***PREPARE THYSELF: 2001 is coming and you will be in Hawaii
***Water Quality Plan Workshops
***Elect New Officers
It's time to panic! (almost) Our organizing responsibilities for the
2001 Annual Meeting in Kona are
beginning to feel like reality, rather than some far off, vague commitment. We are actively searching for
volunteers who are willing to donate some of their time in February, 2001 in Kona to helping us conduct
a highly successful meeting. Already, over 40 Section members have volunteered to take on a task at
the meeting. We're asking all willing volunteers to contact us. We are looking for commitments such as
spending a half-day operating a projector or lights in a concurrent session, or working at the information
booth to direct people to various meetings or programs, or assisting in registration activities, and much,
We will be dedicating a significant portion of our November meeting
in Barstow to discussing and
organizing the 2001 Annual Meeting. The Friday afternoon session will be devoted solely to details of
the meeting and providing an opportunity for you to volunteer. If you'd like more information you can
contact members of the planning committee, which are:
Bill Frost (530-621-5509, email@example.com) and Mike Connor (530-639-8803,
firstname.lastname@example.org), Overall Meeting Co-Chairs; Rod Tripp (510-287-2022, email@example.com)
and Steve Bishop (415-705-1871, firstname.lastname@example.org), Program Co Chairs; Mike Stroud
(619-532-2319, email@example.com) and Edie Jacobsen
(firstname.lastname@example.org) Finance Officers; Mitch Perdue (619-532-3782,
email@example.com), Student Affairs; and Ken Fulgham (707-826-4127,
firstname.lastname@example.org) Local Arrangements Chair.
We anticipate a wildly successful meeting in Kona, but we can't do it
without your help. So, come to the
November meeting prepared to volunteer to join in the fun. We will have everything you wanted to
know but were afraid to ask.
Wednesday, November 3: 2001 meeting
Thursday, November 4: CRM Meeting am, Board Meeting pm
Friday, November 5: General Meeting
Saturday, November 6: Field Tour of Ft. Irwin
The Annual Fall meeting of the Society for Range Management, California
Section, will be held
November 5-6, 1999 in Barstow, California. This desert meeting will examine issues affecting rangeland
and habitatmanagement on the southern California desert. The topics to be discussed include:
The Saturday field tour takes us to Ft. Irwin to see research work being
conducted first hand. This is a
rare opportunity - one not to be missed.
Ken Fulgham and Stephanie Larson will be sending out registration materials in October.
It was all well worthwhile as Robin led us to unique and remote areas
to see landscape level changes
caused by changing fire frequency regimes, plant invasions, topographic influences on precipitation
distribution, and the "secret" locations of packrat middens. After our lunch and liquid refreshment stop,
Past President Stephanie Larson and Sheila Barry decided that the sedan they were driving had
experienced enough of Nevada's finest freeways and headed back to Reno. At one stop we even
discovered ancient soil horizons buried under tons of volcanic origin talus rocks. No one wanted to dig
another soil pit at that stop. We did manage to lose a couple of pickups, and people contained therein,
when they took a "wrong" turn, but they finally tracked us down. We finally ended back at a park in
Reno to have a bar-b-que and rejoiced that more of us did not get lost. All commented that it was a very
long and enjoyable tour that provoked much thought. I went to find a carwash!!!-K.O. Fulgham,
*Ken: I left this typo of YOURS in because I like it. The Ed.
First on the agenda is a SPECIAL ISSUE of RANGELANDS magazine, devoted
to Hawaii. The
DEADLINE for submissions for this issue is January 15, 2000. I have authors writing on history,
paniolos, Hawaiian homelands, and participatory resource management in Hawaii. If you, or an
organization you work with, would like to provide a Hawaiian resource management article, please
contact me ASAP by EMAIL at email@example.com. We are also interested in
advertisements for this issue-contact Dan Macon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Another crucial time for volunteer help is during the meeting itself. We need folks to help put out the
Daily Trail Boss. This will require reporter-sleuths, to provide information on meeting occurrences, as
well as photographic, typing, and writing skills. It will also be darn fun. Let me know if you are
interested in this effort. We will have snacks in the DTB control center.
