chapter email Rory O'Connor (ro.c.oconnor@gmail.com) or Marji Patz (marji.patz@wy.usda.gov) to let them get a head count.


Annual Meeting Website: http://rangelands.org/oklahoma_city2013/


Just Out of the Chute - Last Minute Opportunity To Present a Poster or Oral Paper


The Program Committee for the 2013 Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City has room and welcomes submissions of abstracts for papers.


A few spots remain for the Tuesday afternoon poster session, and we are fortunate to have an open room on Thursday for oral papers.


If you are interested in presenting either a poster or oral paper, send an email message to 
 by January 20.  You will receive instructions on how to prepare and submit the abstract.



  •         Papers will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis for the open spots
  •         Papers will not be eligible for the graduate student paper/poster contest
  •         Papers will be announced on the meeting web page (http://rangelands.org/events/) and the Daily Trail Boss at the meeting (they will not appear on the published program).

VGS (Vegetation/GIS Data System) User-Group Meeting and Seminar in Oklahoma City


VGS is a free tablet/PC database application for field sampling and data management.  


The USDA Forest Service and the University of Arizona will be hosting a user-group meeting and seminar for all users and anyone interested in the software.  The seminar will include demos, sneak peeks at future enhancements, tips and tricks, discussions about the future and the opportunity to provide feedback.


When:  Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 1:00 - 3:00 pm (drop in anytime)

Where:  Oklahoma City Cox Convention Center - Meeting Room #19


Endowment Fund Raffle

The SRM Endowment Fund Development Committee is in the process of conducting their annual raffle. For $5.00/ticket or $20.00 for 5 tickets, you will be entered into the drawing for:


1st Prize:         A custom Browning O/U 12 ga. shotgun donated by Sharp Bro. Seeds

2nd Prize:          A custom 50X Beaver hat donated by Shorty's Hattery

3rd Prize:          A Harold Holden bronze donated by SRM Past-Presidents

Loser Prize:     A Ruger 22 cal. rifle donated by Sharp Bro. Seed

Selling of tickets will continue until drawing that will be held at the Oklahoma BBQ Banquet on Wednesday evening, February 6, 2013. In the meantime, anyone wishing to buy and/or sell additional tickets prior to the OKC meeting, contact Rod Heitschmidt (heitschmidt@att.net).

Winners do not need to be present to win.  


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.


River Crossings: Linking River Communities

River Crossings: Linking River Communities is an interagency river management workshop and research conference presented by the Bureau of Land Management, River Management Society, Tamarisk Coalition, The Water Center at Colorado Mesa University, and International Submerged Lands Management Conference. We are joining together to host a week of presentations, panels and field trips highlighting recent advances and emerging issues in riparian restoration and river management practices.

This event will provide a unique interdisciplinary training opportunity where researchers, students, agency managers and practitioners will present and discuss scientific advances and program learning. Attendees will be able to network with agency and other professionals, and bridge the gap between research and land management. We look forward to seeing you in March. For details and to register, click here.


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 to Arizona, 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.

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).    

Out On The Land

OUT ON THE LAND TV series premiers January 1st, 2013 at 7pm ET/6pm CT/5pm MT/4pm PT on RFD-TV.


It will air at that time every Tuesday in 2013 and will repeat every Wednesday at 9am ET/8am CT/7am MT/6am PT.

You can check out the series at www.facebook.com/outontheland or at www.outontheland.com.


I hope to see you OUT ON THE LAND! Only on RFD-TV! Rural America's most important network!


Thanks for watching! Send your feedback to me at larry@outontheland.com.


North American Invasive Plant Ecology & Management Short Course
June 25 - 27, 2013



The NAIPSC Field Course is an opportunity for land managers (public and private), landowners, policymakers, researchers, and graduate students to receive training in the basics of invasive plant ecology and management. The three-day course provides in-depth learning on the principles of integrated weed management, herbicide modes of action, plant identification, biological control, GPS and remote sensing applications, and spatial distribution analysis of invasive plant species populations. Also included will be instruction on the use of restoration practices designed specifically for managing invasive plant species.


For all the details, check out the NAIPSC (website).  

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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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Pedoderm & Pattern Class Workshop
February 20-21, 2013
Jornada Experimental Range Ranch Headquarters
For information, contact Laura Burkett


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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Native Plant Summit VII
March 26-27, 2013
Boise State University Campus


Invasive Plants: Managing Controversy, Creativity, and Conservation - One Day Workshop   

July 21, 2013
Reno, NV
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22nd International Grassland Congress 

Sept. 15 - 19, 2013