Hello lovely Range Club people,
The first meeting of the year was a huge success. A huge thanks to everyone for coming! It was catered by Souza’s Barbeque: chicken and pulled pork sandwiches, four sauce choices, cornbread muffins, macaroni and chesse, mashed potatoes. There was also macaroni salad, garlic rolls, and German plum kuchen. Yummy! Basically, we want you to know that it’s only the best for our members. Enough about food though we also had a quick overview of what the CSU Rangeland Ecology Club does and who we are.
We are the student chapter of the Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management. It is expected that you will become a member of this society if you are a member of this club, (especially if you wish to attend the annual meeting; more on that later). With all this in mind we do not collect dues.
So, you might be wondering, “What is the Society for Range Management?” This is THE professional society to join if you are interested in a profession in range. It is a non-profit, international organization, of well-trained and highly motivated group of professionals and rangeland users working with productive, sustainable rangeland ecosystems (That’s their vision statement). Every year SRM holds a meeting (called the Annual Meeting… big surprise). This year’s meeting is in Oklahoma City, OK.
Annual Meeting 2011
Back: Faculty Advisor: Paul Meiman, CSU Extension Specialists: Casey Matney, Robert Emanuel, Miranda McCutchin, Mike Braumbaugh, Maggie Haseman
Front: Baili Foster, Kristin Oles, Shannon Thompson
Annual Meeting 2012
Back: Simon Thomas, Sean Maccabe, Shannon Thompson, Bailey Wise, Kristin Oles, Robert Emanuel, Sarah Newton, Amy Yedo, Maggie Haseman, Katie Dykgreve, URME Coach: Roy Roath, Faculty Advisor: Paul Meiman
Front: Jenna Lanphier, Baili Foster, Erin Kowalski, Mitch Steffen, Plant ID Coach: Brett Wolk
Why should I go to the annual meeting, you ask? Because it’s awesome! But besides that reason (as if you need more motivation), like I said before SRM is a professional society, therefore their meeting is full of professionals. And guess what their favorite thing to do is… talk to students! The Annual Meeting is a wonderful opportunity to network with people you may work with in the future.
Need more reasons to attend? At the annual meeting, students can participate in a variety of competitions: Plant Identification, Undergraduate Rangeland Management Exam, Public Speaking and Rangeland Cup.
Back: Coach Brett Wolk, Shannon Thompson, Katie Dykgreve, Sean Maccabe, Amy Yedo, Sarah Newton, Mitch Steffen. Front: Baili Foster, Simon Thomas, Erin Kowalski
The Plant Identification contest is one of the most difficult tests you will probably see. However, that shouldn’t discourage you; it is also very rewarding. Studying for this exam is very beneficial for your rangeland knowledge (and your social life), also it’s a great resume booster. Our coach is Brett Wolk. If you would like to join the Plant ID team let us know through email: RangeClubCSU@gmail.com or find an officer in person.
The Undergraduate Rangeland Management Exam (more affectionately known as the URME) is a written examination, which tests your basic knowledge of rangeland ecosystems and management. Our coach is Roy Roth. If you would like to join the URME team let us know through email: RangeClubCSU@gmail.com or find an officer in person.
Baili Foster, participant in extemporaneous speaking competition
The Public Speaking (aka extemporaneous speaking) competition tests students on their ability to use resources, develop a speech, and present it in one day. Each student draws three topics and chooses one; topics can be anything from NEPA to wild horses to rotational grazing. There is not currently a formal club to practice this skill. If enough interest is generated we will consider starting one.
Robert Emanuel, Kristen Oles, Bailey Wise and Baili Foster
The final competition available to undergraduate students is Rangeland Cup. Each school is allowed two teams of four students. The topic for study will be released later this month and the teams research this topic in order to design a management plan that solves the problem presented. The teams create a poster and present the poster for judging at the Annual Meeting. Teams decide meeting times and dates.
A Few Other Topics:
Henderson Mill 2010
Robert Emanuel, Kristin Oles, Maggie Haseman, Baili Foster, Mike Braumbaugh, Mirando McCutchin and Shannon Thompson
Back: Simon THomas, Mitch Steffen, Robert Emanuel, Jenna Lanphier, John Webster
Front: Shannon Thompson, Sarah Newton, Bailey Wise, Baili Foster
(my apologies to those pictured that I could not identify. If you are in this picture let me know)
The Henderson Mill restoration project is one of the fundraising projects REC has participated in for a few years. In the past we have pulled cattails in the riparian area surrounding the mill and transplanted willow plugs. Who knows what will be in store for us this year but planning is in the works. Bob, REC treasurer, is working hard with the coordinator at the facility to get this trip organized. We are hoping for the last weekend in September or the first weekend in October (any later and it gets very cold for outdoor work). Fill out this doodle poll for the dates that work best for you.
Robert Emanuel, Miranda McCutchin, Kristin Oles, Shannon Thompson, Past Plant ID Coah: Mae Smith, Faculty Advisor: Paul Meiman
(If you are in the picture and were not labeled please let me know)
Prepping for the Plant ID Learning Garden
Sarah, REC president, is trying to coordinate a trip to Waverly for Tuesday September, 11 and the weekend following. We need to check on the bees and assess some of our other projects there. Check Facebook and Twitter for updates.
Every year we like to host a barbeque picnic at City Park in order to create an informal place for students to interface with professionals in Colorado. This year we hope to have it in mid-September, but dates are not nailed down yet. More details will be made available as plans are developed.
he Colorado Section Board of Directors Meeting in La Junta, CO is September 12-13. A couple members are headed down to present a report about the Waverly Tour last semester, a bee update, and our plans for this coming year. There will also be an optional tour of Jackson Ranch. If you would like to come to the meeting, fill out this doodle poll (please don’t fill it out unless you want to attend). Sleeping arrangements and transportation are free! If you can only go for Wednesday (not overnight) note this on the doodle poll. P.S. this is a university excused absence.
As always keep up with day to day happening in range club and the most recent news in rangelands on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Until next time; over-and-out… Maggie Haseman, REC Outreach Officer