High School Youth Forum
Sunday, February 16
Evening - Orientation Session - Director’s Row J
Monday, February 17
8am- 10am -Mini Plenary Session - Plaza Ballroom A, B, C
10:30a- 5:15pm - Ecological Tour- description/details below
Bus leaves hotel at 10:30am, returns by 5:15pm
Evening - Professional Interaction Dinner - Downtown Denver - TBD
Tuesday, February 18
All day - Paper Presentation Session - Governor’s Square 12
Wednesday, February 19
All day - Natural Resources Workshop - Director’s Row J
Business Meeting - Director’s Row J
Awards Ceremony - Grand Ballroom 1 & 2
Thursday, February 20
8am- 9am - HSYF- Concludes and checkout - Director’s Row J
Ecological Tour- Lowry Ranch & Rocky Mountain Arsenal Nat’l Wildlife Refuge
Weather Permitting Monday, Feb. 17 - 10:30a- 5:30p
Cost included with HSYF delegate's registration Travel from downtown Denver Sheraton to Lowry Ranch 10 miles east of Denver. Travel time is ~1 hour. The ranch is owned by the State of Colorado with oversight by the CO State Land Board. The property was a bombing and gunnery range during WWII and later became a military training site. The ranch is 25,590 acres of shortgrass and mixed grass prairie and riparian areas. Average annual precipitation is 15 inches. The ranch is leased for grazing cow-calf pairs in a program which requires the lessee to manage using holistic principles considering all components of the range ecosystem. The lessee is a young forward-thinking practitioner who is quite successful with the operation. Lunch will be on or near the Lowry Ranch (~1/1:30 PM) then travel to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge (RMANWR). Travel time will be ~1 hour. Located just NE of Denver, the RMANWR is 15,000-acres of prairie, wetland and woodland habitat. The land has survived the test of time, transitioned from farmland to war-time manufacturing site to wildlife sanctuary. It may be one of the finest conservation success stories in history and a place where wildlife thrives. The
refuge is a sanctuary for more than 330 species of animals, including bison, black-footed ferrets, deer, coyotes, and burrowing owls. The refuge was established, in part, to protect the bald eagle. Currently much of the resource management on the refuge is dedicated to prairie restoration.
Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Army transformed the training site into a chemical weapons manufacturing facility (arsenal) to support World War II. As production declined at war's end, a portion of the idle facilities were leased to Shell Chemical to produce agricultural chemicals. The Arsenal was later used for Cold-War weapons production and demilitarization. Follow the link for highlights of the ranch and the progress made working with holistic management.
Rocky Mountain Arsenal
**STUDENTS- Please note that University vans do not fit in Sheraton Hotel parking **
One option is to park in a 10-day parking area near the airport and take the train into the city to Union Station. Purchase rail tickets at vending machines on rail line platforms.
16th Street MallRide Bus
From Union Station take the free 16th Street MallRide bus to the Sheraton Downtown. The MallRide departs every 4-15 minutes. Exit the bus at 16th Street and Court Place. The Sheraton Hotel is on the right.
Undergraduate Papers have been folded into the regular poster/paper part of the program. There will be no separate event at the meeting in Denver.
Extemporaneous Public Speaking Contest Marji Patz, WY Section will facilitate. Undergraduates can compete in an extemporaneous public speaking contest. Each student will select one of three provided topics related to range management. They will have 2.5 hours to develop a 5-7-minute presentation on that topic. Students can use any resources available at the SRM meeting to develop their speech, including people, displays and presentations. Everyone is invited to attend these presentations.
Rangeland Cup Competition involves a team approach to problem solving. It promotes critical thinking and cooperative and collaborative work on topics relevant to rangeland science and management. Teams present their solutions during a poster session. 2020 Denver Topic World population projections indicate that there will be 9.8 billion people on earth by 2050 (UN,2017). Rangeland ecosystems represent the largest and most diverse land resource, providing multiple ecosystem goods and services to both local communities and the larger public. Traditionally, rangeland science and management have focused on agricultural production (e.g., forage and livestock), which are critical provisioning services that contribute to the nation’s food supply. However, society now places growing importance on the delivery of additional ecosystem services, such as water quality regulation, wildlife habitat and cultural/recreational services, and alternative energy development. Balancing multiple conservation and agricultural production goals on rangeland agroecosystems in an economically realistic manner will be a key challenge in an
already variable and changing environment.
Plant ID Contest Dr. Barry Irving will again coordinate this popular SRM event. Like last year’s contest in Minneapolis, there will be a competitive contest on Tuesday at 10:00 AM followed by Teaching Contest. Dr. Irving will also be offering two learning events prior to the contest targeted towards the identifications of some particularly difficult plant groups on the plant list. These events are open to all students and coaches and will be on Sunday and Monday evening directly adjacent to the plant study room.
URME- Dr. Justin Derner and staff will be in charge. The contest will be held early morning on Monday to be completed prior to the Plenary Session. Undergraduate teams will compete to test their knowledge and understanding of range management and ecology.
Graduate Paper Competition will not be held at the Denver meeting as decided on by the Subcommittee for this SRM University Student Activity.
Graduate Poster Competition will again be organized by Dr. Marc Horney. Graduate students’ posters will be embedded in the technical posters along with professionals and academics. This contest offers graduate students an opportunity to compete in the presentation of their research in technical poster sessions throughout the week.
The four categories are: