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August 2016 Edition of Rangeland News - A publication of SRM
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IN THIS EDITION

2017 Election of Officers
President's Message
Call for Papers and Posters
Get in the Arena
What has happened to the "Art" in Range Management
Ready, Set Go - Save the Date
SRM 2016 D.C. Fly-In
YPC Soliciting Brands
Status Report on SRM MSMM
Stockmanship and Range Management
Lost Resources
Lackey Water Resource Webinar Now Online
Range Photo Quiz
Events & Announcements

2017 Election of Officers

Candidate Statements & Bios

CANDIDATES FOR 2ND VICE PRESIDENT

Dr. Kenneth O. Fulgham
Arcata, CA
Dr. Clayton B. Marlow
Bozeman, MT

CANDIDATES FOR DIRECTOR

Jill Ficke-Beaton
Paauilo, HI
Dr. Karen Hickman
Enid, OK
D. Jeff Goodwin
Ardmore, OK
Randall L. Reichert
Nunn, CO

CLICK HERE to view the candidates’ statements and bios.

President's Message

Greetings to all of SRM,
During the second week of August 2016, we held our SRM Summer Board of Directors meeting at the Nugget Resort/Conference Center in Sparks, Nevada (venue for the 2018 SRM Annual Meeting, Technical Training and Trade Show).  It is a beautiful facility that has hosted us very successfully in the past and with the current renovations, it will be capable of housing all of our activities under the same roof.  The meeting planners are already underway to make that meeting another great success.

We also met with representatives of the St. George, Utah Annual Meeting Planning Committee and they are gearing up for hosting all of SRM from January 29-February 2, 2017.  In addition to many symposia, workshops and technical sessions, there will be great tours through the many National Parks in RED ROCK COUNTRY describing the management and balance between uses, users and a delicate ecosystem.  I hope to see you all there!

Over the past few years, all of you have become aware of critical changes that had to be made in the management, staffing and operations of SRM.  I have had a bird’s-eye view of this process having served as a Director for 3 years followed immediately by 3 years as an officer.  The first few years of that time, we were faced with some very difficult situations.  The changes that were made in SRM operations were not well understood or received by many in our membership.  Our operations budget surplus had been depleted over the previous decade when interest rates had plummeted, revenues were down from declining membership, low attendance at Annual Meetings, and marginal revenue from publications.  However, due to the vision, decisions and courage of those preceding me as an Officer, creative networking with our EVP and staff, and the growing support of you as a membership, SRM has emerged from these difficulties stronger, more vigorous, and with increasing recognition and influence as a professional organization.

Let me review for you some of the changes that we have made:

  1. Office structure and staffing has become more flexible, yet we still have a home office in Denver where critical operations still occur.
  2. The SRM Building in Denver, which was in need of very costly repairs, was sold and the capital from that sale is held in a building account from which interest is used to rent the nice office suite we now occupying in Denver.
  3. Our publishing contract was rebid and a change to Elsevier as the publisher of our journals has improved the visibility and circulation of our journals, which has raised revenues by nearly 300% over our previous arrangement.
  4. We have contracted a new web designer and will have a new more interactive and user friendly Website on line this fall, 2016.
  5. We have initiated a new contracting process with our State Sections of SRM to host meetings that allow them to customize the contract with SRM to build increased flexibility in the structure of meetings and increased the incentive by allowing greater revenue sharing.
  6. We have increased the training component of our Annual Meetings which customizes the training to mission-critical elements of the federal agencies.
  7. Where SRM expertise has been sought out, we have contracted to provide trainings, technical support and reports for which SRM receives a management overhead and SRM members receive contracts to provide the deliverables of the contract.
  8. We are working on a Membership Services RFP (narrowed to the finalists) that will improve these services along with streamlining the membership renewal to January for all members (necessary bylaws changes allowing this were supported overwhelmingly by SRM member’s vote this summer).
  9. A revision of the bylaws is currently underway and we hope to have them available for a membership vote sometime in the late fall.

As you can see, there has been many people and many hours spent in all these endeavors to strengthen and improve SRM’s finances, visibility and influence.  Fortunately, these changes and initiatives have now borne fruit and we are in a position to improve membership benefits.  Online subscriptions to Rangelands were granted with membership in the recent past as we changed our publishing contract.  Revenues for the Society have stabilized to the point where the Board just passed a motion that will give an online subscription of Rangeland Ecology and Management (REM) to each member who selects to receive it upon renewal of membership beginning January 2017.

