A bus will be available for transport to the NW Complex if you are at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel - please check box on registration form if you plan to ride the bus.
Terrestrial Core Indicators Monitoring Demo Stadium Hall 1 - 8:30am-12pm
The demonstration will provide an overview of BLM terrestrial core monitoring methods-Monitoring Manual for Grassland, Shrubland and Savannah Ecosystems; Herrick et al. 2017. Core indicator data are used to understand status and trend of BLM lands in a diversity of land management scenarios. Interested folks could include students looking for job opportunities or data users who want to see core indicator data collection in action. Emily Kachergis is an ecologist and technical lead for monitoring land at the BLM National Operations Center in Denver. She works with rangeland managers across the agency to address their management concerns through monitoring. Her background is in rangeland ecology at Colorado State University (PhD) and with USDA-ARS High Plains Grasslands Research Station (post-doc). She has had the pleasure of working with rangelands and range people all over the western US, from Canyonlands to Craig to Cheyenne.
Seeing is Believing: Soil Health and the Water Cycle Stadium Hall 1 (2 sessions) - 8:30am- 12pm & 1pm- 4pm
The Rainfall Simulator provides a "seeing is believing" demonstration of how practices such as no-till farming, cover crops, and prescribed grazing benefit soil health and improve the water cycle on cropland and rangeland. No-till cropland and rangeland managed with prescribed grazing increase infiltration and reduce runoff and sedimentation. This demonstration includes discussion of topics such as infiltration, aggregate stability, soil structure, and the relationship of these properties to runoff, erosion, and water quantity. A “slake” test will also be demonstrated. Daniel Palic will demonstrate the Rainfall Simulator. Daniel is the Resource Team Lead District Conservationist with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Phillips and Sedgwick Counties in NE Colorado. Daniel also serves as the Soil Health Coordinator for CO NRCS Area 2. Daniel graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Agronomy-Soil Resources and Conservation and MS in Agronomy-Soil Science. He began his career as a research technician with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Fort Collins and after almost 17 years with ARS made the switch to NRCS. He is passionate about soil health and enjoys providing education and outreach of soil health principles because soil health is the cornerstone of NRCS planning.
Martin Curry will discuss water quality and quantity needs during winter for various livestock species (cattle, horses, sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas, etc.), methods for providing water to meet livestock needs during the winter, systems to accommodate both large and small livestock operations, and solar versus electric, needed storage, methods of storage, etc. Martin Curry served in the United States Navy from 1988 to 1994. He worked for the Laramie Rivers Conservation District since graduating from the University of Wyoming in 2007 where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management. Prior to military service Martin worked a family owned ranch in Albany and Carbon County, WY. Happily married for 29 years to Erica they have two adult daughters, Autumn and Montana. Martin resides in Laramie, WY.
Great Plains Fire Information Exchange Auction Arena (2 Sessions) - 8:30am- 12pm & 1pm- 4pm
Carolyn Baldwin will demonstrate.
Pesticide Sprayer Calibrations Stadium Hall 1 (2 sessions) - 1pm- 2pm & 2:30pm- 4pm Tina Booten will demonstrate.
Western States Reclamation and Restoration Equipment Display Outside Stadium Hall - 8am- 4pm Equipment will be on display throughout the day
Agenda 8:30 to 9:30 am - Bait mare trapping demonstration, trailer loading and handling fresh trapped horses. USFS Team 9:30 to 10:30 am - a Demo that is not horse related 10:30 - 11:30 am - First touch and halter starting the untrained horse - Mantles Team
Working with an untouched horse: This will demonstrate the first steps in gaining trust, and respect, while showing the development of a solid bond and foundation with the horse.
11:30 - 12:30 pm - Lunch 12:30 - 1:30 pm - Saddle starting - first ride - Mantles Team
Beginning with various exercises for desensitizing, leading to the acceptance of a blanket, saddle pad and saddle. The exercises are an example of further development of trust, and bonding leading towards the final goal of accepting a rider.
1:30 - 2:30 pm - a Demo that is not horse related 2:30 - 3:30 pm - working the green horse under saddle - Mantles Team
Riding a green horse demonstrates the ultimate goal in developing trust, respect, and acceptance. This is done through a series of steps involving how to safely saddle, mount, ride, and dismount, a young, green horse.
The BLM and USFS will have wild horses for attendees to observe and admire. The BLM will demonstrate wild horse training and feature trained and untrained wild horses from the Mantle Ranch Adoption and Training Facility in WY. The Carson National Forest team will demonstrate “bait mare” bait trapping and loading wild horses from the trap into a stock trailer for transport to the Bloomfield, NM facility.
Megan Print had always been interested in adopting a wild horse and finally did so in 2008. Through the first year of training him there were ups and downs. She learned a lot relying on a mentor to guide her through the training process. The mentor formed a non-profit in 2009 which focused on fostering mustangs for the BLM. She was part of this successful pilot program which started her career in training mustangs. She fostered/trained mustangs until 2018 which resulted in over 100 horses trained and adopted. In 2018 she came to work for the Carson National Forest as an Animal Caretaker in the Bloomfield, NM wild horse corrals. Her job is very rewarding, and she gets to do what she loves almost every day whether it’s catching in the wild, adopting to local families, or training them for their new job.
Sean Kelly followed a four-year enlistment in the Marine Corps with a four year stint as a ski bum and elk guide around Durango CO. In 2000 he graduated with a BS degree in Range Ecology from Colorado State University. In 2003 he became a Range Management Specialist on the Carson National Forest Camino Real Ranger District in New Mexico where he spent nine years learning the all-important “Art” of the Art and Science of Range Management. (He feels blessed to get a job close to his hometown of Los Alamos). In addition to annual grazing permit administration, he worked as part of a team to complete seven range allotment Environmental Assessments. He moved to the Jicarilla Ranger District of the Carson NF in 2012 where he is the Wild Horse Coordinator, which consumes all his time, so grazing permits are administered by the competent wildlife biologist. There are two Wild Horse Territories on the Carson NF, but as a relatively small program by national standards, they can experiment with their “full spectrum” program. Learning is constant through range monitoring, fertility control darting, wild horse trapping, transporting to town, training, processing, and adoptions. Hundreds of horses have been caught, most of which have been placed in homes through a small facility in Bloomfield NM. There is high adoption demand in the Four Corners, so long term holding is not an issue.
Dr. Barry L. Perryman is a Professor of Rangeland Ecology and Management in the Department of Agriculture, Veterinary, and Range Sciences at the University of Nevada-Reno. He has appeared on the front page of the Sunday edition of the San Francisco Chronicle, FOX News, National Geographic, and National Television of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan as a natural resource specialist and has received both gubernatorial and White House appointments including the National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board. His teaching and research represents a broad spectrum of interest including sage grouse health and habitat, invasive species mitigation, sagebrush demography, wildfire rehabilitation, mined-land reclamation and plant community dynamics. Dr. Perryman has organized several international meetings and continues to work on research projects in Central Asia and Western China. He is the lead author of A Field Guide to Nevada Grasses and A Field Guide to Nevada Shrubs, the first taxonomic books to use micro-photography as a plant identification resource. Dr. Perryman is an award-winning novelist and columnist and is a well-regarded keynote speaker. Raised on a small Texas ranch, with time spent as an oilfield roughneck, an administrator for a Fortune 100 oilfield service company, and an academician, Dr. Perryman brings a unique and interesting perspective to natural resource management issues of the West.