Students from the College of Natural Resources' 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 through 12.
The Rangeland Cup Competition is a very competitive and highly esteemed contest. It requires students to present and defend a solution for a complex rangeland problem. A new problem is posed each year. The three students - Jeff Stackhouse, Tate Walters and Seth McFarland - created a poster and presentation that focused on the control and management of salt cedar (Tamarisx spp.) in the Pacific Northwest and won the competition. As a result, they were awarded an impressive two-foot-tall traveling trophy that will reside at the University of Idaho until 2011.
Range students also entered another stiff competition in which student organizations from across the nation develop a display that promotes both the university and their range club. Students had to tie the theme of their displays around the conference’s central theme, “Working Landscapes.” CNR students Jen Trenary, Julia Workman and A.J. Flint took second place with a display that promoted the University of Idaho and Idaho’s working landscapes. The team was awarded a $150 cash prize.