In summary, the Society is moving forward in many areas of involvement and there is opportunity to be involved at every level.  I have very much enjoyed being part of the changes over the last few years and am happy and relieved to see such positive responses to the changes made.  I thank all who have worked in the many capacities to achieve the mission of SRM and encourage each of you to be involved in SRM at both the Section and Parent Society levels.  Nominate your associates for offices, volunteer for committee assignments and participate in field days/tours and Annuals Meetings.  SRM has been a significant influence on my career and I’m grateful to professors who helped me get involved and professionals/practitioners who make the things we do through SRM relevant.  I look forward to participating with you in the near future.

Val Anderson
2016 SRM President



Registration information coming soon!
CLICK HERE for the official meeting website OR copy and paste the address into your browser:
http://www.rangelands.org/srm17/index.html.  


HOTEL & TRAVEL INFORMATION ALSO AVAILABLE AT:
http://www.rangelands.org/srm17/travel.html
 Watch for updates, official news, postings & more.
 
CALL FOR PAPERS AND POSTERS!!!
70th Society for Range Management Annual Meeting, Technical Training & Trade Show
Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 2017; St. George, UT
 
Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, Oct. 28, 2016
This year’s conference theme of “Red Rocks & Rangelands” highlights the juxtaposition of spectacular geology and diverse rangelands in the region around St. George. The southwest corner of Utah is an ecotone at the convergence of three major rangeland regions: the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave. Range management in this region is especially complex due to the high biophysical variability, high concentration of natural wonders and associated recreation activities, and diverse set of stakeholder groups. We especially welcome papers and posters related to this theme, though as always we are happy to see presentations from across the entire spectrum of rangeland topics and environments.
To submit a paper or poster, simply follow the instructions at the Title and Abstract Submission page. You do not use your SRM login to submit an abstract. If you submitted an abstract for the 2016 meeting you can use the same email and password; otherwise simply create a new account for yourself that is specifically for abstract submissions. Titles are limited to 15 words and the body of the abstract is limited to 300 words. 
Questions? Contact Mark Brunson, 2017 annual meeting program chair, Mark.Brunson@usu.edu or 435-797-2458.

Get in the Arena

by: Larry D. Howery, 1st VP, SRM
As board members, we often receive emails from our members on a variety of topics.  We do our best to respond to each member, thoughtfully and promptly, in that order.  I wanted to share with you the context of a fellow member’s email that was sent to me immediately after the Corpus Christi annual meeting.  As I often tell my students, if you have a question or concern chances are it is shared by one of your colleagues.  I have slightly edited the member's questions and concerns and the responses I made back in February for the purpose of keeping this article brief and accurate but tried to do so in a way that did not change the intent or meaning of the original dialogue.  My response follows each numbered question.

1. We still need to address grazing management on rangelands, but we also need to address wildlife, energy, pollinators, reclamation, conservation, etc.  Both our science and management base are becoming less and less relevant on rangelands.  Generally, we need to be more inclusive with our stakeholders and cast a wider net.

My response:  You are correct that rangelands have many diverse uses and provide a plethora of ecosystem services that society enjoys other than livestock grazing.  Have a look at the schedule for Day 1 of the annual meeting in Corpus Christi (http://rangelands.org/srm2016/schedule.html).  Many of the issues you mention were directly or indirectly addressed the very first day.  A quick perusal of the program (http://rangelands.org/srm2016/assets/pre-convention-trail-boss.pdf) reveals an amazing diversity of technical talks, posters, tours, symposia, and workshops that were offered throughout the entire week.  Our publications also provide a rich medium for a diverse array of topics concerning the art and science of rangeland management.  Section meetings are another setting where you can learn and share your knowledge with others about important rangeland issues germane to your local area.  That said, SRM can always be improved at the national and section levels.  I would encourage you to share your ideas about what you think was missing in the Corpus program, or in other SRM-sponsored events or programs, and how you might be able to help fill in some of those gaps.

2. Rangelands occur in more places than western USA public land.  We need to be an advocate for all rangelands.

My response:  Agreed.  SRM must be and is a strong advocate for all rangelands which comprise about half of the world's entire terrestrial surface area.  SRM has a very active International Affairs Committee (http://www.rangelands.org/internationalaffairs/) and is a close partner with the International Rangeland Congress (http://rangelandcongress.org/).  An International Travel Scholarship is offered through the International Affairs Committee to support our international partners to travel to and participate in our Annual Meetings (http://www.rangelands.org/internationalaffairs/iac_itfellowship.shtml).  SRM is currently partnering with domestic and international organizations to seek a UN resolution to designate an "International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists."  In addition to having a long history of strong partnerships with the U.S.’s foremost public land management agencies, SRM has a long-standing and strong relationship with NRCS, the premier private land management agency in the U.S.  SRM's outgoing President, Dr. Pat Shaver is a retired NRCS employee and many NRCS, Forest Service, BLM and other agency employees are actively serving SRM in a variety of roles.  SRM also regularly partners with NRCS to provide unique, relevant, and timely training opportunities, most recently at the 2015 and 2016 SRM Annual Meetings in Sacramento and Corpus Christi, respectively. Several of our recent Annual Meetings were held in states with large tracts of private rangeland and many of our field tours were conducted on private rangelands.

