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OCTOBER 17, 2016

SRM's 2017
Intl. Annual Meeting, Technical Training & Trade Show
Jan. 29-Feb.2, 2017
St. George, UT
Watch website for updates, registration information coming soon!


A well-trained and highly motivated group of professionals and rangeland users working with productive, sustainable rangeland ecosystems.

Providing leadership for the Stewardship of Rangelands based on sound ecological principles.

Society for Range Management
6901 S Pierce St STE 225
Littleton, CO  80128
(303) 986-3309


Val Anderson

1st Vice-President:
Larry Howery

2nd Vice-President: 
Barry Irving

Executive Vice-President:
Jess Peterson

Joe Hicks
Clayton Marlow
Jim Dobrowolski
Roy Roath
Eddie Alford
Curtis Talbot



The election closes TONIGHT, October 17, 2016 at 11:59PM MT!
 Be sure to cast your vote!

CLICK HERE to see the candidates' statements and bios. The final eballot reminder was sent Friday afternoon, October 14 and all hard copy ballots have been mailed.  If you have a question regarding your ballot, contact Vicky at

SRM 2017 Annual Meeting

Red Rock & Rangelands
Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 2017 - St. George, UT


CLICK HERE to register for AM17 in St. George!

CLICK HERE for the official meeting website OR copy &
paste the address into your browser:


2017 Annual Meeting Abstract Submissions Upcoming Deadline approaching:

Abstract submissions are DUE Friday, October 28th.
CLICK HERE to submit your via the Abstract Submission Page
Watch for updates, official news, postings & more.

Call for Board of Directors Nominations

The nominating committee is currently accepting BOD and 2nd VP candidate nominations to be interviewed on Sunday January 29th at the 2017 Annual Society for Range Management meeting in St. George, UT.  Please send nomination contact information to Dr. Morgan Russell at

2017 SRM Endowment Fund Silent Auction

The Endowment Fund Development Committee requests your participation in the 2017 Silent Auction.  In Corpus Christi last year, over $2,400 was raised for the Endowment Fund by auctioning over 75 items.  As the Endowment Fund grows, it contributes greater amounts to SRM’s programs and operations.  The 2017 goal is to raise $5,000 by auctioning items that SRM members contribute; so bring items to donate to the Auction.  Also plan to bid and take something home to commemorate the Red Rock and Rangelands SRM Meeting.  The Silent Auction will start with the opening of the Trade Show.

For information on the 2017 SRM Silent Auction contact Clarke McClung at or call 307-751-7846.

2017 YPC Travel Scholarships Deadline

The deadline is fast approaching so get your application in for the $500 travel scholarship to help Young Professionals attend the 70th Annual Meeting and Trade Show in St George, UT!  Information on qualifications & requirements is included on the application.

Application deadline is November 4, 2016!
Click here for the application

YPC Soliciting Brands for Wildrags

Are you part of the Utah Section or a nearby state and want your brand incorporated into the design of the 2017 SRM Wildrags? Wildrags are designed and sold by the SRM Young Professional Conclave (YPC). The proceeds from wildrag sales fund two travel scholarships for young professionals to attend the SRM Annual Meeting.  The deadline for brand submissions is November 16TH.  For more information, please contact Rory O'Connor or Alex Beaton.

Call for 2017 Undergraduate Papers!

Abstract submission for the Undergraduate Student Paper Session at the 70th Annual Meeting for the SRM (2017) is now open!
Abstracts can be submitted directly through the Student Abstract Submission form under the “Students” tab on the Society for Range Management website or may also be sent directly to Loreen Allphin at

Go to for full details and the submission form.  The deadline to submit abstracts is October 31, 2016.
Only electronic submissions (word, pdf) will be accepted.  Please contact Loreen Allphin,, (801) 422-5603 for information or questions.
We look forward to your submissions!

2017 Rangeland Cup St. George

Multiple candidates for local and national political offices have proposed transferring the management of federal lands to the states in which those lands occur. If such a transfer of responsibility were to take place, there are potential broad-reaching impacts on rangelands and the communities that depend upon them.
  1. Describe how such a transfer would affect multiple-use rangelands from an ecological perspective.
  2. Discuss the potential socio-economic impacts that this would have on a) rural communities and b) large metropolitan areas in the western U.S.
Use logic and literature to support your arguments. Give appropriate credit for any information you use that was generated by others.
Please register no later than November 18, 2016 at

2017 SRM International Travel Fellowship

Announcing an International Travel Fellowship (ITF) for the 70th Annual Society for Range Management Meeting, Technical Training and Trade Show to be held January 29 to February 02, 2017 at St. George, Utah!  The theme of the 2017 meeting is Red Rock and Rangelands.
We seek outstanding rangeland professionals from outside the USA and Canada to apply for an ITF that will provide registration and general travel support to attend the 2017 SRM Annual Meeting. See the application details and a list of previous winners here.
A description of the 2017 SRM Annual Meeting, as well as portals for the submission of abstracts, in addition to registration and lodging information, is found here.  Abstracts for meeting presentations are due 28 October 2016.
While a presentation is not mandatory for ITF applicants, it is preferred. Applications for the ITF award are due 01 November 2016. The winner will be notified on 18 November 2016.

Students & Young Professionals

Hosted by the USDA Forest Service
Sunday, January 29, 2017 during the 70th Society for Range Management
Annual Meeting, Technical Training and Trade Show, St. George, UT
Full-day workshop featuring US Department of Agriculture and US Department of Interior land management agencies that hire in the Range 401 and 454 Series. 
No-cost for registration is required.  Watch for more information in upcoming RangeFlashes and at  For other inquiries, contact Diana Doan-Crider at

Call for RSEC-SRM Teaching Awards

Do you know someone who teaches an undergraduate Range Science courses that is a truly excellent teacher?  In the early stages of their career?  Or have been outstanding for several years?
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 Range Science!
The Range Science Education Council (RSEC) Teaching Awards will be presented at the 2017 SRM Meeting in St. George, Utah.
  • 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).
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 at be sure to follow the instructions as described in the guidelines.
A single hardcopy plus an electronic pdf copy must reach the chair of the RSEC Awards Committee by November 11, 2016.
Karen R. Hickman, Chair
RSEC Awards Committee
405-744-5395 /

EVP Update

Greetings SRM Members,
Please join me in welcoming several new SRM staff team members.  Mary Jo Foley-Birrenkott has been named the SRM Outreach and Membership Coordinator.  In this part-time role, Mary Jo will be assisting with membership outreach, including social media and updates and content for the SRM website.  She will also be taking on special projects involving SRM membership recruitment and retention.  Lia Biondo was named the SRM DC Coordinator.  In this part-time role, Lia will be assisting the current SRM Deputy Director Kelly Fogarty and I on SRM DC outreach and public relations; along with assisting Kelly in coordinating SRM’s training projects and agreements.  Liz Foust was named SRM Webmaster and Newsletter Editor.  Liz currently updates the old SRM website and will soon be updating SRM’s new redesigned website.  Liz also assists SRM Office Services Manager Vicky Trujillo on the Rangelands News and RangeFlashes.  Wrapping up there is also a part-time position which will assist Vicky in the Denver office as needed.  Welcome team members – here’s to a productive rest of 2016 and an exciting 2017 and beyond!

Before I go any further, I will address the obvious question; How is SRM paying for this?  First off – this is a minor increase in the budget as these positions are all part-time.  These positions are linked to tightly monitored hours and budget limitations.  The staffing budget increase was created in conjunction with the SRM FY2017 Budget Committee and the SRM Finance Committee.  The positions and budget were approved by the SRM BOD during the Summer Board meeting in Sparks, NV in August.  This budget will be presented at the 2017 SRM Annual Meeting in St. George.  A quick note that will be touched on during the budget presentation – SRM made aggressive changes six years ago to decrease spending and overhead.  Since that time, efforts were made to increase revenue in various buckets including membership, publications, annual meeting and training and agreements.  Efficiencies and cost savings were achieved through cutting various overhead costs and ultimately these efforts played a major role in bringing SRM into a more stable fiscal setting.  It was with this in mind that the SRM leadership worked to move forward with a plan to slightly increase the staffing component, but with a focus on membership outreach and services, trainings and agreements, along with ensuring rangelands priorities are being addressed at every level and in every possible discussion in Washington, DC.

Before I conclude, I want to provide a quick update on several exciting initiatives and efforts that SRM is involved with.  First, I can’t stress enough to simply click on SRM’s Facebook page whenever you get a chance during your day.  The amount of pictures and real time updates from high level DC meetings to the latest happenings within SRM and throughout the SRM network is impressive – we are working hard to keep you up to speed on everything SRM is doing.  Pictures and quick posts are a regular feature on the Facebook page; if you haven’t checked out the page in a while – you are missing out…so take a minute and check it out now, SRM Facebook.

Speaking of real time updates and SRM member outreach, the big day is almost here; the newly designed SRM website is almost ready to go live!  Look for its release in the coming weeks.  A big thanks to our staff that have been working on this effort, website designer Jill Caren with 2Dogs Media, and of course SRM OCW and Website Task Force Chair Chuck Butterfield for his endless amount of time and energy spent making this happen.

A few quick notes from the DC front.  I have had the great pleasure of meeting yet again with fellow executives from the resource societies.  In addition to our core group of The Wildlife Society, Society of American Foresters, American Fisheries Society and Society for Conservation Biology, we have added in Ecological society of America and the Society for Ecological Restoration to our conversations.  We had a very productive discussion and continued to focus on the topic of working together to increase and retain membership.  We outlined ways that we can work together to present on joint panels and joint committees at annual meetings, along with providing member rates for any of the groups’ members listed to attend each other’s annual meetings.  We have several other discussion points that we hope to make progress on.  Our next meeting is scheduled for mid-November in Washington, DC.

On the initiative and outreach front, Lia and I were pleased to connect with the Division Chief for Biodiversity Office of Conservation and Water at the US State Department in DC.  We had a very productive discussion regarding building support for “International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists.” We certainly gained an ally and a new SRM point of contact for rangeland issues both domestically and globally.  We invited the Chief to St. George. Not sure if it will work out – but we will be pushing hard for their attendance and will keep you posted on this development.

There have been several productive agency and NGO meetings that have taken place recently, but one of the top events was our “Friends of Agriculture Research Service" meeting.  During this meeting we met with USDA ARS Legislative Affairs Advisor Gary Mayo to discuss project priorities and updates along with hearing the latest from ARS.  It was a very productive discussion. During the meeting we shared the very well-written and informative SRM journals that were sponsored by ARS funding.  Mr. Mayo was both appreciative and impressed with the journals and the work that SRM members are doing.  We also relayed several updates and requests from SRM members.  A few highlights include....the success of the Central Plains Adaptive Grazing Management Experiment; urged support for the Dubois, ID research station - including repurposing funds to expand sagebrush research and while enabling sheep to be a part of it: and relayed concern regarding Northern Great Plains land use change and perennial invasive species.  Also a big topic in this meeting was SRM’s work to gain a UN designation for the “International Year of Rangelands & Pastoralists.” This meeting closed with the group committing to continually relaying the message to Congress to support ARS funding and activities.

In closing, thank you SRM membersNONE of this would be happening without you.  We have a lot going on, but if you think we are missing out on a project or need to address a certain issue, please let me know.  I wasn’t able to cover all of our work here, so feel free to call or email anytime with questions, suggestions or comments.

All the Best,
Jess Peterson, Executive Vice President
202-870-3867 /

Lost Resources - William Daly "Bill" Hurst

William D. (Bill) Hurst, Charter Member and 1970 President of the Society for Range Management, passed away on 29 September 2016; less than a week before his 101st birthday.  Bill was a third-generation Forest Service officer.  His grandfather, William Hurst, was appointed as a ranger by Gifford Pinchot in 1905, the year the agency was founded.  Bill always strove to live up to the creed expressed by his grandfather to Pinchot when he was promoted to Forest Supervisor, “I will endeavor to magnify the trust reposed in me and shall discharge the duties imposed upon me in a dignified manner without fear or favor.”  As a district ranger and then forest supervisor on the Ashley National Forest, Bill was known as one who strove to find middle ground among competing interests for forest and rangeland resources.  Following a stint in the Washington Office, Bill served as Director of Range Management and Assistant Regional Forester for the Intermountain Region.
Between 1966 and his retirement from the Forest Service in 1976, Bill was the Regional Forester of the Southwestern Region, responsible for 21 million acres of national forests and grasslands in New Mexico and Arizona.  Again, he worked to balance the needs of ranchers, Native American tribes, environmentalists, and timber interests.  After years of social unrest, the Spanish-American community of Northern New Mexico revolted against the Forest Service in the mid 1960’s.  Bill Hurst guided the Forest Service through this complex situation and commissioned the “Northern New Mexico Policy,” which resulted in the improved policy and rangeland conditions.  In all positions he held, Bill supported the well-being and professional development of those who worked under him.  After retiring, he continued to encourage the welfare of southwestern forests, recently forming an organization to protect the Kaibab squirrel
Bill Hurst was a Charter Member of SRM, attending the first Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City in January 1948.  He was one of the last, if not THE last, surviving Charter Member.  He served on the Board of Directors in 1964-65 and chaired the Planning Committee during 1966-68, which was instrumental in the decision to move SRM’s headquarters from Portland to Denver and to employ a full-time Executive Secretary.  In 1970, Bill served as SRM President.  To read more about his time as President, see  In the late 1970’s, Bill again played a leadership role in SRM as Chair of the Public Affairs Committee by formulating policy on contentious issues such as predator control and use of pesticides on rangeland.  His dedication to SRM was commemorated in 1995 with the Sustained Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2004 when he received the Frederic G. Renner Award.
Bill Hurst’s grandson, Tom Hughes, was written an eloquent eulogy of his life, which may be seen at  Those of you who knew Bill are invited to post and read memories of his life on his obituary web page,

