In This Issue
2013 SRM Election of Officers
Call for Papers and Posters
August Rangeland News
Lost Resource: Gerald Thomas
Weller Named Chief of USDA-NRCS
August Photo Quiz
Other Events of Interest
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Information on Rangeland Careers and Courses


USDA-NRCS Webinars Available & Offering SRM Continuing Education Credit (CEUs)

The webinar listing grows daily, so check the site regularly for new entries!


RangeFlash - Aug. 15, 2013

The 2013 SRM Election of Officers is Coming - 
How Do You Want Your Ballot?

Deadline to change to electronic ballot: Aug. 18, 2013. 
Members: the default for your ballot preference is the same as it was last year. (New members, your default preference is paper ballot). 
  • If you received your ballot last year by email, then your preference is currently set to "Electronic Ballot."
  • If you received your ballot last year by postal mail, then your preference is currently set to "Paper Ballot."
Click here for instructions to view or change your ballot preference online. You may also contact membership@rangelands.org for assistance.


SRM 2014 Annual Meeting: Call for Papers and Posters

Abstracts for volunteer oral and poster papers and for organized symposia, workshops, and forums are due by Aug. 19, 2013 11:59 pm EDT. All abstracts are to be formally submitted online at: http://srm.apexabstracts.com. Information about the 2014 Annual Meeting can be found at: http://www.rangelands.org/events/.


Note: Students have until Sept. 30, 2013 11:59 pm EDT to submit their abstracts. Instructions for student submissions after the general deadline will be provided at a later date. We encourage all students to submit their abstracts by the general deadline if possible.


Please direct your questions to: Mike Turpin at john.turpin@la.usda.gov.

The August Rangeland News is Now Available

Highlights Include:
  • Upcoming Events, Conference & Section Meeting Listings
  • CPRM Calendar
  • New Members
Check out the new online version of the Rangeland News at www.rangelandnews.org.  


Lost Resource: Gerald Thomas 

SRM Past President and Charter Member Gerald Thomas died July 31, 2013. But he lives on in thousands of us who were fortunate enough to know him. A fishing trip, a search for a special rock to make a bolo tie or a chance meeting in the hallway at an SRM meeting challenged us to seek to improve ourselves.


Throughout the West newspapers of August 1 lauded a few things he had done: A farm kid from Small, Idaho who worked his way through college; a WWII torpedo bomber pilot with three Distinguished Flying Crosses, two air medals, and a Presidential Unit Citation; a college professor, research director, dean and university president; author of many books and hundreds of articles; Charter Member and later President of the Society for Range Management. These were just a few of the many commendable things Gerald did. But none defined who he was. 

From the time the SRM was formed in 1948, through his term as President in 1983 to the day he died, Gerald was a loyal servant of rangelands. This short notice cannot do justice to him or his service. But the part of him that is in each SRM member will gently remind us that he has left us work to do. And that we can do it.


Thad Box, 1 August 2013


Gifts can be made in Gerald's name to the New Mexico State University Foundation (contact Deborah Widger at 575-646-4034 or dwidger@nmsu.edu) or First Presbyterian Church (200 Boutz Road, Las Cruces).


To see more information on Gerald's contributions to New Mexico State University, go to: http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/9616/nmsu-announces-passing-of-former-president-gerald-thomas.


To learn more about his WWII history, go to his website at http://www.airgroup4.com/.

Jason Weller named as Chief for the USDA-NRCS 

Jason Weller has led NRCS since December 2012. He served as acting chief December 2012 to July 2013, 2013. He was selected permanent chief in July 2013. 

As chief, he oversees programs that help protect the environment, preserve our natural resources and improve agricultural sustainability through voluntary, private-lands conservation. He leads a staff of 11,500 employees across the country and manages a budget of about $4 billion.

Before assuming this role, Jason served as NRCS's acting associate chief for Conservation and as chief of staff where he worked alongside Chief Dave White and the agency's national and state leaders to plan and implement strategic conservation initiatives and conduct the annual business operations of the agency.     


Prior to joining NRCS, Jason served as a staff member for the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture where he provided oversight and crafted bills to fund USDA programs and activities. He also served on the U.S. House Budget Committee where he helped construct the annual congressional budget for agriculture, environment and energy programs. Jason also worked with the White House Office of Management and Budget where he assisted with the development and implementation of the budget for USDA conservation programs.

Before coming to Washington, D.C., Jason worked for several years with the California State Legislature where he provided fiscal and policy recommendations on a variety of natural resource conservation and environmental protection issues.


Jason is a native of northern California. He earned his undergraduate degree from Carleton College in Northfield, MN. and a graduate degree in public policy from the University of Michigan.

Get an Early Start on the 2015 SRM Honor Awards!
It's not too early to be working on Award Nominations for the 2015 Honor Awards! Award nominations are due April 30, 2014. Why not get an early start and give yourself plenty of time to put together a winning nomination packet?

Be sure your nomination includes detailed information regarding the nominee. Up to five pages of supporting documentation can be included, such as letters of reference, accomplishments, awards and recognition, etc.

Committee decisions are only as good as the information they have to work with so make sure to provide as complete a packet as possible. Do your part to highlight the many accomplished member of our Society!


Also be thinking about your 2014 Excellence in Range management nominations and their posters. The call will come out later this year! 


 August Photo Quiz
August 2013 Range Quize Photo

Summer is field season for many SRMers, who all know that field work can hold unexpected surprises and "adventures." What field technique is being demonstrated here, and how might it be an illustration of adaptive management? (Bonus points for identification of MLRA!) Click here to view the photo and submit your answer.    


Send your observations (and your own quiz-worthy range photos) to vtrujillo@rangelands.org, subject line "Range Photo Quiz". Be sure to include a question and answer with the photo! Send your responses by the 25th of the month to meet our deadlines!

Fall 2013 GLCI Steering Committee Meeting & Tour, Sept. 5-8, Wichita, KS  

Please note that hotel reservations MUST be made NO LATER THAN August 15th. To make hotel reservations please call: 316-945-5272 or toll free at 1-800-247-4458. Use group code
GRZ to get the special $89 per night room rate.


Join us for a special tour of the beautiful Red Hills of Kansas featuring the Z-Bar Ranch and the Alexander Ranch in western Barber County. The tour will showcase the midgrass prairie - its history, current issues and opportunities, and what has been and is being done to ensure its future as a unique grassland landscape!  


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Whole Ranch Planning and Grass-fed Applications 

You are invited to join SWGLA, Internationally renowned consultant and holistic management expert, Kirk Gadzia, Colorado grass-fed livestock producers and additional instructors in this unique learning series.  Over the course of 9 months (four 2-day learning sessions), gain the knowledge, skills, tools and inspiration you need to develop a more profitable land operation that addresses the "triple bottom line" of people, planet and profits.


You will also have the unique opportunity to tour and learn at three distinctive Colorado ranches including the Blue Range Ranch (George Whitten and Julie Sullivan), the Chico Basin Ranch (Duke Philips) and the James Ranch (the James family).


Click here for a detailed description.  


2012-2013 NAIPSC Webinar Series


Even though the 2012-2013 NAIPSC Webinar Series has completed, you can still hear all 15 archived webinars from the series. All you need to do is go to the eLibrary website (http://passel.unl.edu/communities/naipsc) to sign up and/or participate.


The NAIPSC Online Community 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.


Don't miss out!


Grassland Management Graduate Certificate 


Want to further your education regarding grasslands of the Great Plains? Earn a graduate certificate from Kansas State University, University of Nebraska, Oklahoma State University, or South Dakota State University. All courses are offered online. Courses offered during the fall semester 2013 include Grassland Fire Ecology and Ecology of Invasive Species. Learn more about this graduate certificate at: www.agidea.org/programs/grass.

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SRM Section Meetings

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PNW Section Fall Meeting 

Sept. 19-21, 2013
Enterprise, OR

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Kansas SRM and Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition  

Joint Meeting and Tour

Oct. 2-3, 2013

Tipton, Kansas  


South Dakota SRM Annual Meeting

Oct. 3-4, 2013 - Chamberlain, SD  

Nebraska Section Annual Meeting
Oct. 9-10, 2013

Ainsworth, NE


Texas Section Fall Meeting 

October 9-11, 2013

Ft. Worth, TX

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Other Events of Interest 


Ecology & Management of Grazing - Online Course

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NAIPSC Webinar Series

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GLCI Meeting
Sept. 5-8, 2013
Wichita, KS
Hotel reservations MUST be made NO LATER THAN August 15th.
South Dakota Grazing School
Sept. 10 -13, 2013
Contact: Judge Jessop

22nd International Grassland Congress - Registration Open!

Revitalising Grasslands to Sustain our Communities

Sept. 15 - 19, 2013

Sydney, Australia

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60th Anniversary of the Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed
Oct. 24-25, 2013

Tombstone, AZ
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Renewable Natural Resources Foundation's (RNRF) 12th National Congress

Resiliency of the Coasts

Dec. 11-12, 2013

NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction 

College Park, MD



74th Annual Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference
Jan. 26-29, 2014

Sheraton Kansas City, Kansas City Missouri
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