New Mexico Section of the Society for Range Management
2014 Fall Newsletter
The 2014 Fall Newsletter is now available and packed with information about recent and upcoming events!
2015 Winter Meeting: January 8-9, 2015
Rangelands and Threatened and Endangered Species
The NM section of the Society for Range Management has put rangelands and threatened and endangered species on the agenda for our annual winter tour and meeting. Recently listed species and species under consideration for listing continue to make headlines in New Mexico (e.g., the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse). Our morning field trip and afternoon speaker series will provide an opportunity to look at some of the issues that impact NM rangelands. Following the afternoon session, we will host our annual banquet complete with a great meal, awards, and a quiz bowl pitting students vs. professionals. Additional speakers will round out our Friday morning session. More details will be announced soon.
Location: Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge Conference Center
January 8-9, 2015!
New Mexico Section Awards Nominations
Now is the time of year when the New Mexico Section of SRM is seeking nominations for awards given to outstanding and deserving individuals and groups who demonstrate leadership, innovation, and note-worthy contributions to sustainable management and wise stewardship of New Mexico Rangelands.
NM SRM Awards are:
Rangeland Innovator of the Year
Rangeland Manager of the Year
Excellence in Range Management
Descriptions of the awards and information about the nomination process are available in the 2014 Awards Nomination Packet.
Deadline for nominations is November 7, 2014.
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