2016 Rangeland Fall Forum

CLICK HERE For Information

2016 CO Section Winter Annual Meeting

Grass-Grazers-Family: Finding the Common Ground
Nov 1-3, 2016 - Colorado State Fairgrounds, Pueblo CO

CLICK HERE For More Information and to register

Intermountain Native Plant Summit VIII

(aka ‘Back 2 Boise’)

General Sessions:  Tuesday & Wednesday,
November 1-2, 2016

Plant Material Workshop: Wednesday & Thursday,
November 2-3, 2016

Boise State University Student Union - Boise, ID
Sponsored by the Boise State University Dept. of Biological Sciences & the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Logan, UT
There is no registration fee, but advance pre-registration is preferred.  Please send an e-mail to by Friday, October 21, 2016.  CLICK HERE for more information.

2016 IM Section Fall Meeting


November 4, 2016 – Bozeman, MT
Fall meeting Information to come at

2016 UT Section Annual Meeting

November 4- 5, 2016
More information to come
Click Here To Register

2016 SDSection Annual Meeting

November 9-10, 2016
CLICK HERE For Information

WY Section SRM & WY Chapter of the Wildlife Society
2016 Joint Annual Conference

November 15-17, 2016 – Cody WY
CLICK HERE For Information

UC ANR Do No Harm Conference

2016 Theme: Considerations for the use of non-local species in ecological restoration;

November 15, 2016 – Davis CA
CLICK HERE for information

Great Plains Fire Science Exchange Fire Summit 2016

Changing Fire Regimes

December 7-9, 2016 – Manhattan, KS
CLICK HERE For Information

New Video Documents UA Libraries 20 Year Collaboration with SNRE

The Rangelands Partnership and the UA Libraries
A new video documents the 20-year collaboration of the UA Libraries with the Ecology, Management & Restoration of Rangelands program in SNRE.  In The Rangelands Partnership and the UA Libraries, viewers learn about the history and growth of this unique partnership of range professionals, librarians and web specialists. Together these experts (originally just at the UA but now including partners at 18 other land-grant universities) have created the Global Rangelands suite of websites, whose purpose is to bring sustainable rangeland management information and resources to a worldwide audience.


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If you did not receive your new login details, are not able to log, or have any questions or difficulties with your membership whatsoever, please contact:

SRM Business Office at Allen Press / Phone: 800-627-0326 x456 / direct at 785-865-9456 
You can also contact Vicky for assistance: / 303-986-3309

Member Access to Journals:

  • SRM Members can access journal subscriptions by logging onto the SRM Business Site at
  • Once logged in, select “Journals” from the menu bar. You will see a button below each journal to which you have online access, which will take you directly to that journal onElsevier’s Science Direct.
  • If you don’t see a button/link below a journal you think you should have access to, please contact, or by phone at 800-627-0326 x456.

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You can contact Christopher or CLICK HERE for instructions and the template. Don't forget to use the #RespectOnTheRange hash tag! Happy posting!
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Ecology and Management of Grazing Course

Now Available Online for Free

The Ecology and Management of Grazing online course examines the relationship between vegetation and grazing animals in rangeland ecosystems. Topics are introduced through the use of "mini-documentaries" and expanded in narrated lecture presentations.

Go to for more information.

*Other Events & Announcements *

Ecology & Management of Grazing - Online Course

CLICK HERE for the 2015 SRM Annual Meeting Recorded Sessions

CLICK HERE for ESD Webinars from the 2014 SRM Annual Meeting

CLICK HERE for presentations from The 3rd Rustici Rangeland Science Symposium.

CLICK HERE for recorded webinars from the Great Plains Fire Science
Exchange or HERE for a list of upcoming events  

CLICK HERE for information on the NAIPSC Webinar Series

CLICK HERE for presentations from the Intermountain Native Plant Summit VII

CLICK HERE to view Cool-Season Invasive Grasses Abstracts and Presentations

CLICK HERE for recorded sessions from the 2014 NGP Section Symp. Managing Rangelands for Threatened & Endangered Species

CLICK HERE for recordings from the ND Chapter of the NGP Section 2015 Symposium Collaborative Efforts to Manage Rangelands and Wildlife

CLICK HERE for the 2016 Rangeland Summit presentations Keeping Ranchers Ranching

CLICK HERE for Understanding Wild Pig History and Biology
An online course via TX A&M AgriLife Extension

ND Chapter of the NGP Section Symposium
Range Management: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
October 13, 2016 - Bismarck, ND
For More Information Contact:
  Fara Brummer at (701) 261-6726 or
  David Toledo at (701) 390-3206 or 

2016 TX Section Annual Meeting
Water: How Can TSSRM Lead its Stewardship?
Oct 11-13, 2016 - Uvalde, TX
 Click Here For Information

2016 NE Section Annual Meeting - Workshop and Tour
Capitalizing on Range Management Opportunities
Oct 12-14, 2016 - Gothenberg, NE
More Information To Come at

2016 PNW Section Annual Meeting & Workshop
Oct 12-14, 2016 - Corvallis, OR
More Information To Come:

2016 Rangeland Fall Forum
Summit to Stream: Managing Rangelands is a Watershed Affair
October 20-21, 2016 – Caldwell ID
(ID Section Business Meeting 7:00PM Oct. 20)

South Texas Grazing Lands Coalition Workshop
Non-Conventional Ranching
October 26, 2016 - Ben Bolt, TX
RSVP to 361-522-3287 or 361-944-4597

2016 Fall CalPac Section Meeting & Tour
Management of Invasive Species, Endangered Species and Fuel Loads on Hawaiian Range & Pasture Lands
Oct 26-28, 2016 - Kilauea Military Camp near Volcano HI
Click Here For Information

2016 CO Section Winter Annual Meeting
Grass-Grazers-Family: Finding the Common Ground
Nov 1-3, 2016 - Colorado State Fairgrounds, Pueblo CO
Click Here For Information

Intermountain Native Plant Summit VIII
(aka ‘Back 2 Boise’)
General Sessions:  Tuesday & Wednesday, November 1-2, 2016
Plant Material Workshop: Wednesday & Thursday, November 2-3, 2016
Boise State University Student Union - Boise, ID
Click Here For Information

IM Section Fall Meeting
November 4, 2016 – Bozeman, MT
Information to come at

2016 UT Section Annual Meeting
Nov 3-4, 2016
More Information To Come at
Click Here To Register

UC ANR Do No Harm Conference
November 15, 2016 - Davis, CA
Click Here For Information

The Wildlife Society of WY & The WY Section SRM 2016 Joint Annual Conference
Nov 15-17, 2016 - Cody WY
Click Here For Information

3rd Annual Southern Soil Health Conference
Nov 30-Dec 1, 2016 - Belton, TX
Click Here For Information

Great Plains Fire Science Exchange Fire Summit 2016
Changing Fire Regimes
December 7-9, 2016 – Manhattan, KS
Click Here For Information

70th Annual Meeting, Technical Training and Trade Show
of the Society for Range Management

Red Rock & Rangelands
January 29-February 2nd, 2017 - St. George, UT
Website is now live!
Hotel & Travel Information at:

77th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference
Private Landscapes, Public Responsibilities
Feb. 5-8, 2017 - Lincoln NE
 Click Here For Information

To see a calendar of functions approved for CPRM CEU's, including archived webinars and online courses, CLICK HERE.

Click Here to Purchase

Click Here for the SRM Apparel Store
USDA-NRCS Webinars Available & Offering
SRM Continuing Education Credit (CEUs)
The webinar listing grows daily, so check the site regularly for new entries!
NOTICE: Out On The Land
the Out on The Land TV Series has completed its run.
Season 8 episodes will re-run on RFD-TV through December every Tuesday at:
7pm ET, 6pm CT,
5pm MT, and 4pm PT
with repeats every Friday at:
6:30am ET, 5:30am CT,
4:30am, MT, & 3:30am PT
All past episodes of the series are still available at

Information on Rangeland Careers and Courses

Click Here for Career and Education Prospects
Click Here for Online Course Catalog
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