Welcome to the 2020 Society for Range Management Meeting Dr. Clayton Marlow, President of SRM
Most of us are motivated to attend the Annual Meeting for two over-arching reasons, updating our professional tool kit and the companionship of friends and colleagues. This year’s meeting provides a new avenue for fulfilling the first of these goals. The Colorado and Wyoming Sections have been innovative and bold in the creation of a several formats for sharing new experiential know-how and research outcomes. Even if the re-imaging may seem a bit unsettling at first, I encourage you to engage quickly and fully participate in the sessions that interest you. The central focus of this re-shaped Annual meeting program is to give you and me greater opportunity to engage in the learning process through more direct interaction with presenters and access to a broad suite of on-site training opportunities. In short, this year we have the opportunity to become active learners rather than just listeners.
Opportunities to visit old acquaintances and meet new friends abound. The Campfire Discussions are one new format designed to elevate member interaction. While oral presentations and posters have always been a source of new information, I’ve come to appreciate the added insight and advice gained in “hallway discussions” with good friends and colleagues between sessions. This year’s Campfire Discussions have been designed to capitalize on these informal but impactful discussions by giving each of us an opportunity to broaden our professional contacts through this interactive experience. Old friends are invaluable but new acquaintances gained through Campfire Discussions can’t help but deepen our common knowledge as range managers and conservationists. Take advantage of this innovative approach to boost your professional knowledge. I encourage you to plunge into the interactive programs and training short courses offered over the next 5 days. You’ll be rewarded with great insight, skills and new friends. Then take this enthusiasm back to your Section to enhance the professionalism of ranchers, range managers, biologists and outdoor enthusiasts.
We Are Rangelands
Partnership between SRM and its Sponsors and Vendors
Society for Range Management has formed a firm bond with an array to commercial entities whose businesses are tied to healthy, productive rangelands. These partnerships have been fostered by mutual benefit to those involved where SRM has benefited enormously from commercial sponsorship and vendor support in advertising, sales of booth space and a plethora of other contribution. In return SRM has endeavored to honor those who have been stalwart supporters with purchase of goods, technology and services that are so needed in the applications of rangeland management. The following article from Corteva, historically Dow Chemical, illustrates the relationship.
Committed to Range & Pasture Improvement Corteva Agriscience traces its commitment to Range & Pasture back more than 70 years, to the development of 2,4-D in the late 1940's. At that time, as The Dow Chemical Company, the company offered the latest technology to improve the productivity of pastures and rangeland. Through the years, the company has continued its commitment, offering a series of products — like Tordon® 22 and Grazon® P+D herbicides — to become the standards for weed and brush control on grazing lands and wildlands. As technology has advanced, the company has introduced new products to become the new standards. Today’s land managers know Sendero®, MezaVue® and Chaparral™ herbicides, and now, new DuraCor™ herbicide.
Just as important as the product line is the commitment of Corteva people. For nearly 40 years, the company has transferred the latest technology to ranchers through a sales force dedicated to Range & Pasture. Today, development specialists and laboratory and field scientists continue to push the technology forward. And the Corteva Agriscience is especially proud when our people volunteer to serve their industry and their peers outside of the company. Congratulations to our own Charles Hart, Ph.D., the new president of the Society for Range Management!
Welcome from the Program Committee! This year you will notice a revised meeting format. The SRM 2020 meeting theme, Transformation & Translation, and changes to the format reflect the feedback we have heard from you the past couple years. These changes address the question: How can the SRM Annual Meeting help transform the society into the future? Here are some helpful tips to make the most of your SRM 2020 experience:
Download the program app to your smart device Android, iOS and web app viewer or find a pdf of the program online to print a paper copy.
Rise and shine for plenary sessions: Join us for innovative plenary sessions every morning from 8-9:45 AM. Each plenary speaker will inspire us regarding a different aspect of the meeting theme. Click here to learn more: http://www.srm2020.org/plenary-speakers.html
Select one scientific session each morning and afternoon. Scientific sessions have been streamlined with six concurrent sessions each morning (10-noon) and afternoon (1:30-3:30) (see http://www.srm2020.org/science-program.html). These sessions will be symposia, workshops, or Ignite sessions (a group of 5-minute presentations). This format is designed to minimize time folks spend rushing between sessions. Come check these out and be ready to interact and participate in discussions.
