New Mexico Section - Society for Range Management

New Mexico to Host 2022 National SRM Meeting in Albuquerque

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Upcoming Events

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2020 NM SRM Winter Meeting and Tour

Stay tuned for more information on upcoming winter meeting and tour (~January 2020).

National SRM Meeting in Denver

February 16-20, 2020

Recent Events

2019 Summer Tour

Range Management on the Taos Pueblo

Friday, September 13, 2019

Taos Pueblo Convention Center (formerly Lineberry Estate)

501 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM


8:30 a.m. - Meet at Taos Pueblo Convention Center

Drive to buffalo pasture for presentations and discussion

11:30 - Drive back to Taos Pueblo Convention Center for lunch (prepared and provided by Taos Pueblo)

Lunch presentation

1:30 - Drive to sagebrush treatments for presentations and discussion

3:00 - Drive back to Taos Pueblo Convention Center and adjourn

2019 Winter Meeting and Tour

Joint Meeting with Arizona Section

Managing Rangelands Without Borders

Grant County Conference Center, Silver City, NM

January 9 - 11, 2019

2018 Summer Tour

Friday, August 24, 2018

Agua Chiquita Allotment Tour, Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Mountains, New Mexico

Focus: Managing livestock grazing in riparian ecosystems

2018 Winter Tour & Meeting

Annual Winter Meeting & Tour

January 18 - 19, 2018 Las Cruces, NM
Wooton Hall Auditorium on the NMSU Campus

The NM Section of the Society for Range Management hosted our annual winter meeting and tour in Las Cruces, NM on Thursday and Friday, January 18 - 19, 2018. We toured a wind farm outside of Nutt on Thursday morning and then returning to Wooton Hall (NMSU) for a hot lunch catered by the Dona Ana 4-H Club. Following lunch heard from a variety of speakers focusing on topics important to NM rangelands. The meeting continued Friday morning with more speakers including graduate students from NMSU. Our annual awards banquet closed out our meeting. See agenda below for more details.

2017 Winter Tour and Meeting

Thursday and Friday, January 12 - 13, 2017

Estancia, NM

East Torrance Soil and Water Conservation District Complex - 700 10th Street

Continuing Education Credits available

Fall Professional Development Tour

November 4, 2016

Milnesand, New Mexico

Lesser Prairie-Chicken

The NM section of the Society for Range Management hosted a fall professional development tour in Milnesand, NM on Friday, November 4th. The location was a little off the beaten path down in the southeast corner of NM, but it was in the heart of lesser prairie-chicken habitat (in NM). Currently the chicken is having an identity 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. The tour was a success thanks to the guest speakers including scientists, managers, and practitioners. The Center of Excellence - Milnesand highlighted their proactive conservation work. Thanks to all involved.

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. Check out the photos from the trip thanks to David Jacobs (see Photos Link). 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 - New Mexico 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.

For More Information Contact:

NM SRM President: Brenda Simpson
State Rangeland Management Specialist
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
Albuquerque, NM

President-elect: Marshal Wilson
Natural Resource Policy Analyst
New Mexico Department of Agriculture

Webmaster: Doug Cram