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.

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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!!

  1. Attend meetings. Meetings are every other Tuesday in the Natural Resource building, Room 201 at 5:15 pm.
  2. 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.

Our Objectives

  • 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

Rangeland Ecology Club Meetings

Club Meetings
Tuesday (every other week), NR 201, 5:15-6:00pm
Come join us at our meetings to learn about club events and projects throughout the year. We welcome newcomers to become involved with the club!

Plant ID Meetings
Wednesdays, NR 201, 4:00-5:00pm
Come learn how to identify North American grasses, forbs, and shrubs with Brett Wolk. Every year at the Society for Range Management Annual Meeting a competition is held for undergraduate students to test their knowledge on identifying over 200 plant species.

Undergraduate Range Management Exam (URME) Meetings
Mondays, NR 200, 4:00-5:00pm
Come learn about various aspects of rangeland management with Paul Meiman to compete amongst undergraduate students at the Society for Range Management Annual Meeting.

Fall 2011 BBQ

 

Undergraduate Range Management Exam (URME) Meetings

Mondays, NR 200, 4:00-5:00pm
Come learn about various aspects of rangeland management with Paul Meiman to compete amongst undergraduate students at the Society for Range Management Annual Meeting.

69th Society for Range Management (SRM) Annual Meeting
Rangelands and Wildlife
Corpus Christi, TX
January 31 – February 4
The meeting will be a great opportunity to meet our professional and student counterparts representing the state.  For more information, or please contact Luke McCarty, Rangeland Ecology Club President, at rangeclubcsu@gmail.com or visit the SRM website at http://rangelands.org/srm2016/index.html.

Upcoming Events, Projects, & Fundraisers

Speakers
The club invites professionals to come speak with us at our meeting about future opportunities and tell us about their experiences in their profession.
If you have an idea for a guest speaker or think of a topic you would like to hear about, please let us know.

4-H Range Manual
We have a great opportunity to revise the 4-H Range Manual for younger students to learn about rangeland ecology.

Bureau of Land Management – Assessment Inventory & Monitoring (BLM-AIM)
Please come join us collecting soil samples for the BLM’s AIM project. The AIM project is looking at natural resources on public land and determining the conditions and identifying trends or changes.

T-Shirt Contest
Call for a new design for the club t-shirt to sell on campus and at the Annual SRM Meeting. The prompt is to create a design that shows the diverse nature of rangelands and rangeland people.

This is a great opportunity to show both your artistic skills as well as a way to express your interpretation of the many different facets of rangelands and the people that they represent. In addition, you will be able to have personal pride in knowing that your design will be featured on the club’s shirts in the future?

Submissions need to be turned in by December 17, 2015 via email at rangeclubcsu@gmail.com, or in person to Luke McCarty. the selected winner will receive a prize from our sponsor Dr. Maria Fernandez-Gimenez.

2015-2016 Officers
Luke McCarty
President
Sam Fowler
Vice-President

Nakayla Lestina

Treasurer / Webmaster
Arielle Quintana & Jack Van Vleet
Secretary
Emily Beisch
Historian
Faculty Sponsor