Jump into the Campfire Conversations. Inspired by just retired USFS employee Bob Mountain, campfire conversations are round-table dialogues about questions that matter to the future of rangelands and the Society for Range Management. Topics are all suggested and facilitated in the “world café” method by SRM members (see the list here: http://www.srm2020.org/campfire-conversations.html). These conversations will only take place Tuesday (10-noon and 1:30-3:30).
Tour a poster pod or two. Three poster sessions (Monday 4-5 pm, Monday 5-6 pm, and Tuesday 4-5 pm) will follow a new “pod” arrangement. Each pod is made of 6 similarly themed posters. Select a theme you are interested in and move with the group from poster to poster as presenting authors give short presentations and answer questions about their work. This format will inspire small-group conversations on topics and opportunities for mentorship and connections among the diverse attendees. http://www.srm2020.org/posters.html
Mingle at the All School Mixer: Universities typically hold individual socials on Tuesday evening. This year we have combined these into one large mixer with a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres. Wear your many school colors with pride and innovation! We want to thank everyone for your feedback to date, keep it coming as well. We will be surveying your impressions of the SRM 2020 Denver meeting via online questionnaire after the meeting ends.
Hailey Wilmer and Justin Derner Colorado and Wyoming section 2020 Program Co-Chairs
Meet your SRM Leaders SRM Board of Directors
Dr. Clayton Marlow President (2019) Professor, Range Sciences Montana State University Animal and Range Sciences Dept. Bozeman, MT
Charles R. Hart, PhD First Vice President (2019) Market Development Specialist Corteva Agriscience Abilene, TX
J. Alfonso “Poncho” Ortega Second Vice President (2019) Professor and Research Scientist Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute Texas A&M University-Kingsville Kingsville, TX
Karen Launchbaugh Second Vice President (Incoming 2020) Professor, Rangeland Ecology University of Idaho Moscow, ID
Dr. Karen R. Hickman Professor, Natural Resource Ecology and Management Director, Environmental Sciences Program Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK
Jeff Goodwin Conservation Stewardship Lead Rangeland and Pasture Consultant, CPRM Noble Research Institute Ardmore, OK
Dr. María E. Fernández-Giménez Professor Dept. of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO
Dr. Barry Perryman Professor Rangeland Ecology and Management University of Nevada-Reno Reno, NV
Dr. Patricia S. Johnson Professor, Range Sciences Dept. of Natural Resource Management South Dakota State University Rapid City, SD
Dr. David Toledo Professor Research Rangeland Management Specialist USDA- Agricultural Research Service Mandan, ND
Susan Edinger Marshall Professor Rangeland Resources and Wildland Soils Humboldt State University Arcata, CA
John Walker Professor and Center Director Texas A&M AgriLife Research San Angelo, TX
Jess Peterson Executive Vice President
Vicky Trujillo Office Services Manager
Kelly Fogarty Deputy Director Operation
Mary Jo Foley-Birrenkott Outreach and Membership Coordinator
2020 SRM HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH FORUM PROGRAM
he 2020 High School Youth Forum (HSYF) sub-committee would like to welcome you and 22 Forum delegates to the SRM Annual Meeting in Denver. This meeting marks the 55th High School Youth Forum to be held. Taryn Mitchell, a 2019 High School Youth Forum delegate from the Texas Section, is serving as the 2020 President. Taryn will preside over the Forum events for a program which is designed to involve high school age youth in the Society for Range Management Annual Meeting. The first program, originally named the Youth Range Forum, began as a pilot project of the ASRM Youth Committee in 1966 with the first program held at the Salt Lake City Annual Meeting. Since 1968, the High School Youth Forum has been an active part of the Annual Meeting.