Don't let the fact that your workload is overwhelming, and you are totally
over-committed, keep you
from having fun with the Kona meeting. It just means you are a good person, and good people really do
have more fun in the long run-Lynn Huntsinger, Publications Chair.
The California Section was approved on January 24, 1950 by the American Society of Range Management. The first Council meeting was held February 10, 1950 and the first regular meeting, attended by 50 people, occurred in Berkeley, March 31 with A. E. Weislander and R. E. Storie discussing the soil-vegetation survey program. The first field meeting was in Humboldt County on May 27, followed by the second in El Dorado County on August 12. The first annual fall meeting of the new California Section was held December 2, 1950 on the UC Berkeley campus followed by a dinner-dance in Orinda. Membership had grown to 128. The need for a Section newsletter was discussed by the Council in December of 1952 and the first edition was produced in April of 1953.
A celebration of our Section's 50th Anniversary, including a toast to its history and oldest living and active members, is planned for the banquet at our Fall Section Annual Meeting in Barstow.-John V. Stechman, Historian
Education should be the primary function of the SRM. SRM should focus
... Public image.
... Continuing education - inservice for members.
... Rangeland values.
... Ecological options/trade-offs for management.
... Development of professional education.
National SRM should consider:
... Change is not bad.
... Partnerships with other societies or sections.
... Lean, mean SRM machine.
... Membership decrease maybe not bad. Just need to re-focus.
SRM should be a source for scientific information on rangeland management/ecology.
This should include:
... Technology transfer.
... Advancement of rangeland science.
... No action is a management decision.
... SRM should bring the public "up front" in pro-active information, not reactive.
... Focus on ecosystem/ landscape management (whole system management).
... Help with identifying and reaching feasible, attainable, economic, reasonable goals of management for a given landscape.
... Form alliances with other groups on specific issues.
... Develop educational material on these specific issues.
... Stick to what SRM does best-sound, scientifically-based technology.
... Take lead as a management society organization.
... We should be rangeland management.
... Common understanding of what SRM wants to be.
... Does membership have agreement with, knowledge of, buy-in to SRM objectives.
... Decide who is responsible for CEUs. SRM should take the lead.
... SRM should bring groups together for CEU training.
Politics: How does society range management (SRM) deal with political
... Get out to the resources.
... Talk economics, ecological costs.
... Focus on the issues that SRM stands for and the greatest impacts we can make.
... Talk to the other side.
The campers were also challenged by an academic test and a plant I.D.
test. Those scores along with a
peer review and counselor/leader evaluation are used to determine the top three campers. After the tests
on Thursday, the campers had the opportunity to to expend some energy by completing some practical
projects including ranch improvement, erosion control, and wildlife and fisheries monitoring. Over the
years, Range Camp continues to leave a proud legacy of on-the-ground projects that have enhanced the
up-keep and management of the Elkus Ranch and it's resources.
On Friday morning the campers, members of the camp committee, counselors,
cook and Elkus Staff
gathered at the Camp fire circle for a wrap-up, "You and Your Future" challenge and awards session.
After the awards the traditional camp T-shirts were passed out along with indelible pens for the annual
"T-shirt signing." This year's campers were again exceptionally studious and cooperative. They were
challenged, educated and afforded the opportunity to have fun and meet folks (peers, instructors,
counselors and other guests) from all over the state representing virtually all the natural resources fields.
The top three campers (Justin Diener from Five Points, Nathan Greig from Vacaville and Katie Wallace
from Anthioch) will have the opportunity to represent the California Section at the High School Youth
Forum held in conjunction with the SRM annual meeting next February in Boise.
Once again appreciation goes out to the "Committee" Edie Jacobsen, Mary
Kimball, Cynthia Mallett,
Andrea Minor, Mitch Perdue, Mike Stroud, and Rod Tripp. A special thanks to Cynthia who served as
our Camp Director this year. Cynthia is the Education Coordinator for the Greater San Diego RCD.
We also are proud to welcome back to Camp, Mary Kimball who now serves as Farms Statewide
Project Coordinator located at the Yolo County RCD office. Mary attended, as a student, the very first
Range Camp held in June 1985. She was our top Camper that year and went on to place second in the
High School Youth Forum at the 1986 annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. The Committee is always
looking for new members and instructors so please contact any one of them to volunteer for "Camp
2000" (18-23 June 2000)-Mike Stroud.
