Youth involvement in our section
We support high school youth and college students learning about rangelands through Camp Rocky, FFA, the High School Youth Forum, and the Colorado State University Rangeland Ecology Club.
High School Students
Camp Rocky, Colorado’s natural resources high school camp, is held on the second week of July at the Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp near Divide.
High School Youth Forum
The Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management gets exposure by having a High School Youth Forum delegate give his/her paper presentation as part of the Camp Rocky program. We also present SRM belt buckles to the “top hand” in the rangeland management group. The CSSRM sponsors youth to the High School Youth Forum each year as part of the SRM’s annual meeting and convention. Our delegates always give excellent papers as their participation in the illustrated talk competition of the Forum. We select our delegates from the top campers in the rangeland management group at Camp Rocky and from the high scoring individuals at the state FFA rangeland judging competition.
Future Farmers of America (FFA)
Our Section assists in the coordination of several FFA rangeland judging activities in the state. These included the southeast Colorado FFA regional Rangeland Judging Contests and the Eastern CO State FFA Rangeland Judging Contests. We present a check in the amount of $200 and SRM plaques to the high scoring individuals at these contests.
Masonic Range Science Scholarship
The CSSRM solicits high school and college freshman range science students to apply for the Masonic Range Science scholarship that is awarded at the SRM annual convention. We advertise for applications to be submitted for this prestigious scholarship through State FFA and 4-H sources.
For more information about our high school student opportunities, please contact Ben Berlinger our High School Youth Program Chair.
CSU Rangeland Ecology Club
Students from Colorado State University and Front Range Community College are welcome to participate in the club from August to May each year. There are no dues for the club, but members participate in several fundraising events during the year to raise money to attend the annual SRM meeting and conference. In addition, club members compete at many of the collegiate events offered at SRM including the Undergraduate Range Management Exam (URME), plant identification, extemporaneous speaking, and Rangeland Cup competition. Club members also enjoy an annual picnic, guest speakers at club meetings, and restoration volunteer projects.
Officers for the upcoming school year are nominated and voted in to office near the end of the spring semester. The club's president serves as a member of the CSSRM board and relays information between the two organizations.
Develop an understanding of range ecosystems and the principles applicable to the management of range 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.
For more information on the club, connect with them through their Facebook page or by email.
2018 Colorado HSYF Delegates
Jacquelin Alvey (left), Cecil Shannon (center), and Sennon Wallace (right), local high school students, were selected by the Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management (SRM) to participate in the High School Youth Forum (HSYF), an SRM sponsored youth actvity held jointly during the 71st Annual SRM annual meeting in Spark/Reno in 2018. High School delegates to the HSYF are chosen by each of the 21 individual sections of the parent society throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, based on their high degree of interest in the range and natural resources field as well as on their exemplary dedication and effort to learn more about this particular area. At the HSYF, they had the opportunity to meet people from many countries and get a firsthand view of what SRM is all about including its organization, goals and the role it plays on a world-wide basis.
Each delegate to the Forum participates in a paper presentation competition with the content covering a range-related topic. All presentations were judged by a diverse panel, with the top five papers recognized at the SRM awards ceremony. The top paper winner was invited to return to next year’s meeting to help with the Forum and present their paper to the general membership of the Society. In addition, other activities included a local ecological field tour of the meeting site and a program to enhance communication skills.
Since the number of delegates that can attend each year is limited, selection for this activity is considered a high honor for those students who are chosen. Because of this perspective, the planners of this year’s Forum were excited about the program and activities that were scheduled to provide both an exciting and rewarding educational experience for all that attended.
We are pleased to congratulate Cecil Shannon from the Colorado Section on his third-place paper entitled “Brush Control and Management?” Shannon was presented with a plaque for his presentation at the annual meeting.
2018 Rangeland Cup Team
John Larsen (left), Spencer Good (outgoing club Historian center left), Katsi Peña (center right), and Mysti Tatro (outgoing club President right) represented Colorado State University in the Rangeland Cup competition at the 71st Annual Society for Range Management meeting held in Sparks/Reno.
Each year, collegiate teams are provided with a prompt from SRM and challenged to research and present a poster based on that prompt to judges and SRM members. Teams are judged not only on the poster content, but also on their ability to address questions posed by judges during the competition. This year's prompt asked students to consider how agricultural and natural resource issues may be viewed differently by different members of society, and to pick a topic where there are substantial differences in perception between parts of society and the current state of scientific knowledge. Additionally, they had to address how these differences may have arisen, how this ‘disconnect’ may affect management on the ground, and propose a strategy to overcome these differences in perception.
2018 Graduate student poster presentations
Three graduate students from CSU's Rangeland Ecosystem Science program competed in the poster contests at SRM in Sparks Reno. PhD Candidate Jasmine Bruno (left) took first place in her category with her poster presentation “A Systematic Review of US Rangeland Social Science.” Bruno studies under Dr. Maria Fernandez-Gimez at Colorado State University.