Rangeland Ecology Club
The Colorado State University Rangeland Ecology Club is a recognized chapter of the Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management. This student organization is composed of individuals with a common interest in the study, management, and rational use of rangelands and related ecosystems. Rangeland Ecology is an exciting and rewarding undergraduate degree program at CSU which prepares students for a wide variety of natural resource professions.
Society for Range Management Trip to Corpus Christi, Texas
Long past due, but earlier in 2016 at the end of January, the Range Club road tripped down to Corpus Christi, Texas for the 69th Annual Meeting. On the trip down, the students stopped at West Texas A & M for a tour of their facilities and spent the night in the livestock pavilion. Students learned about the school’s breeding program where they cloned the first bull. The next morning students’ resumed their trip to Corpus Christi. Once in Corpus Christi, student has time to explore before the meeting started the following day. Student’s visited the USS Lexington, the State Aquarium, and went surfing. Once the meeting started, students attended presentation, workshops, career fairs, social gatherings, the trade show, and the various competitions students prepared for.
Students competed in the Plant Identification Contest, the Undergraduate Range Management Exam (URME), Extemporaneous Speaking, and Rangeland Cup. The Plant Identification team did not place but gained valuable knowledge and improved from previous years. The URME team place 6th with two individuals placing in the top 70%. We had one student participate in Extemporaneous Speaking. The Rangeland Cup team place second with their project Podcasting: A Tool To Promote Rangelands. The clubs podcast can be viewed at https://soundcloud.com/csu-rangeland-ecology-club. Finally, the Range Club booth at the trade show place 5th.
Joining The Range Ecology Club Is Easy!!
- Attend meetings. Meetings are every other Tuesday in the Natural Resource building, Room 201 at 5:15 pm.
- Get involved. The best part about the club is the different activities and trips we plan. We try to work around everyone's schedule to ensure the greatest turnout. If you have a time conflict, let us know and we can try to accommodate. Don't miss these opportunities that come along, they are a lot of fun and are a great way to apply what we have learned.
- Develop an understanding of range ecosystems and the principles applicable for managing resources
- Assist all who work with range resources to keep abreast of new findings and techniques in the science and art of range management
- Improve the techniques in the science and art of range management
- Improve the effectiveness of range management to obtain from range resources the products and values necessary for human welfare
- Create a public appreciation of the economic and social benefits to be obtained from the range environment
- Promote professional development of its members
Club Member Benefits
- Opportunity to hear realistic views and concerns associated with rangeland ecosystem management through professional speakers
- Opportunity to get hands-on experience through participating in club-sponsored fieldwork (i.e., plant collecting, land restoration techniques, measurement workshops, etc.)
- Opportunity to travel and represent the university at conferences, competitions, and meetings
- Opportunity to receive quality advice and guidance in academic studies and job searches