California-Pacific Section of the
Society for Range Management
Providing science, leadership, and information for California-Pacific Rangeland Communities
To see a map of the boundaries of the CalPac SRM section click here.
Spring Tour is coming up - April 22 and 23 in San Luis Obispo
The tour, which will be on April 23rd, will be at Steve Sinton's Ranch. Steve is our most recent winner of the Excellence in Range Management award, and we're hoping that the timing of our meeting catches the central coast at the height of spring. The Cal-Pac Board meeting will be on the afternoon of the 22nd, with our dinner/social to follow.
We're fleshing out the final meeting details so look for the official announcement and registration soon!
New publication—"Grazing for Biodiversity in Californian Mediterranean Grasslands” Rangelands 36(5):36-43.
Cal-Pac SRM 2014 Ballot
Click here for the 2014 Ballot for California-Pacific Section of the Society for Range Management Director and President-Elect positions. Either mark this ballot and return to Theresa Becchetti, Section Secretary at the address on the reverse side or email your votes to Theresa at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15, 2014. with “Cal-Pac SRM 2014 Ballot” in the subject line. If you are mailing this ballot and received it electronically, print the last two pages double sided, fold with the address on the outside, tape closed, and attach a stamp.
In addition, given our geographically large and diverse Section, there may be options for meeting/tour locations that a Past President (who has the responsibility of section meeting planning) may not be familiar with. Therefore we would like to solicit input from you about places you would like to visit for future section meetings as well as topics you would be interested in hearing more about. If for some reason your suggestion is not able to be used for the next upcoming meeting, it will be kept for future meetings. Also if you would like to volunteer to help organize a meeting, please let us know as well through this survey. The survey can be found at: http://ucanr.edu/calpacsuggestions. I will have this link added to our section website and future newsletters as well so that it is handy when you come up with an idea that you would like to share.
Nov 7 US Drought Monitor - Ranching and California's Drought Workshop and Webcast Videos and Presentations Posted
Save the Date!
The California-Pacific Section of the Society for Range Management spring field tour is tentatively scheduled for April 21 to 23, 2015 in Paso Robles, California. More details will be provided as planning progresses. Hope to see you there (after we see you at the SRM annual meeting in Sacramento, of course)!
68th Annual SRM Meeting Technical Training & Tradeshow
Our Sacramento Annual Meeting web site is up and ready to view. A registration form, as well as other information, for the 68th Society for
Range Management Annual Meeting in Sacramento is now available here: Society for Rangeland Management 68th Annual Meeting
The Society for Range Management is a professional organization composed of individuals with a
common interest in the study, management, and rational use of rangelands and related ecosystems.
Cal-Pac Section of SRM represents California and Pacific Islands.
Cal-Pac promotes the art and science of sustainable rangeland management by
• Promoting sound and practical science to students, practicing managers and professionals by:
o Hosting the annual Range Camp for highschool students, where they discover the science and management of our natural resources from experienced professionals and university faculty, and are introduced
to the rangelands careers.
o Managing California Certified Rangeland Manager Program, qualifying professionals to apply scientific principles to rangeland management in the context of the Professional Foresters law.
o Providing Range Manager of the Year and Excellence in Range Management Awards
• Offering leadership opportunities, professional development and continuing education to
o providing and announcing other organizations' rangeland workshops and other
training opportunities for members
o Publishing newsletter, Needlegrass Notes
o Offering collegiality at meetings and workshops
• Providing Technical Assistance to rangeland owners, practitioners and the general public by
making presentations at educational and tour events.
MEMBERSHIP (http://www.rangelands.org/membership.shtml) in Cal-Pac and SRM is open to anyone engaged in or interested in any aspect of the study, management, or use of rangelands. Educators, rangeland managers and consultants, ranchers and farmers and others are eligible for membership.
"As a rancher, I am a Cal-Pac member because it applies and promotes rangeland science and because it manages the important CRM Program for the State of California."- Karen Sweet.
Range Science integrates many disciplines in order to understand and predict the outcomes of management and ecosystem disturbance in the context of land management goals.