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New Mexico Section of the Society for Range Management

Upcoming Events

2016 Summer Meeting and Tour

The summer meeting and tour is tentatively planned for the Taos area. More details in the months to come...


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Winter Tour and Meeting

Rangeland Improvements

Los Lunas, NM

January 7-8, 2016

The NM section of the Society for Range Management has put rangeland improvements on the agenda for the 2016 annual winter meeting and tour to be held January 7-8 in Los Lunas. This is a wide open subject so expect to hear a wide diversity of presentations. Join us for a field tour of the Los Lunas Plant Materials Center and NMSU Ag Science Center followed by a hot catered lunch, guest presentations, social, quiz bowl (current NMSU Range Club students vs. alumni range students), and our annual awards banquet.

The tour will start at the Los Lunas Plant Materials Center (1036 Miller Road, Los Lunas) at 10:00 a.m. on January 7. We will return to the visitor center at noon for a hot catered lunch. Following lunch, we will drive across the river to the UNM Valencia Campus, Student Community Center Auditorium (280 La Entrada; follow South Lot Parking signs) for our afternoon speakers. Seven speakers from across NM will share their knowledge and research as it relates to rangeland improvements starting at 1:15 p.m. Dutch dinner at the Ribs/Tractor Brewing Company (120 Nelson Lane) in Los Lunas 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 8th at 9:00 a.m. we will resume talking about range improvements as it relates to NM stakeholders (same UNM Valencia campus location). Graduate student research projects and the winner of the NM High School Youth Forum will wrap up the presentation portion of the meeting. Our annual awards banquet, catered by the Los Lunas 4-H Club will close out our meeting and will run from noon to 1 p.m.

Cost for the meeting and tour is $55 per person ($35 for one day); 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.

David Graham Memorial High School Youth Forum

The NM SRM High School Youth Forum is a contest open to any NM high school student. 1st place winner will receive $500 scholarship and spot to represent New Mexico at the national contest to be held at the 2016 Society for Range Management Annual Meeting, Corpus Christi, TX, January 31 - February 4, 2016.

The first step for a participant begins by picking a topic or research project. Students may focus on any topic as long as it has some connection to rangelands (natural resources ecology, wildlife, habitat conservation, range plants, livestock management are just a sample of range related subjects that are suitable). From this point the participant will prepare a written paper and then present the important facts of their findings in a 6 to 8 minute oral presentation. Most contestants use PowerPoint for their presentations. You can read past winner's abstract at http://www.rangelands.org/awards_photos/2014_orlando/hsyf.shtml

Contest papers are due by October 20th and presentations are made at the High School Youth Forum contest which will be held November 13th in Albuquerque. Notification of exact location will be determined by October 20th when papers are submitted.

For more information, contact Tom Dean (tdean@nmsu.edu).

2015 Summer Tour and Meeting - Riparian Management and Grazing - It's Relevant Again...

Of course, it never wasn't relevant to managers and producers here in the Southwest, but 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 (pending) 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
Email: nashcrof@nmsu.edu

President-Elect: TBD

Webmaster: Joaquin Gallegos
Email: joaquin.gallegos@nnmc.edu