New Mexico Section of the Society for Range Management
2015 Winter Meeting: January 8-9, 2015
Rangelands and Threatened and Endangered Species
The NM section of the Society for Range Management has put threatened and endangered (T&E) species on the agenda for the 2015 annual winter meeting and tour to be held January 8-9, 2015 at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge and Socorro County Extension Center, NM. Legacy, newly listed, and potential species are impacting the way NM rangelands are being used and managed. Join us for talks and discussion on federally listed T&E species in NM, a field tour of the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge followed by a hot catered lunch, quiz bowl (NM Range Club vs. membership), and our annual awards banquet.
The tour will leave from the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge visitor center parking lot (exit 169 off I-25) at 8:00 a.m. on January 8. The custom tour, not available to the public on a regular basis, will include stops at numerous Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project sites, a Gunnison's prairie dog colony, and a stop at the Mexican Grey Wolf breeding pens. Transportation will be provided, but as in the past, participants can carpool in their personal 4WD vehicles if desired. We will return to the visitor center at 12:30 p.m. for a hot catered lunch. Following lunch, 6 experts from across NM will share their knowledge and research as it relates to T&E species. Dutch dinner at the Bodega Burger Company (606 N. California Street) in Socorro will start at 6 p.m. followed by a social hour, silent raffle, and a quiz bowl organized by the NMSU Range Club. Come test your range management knowledge against NMSU range students. On January 9th at 9:00 a.m. at the Socorro Extension Center (198 Neel Avenue) we will resume talking about T&E species but more from an impact perspective as it relates to NM stakeholders. Graduate student research projects will wrap up the presentation portion of the meeting. Our annual awards banquet, catered by the Socorro 4-H Club will close out our meeting and will run from noon to 1 p.m. Links to the Draft Agenda and PDF version of the meeting flier are provided below.
Cost for the meeting and tour is $55 per person; student rate is $30; awards banquet only is $20. Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card at the event. Check payments should be made out to NM SRM (memo: winter meeting & tour). Alternatively, credit card payments can be made by calling Doug Cram at 575-646-8130.
PLEASE use this link to access the 2015 NM SRM Winter Meeting REGISTRATION page.
SOCORRO LODGING INFO: On a first come, first served basis, lodging accommodations at a rate of $55 (double), $65 (single) or $75 (suite) per night (plus tax) are available at the Econo Lodge Inn and Suites (713 N. California Street). Call 575-835-1500 and ask for the "NM Society for Range Management rate" when making reservations. Additional convenient lodging accommodations in Socorro include Holiday Inn Express (1040 N. California Street; 575-838-4600) and Best Western Hotel and Suites (1100 California Street; 575-838-0556). For updates and details on final agenda see NM SRM web page or contact Doug Cram (firstname.lastname@example.org) 575-646-8130.
2014 Fall Newsletter
The 2014 Fall Newsletter is now available and packed with information about recent and upcoming events!
2014 Summer Meeting and Tour: NM Rangelands and Horses
New Mexico Rangelands and Horses
The NM Section of the Society for Range Management focused on horses and rangelands for the 2014 annual summer tour and meeting held on Friday, July 25 in Bernalillo, NM. Horses on rangelands continue to make headlines in New Mexico. Of course, headlines are short and designed to be provocative. Our morning field trip to the Placitas area and afternoon speaker series provided an opportunity to look at horses and rangelands from a more objective standpoint. Several of the afternoon speakers have made their presentations available, and are linked below:
Anthony Madrid (USFS, Jicarilla RD): Wild Horse Management Part A
Anthony Madrid's presentation is rich with photographs. The presentation was divided into two smaller-sized files (Parts A and B).
Jeff Tafoya (BLM, Farmington) Unauthorized Horses Part A
Jeff Tafoya's presentation is rich with photographs. Due to the large file size, it had to be divided into 4 parts (A, B, C, and D).
Congratulations to NM SRM 2014-2015 Scholarship Recipients
Congratulations to Sean Perry and Madeline Voldahl, recipients of the 2014-2015 NMSRM scholarships for undergraduate students. Sean received the scholarship for lower-division students (freshmen/sophomore), and Madeline received the scholarship for upper-division students (junior/senior). Both students received $500.
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New Mexico Drought Workshop: Drought Outlook and Management Considerations for Rangeland Livestock Production
The New Mexico Drought Workshop: Drought Outlook and Management Considerations for Rangeland Livestock Production was held in Socorro on May 29, 2013. The event was hosted by the New Mexico Section of SRM in conjunction with the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) and the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS). The workshop was very well-attended, more than 150 folks from around New Mexico participated. Thanks to all of the organizers, presenters, and participants for making this a successful event!
Staff from NIDIS presented drought and wildfire outlooks specific to spring/summer of 2013 in New Mexico. Dave DuBois, New Mexico State Climatologist, provided an update on the current status of the drought in New Mexico. Subsequent presentations by specialists from New Mexico State University Topics and the USDA Jornada Experiemental Range focused on various topics related to ranching during drought. Representatives from federal and state agencies engaged in a discussion about many aspects of rangeland livestock production in relation to drought. The workshop culminated with an interactive session focusing on drought plan development for working ranches.
The National Drought Mitigation Center has set up a special web site that features presentation materials from the NM Drought Workshop.
Drought Planning Materials: Links to PDFs of the Ranch Drought Planning Handbook are provided below. These materials and additional information can also be accessed online from the NMDC Website.
Ranch Drought Planning Handbook_ Full Version
This document is the full version of "Managing Drought Risk on the Ranch: A Planning Guide for Great Plains Ranchers". It contains descriptions and explanations of all of the components of a drought plan, plus the worksheets that support development of a drought plan specific to an individual ranch.
Worksheets for Drought Planning
This document provides the worksheets that are used for ranch drought plan development.
For More Information Contact:
NM SRM President: Derek Bailey
New Mexico State University
Department of Animal and Range Sciences
PO BOX 30003, MSC 3-I
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Phone: (575) 646-2554
President-Elect: Doug Cram
Phone: (575) 646-8130
Webmaster: Laurie Abbott