3. Can there be more transparency in the financials?

My response:  SRM's financials are the most transparent of any organization I have served.  Financials were presented to every SRM member in Corpus Christi during our annual business meeting and luncheon on Wednesday 2/3/16, just prior to the Awards Ceremony.  Detailed handouts were given to everyone who attended the meeting.  SRM's financials are also discussed during monthly board calls which are open for any SRM member to participate.  Board calls are announced well in advance on our website.  Our annual financial report from 2015 is available on the front page of our website.

4. Our social media (website, Facebook, etc) is lacking. If the webpage is the front door to our society, we serious lack curb appeal and it is more than 1 year out of date.

My response: 
I agree with you that the website needs improvement and concur that many other SRM members share this view.  To that end, SRM recently contracted with a website redesign company and we have high hopes that we will see significant improvements in our website by this time next year.  Our social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) is improving but could use creative input from young members like you who know how to positively promote SRM through these "new" media.  As for your other suggestions, I would strongly encourage you to get involved with your Section and the Advisory Council (http://www.rangelands.org/advisory_council/index.shtml) which are great venues for sharing ideas about SRM's Section and Annual Meetings.  SRM's founders had the wisdom to design the Society as a grassroots organization.  It is from the Sections and our individual members where many of SRM's best ideas originate.
 
Final Thoughts
The idea for the title of this article (“Get in the Arena!”) comes from a speech that was delivered 106 years ago by President Theodore Roosevelt at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France.  The speech turned out to be one of the most widely quoted of Roosevelt’s career and is still relevant today as I have recently heard parts of the speech quoted in "Ted Talks" (ironically!).  The entire text of the speech can be found here: http://www.theodore-roosevelt.com/trsorbonnespeech.html.  Keep in mind that the speech was delivered over a century ago and in the parlance of that time.  As such, some of the language used in 1910 may seem offensive to some in 2016.  However, please consider that Roosevelt’s entire life was characterized by hard work, unbridled tenacity, and a strong desire to get involved with little or no regard for the possibility of failure.  In Roosevelt’s view, taking no action was infinitely worse than the “risk” of trying to do the right thing and being criticized.  The major theme of Roosevelt’s message is epitomized by what is probably the most often quoted excerpt from his speech:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
 – Theodore Roosevelt, 1910

To me, this excerpt and the speech itself are instructive guidelines for what I can personally emulate as your fellow SRM member to move our organization forward in the 21st Century.  There are probably 100s of ways to step into and expand SRM’s arena.  I discussed 10 possibilities here: http://www.rangelands.org/RN/July.RN07.pdf.

Please join me in the arena.

What Has Happened to the "Art" in Range Management

by: Clayton Marlow, SRM Director
Historically, foresters, range and wildlife managers have accomplished their goals through a mix of science and experience based intuition often referred to as the “art” of the profession.  Scientific information gleaned from the Journal of Range Management, the Wildlife Bulletin and the Journal of Forestry provided sideboards for management action while the art component has helped managers adapt the information to their respective environmental and social conditions.  As an individual’s time managing field projects increased, their intuitive knowledge of ecosystem processes grew and subsequent management decisions became more effective.  However, the passage of time has revealed a crippling flaw in this approach.  Without considerable time dedicated to one area, managers had insufficient opportunity to gain that intuitive understanding of local ecosystem processes through the trial and error experiences of on the ground management.  Regular transfers from one area, district or office, short-circuited training in the art of local management and hampered the manager’s ability to adapt research results from other areas to her/his current situation.  Limited background experience was exacerbated by single topic research outcomes that caused managers and administrators to view management actions in the narrowest of terms. For example, in the 70’s and early 80’s, sagebrush control was undertaken over large areas because single topic research indicated higher grass production following shrub treatment.  Even though some experienced range professionals such as the late Kendall Johnson argued strenuously against landscape level control, the art of range management was over run in the rush to apply treatments that often couldn’t be extrapolated beyond the circumstances or areas where the original research was performed.  The perceived lack of respect for range scientists and managers among environmental organizations and a broad spectrum of federal, state and university administrators in the 1990’s accelerated the push to infuse range management with more rigorously derived scientific information.  This action reflected the revival of the early 20th Century Roosevelt Doctrine, “good science makes good management.” 

During the period that the Society for Range Management was moving towards more scientifically directed management, the environmental movement was quick to capitalize on growing reluctance within the general public to accept management decisions based, in part, on experience gained through trial and error.  Groups opposed to intervention-based management of landscapes sought injunctions to stop or delay actions justified by intuitive judgement, the art of range management.  Disregarding the years of experience shared by the range management profession meant that most proposed actions at the district or area levels had to be supported by local economic analyses or statistically sound research.  Realistically, there weren’t enough researchers, economists, money or time to provide the requisite science for every locality, so by the first decade of the 21st Century, federal judges were making most of the management decisions.  Even though a successful effort to elevate the rigor of Rangeland Ecology and Management has been accomplished, the SRM Board of Directors still receives criticism from practicing land managers about the direct applicability of REM articles to situations they face on the ground.  In short, managers and a growing body of the general public have recognized that judicial bench decisions fall short of what could be done to conserve local ecosystems and economies.  Slowly the wheel of professional and public opinion is rotating back to the historic view that the SRM needs to marry art with science in the management of rangeland ecosystems.

An allied movement among Native Americans to have traditional ecological knowledge incorporated into the management of tribal resources provides a fertile opportunity for the Society of Range Management to reclaim the lost art of range management.  Tribal rangeland managers understand that the incorporation of traditional knowledge into management planning and decisions will create sustainable communities and landscapes.  While not completely analogous to the early art of range management, the acceptability of traditional ecological knowledge as a basis for management decisions supports a renewed effort on the part of the SRM to defend the combination of science and experience as a platform for the conservation of rangeland ecosystems.  Over the past 12 months the SRM Executive Vice President’s staff have worked hard to garner support for a tribal range management training program.  Training tribal managers to train local range resource users lies at the heart of this program. The initial planning meeting will be held at the Confederated Salish-Kootenai College in late August 2016.  Among the topics to be discussed is the curriculum and identification of potential trainers.  Both actions provide fertile ground for local SRM members to contribute their skills and knowledge to the enhancement of range management on tribal and reservation lands.  However, an equally important opportunity exists in the potential for cross-fertilization, specifically the sharing of traditional ecological knowledge with off-reservation managers.  Efforts by the SRM to revive the art of range management will be enhanced through advice from, and interaction with, tribal managers and members.  "I challenge SRM members to participate in the program in both direct and indirect ways, and reach out to help make tribal members and students feel welcome in our organization.  Not only will the resources, families and communities on the reservations be elevated by your actions, but the SRM will regain “something lost”, the art of range management.”

Save The Date
Students & Young Professionals

READY-SET-GO FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT TRAINING WORKSHOP
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
  • What are the best tips for a successful application on USA Jobs?
  • How can you develop a resume that's tailored for your position of interest?
  • What are Mission Critical Positions?
  • What are OPM requirements?
  • What classes should you take, and what details need to be included in your course descriptions?
  • Who do you contact if there is a discrepancy or just to follow up?
  • What is a Pathways Internship, and how can you qualify?
No-cost for registration is required.  Watch for more information in upcoming Range Flashes and at http://rangelands.org/srm17/.
 
For other inquiries, contact Diana Doan-Crider at diana@animopartnership.org.

SRM 2016 Washington, D.C. Fly-In:

Bridging the Gap: Bringing Science Based Management and Partnerships to the Forefront
by: Kelly Fogarty, Deputy Director of Operations

This past month, the SRM Executive Officers team conducted their annual fly-in to Washington, DC.  Making the trip to the nation’s capital were 1st Vice President Larry Howery; 2nd Vice President Barry Irving; Young Professional’s Conclave President Rory O’Connor; and PPAC Vice Chair Shelly Wiggam.  SRM President Val Anderson was forced to miss this year’s trip due to a recent surgery, his expertise gained over the past two fly-ins that he had participated in was missed. 

The group took part in two days of meetings with industry partners, fellow professional societies, agency leads and Administration officials.  This year’s fly-in focused heavily on the number of trainings, workshops and partnerships SRM is currently engaged in and how to best expand their reach and impact to other industry and agency stakeholders.  Additionally, the fly-in served to highlight several key issues, including: ongoing work to establish an International Year of Rangelands & Pastoralists; relaying the importance and variety of symposia and workshops taking place at the 2017 SRM Annual Meeting; SRM’s continued commitment to youth development and integration of young professionals into the discipline; and addressing new issues that will face the Society and its members in the years to come.

