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New Mexico Section of the Society for Range Management

Upcoming Events

New Mexico Section Awards Nominations

Now is the time of year when the New Mexico Section of SRM is seeking nominations for awards given to outstanding and deserving individuals and groups who demonstrate leadership, innovation, and note-worthy contributions to sustainable management and wise stewardship of New Mexico Rangelands.

NM SRM Awards are:

Rangeland Innovator of the Year

Rangeland Manager of the Year

Excellence in Range Management

Descriptions of the awards and information about the nomination process are available in the 2014 Awards Nomination Packet.

Deadline for nominations is November 7, 2014.

2015 Winter Meeting

Save The Date!!! January 8-9, 2015

Plans for NM SRM's 2015 winter meeting and tour are under way and will soon be posted. Keep an eye on this page for information, and save the dates: January 8-9, 2015!

2014 David Graham Memorial High School Youth Forum

SRM's High School Youth Forum is a contest that is open to any high school student.  The first step for a participant begins by picking a topic.  Students may focus on any topic as long as it has some connection to rangelands: natural resources ecology, wildlife, habitat conservation, range plants, livestock management are just a sample of range related subjects that are suitable. From this point the participant will prepare a written paper and then present the important facts of their findings in a 6 to 8 minute oral presentation. Most contestants use PowerPoint or slides for their presentations.

Contest papers are due by October 20th of the year and presentations are made at the High School Youth Forum contest held the first of November.  Date and locations are set closer to that time and based on contestants entering.

Refer to the 2014 High School Youth Forum brochure for more information, or contact Tom Dean (tdean@nmsu.edu).

Field Botany Workshops

The Jornada Experimental Range hosts field botany workshops, led by "Cowgirl Botanist" Kirsten Romig. These bimonthly workshops are free and open to the public. Botany workshop dates for 2014 are: March 4, May 13, July 15, September 2, and November 4

Recent Events

2014 Summer Meeting and Tour: NM Rangelands and Horses

New Mexico Rangelands and Horses

The NM Section of the Society for Range Management focused on horses and rangelands for the 2014 annual summer tour and meeting held on Friday, July 25 in Bernalillo, NM. Horses on rangelands continue to make headlines in New Mexico. Of course, headlines are short and designed to be provocative. Our morning field trip to the Placitas area and afternoon speaker series provided an opportunity to look at horses and rangelands from a more objective standpoint. Several of the afternoon speakers have made their presentations available, and are linked below:

Related Links:

Placitas Land Focus Group

Congratulations to NM SRM 2014-2015 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to Sean Perry and Madeline Voldahl, recipients of the 2014-2015 NMSRM scholarships for undergraduate students. Sean received the scholarship for lower-division students (freshmen/sophomore), and Madeline received the scholarship for upper-division students (junior/senior). Both students received $500.

New Mexico Drought Workshop: Drought Outlook and Management Considerations for Rangeland Livestock Production

The New Mexico Drought Workshop: Drought Outlook and Management Considerations for Rangeland Livestock Production was held in Socorro on May 29, 2013. The event was hosted by the New Mexico Section of SRM in conjunction with the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) and the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS). The workshop was very well-attended, more than 150 folks from around New Mexico participated. Thanks to all of the organizers, presenters, and participants for making this a successful event!

Staff from NIDIS presented drought and wildfire outlooks specific to spring/summer of 2013 in New Mexico. Dave DuBois, New Mexico State Climatologist, provided an update on the current status of the drought in New Mexico. Subsequent presentations by specialists from New Mexico State University Topics and the USDA Jornada Experiemental Range focused on various topics related to ranching during drought. Representatives from federal and state agencies engaged in a discussion about many aspects of rangeland livestock production in relation to drought. The workshop culminated with an interactive session focusing on drought plan development for working ranches.

The National Drought Mitigation Center has set up a special web site that features presentation materials from the NM Drought Workshop.

Drought Planning Materials: Links to PDFs of the Ranch Drought Planning Handbook are provided below. These materials and additional information can also be accessed online from the NMDC Website.

  • Ranch Drought Planning Handbook_ Full Version
    This document is the full version of "Managing Drought Risk on the Ranch: A Planning Guide for Great Plains Ranchers". It contains descriptions and explanations of all of the components of a drought plan, plus the worksheets that support development of a drought plan specific to an individual ranch.


  • 2014 Spring Newsletter
    The 2014 Spring Newsletter is now available and packed with information about recent and upcoming events!

For More Information Contact:

NM SRM President: Derek Bailey
New Mexico State University
Department of Animal and Range Sciences
PO BOX 30003, MSC 3-I
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Phone: (575) 646-2554
Email: dwbailey@nmsu.edu

President-Elect: Doug Cram
Phone: (575) 646-8130
Email: dcram@nmsu.edu

Webmaster: Laurie Abbott
Phone: 575-646-2870
Email: labbott@nmsu.edu