Developing the California Rangeland Water Quality Management Plan
In late 1989, California's Range Management Advisory Committee (RMAC) to the State Board of
Forestry, made up of livestock industry and public members, identified water quality as a priority issue.
In 1990, leaders in the livestock industry began working with RMAC and the State Water Resources
Control Board (SWRCB) to develop a rangeland water quality management plan. During 1993 and 1994
AGvocate, a private consulting firm, drafted the plan with input from an advisory committee and the
public during 18 meetings statewide. In early 1995, RMAC approved the plan, and in July 1995, the
State Water Resources Control Board approved it.
For this voluntary program to be successful rangeland owners must complete
water quality plans for
their ranches that document existing practices that protect water quality, assess nonpoint sources of
pollution on their ranches and identify best management practices. To meet this need the Rangeland
Watershed Program developed the Ranch Water Quality Planning Short Course.
Ranch Water Quality Planning Short Course
The Ranch Water Quality Planning Short Course is designed to help rangeland owners complete ranch
nonpoint source plans following the guidelines in the California Rangeland Water Quality Management
Plan. During FY 94-95 and FY 95-96 pilot short courses resulted in the completion of 35 nonpoint
sources plans in Marin County. During FY96-97 more than 100 ranchers attended Ranch Water Quality
Planning Short Courses in Ukiah, Quincy and Paso Robles where they learned to develop water quality
plans affecting more than 400,000 acres of privately owned rangeland in 8 counties. While these short
courses were successful education programs they did not incorporate plan completion. Only Mendocino
County was able to complete letters of intent for more than 50,000 acres. Beginning in September 1997
the short courses were reorganized so that the plans and letters of intent could be completed in class or
in consultation with UCCE and/or NRCS immediately following the course.
During FY 97-98 plans covering more than 500,000 acres along the coast
and in the San Joaquin Valley
and foothills were completed. With reports not yet complete for FY 98-99 about 117 ranches have
completed plans covering over 325,000 acres.
1999-2000 Short Course Schedule
The following short courses have been or will be scheduled for 1999-2000. If no short courses are
scheduled near you contact your local UC Cooperative Extension Livestock and Range Farm Advisor or
NRCS office and indicate your interest in a course-Mel George.
NOTE: this table looks real nice in the newletter, but is going to look terrible below. Good luck.
Shortcourses Coming Up:
LOCATION DATE CONTACT PHONE EMAIL
Santa Barbara County August 11, 18, 25, Sep 1, 8 Wayne Jensen 805-934-6240
Eureka Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4, 11 Gary Markegard 707-445-7351 email@example.com
El Dorado/ Amador/
Calaveras Oct 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Bill Frost 530-621-5509 firstname.lastname@example.org
Gualala Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4 John Harper 707- 463-4495 email@example.com
Willits Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2 John Harper 707-463-4495 firstname.lastname@example.org
San Luis Obispo Feb 23, Mar 1,8,15,22 Royce Larsen 805-781-5940 email@example.com
Salinas River Watershed Jan 11, 25, Feb 1, 8, 22 Royce Larsen 805-781-5940 firstname.lastname@example.org
Los Banos to be arranged Lucy Nunes 209-826-5770 na
Shasta Valley to be arranged Nancy Salucci 530-842-6121 na
Fresno County Feb 9, 16, 23, Mar 1, 8, and 15 Neil McDougald 559- 675-7879
email@example.com David Witt 559-674-2108 David.Witt@ca.usda.gov
Chico Area Feb 7, 14,21,28, Mar 6, 13 Claudia Gibbs 530-342-3429 firstname.lastname@example.org
Glenn Nader 530-822-7515 email@example.com
Tulare/Kern to be arranged Ralph Phillips 805-868-6219 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Sullins 559-733-6365 email@example.com
Nominations for this award can be made by members of the Society or
by nonmembers who are
acquainted with the operator's ranching practices and grazing operation. All nominations must be
approved and signed by two persons who are members of the California Section of the Society. A
questionnaire is provided to be completed by the nominators and signed by the concurring members.