This year’s fly-in followed on the success of the 2015 event; ongoing partnerships were strengthened, while new and potential projects and issues to engage on were presented.  Some highlights of the meetings and follow-up include:
  • SRM worked closely with the Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) to highlight their successes and work done on the issue; the effort resulted in a sponsored edition of Rangelands and a sponsorship for the 2017 Annual Meeting, plus a specific SGI workshop.  NRCS Chief Weller asked SRM to expand on this effort to include the lesser prairie chicken.  Additionally, the Chief asked SRM to include the “certainty” initiative taking place in the Southwest, stressing the need to publicize the effort to land owners and users as a tool providing assurance and relief to those who commit to conservation plans in regions affected by species listings.  Both issues are in need of promotion and attention, the Chief asked SRM to lead on both issues and highlight the work being done and ways by which land owners, users and managers can engage.
  • SRM conducted a high-level meeting with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s Chief of Staff Karla Thieman. SRM stressed the importance of agency participation at Annual Meetings and the number of initiatives and educational opportunities available to agency employees. Also highlighted was the recent formation of the SRM Diversity Taskforce. This effort was received well by many in D.C., specifically at USDA in which the issue has been a key focus of Secretary Vilsack’s tenure.  The work being done to broaden this effort to young professional recruitment at the upcoming St. George meeting was also referenced.
  • 2019 Farm Bill: SRM is currently engaged in a coalition focused on invasives and their representation in the next Farm Bill.  SRM provided input on terms currently included in the effort, such as “targeted grazing” and is committed to providing additional feedback and expertise on this issue as it moves forward.
  • Inter-agency meeting: Once again, SRM brought together range staff leads from USFS, NRCS and BLM for a joint meeting focused on SRM’s current work and projects.  This meeting will expand next year to include range staff leads from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service.
  • International Year of Rangelands & Pastoralists: The effort to establish this designation remains active.  SRM met with multiple individuals close to this issue and effort and will be reaching out to new contacts in the months to come.
  • Professional Societies: Cross-membership promotion:  SRM is currently working with the Society of American Foresters and The Wildlife Society to draft Memorandums of Agreement focused on encouraging mutual benefits between the societies achieved through joint membership opportunities and benefits, attendance at each other’s Annual Meetings at member-cost, and joint committee participation and communication.  SRM presented draft MOAs to both societies and will continue to explore these options.
 
The SRM delegation followed the following agenda for their visit, each meeting is noted with the issues and priorities discussed, you can see pictures and recaps from all of the meetings on SRM’s Facebook page:
THURSDAY, AUGUST 11th:
  • Inter-Agency Meeting: USFS, NRCS and BLM at USFS
  • Meeting with NRCS Chief Weller, presentation of “Trail Boss” Recognition      
  • Meeting with Karla Thieman, Chief of Staff to USDA Secretary Vilsack
  • Meeting with David Gagner, Senior Director, Government Relations, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
  • Dinner with Society of American Foresters Staff and Executive Officers: Matt Menashes; John Barnwell; Clark Seely; Fred Cubbage; Ed Shepard; Bob Alverts
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12th
  • Meeting with National Park Service: Brian Carlstrom, Deputy Associate Director for Natural Resource Stewardship and Science; Jennifer Wyse, Senior Advisor and Legislative Liaison for NRSS (The Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate)
  • Meeting with Krysta Harden, Vice President of Public Policy & Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO)
  • Meeting with Scott Cameron; Reduce Risk from Invasive Species Coalition
  • Meeting with Maryam Niamir-Fuller; re: establishment of an International Year of Rangelands
  • Lunch meeting with The Wildlife Society; Ken Williams, Executive Director and Keith Norris
As is evident by the itinerary and meetings conducted during this year’s fly-in, SRM continues to seek out new opportunities and partnerships to showcase the work done by SRM members.  Your work and engagement within the Society is the key component of all of the efforts noted above.  The SRM Board of Directors, Executive Officers team and staff encourage anyone engaged in research applicable to one of the areas noted above, or are interested in pursuing a similar line of training or continuing education effort to contact us directly.  The Society is working hard to bring the research, new ideas and successes of our members to the forefront of international rangeland management discussions—don’t miss out!

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.  The proceeds from wildrag sales fund two travel scholarships for young professional to attend the annual meeting. The deadline for brand submissions is September 22nd.

For more information, please contact Rory O’Connor (ro.c.oconnor@gmail.com) or Alex Beaton (abeaton808@gmail.com).

Click Here for the YPC Brand Permission Statement.

