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New Mexico Section of the Society for Range Management

  • 2014 Spring Newsletter
    The 2014 Spring Newsletter is now available and packed with information about recent and upcoming events!

Upcoming Events

2014 Summer Meeting and Tour: NM Rangelands and Horses

Save The Date!!! July 25th

New Mexico Rangelands and Horses

The NM Section of the Society for Range Management has put horses and rangelands on the agenda for the 2014 annual summer tour to be held 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 will provide an opportunity to look at horses and rangelands from a more objective standpoint.

The tour will leave from the Bernalillo Workforce Connection dirt parking lot at 8:30 a.m. Look for the dirt parking lot designated exclusively for Workforce Connection users (see map below). This parking lot is directly south of the Bernalillo Rail Runner Parking Lot (301 Rail Runner Avenue). Vans will be provided for transportation. However, as in the past, if participants would like to carpool in their personal vehicles that will be possible as well (4X4 or high clearance will be required). For lunch we will return to the Bernalillo Workforce Connection Meeting Room. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the Sandoval County 4-H Clubs. After lunch we have a number of speakers lined up to talk about their experience with rangelands and horses. We will finish up no later than 3:30 p.m.

Panel of Afternoon Speakers

12:30 - 12:50 Dr. Sam Smallidge: Wild vs. feral vs. free roaming

12:50 - 1:20 Dr. Marcy Ward: Horse nutrition and reproduction

1:20 - 1:50 Dr. Nick Ashcroft: Horse impacts on rangelands


2:00 - 2:30 Mr. Anthony Madrid: Experience with horses and federal lands; USFS perspective

2:30 - 3:00 Mr. Jeff Tafoya: Experience with horses and federal lands; BLM perspective

3:00 - 3:30 Mr. Bob Alexander: BLM, tribal, and private citizen experience with rangelands and horses

Cost for the tour is $35 per person. Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card at the event. Alternatively, check payments can be made out to NMSU (memo: NM SRM Summer Tour) and mailed to Doug Cram, 30003 MSC 3AE, Las Cruces, NM 88003. Credit card payments can be made by calling Doug Cram at 575-646-8130.

PLEASE RSVP using this link

LODGING INFO A limited number of sleeping accommodations are being held at the government rate of $85/night (plus taxes) at the Holiday Inn Express Albuquerque N-Bernalillo (119 Bell Lane, Bernalillo) for the night of July 24. Call 505-867-1600 and ask for the "NM Society for Range Management" rate when making reservations. This room block will be released July 17. Additional convenient sleeping accommodations in Bernalillo include Day's Inn (107 N Camino Del Pueblo; 1-800-615-3107) and Super 8 Bernalillo (265 U.S. 550; 505-771-4700).

For updates and details on final agenda see the NM SRM web site (this page) or contact Doug Cram (dcram@nmsu.edu) 575-646-8130.

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Location for parking and afternoon session

Field Botany Workshops

The Jornada Experimental Range hosts field botany workshops, led by "Cowgirl Botanist" Kirsten Romig. These bimonthly workshops are free and open to the public. Botany workshop dates for 2014 are: March 4, May 13, July 15, September 2, and November 4

Recent Events

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.

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.


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
Email: dwbailey@nmsu.edu

President-Elect: Doug Cram
Phone: (575) 646-8130
Email: dcram@nmsu.edu

Webmaster: Laurie Abbott
Phone: 575-646-2870
Email: labbott@nmsu.edu