The Excellence in Range Management Committee will appraise the nominations and supporting
information and select one or more recipients that best meet the standards for Excellence in Range
Management. The committee will trust the nominator to provide the necessary material accurately and
to propose only those who truly deserve this recognition. All nominations should include 5-10 slides and
a narrative for the Committee to review when considering nominations. Nominations should be made
with the express permission of the nominee.
The criteria for selection include:
1. Consideration of the nominee's stewardship of his/her rangeland as
demonstrated by sustained
productivity of livestock, wildlife, water, wood products and aesthetic values.
2. Contributions toward range management advancements off the ranch.
This may include association
work and teaching/training activities that encourage proper range management by others.
3. Improvements made in the overall efficiency of the production unit.
The manager's approach to long and short term goal setting and achievement
of those goals for range
Nominations must be submitted by October 1, 1998. To submit nominations,
or for more information, please contact:
Dan Macon, Chair
Excellence in Range Management Committee
2660 Taylor Road
Penryn, CA 95663-9609
Nominations must be accompanied by a statement of not over 200 words
outlining the nominee's
contributions and activities which merit this recognition. Please submit your nominations to Awards
Committee Chair Mike Connor by October 1, 1999, via email at or mail to 8279 Scott-Forbes Road,
Browns Valley, CA 95918
Year of Award Range Manager of the Year
1965 Tony Evanko
1966 Pinky Mathews
1967 Paul Aurignac
1968 Oswald Hougland
1969 Don Cornelius
1970 Doug Propst
1971 Jay Bentley
1972 Les Berry
1973 Walt Emrick
1974 Bud Kay
1975 Bill Ramsey
1976 Merton Love
1977 Lee Burcham
1978-9 Meredith Gates
1980 Harold Biswell
1981 William Hartman
1982 Fred Hurlbutt
1983 Gus Hormay
1984 Vic Brown
1985 Bill Brooks
1986 Lisle Green
1987 Don Duncan
1988 Mike Stroud
1989 Monte Bell
1990 Jim Clawson
1991 John Stechman
1992 Marion Stanley
1994 Mel George
1995 Don Neal
1996 James Bartolome
1997 Ray Ratliff
1998 Mike Connor
He has geared his involvement in the Society to the youth and students
of our Section and our
profession. These students embody the future of the profession that we have chosen as well as the
future of the Society. Having been a director, chairman, counselor, instructor, and cook at the California
Range and Natural Resources Youth Camp in Half Moon Bay, CA for the past 11 years, Mitch has
been a part of the next generation of rangeland managers. His involvement in Range Camp and as a
Section Director has provided him with wonderful insight into the California Society for Range
Management Mitch lives in Escondido, California with his wife, Paige, 7 year old daughter, Cache and newborn baby
John V. Stechman
John earned his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Range Management from the University of
California at Davis. He has been an active member of the California Section of SRM since 1960,
serving on numerous committees, as meeting program speaker or co-chairman on several occasions, and
as a Board member for three terms (1967-69, 1972-74, 1988-90). He has been newsletter editor
(1978-80) and since 1991 serves as Section Historian. John achieved certification as Range
Management Consultant in 1989 (SRM #8904) and subsequently served on the SRM Consultants
Certification Panel for two years. After certification and licensing as a California Rangeland Manager
(BOF #12) in 1995, he was a member of the Section Certification Panel for Rangeland Manager from
1996 to 1999. From 1965 to 1990, John was a member of the Range Science Education Council, an
affiliate of SRM. John received the Range Manager of the Year award from the Section in 1991.
John was professor of rangeland and livestock management at Cal Poly
State University from 1960 until
1992, teaching, as well as assisting in management of stocker cattle and 4,000 acres of rangeland. He
was a beef cow-calf rancher from 1971-1991, managing 80 cows on a 900 acre private land lease, and
since he began consulting in California in 1964, has completed 65 projects for clients involving more
than 250,000 acres. Since 1986, John has attended several continuing education workshops offered by
SRM, UCCE, USFS and other organizations. He has authored numerous educational publications
pertaining to ranch, rangeland and watershed management.
