Rangeland Ecology and Management Students Take Top Honors

Monday, February 22 2010


Students from the rangeland ecology and management program took top honors at the International Meeting of the Society for Range Management and the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) held in Denver, Feb 6-12. The Rangeland Cup Competition requires students to present and defend a solution for a complex rangeland problem. A new problem is posed each year. “This is a very competitive competition, and the Idaho team had an outstanding presentation,” says Karen Launchbaugh, associate professor of rangeland ecolog y and management. Winners included Jeff Stackhouse, Tate Walters and Seth McFarland, who created a poster and presentation focusing on the control and management of salt cedar (Tamarisx spp.) in the Pacific Northwest. This competition requires students to present and defend a solution for a complex rangeland problem. The traveling trophy will be housed at the University of Idaho until 2011. In addition, student organizations from across the nation develop a display that promotes their University and Range Club. Students must tie the theme of their display around the conference theme. This year’s theme was “Working Landscapes,” and competition was steep. The display developed by Jen Trenary, Julia Workman and A.J. Flint took second place with a outstanding display that promoted the University of Idaho and Idaho’s working landscapes. The team was awarded a $150 cash prize.