Rangeland Ecology and Management Program Captures High Awards at International Society for Managment Meeting

Friday, February 18 2011

The Rangeland Ecology and Management program’s faculty, staff, students and alumni report several recent awards earned at the international meeting of the Society for Range Management (SRM)held Feb. 6-10 in Billings, Mont.

Undergraduate Julia Workman, a sophomore from Grangeville won first place in the Undergraduate Range Management Exam. With more than 180 participants from 25 range programs across the U.S. and Canada, this is a very prestigious accomplishment. Her award will pay her travel for a week-long trip to Washington D.C. to meet the heads of the USDA Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. Workman was also presented with an educational stipend by the SRM board of directors for her service as the SRM outreach intern.

Additionally, the University of Idaho Range Club’s student team won third place in the nation in the Undergraduate Range Management Exam event. Team members included: James Boggan, A.J. Flint, Lee Holton, Caleb Howard, Andrew Huber, Brooke Jacobson, Mike Johnson, Colby Lord, Cinda Mattroce, Danny Romano, Conner White and Julia Workman.

Other accomplishments include Wally Butler of the Idaho Farm Bureau, a range alumnus, being named second vice-president (incoming president in 2013) of the Society for Range Management, and the close of term for reigning president Jeff Mosley of Montana State University, also a range alumnus.

Professor Karen Launchbaugh was elected incoming chair of the Targeted Grazing Committee, currently chaired by Rachel Frost of Montana State University, range alumna.

Lovina Roselle, range outreach coordinator, is president elect for the Idaho Section SRM and chair of the Host Activities Planning Committee for the 2012 SRM international meeting to be held in Spokane in 2012. She also received the 2010 President’s Award from the Idaho Section SRM at the winter meeting in Idaho Falls last November.