Status Report on SRM Membership Services & Meeting Management Task Force

by Chair Ken Fulgham
(NOTE:  This report previously appeared in the August 8, 2016 RangeFlash )
This Membership Services & Meeting Management Task Force (MS&MMTF–formerly Membership Services Task Force) was convened by President Jenny Pluhar in late 2014 and I was asked to be the Chair.  Under successive SRM leadership administrations of Pat Shaver and Val Anderson, the MS&MMTF has accomplished the following tasks which were all vetted and approved by the SRM Advisory Council and the SRM Board of Directors; and in coordination with the SRM Bylaws Revision Task Force. A vote by the membership was held when required.
  1. The first task of the MS&MMTF was to research the current practice for quarterly Section Rebates to determine whether or not there were better procedures to streamline the process for the SRM Section Treasurers and the accounting contractor, Anton Collins Mitchell, LLP.  As such, payments will now be sent to Section Treasurers once annually by ACM in late winter (February or March).  Though this was a managerial decision by the Board of Directors not requiring a membership vote, the Sections, via the SRM Advisory Council, did provide feedback and were in agreement with this simplified process.
  2. The second task was to weigh the pros and cons of moving the membership renewal date for all classes of membership to a single annual renewal date each year, versus the current practice of anniversary date renewals spread throughout the year, to allow the Society to streamline membership renewal and administration.  The overall rationale for this change was to provide a more balanced approach to knowing where the SRM membership stands and to provide better financial planning for the Society.
After extensive research which included feedback from the Sections via the Advisory Council, the MS&MMTF presented to the Board its proposal to move to a single annual renewal date, with January 1st of each year being selected.  Because this is a change to the SRM Bylaws, it required a vote by the entire membership.  That vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the change (897Y-vs-47N). One common concern is the timing of January 1st of each year and the financial hardship that places on our members during the holiday season.  The actual membership renewal notices will be sent to the membership beginning about four-to-three months prior to the December 31 expiration date, with payment to be made at any time prior to the expiration date.
 
The transition process will now begin with Allen Press, our current Membership Services & Meeting Management contractor.  We are in the process of working out the specific details of this transition process, and that information will be forthcoming to the entire membership from both SRM and AP as we move forwardThe underlying condition for this transition process is that no members will be unduly fiscally affected.
  1. The third task of the MSMMTF was to investigate potential association management providers since the current contracts for Membership Services & Meeting Management with Allen Press are soon to expire.  The Task Force worked with EVP Jess Peterson to create a request for proposals (RFPs) which was sent out in June 2015. Eleven companies’ submitted proposals, and a subset of the MS&MMTF met at the SRM Board of Directors Summer Meeting in St. George to review them. The initial list was narrowed down to eight companies to look at more thoroughly.  Subsequently, five of the original companies were asked by EVP Peterson to revise and resubmit their proposals based on an initial spreadsheet analysis by the MS&MMTF, and recommendation from Chair Fulgham.  Those five companies have now submitted their updated proposals which have been sent out to the other members of the MS&MMTF for review, along with an Evaluation Template created by former Director Leonard Jolley and Chair Fulgham.  Chair Fulgham has received almost all of the MS&MMTF member’s evaluations and is in the process of summarizing them for the entire Task Force to review and discuss.  The next step will be to hold a MS&MMTF conference call to discuss the evaluation so that a recommendation can be presented to the Board of Directors, hopefully by the SRM Board of Directors Summer Meeting in Sparks, NV.
Two of the tasks set for the MS&MMTF have been met and the third is in process.  Once all are completed the task force will be sunsetted.  The SRM leadership will continue efforts to review and improve processes within the Society, making it financially and managerially stronger and better for the membership.

Stockmanship and Range Management:

A special issue of the Stockmanship Journal, Volume 5, Issue 2, July 2016 | www.stockmanshipjournal.com/v5i2/

The new issue of the Stockmanship Journal focuses on the benefits of stockmanship to rangeland grazing management.
 
It begins with an article, “Stockmanship and Range Management,” by Whit Hibbard and Matt Barnes that argues that stockmanship, particularly low-stress livestock handling, is an integral—albeit over-looked and under-appreciated—part of range management. They conclude that “the higher our stockmanship skill level and the more manageable our cattle, the easier it is to undertake some form of planned grazing and, consequently, the more likely we are to do it, and the more likely it will be successful.”
Low-stress herding for strategic grazing management (photo by Whit Hibbard).
In a second article by Barnes and Hibbard, “Strategic Grazing Management Using Low-stress Herding and Night Penning For Animal Impact,” they report on a three-week grazing experiment in western Montana that focused on the practical application of stockmanship to achieve concentrated animal impact and more uniform grazing. In this project, they applied low-stress approaches to daily herding and night-penning cattle at relatively high stocking density (SD) within a rangeland pasture in a larger grazing rotation. In so doing, they increased herd instinct and used SD to increase animal impact in a target area, with benefits for rangeland forage production.
SRM 2016 Stockmanship Symposium presenters: Whit Hibbard, Guy Glosson, Ron Gill, Kent Reeves, Matt Barnes, and Derek Bailey (photo by Jesse Bussard).
Steve Cote, the author of Stockmanship: A Powerful Tool for Grazing Lands Management, writes about low-stress livestock handling for grazing public lands. He argues that for many agency and environmental people it will require a change in belief from “cattle are bad for the range” to “cattle are good for the range when properly managed.” For livestock producers, many will have to change some of their deeply held beliefs about cattle and how to handle them, because in order to control the results of grazing, they are going to have to control the cattle better than is conventionally done. Cote concludes that “the secret to healthier landscapes through cattle grazing is rather simple—holistic planned grazing and low-stress stockmanship.” 
Predation reduction is a concern in many parts of the west and stockmanship is now being used successfully as a mitigation strategy. Hilary Zaranek, a range rider with considerable experience in this area, writes about her experiences, including the benefits of gathered versus scattered herds, re-kindling the herd instinct to decrease vulnerability, and how humans can manage livestock with stockmanship in ways that make cattle less vulnerable to predation.
 
