68th SRM Annual Meeting & Trade Show

Jan. 30 - Feb. 7, 2015
Sacramento, CA
Student Recruitment
Rangeland Careers
Trailboss Cookbook
Young Professionals Conclave (YPC)
The newly formed group in the SRM is geared towards integrating young or less experienced members into the society by hosting events young professionals are especially interested in, and by providing opportunities to network with other young professionals as well as with senior or more experienced members.

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News & Events:

YPC Travel Scholarship

Our Mission:
Develop a continuum which maintains/improves information exchange and experience sharing among generations within SRM to promote strength in leadership, education, research, and stewardship of rangelands and associated resources.

Our Officers:
2013 Officers:
Nick Padilla jnpadilla@fs.fed.us
Poncho Ortega, Jr.   aortega@eastfoundation.net
Advisory Council Co-Chair:
Advisory Council Co-Chair:
Angie Reid areid@ttrs.org
Jill Ficke-Beaton Jill@Puuwai.net

Officer Bios:

Angie ReidJamin Johanson, President and Planning Committee Chair
IIn my experience, networking through the SRM is the best way to advance personally and professionally as a steward of rangelands. As a young professional in range management, I know firsthand the challenges of starting a career, raising a family, gaining experience, and building a professional network—all at the same time! I studied Range Science at Utah State University where I served as president of the Range Club, met my beautiful wife, and was blessed with two little girls. I also received a Master’s degree from Utah State developing state-and-transition models for ecological sites in northern Utah. I currently work for NRCS in southern Utah, where I develop ecological sites on the Colorado Plateau and organize workshops for ecological site development professionals. Within SRM, I have seen the benefit of YPC to young professionals. I have previously served as the YPC Advisory Council Chair and as YPC Vice President last year. This year, as leaders of the YPC, we plan to build on recent YPC successes to initiate YPCs at the section level. If you are interested in providing leadership for young professionals in your section, or if you have any questions or suggestions about YPC in general, please e-mail me at jamin.johanson@ut.usda.gov.  



Jamin Johanson

Nicholas Padilla, Vice President and Outreach Committee Chair
Hee-mew-puy-u-von, heeden-bah! Hello to all in my Native language. I was born and raised on the family farm and ranch in Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico. I hail from the Land of Enchantment known only as New Mexico.  My family has resided on the reservation for many generations working and tending to the land, which has taught me to respect and care for it, as my Grandfathers have done in the past.  I received my Bachelor’s Degree from New Mexico State University, and graduated in 2010. During my NMSU days, I was College Ambassador for the College of Ag and Home Economics, and served as the NMSU Range Club President, a position that serves on the Board of Directors as a student representative for the State Society SRM. Since my completion of school, I have been fortunate enough to travel throughout West and work in various locations with USDA Forest Service, starting my career in Southern Colorado, working on the Rio Grande NF as summer seasonal, then to Southwestern Wyoming on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache NF as a Biological Tech, to the Humboldt-Toyiabe NF in Elko County Nevada , and back again to the great state of Wyoming on the Bighorn NF, where I currently work and reside as a Rangeland Management Specialist on the Medicine Wheel-Paintrock Ranger District. I have been active in the SRM since college, and was a founding member of the SRM’s Native American Range Initiative, with which I have been very active the past three years. The NARI and the SRM have been very beneficial to me as a Young Professional in the aspects of not only in learning and networking with Agency Personnel, but networking with Tribal Land Managers as well. This has given me great joy knowing that I am helping other Native Americans make strides to become self-reliant on their reservations to better their land. I look forward to serving on the YPC and helping not only other Young Professionals in our field, but other Native Americans as well. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions at jnpadilla@fs.fed.us. Kee-Va-Moo-Hee! (Until Later in Tiwa)

Poncho OrtegaPoncho Ortega, Jr., Treasurer and Fundraising Committee Chair
I was born and raised in González, Tamaulipas, México; grew up on the family ranch learning how to work cattle and horses, and the rest of the activities that cattle operations entail.  I began my college education at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, in Linares, Nuevo León, México and completed my B.S. in Range and Wildlife Management at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. I continued on to receive my M.Sc. in Range and Wildlife Management from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, TX working with Gambel’s quail habitat. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at Texas A&M University for which I have studied desert mule deer reintroductions in the Chihuahuan Desert of Northern Coahuila, México. I work as the Wildlife and Research Manager for the East Wildlife Foundation (EWF) in south Texas. I am in charge of supervising and managing the EWF Research Program conducted on the Foundation properties which total a little over 216,000 acres. What I enjoy the most about my job and my profession is that I have the opportunity of working with all different types of critters, from cattle, horses, and deer to raptors, quail, and ocelots; as well as collaborate with many different institutions and agencies. As one of my professors always says “the great thing about working with habitat is that you can put anything on top of it”, the flexibility of our profession is definitely something to take advantage of. Feel free to contact me for suggestions or information on YPC or our Fundraising Committee at aortega@eastfoundation.net or (361) 207-1555.

Poncho Ortega

Monty Lane, Recorder and Newsletter Committee Chair
I grew up on an alfalfa operation in Dona Ana County New Mexico and recently graduated from NMSU in Las Cruces with a B.S. in Rangeland Resources. I was heavily involved in the NMSU Range Club; I served as an officer three years, including as president my senior year. Currently I am currently working as a Range Management Specialist in Eastern Wyoming for the NRCS. I attended the National SRM meetings for four years as a student, and upon graduation was unsure of how to remain involved and contribute to the society. Fortunately I heard about the Young Professionals Conclave (YPC) prior to the 2013 meeting in OKC, and became a member. The YPC offers marvelous opportunities for networking and career development, and I encourage all who are relatively new to the range field to join us. Please contact me if you have any inquiries monty.lane@wy.usda.gov.

