University of Idaho Student Range Club Earns Top Honors at Society for Range Management International Meeting

Monday, March 28 2011

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Rangeland Ecology and Management program’s faculty, staff, students and alumni earned top awards at the international meeting of the Society for Range Management 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 rangeland programs across the U.S. and Canada, this is a very prestigious accomplishment,” said Karen Launchbaugh, professor and rangeland program lead. “Her award will pay her travel for a week-long trip to Washington, D.C., to meet the heads of the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.”

Workman also was presented with an educational stipend by the SRM board of directors for her service as the SRM outreach intern, for which she was selected out of a national search. She completed the internship over the fall of 2010.

“The efforts of the SRM outreach intern are an integral and important facet of the organization,” said Aleta Rudeen, director of outreach and leadership development for the Society for Range Management.

Additionally, the University of Idaho Range Club student team won third place in the international 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 elected 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.

Launchbaugh was elected incoming chair of the Rangeland Program Accreditation Committee and the Targeted Grazing Committee, currently chaired by Rachel Frost of Montana State University, range alumna.

Lovina Roselle, rangeland 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, Wash. She also received the 2010 President’s Award from the Idaho Section SRM at the winter meeting in Idaho Falls last November.
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