Wayne Elmore, a nationally-recognized expert on stream and riparian recovery, reviews a dramatic 37 year longitudinal study of a stream and riparian area in Central Oregon that compared, in part, the effect of livestock grazing with livestock exclusion.
 
Also, this issue includes a report by Jesse Bussard on the 2nd Bud Williams Memorial Stockmanship Symposium held at the 2016 Society for Range Management Annual Meeting in Corpus Christi.

Lost Resources

May 2016 to present

Dr. Laurie Abbott

A mournful silence recently befell the rangeland profession and the Society for Range Management when SRM Fellow, dedicated educator, mentor, and passionate ambassador of the art and science of rangeland management, Dr. Laurie Abbott, passed away August 20, 2016 following a hard fought battle with leukemia.
Laurie was on the faculty of the Animal and Range Sciences Department at New Mexico State University (NMSU) for 15 years.  She was the first woman to join the NMSU Range Program as a faculty member and one of the first female faculty members in the Department to achieve Tenure.  Her commitment to and excellence in teaching led to several awards, including the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teaching A  ward in 2010, the Range Science Education Council (RSEC) Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2014 and the Society for Range Management (SRM) Fellow Award in 2016.

Throughout her career Laurie provided outstanding service and leadership in areas that are important to sustaining the function and tradition of the Society for Range Management. One of her most notable contributions was her extraordinary efforts in organizing and leading the Graduate Student Oral Paper and Poster Competitions from 2003 through 2014.  She also provided both service and leadership on the Program Accreditation Committee, the Student Activities Committee, the Range Science Education Council, and the New Mexico Section SRM.  There is no doubt that her contributions made SRM a better organization and New Mexico State University a better academic institution. Laurie was a consummate educator.  She loved learning new and improved teaching methods, and she absolutely loved sharing those new approaches with others.  Most of all, she loved teaching and mentoring students, and it is evident that her students loved and respected her in return.  Descriptions of Laurie from students include: contagious enthusiasm, demanding, inspiring, dedicated, and remarkable.  She touched and inspired many lives in the classroom and in the field; one of her greatest legacies will be the cadre of successful rangeland professionals that she taught and mentored.

A Wild Woman of Range at heart she infused passion into every endeavor she pursued.  Her artistic mind and talents permeated all aspects of her life and inspired those she came into contact with.  She will be deeply missed by her colleagues, former students, friends and family.Laurie’s husband, Wayne, and son, Skyler, have requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Laurie’s honor to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA:
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Ave N
PO Box 19024
Seattle, WA 98109-1024
(https://www.fredhutch.org/en.html)
Main Phone: (206) 667-5000
Email: communications@fredhutch.org
A memorial for Laurie is being planned for later this fall.
Dr. Laurie Abbott (1957-2016)
 





 
L to R:  Laurie Abbott with co-award recipients, colleagues and friends Lovina Englund & Amy Ganguli at the 2016 SRM Annual Meeting






L to R:  Laurie Abbott with co-award recipients, colleagues, and friends
Lovina Englund & Amy Ganguli at the
2016 SRM Annual Meeting

 

Dwight R. Cable

Long time Life Member, Dwight R. Cable, passed away in his sleep August 12, 2016 in Eugene OR at the age of 99.

To see the full notice, click here.  In lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to make a donation to their favorite charity in Dwight's name.
 

Matthew H. Stevenson

SRM member Matthew Henry Stevenson, of Wailua, Kauai, died unexpectedly at home on May 22, 2016.  The full notice can be found in the May 26, 2016 RangeFlash or by clicking here.

Robert J. Leonard

Life member Robert J. Leonard passed away Friday evening, June 10, 2016.  The full notice can be found in the June 15, 2016 RangeFlash or by clicking here.

Kendall L. Johnson

 
Life member Kendall LeRoy Johnson passed away on May 21, 2016 in Logan, UT.  The full notice can be found in the May 26, 2016 RangeFlash or by clicking here. Donations can be made in remembrance of Kendall Johnson to the Society for Range Management, 6901 S Pierce St STE 225, Littleton, Colorado  80128.  Phone number 303-986-3309, Email info@rangelands.org.