Rio FranzmanJill Ficke-Beaton, Advisory Council Co-Chair
graduated from the University of Hawaii with a BS in Agriculture. In 2011, I began working on my master’s degree in Rangeland Ecosystem Science with Colorado State University. My family and I have raised red Angus and Hampshire and Suffolk sheep for 25 years on the Big Island of Hawaii. I am currently working as a conservation specialist with the Mauna Kea Soil and Water Conservation District.  I am a member of the local chapter of National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Vice President of the Hawaii Sheep and Goat Association, and a steering committee member of the Hawaii Grazing Land Conservation Initiative. I am married and have two great sons; one a college senior majoring in agriculture and the other is a junior in high school. I was a 2013 recipient of the YPC travel scholarship for the Oklahoma SRM meeting and I’m looking forward to assisting the YPC exceed its goals.



Bob WesleyAngie Reid, Advisory Council Co-Chair
I grew up in Bloomington, MN and moved to Lubbock, TX for college where I got a B.S. in Range Management and Wildlife and Fisheries Management with minors in Animal Science, Biology, and Natural History and Humanities. I did a semester of study abroad in Kenya studying wildlife management and have since maintained a great interest in international natural resources management.  I continued my education at Oklahoma State University with a M.S. in Rangeland Ecology and Management focusing on fire ecology; I did my research in Montana.  I currently work as the Research Biologist in the Fire Ecology Lab at Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy in Tallahassee, FL.  In my spare time I enjoy traveling, fishing, hunting, kayaking, cultural events, and meeting new people.  This is my first year in this position but my fifth year as a YPC officer and I hope to continue providing young professionals of the SRM with relevant and useful information for their professional development.  As always, I encourage questions, comments, or concerns about anything.  My email address is areid@ttrs.org,  or feel free to call me to discuss any input you may have, (850) 893-4153 ext. 342.  I look forward to meeting and working with you all and thanks for your participation.


Our History:

66th Annual Meeting - February 2012 - Oklahoma City, OK
2013 Officers
President-Jamin Johanson
Vice-President-Nick Padilla
Treasurer-Poncho Ortega, Jr.
Recorder-Monty Lane
Advisory Council Co-chairs-Angie Reid and Jill Ficke-Beaton


65th Annual Meeting - February 2012 - Spokane, WA
2012 Officers
President: Angie Reid
Vice President: Jamin Johanson
Treasurer: Poncho Ortega, Jr.
Recorder: Molly Ryan (Feb-June 2012) and Colin Walden (July 2012-Jan 2013)
Advisory Council Co-Chairs: Rio Franzman and Bob Wesley
64th Annual Meeting - February 2011 - Billings, MT
2011 Officers
President: Seth Kennedy
President Elect: Angie Reid
Treasurer: Cole Lambert
Recorder: Molly Ryan
Advisory Council Chair: Jamin Johanson
63rd Annual Meeting - February 2010 - Denver, CO
2010 Officers
President: Liza McDonald
President-elect: Seth Kennedy
Treasurer: Kim Haile
Recorder: Angie Reid
Advisory Council Chair: Jill Burkhardt

62nd Annual Meeting - February 2009 - Albuquerque, NM
2009 Officers
President: Jill Burkhardt
President-elect: Liza Slusser
Treasurer: Kim Haile
Recorder: Angie Reid
Advisory Council Chair: Bob Wesley

61st Annual Meeting - February 2008 - Louisville, KY
2008 Officers
President: Bob Wesley
President-Elect: Jill Burkhardt
Treasurer: Jake Powell
Recorder: Summer Schulz
Advisory Council Co-Chairs: Liza Slusser and Julie Finzel

60th Annual Meeting - February 2007 - Reno, NV
YPC is teaming up with SRMs Leadership Development Committee (LDC) to put-on a Mentoring Program workshop. The workshop will include facilitated break-out sessions where all aspects of a possible mentoring program within SRM will be explored. In addition to the afternoon mentoring workshop, there will be a morning symposium organized by YPC member, Ben Baldwin, entitled, "What skills are needed by our young professionals to surthrive in resources management? Probably not the ones you would have thought." The week will also include the YPC business meeting, luncheon, and evening social. Please see the mentoring workshop agenda and YPC meeting announcement for more information.
2007 Officers
President: Jason Hohlt
President-Elect: Bob Wesley
Treasurer: Jake Powell
Recorder: Summer Schulz
Advisory Council Chair: Stephanie Sever

59th Annual Meeting - February 2006 - Vancouver, BC
The first YPC officers were elected to operate the conclave; the offices of President, President-Elect, Recorder, and Treasurer were filled. There was standing room only during the conclave meeting, including approximately 50 young professionals, as different presenters covered a variety of topics, including "Balancing Paperwork with Fieldwork" and "Having a Career and a Family."
2006 Officers
President: Stephanie Sever
President-Elect: Jason Hohlt
Treasurer: Brian Thrift
Recorder: Summer Schulz

58th Annual Meeting - February 2005 - Fort Worth, TX
Approximately 12 people were invited to speak with Dennis Phillippi, SRM Board member, about the young professional movement in SRM. However, a diverse group of nearly 40 young range professionals took interest and attended the meeting. Mr. Phillippi facilitated the session as young professionals brainstormed their concerns and ambitions within the Society.
2005 Organizers
Matt Phillippi
Merrita Fraker-Marble
Stephanie Sever
Heidi Olbert
Brian and Tanya Thrift

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