New Mexico Section of the Society for Range Management

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Upcoming Events

Fall Professional Development Tour

November 4, 2016

Milnesand, New Mexico

Lesser Prairie-Chicken

The NM section of the Society for Range Management is hosting a fall professional development tour in Milnesand, NM on Friday, November 4th. The location is a little off the beaten path down in the southeast corner of NM, but this is the heart of lesser prairie-chicken habitat (in NM) and we figured you would feel at home on the range. As you probably know, the chicken is having an identity crisis…it cannot decide if it is imperiled or impregnable…should it be hunted or listed as endangered. The latest census reports the 29,000 birds are waiting for after the election to decide their fate. Please join us for a tour of lesser prairie-chicken habitat as well discussions with invited LPC experts such scientists, managers, and practitioners. We will be working with the Center of Excellence – Milnesand to highlight the proactive conservation work they have been involved with on numerous local ranches. If you have a passion for range management, wildlife, and conservation of natural resources this tour and meeting is for you.

We will meet Friday, November 4th at the Milnesand Community Building at 9:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the local county 4-H club. We will wrap up the tour and discussion by 3:00 p.m. Milnesand is 4 hours from Albuquerque, and 1.5 hours from Roswell.

Cost for the tour and meeting is $35 per person. Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card at the event. Credit card payments can also be arranged by calling Doug Cram at 575-646-8130.

LODGING INFO: Sleeping accommodations are available in Santa Rosa, Clovis, Portales, Roswell, Artesia, Carlsbad, Hobbs and numerous other local communities in southeastern NM.

For updates and details on final agenda check back on the webpage in the coming days or contact Mr. Tom Dean (575-646-2584;

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2017 Winter Tour and Meeting

Save the Date

Thursday and Friday, January 12 - 13, 2017

Location and more details to follow soon...

Recent Events

2016 Summer Tour

Taos Plateau and Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

August 6-7, 2016

The NM SRM teamed with the Taos Soil and Water Conservation District to better understand sagebrush and pinon-juniper management. On August 6, the tour explored private ranches and the Taos Plateau portion of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument on the west side of the Rio Grande Gorge. On Sunday, August 7 the tour explored grazing allotments, private ranches in Sunshine Valley, and the Wild and Scenic Rivers System on the east side of the Rio Grande Gorge. The tour included 14 stops and 21 speakers (see agenda). The tour looked at sagebrush and PJ management methods that have been tried and evaluated, as well as the effects of thinning and fire on PJ. The NM chapter of the Society for Range Management thanks Tony Benson and the Taos Soil and Water Conservation District for extending this opportunity to our members.

2016 Winter Tour and Meeting

Rangeland Improvements

Los Lunas, NM

January 7-8, 2016

The NM Section of the Society for Range Management put rangeland improvements on the agenda for the 2016 annual winter meeting and tour held January 7-8 in Los Lunas. This was a wide open subject so participants heard a wide range of presentations. The field tour was at the Los Lunas Plant Materials Center and NMSU Ag Science Center. A hot catered lunch from Abuelita's followed the tour. Following lunch, we drove across the river to the UNM Valencia Campus for our afternoon speakers. Seven speakers from across NM shared their knowledge and research as it related to rangeland improvements. The day concluded with a dinner and social hosted by the NMSU Range Club at the Ribs/Tractor Brewing Company in Los Lunas. On January 8th we resumed talking about range improvements. Graduate and undergraduate students presented their research highlights. The winner of the NM High School Youth Forum, Chali Simpson, presented her winning paper. We concluded our meeting with our annual awards banquet catered by StreetFoodBlvd. The U Bar Ranch received our Excellence in Range Management award.

David Graham Memorial High School Youth Forum

Thanks to Tom Dean, our youth chair, the David Graham Memorial High School Youth Forum was held Friday November 13, 2015 in Albuquerque at the Extension office. Five papers were submitted this year for consideration and three contestants were able to present their papers for the judges (Adam Lujan – BLM Range Staff and Doug Cram – NMSU). The papers were as follows, 1) The effects of drought on rangelands by Makenna Hittson, Des Moines High School; 2) Blister beetles in Taos County by Marco Martinez, Taos; 3) Ranching in Taos County by Miguel Martinez, Taos; 4) Our land eroding by Annalisa Miller, Des Moines High School; and 5) Getting the Dirt on Diversity by Chali Simpson, Grants High School. Makenna, Annalisa and Chali gave excellent presentations to the judges with Chali earning top honors, $500 from the section, and a chance to represent NM at the Annual SRM Meeting in Corpus Christi in 2016. Congratulations Chali.

For more information, contact Tom Dean (

2015 Summer Tour and Meeting - Riparian Management and Grazing

Drought, wildfire, and recently listed riparian species have resulted in a doubling-down of challenges and consternation in riparian areas. The NM SRM section toured the the U Bar Ranch courtesy of David Ogilvie and Ty Bays on July 30, 2015. The tour included a retelling of the history of the ranch as well as an opportunity to visit multiple riparian sites to see results and impacts of management actions designed for the benefit of endangered species and livestock. Following the field tour the caravan stopped at a local watering hole for refreshments. Friday morning we reconvened at the Grant County Business and Conference Center for presentations focusing on current southwestern riparian issues. Speakers included Ralph Pope, Roland Shook, George Ruyle, Wink Crigler, Sara Noelle, and Nick Ashcroft. See our Fall 2015 Newsletter for a complete write up of the tour.

2015 Winter Meeting and Tour – NM Rangelands and T&E Species

The NM Section of the Society for Range Management toured the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge on January 8, 2015, followed by a program of experts who talked about the challenges and opportunities of managing threatened and endangered species on New Mexico rangelands. The roster of speakers included: Scott Carlton (NMSU), Maggie Dwire (USFWS), Brenda Simpson (NRCS), Sam Smallidge (NMSU), Nick Ashcroft (NMSU) Les Owens (NMDA), and Blair Dunn, Esq. Graduate students Dave Stricklan, Jose Diaz, and Laura Goodman (all from NMSU) completed the program with presentations on their graduate research.

Congratulations to NM SRM 2015-2016 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to Sean Perry and Natalie Padilla, recipients of the 2015-2016 NMSRM scholarships for undergraduate students. Both students received $500 scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year.

For More Information Contact:

NM SRM President: Nick Ashcroft
New Mexico State University
Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources
PO BOX 30003, MSC 3AE
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Phone: (575) 646-5394

President-Elect: Tom Dean
New Mexico State University
Southwest District Director
PO Box 30001, MSC 3AE
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Phone: 575-646-2584

Webmaster: Joaquin Gallegos