New Mexico Section of the Society for Range Management


Upcoming Events


2016 Summer Tour

Taos Plateau and Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

August 6-7, 2016

Join us as we team up with the Taos Soil and Water Conservation District to explore and understand sagebrush and pinon-juniper range management. On Saturday, August 6 the tour will explore private ranches and the Taos Plateau portion of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument on the west side of the Rio Grande Gorge. On Sunday, August 7 the tour will explore grazing allotments, private ranches in Sunshine Valley, and the Wild and Scenic Rivers System on the east side of the Rio Grande Gorge. The tour will include 14 stops and 21 speakers (see agenda below). The tour will look at sagebrush and PJ management methods that have been tried and evaluated, as well as the effects of thinning and fire on PJ. Printed material and lunch will be provided. The NM chapter of the Society for Range Management thanks Tony Benson and the Taos Soil and Water Conservation District for extending this opportunity to our members. Because this is a free tour, the NM SRM Board of Directors asks our members that attend to consider a donation to support the NM chapter and our scholarship program.

To register for this free range tour, telephone the Taos Soil and Water Conservation District at 575-751-0584 or email: tswcdadmin@newmex.com


Recent Events


Winter Tour and Meeting

Rangeland Improvements

Los Lunas, NM

January 7-8, 2016

The NM Section of the Society for Range Management put rangeland improvements on the agenda for the 2016 annual winter meeting and tour held January 7-8 in Los Lunas. This was a wide open subject so participants heard a wide range of presentations. The field tour was at the Los Lunas Plant Materials Center and NMSU Ag Science Center. A hot catered lunch from Abuelita's followed the tour. Following lunch, we drove across the river to the UNM Valencia Campus for our afternoon speakers. Seven speakers from across NM shared their knowledge and research as it related to rangeland improvements. The day concluded with a dinner and social hosted by the NMSU Range Club at the Ribs/Tractor Brewing Company in Los Lunas. On January 8th we resumed talking about range improvements. Graduate and undergraduate students presented their research highlights. The winner of the NM High School Youth Forum, Chali Simpson, presented her winning paper. We concluded our meeting with our annual awards banquet catered by StreetFoodBlvd. The U Bar Ranch received our Excellence in Range Management award.


David Graham Memorial High School Youth Forum

Thanks to Tom Dean, our youth chair, the David Graham Memorial High School Youth Forum was held Friday November 13, 2015 in Albuquerque at the Extension office. Five papers were submitted this year for consideration and three contestants were able to present their papers for the judges (Adam Lujan – BLM Range Staff and Doug Cram – NMSU). The papers were as follows, 1) The effects of drought on rangelands by Makenna Hittson, Des Moines High School; 2) Blister beetles in Taos County by Marco Martinez, Taos; 3) Ranching in Taos County by Miguel Martinez, Taos; 4) Our land eroding by Annalisa Miller, Des Moines High School; and 5) Getting the Dirt on Diversity by Chali Simpson, Grants High School. Makenna, Annalisa and Chali gave excellent presentations to the judges with Chali earning top honors, $500 from the section, and a chance to represent NM at the Annual SRM Meeting in Corpus Christi in 2016. Congratulations Chali.

For more information, contact Tom Dean (tdean@nmsu.edu).


2015 Summer Tour and Meeting - Riparian Management and Grazing

Drought, wildfire, and recently listed riparian species have resulted in a doubling-down of challenges and consternation in riparian areas. The NM SRM section toured the the U Bar Ranch courtesy of David Ogilvie and Ty Bays on July 30, 2015. The tour included a retelling of the history of the ranch as well as an opportunity to visit multiple riparian sites to see results and impacts of management actions designed for the benefit of endangered species and livestock. Following the field tour the caravan stopped at a local watering hole for refreshments. Friday morning we reconvened at the Grant County Business and Conference Center for presentations focusing on current southwestern riparian issues. Speakers included Ralph Pope, Roland Shook, George Ruyle, Wink Crigler, Sara Noelle, and Nick Ashcroft. See our Fall 2015 Newsletter for a complete write up of the tour.


2015 Winter Meeting and Tour – NM Rangelands and T&E Species

The NM Section of the Society for Range Management toured the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge on January 8, 2015, followed by a program of experts who talked about the challenges and opportunities of managing threatened and endangered species on New Mexico rangelands. The roster of speakers included: Scott Carlton (NMSU), Maggie Dwire (USFWS), Brenda Simpson (NRCS), Sam Smallidge (NMSU), Nick Ashcroft (NMSU) Les Owens (NMDA), and Blair Dunn, Esq. Graduate students Dave Stricklan, Jose Diaz, and Laura Goodman (all from NMSU) completed the program with presentations on their graduate research.


Congratulations to NM SRM 2015-2016 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to Sean Perry and Natalie Padilla, recipients of the 2015-2016 NMSRM scholarships for undergraduate students. Both students received $500 scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year.


For More Information Contact:

NM SRM President: Nick Ashcroft
New Mexico State University
Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources
PO BOX 30003, MSC 3AE
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Phone: (575) 646-5394
Email: nashcrof@nmsu.edu

President-Elect: Tom Dean
New Mexico State University
Southwest District Director
PO Box 30001, MSC 3AE
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Phone: 575-646-2584
Email: tdean@nmsu.edu

Webmaster: Joaquin Gallegos
Email: joaquin.gallegos@nnmc.edu