L to R: Jim O’Rourke, Amayda Johnson, Kendall Johnson, Pat Shaver

Marvin C. Shoop

SRM member Marvin C. Shoop passed away June 3, 2016 in Loveland CO. To read his notice, view his guestbook or send condolences to his family click here

Quintin Clarence Sulzle

SRM member Quintin Clarence Sulzle passed away July 26, 2016 in South Dakota.  To read his notice, view his guestbook or send condolences to his family, click here.

Lackey Water Resource Webinar Now Online

“Use — and Abuse — of Science in Water Resource Policy and Management”:  2016 Water Resources Management Association Webinar presented by Robert Lackey is now available online.
From the Abstract:  “Public confidence that scientific information is technically accurate, policy relevant, and politically unbiased is central to informed resolution of policy and regulatory issues that are often contentious, divisive, and litigious.  Especially, scientists should watch for the often subtle creep of normative science (i.e., information that appears to be policy neutral, but contains an embedded preference for a particular policy or class of policies).  Failing to do so risks marginalizing the essential role that science and scientists ought to play in informing decisions on important public policy questions.”  Click Here to view
 

Range Photo Quiz

Winter Photo Quiz Question:  “Our last photo quiz of a range survey crew ready to hit the road attracted few respondents, so we thought we'd "sweeten the pot" a bit by showing how this squad of ATVs was deployed in the field.
So our questions now are:
  • What information is being gathered?
  • How might it be utilized?
  • What is the tech looking at?
  • How might it relate to other means and modes of rangeland monitoring?
Send your answers with the subject line “Range Photo Quiz". We'll show some results next time around!

And - Call for Quiz Photos! - Please send in your pixeled puzzles for the next edition of the Range Photo Quiz - our well of images has about run dry! 

Email photo  submissions and be sure to include a question and answer with the photo!

In order to meet publication deadlines please send your responses by the 15th of the month!

Events & Announcements

Online Course Available for Understanding Wild Pig History and Biology
An online course via TX A&M AgriLife Extension

2016 Montana Range Tour
Hosted by the Sweet Grass Conservation District
September 7-8, 2016 - Big Timber, MT
 
WY Habitat Restoration Workshop
RESCHEDULED for September 8-9, 2016 – Casper WY
(Originally scheduled for April 19-20, 2016)
 
Russian Olive Workshop
Celebrating 5 Years of Successful Russian Olive Removal and Restoration Research
Sept 12-13, 2016 – Miles City, MT
 
World Congress Silvo-Pastoral Systems 2016
Silvo-Pastoral Systems in a Changing World: Functions, Management and People
Sept. 27-30 2016 - Évora, Portugal
 
13th RISE Symposium
(Research Insights in Semiarid Ecosystems)
October 8, 2016 – Tucson, AZ
 
2016 TX Section Annual Meeting
Water: How Can TSSRM Lead its Stewardship?
Oct 11-13, 2016 - Uvalde, TX
 
2016 NE Section Annual Meeting – Workshop and Tour
Capitalizing on Range Management Opportunities
Oct 12-14, 2016 – Gothenberg, NE
 
2016 PNW Section Annual Meeting & Workshop
Oct 12-14, 2016 – Corvallis, OR
more info to come
 
2016 NGP Section Annual Fall Meeting
Range Management: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Hosted by the ND Chapter of the NGP Section
October 13, 2016 – National Energy Center of Excellence at Bismarck College, Bismarck, ND
For More Information Contact:
Fara Brummer at (701) 261-6726 or fara.brummer@ndsu.edu: or
David Toledo at (701) 390-3206 or david.toledo@ars.usda.gov
 
2016 Fall CalPac Section Meeting & Tour
Oct 26-28, 2016 – Kilauea Military Camp near Volcano HI

2016 CO Section Winter Annual Meeting
Grass-Grazers-Family: Finding the Common Ground
Nov 1-3, 2016 - Colorado State Fairgrounds, Pueblo CO
For more information contact Josh Saunders
970.520.1936 or josh.saunders@co.usda.gov
 
2016 UT Section Annual Meeting
Nov 3- 4, 2016
 
The Wildlife Society of WY & The WY Section SRM
Annual Meeting & Workshop
Nov 15-17, 2016 – Cody WY
 
3rd Annual Southern Soil Health Conference
Nov 30-Dec 1, 2016 – Belton, TX
 
SAVE THE DATE!!!
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! http://rangelands.org/srm17/
Hotel & Travel Information at http://rangelands.org/srm17/travel.html
  
77th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference
Private Landscapes, Public Responsibilities
Feb. 5-8, 2017 – Lincoln NE
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