Twenty Two high school youth delegates from the United States and Canada have been selected by 11 SRM Sections to participate in a 4 day program which introduces youth to this professional organization, workings and members of the Society for Range Management. With this in mind, the goals of the HSYF are to: 1) provide insight for these students concerning the function and workings of a professional society; 2) provide opportunities to meet Society members; 3) provide a format that encourages thinking and enhancement of communicative skills; 4) provide an opportunity to learn about range management, stewardship, college, and careers through interaction with Society professionals; 5) provide an opportunity to learn about the ecology and natural resources of another area of the world; and 6) provide an atmosphere that fosters camaraderie, friendship and lasting relationships. One of the goals for this program at the Section level is to involve youth as a means of recognition for high school students that have demonstrated a real interest in range and other related natural resource areas. These youth have perhaps shown their interest in related activities at a range or natural resource camp, in 4-H, FFA, Boy Scouts or other youth educational opportunities. Annually each of the 21 SRM Sections is allowed to send up to 3 youth delegates to this program.
To achieve these goals of the Forum, various activities are conducted which include an orientation session, an ecological field trip, a professional interaction dinner, business meetings, a student luncheon, meeting with college students, a training workshop, attendance at various Annual Meeting sessions such as the Plenary Session and the always popular Forum Paper Presentation Session.
The High School Youth Forum Paper Presentation Session will be held on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Sheraton Governors Square 12. Each Forum delegate will present a 6 to 8 minute presentation on a range related topic. You are invited to participate in this session and learn about various range topics from invasive plants to successful range management programs. This session has always proved to be a highlight to not only the participants, but to SRM’s general membership as well. These 20 papers should provide a worthwhile education to anyone attending who is interested in the management, issues and future of our rangelands.
Makenzy Wittiekend, representing the Idaho Section as a Forum delegate in 2019, will present her First Place High School Youth Forum presentation at the SRM Awards ceremony on Wednesday afternoon. The presentation is titled “Fire Prevention on American Rangelands.”
With the High School Youth Forum program beginning in 1966, we have found that these youth are one of our best outreach programs in our Sections. Prior to and after the annual meeting, Forum delegates have and will continue to give their paper presentations to various local and statewide meetings and at educational events, thus continuing to extend your Section programs and the knowledge and understanding needed by all land managers. The Forum sub-committee would like to congratulate and thank the Colorado and Wyoming Annual Meeting Committee and each Section for the great work that you do.
The Endowment Fund Development Committee requests your participation in the 2020 Silent Auction, located in the Plaza Court Rooms 1, 2 &3 next to the Trade Show. Your participation will continue to help grow the SRM Endowment Fund. As the Endowment Fund grows, it contributes greater amounts to SRM’s programs and operations. The 2020 goal is to raise $5,000 by auctioning items that SRM members contribute. So, come to the auction and take something home to commemorate the 2020 Annual Meeting. Bid high and bid often! The Silent Auction will run from the opening of the Trade Show on Monday 8am until Tuesday 1pm. For information on the 2020 SRM Silent Auction contact Clarke McClung at email@example.com or call/text 307-751-7846. Donated Items for the auction will be accepted in the Registration area today from 4pm until 6pm and again on Monday in the Auction area from 8:00 until noon.
Voting is now live via Survey Monkey. Photos are available for viewing- by category- in the App or on the SRM2020 website. The Judging Criteria is:
Relevancy to Category Topic
Focus/Sharpness of subject
Tour Van Location
Vans will depart from the Plaza Building street level outside Director's Row between Rooms H and I. From the SRM Conference Registration area- take an elevator to Street Level to find Director's Row.
Solar Grazing Session Sunday 3pm-5pm is cancelled. Range Technology and Equipment Council Workshop start time changed to 1pm. Native American Range Advisory Council Business Meeting date and time changed to Wed 10a- 12pm. Native American Range Advisory Council Forum time change- begins 1pm ends 5pm.
Trade Show Game
Be sure to play the Trade Show Game on Monday and Tuesday! Different questions will be revealed each morning. Find instructions and questions on the App or pick-up a paper copy of the questions by the SRM Registration Area. There will be prizes!