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Fall Forum

2016 Rangeland Fall Forum

"Summit to Stream: Managing Rangelands is a Watershed Affair"
Held October 20-21, 2016
Streaming videos of sessions coming soon!

Stretching from summit to basin, rangelands are large-scale waterscapes that require thoughtful management to procure and sustain the west’s most precious resource—water. Managers use a variety of tools to improve the function of the soil-plant interface, ranging in scale from a small stream reach to large watershed projects.

The Rangeland Fall Forum featured a program that showcased innovative riparian restoration projects, collaborative landscape monitoring practices, and elicited unique perspectives from researchers, managers, and people who live close to the land. The full-day program was followed by a day in the field on Reynolds Creek in the Owyhee Mountains, reviewing on-the-ground research and recovery projects. 

Click on titles below to view streaming videos of presentations:
  • Welcome and setting the stage | Lou Lunte, Associate State Director, The Nature Conservancy (Boise, ID)
  • Plenary "Watersheds: processes on the landscape” – Fred Pierson | Research Leader, USDA-ARS Watershed Management Research Center (Boise, ID)
  • Plenary “An 'All Lands Approach' to landscape conservation” – Kristin Troy | Executive Director, Lemhi Regional Land Trust (Salmon, ID)
  • Session 1: Landscape-scale: "The landscape's broad vista"
    • “Seeing changes across the landscape” – Eva Strand | Assistant Professor, University of Idaho (Moscow, ID)
    • “Conservation easements as landscape tools” – Scott Boettger | Executive Director, Wood River Land Trust (Hailey, ID)
    • “Finding scales that work for resource planning” – Brian Thrift | Assistant Field Manager, BLM Owyhee Field Office (Marsing, ID)
  • Session 2: Stream-scale: "Along the river's bend"
    • “Managing riparian grazing” – Sherm Swanson | Associate Professor and Extension Riparian Specialist, University of Nevada Reno (Reno, NV)
    • “Invasive woody plant control and riparian restoration” – Curtis Deuser | Restoration Ecologist, National Park Service (Boulder City, NV)
    • “Fish, wildlife, and ranching” – Andrew Shields | Wildlife Biologist, Roaring Springs Ranch (near Fields, OR)
  • Session 3: Rancher-driven tools for collaboration
    • “Montana’s 'Ranching for Rivers' program” – Dick Iversen | Rancher and Board member of the Missouri River Conservation Districts Council (near Culbertson, MT)
    • “Strategies for collaborative rangeland monitoring” – Tyler Hamilton | Rangeland Management Specialist, Idaho State Department of Agriculture (Boise, ID)
    • “Focusing on the big picture for collaboration” – Merrill Beyeler | Rancher and member of the Central Idaho Rangelands Network (Salmon, ID)


Lovina Englund, Rangeland Center Outreach Coordinator or 208-885-6536

About the Rangeland Fall Forum

Each fall the University of Idaho Rangeland Center organizes the Rangeland Fall Forum to discuss science and experience surrounding rangeland management challenges in Idaho.

The forum brings together experts in rangeland science and management, featuring perspectives from individuals within land management agencies, conservation organizations and the ranching community. Ideally suited to a wide audience, the forum promotes dialogue and knowledge sharing for sustainable management of western rangelands into the future.

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College of Natural Resources

Physical Address:
College of Natural Resources, Room 205

Mailing Address:
UI Moscow:
875 Perimeter Dr. MS 1135
Moscow, ID 83844-1135

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UI Boise Water Center
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Boise, ID 83702

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