My education has served me well with an M.S from the University of California,
Davis, in International
Agricultural Development with a specialization in Range Science. My experience has run the gamut from
basic resource surveys to leading large, inter-agency plans. In between has been work in grazing
management, wetland delineation, and erosion assessment. The work of the Society for Range
Management has supplied technical inspiration and leadership to my own work, and I am proud to be a
While running my own business with 10 employees keeps me pretty well?well,
running, my husband
and four children bring me all kinds of joy and perspective on what' s important in life. I involve them in
my career at all levels.
I was the first person to recite cowboy poetry in Kenya, East Africa, and I have been invited three times
to the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. Besides the education I received at Humboldt State
University I have a second education from sitting a horse as a cowboy and packer in New Mexico and
California. I believe that looking at natural resources from the backside of a horse helped to keep my
perspective on why I entered the natural resource profession in the first place - that sense of wonder for
the outdoors and a desire to share it with others.
As the wildlife biologist for EBMUD I am involved in planning, developing,
and implementing wildlife
monitoring and management programs. I am involved in the development of a watershed stewardship
program using the process of ecosystem management along the lower Mokelumne River in Central
California. I am serving as Community, Connection and Stewardship Symposium chair for the 1999
Society for Ecological Restoration annual meeting in San Francisco this September.
As a private consultant I have worked with various groups throughout
the west regarding natural
resource management with an emphasis on implementing sustainable grazing practices in the context of
ecosystem management. I have taught Natural Resource management courses at California Polytechnic
University, San Luis Obispo and Humboldt State University. Heidi Wehmeyer (my spouse) and I
coordinate education travel trips that involve participants with local communities in Kenya, East Africa.
I believe that I will bring a broad based perspective to the SRM, California Section Board of Directors
and provide connections to other professional organizations such as the Society for Ecological
Restoration and The Wildlife Society.
Steve graduated from Humboldt State in 1973 with degree in range management, and went to work for
Forest Service. He has worked as a Range Conservationist, District Resource Officer, District Ranger
and presently as the Region 5 Range Program Manager. An active SRM participant off and on since
leaving college, He is presently serving on the core committee for organizingthe SRM 2001 Annual
Meeting, and serving as the chair for the Professional Affairs Committee.
Steve wants SRM to be an organization that helps our professional range
managers stay current with the
latest science and range management information. Forest Service planning and management can only
benefit from this, and as a Director, Steve would be able to build more bridges between the SRM and
Wayne began his career in Extension in 1973, and has worked in Santa Barbara as a farm advisor ever
since. He is in the Livestock and Natural Resource program in Santa Barbara County. Soon Wayne will
also be assuming the additional assignment of Livestock Farm Advisor in San Luis Obispo County with
Bill Weitkamp's retirement.
Wayne previously served a three year term as a director of the Section
during 1994-1997 and currently
serves as a member of the poster committee for the 2001 meeting. He became a Certified Rangeland
Manager in 1997. Wayne claims that he could add more but in an election year it might raise questions
that he would have to decline to answer which would haunt him through the entire campaign
Royce has been a member of SRM since 1988. He began participating in SRM in Corvallis OR, as a
graduate student, and has continued ever since, participating in meetings and giving papers. . Royce has
a Masters and PhD (1993) in Rangeland Resources from Oregon State University, and a B.S. in
Watershed Science from Utah State University (1987). He is presently the Area Watershed and Natural
Resources Advisor in San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties.
Royce's leadership ability is well-recognized by the University, and
he has been swamped with
committee work. Now he has the opportunity to reduce that workload and become more involved in the
SRM at the CA section level. His professional experience includes working with industry, NRCs, RCDs,
and a variety of other groups on critical issues at the wildland-urban interface during his former
appointment to San Bernadino County, and helping to teach water quality shortcourses after his transfer
to San Luis Obispo in 1997. His background in watershed and range have enabled him to broadly
publish, teach, and present on rangeland water quality issues.
Attached to the next message is an excel file of the section directory.
The information it contains is
the information about section members as recorded by the parent society in Denver. If the
information about you is in error please contact the parent society to correct it. If you are a
SRMONLINE subscriber and I could figure out your full name I put your email list here. If you want
to subscribe to SRM online send an email to me, Lynn Huntsinger. I did not put people's addresses
here, but did give folks an approximate location for you. Ms. Manners does not approve of giving out
people's addresses without their express permission