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South Dakota Youth Range Camp numbers up in 2011

Tate Lantz, NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist
Courtesy photoHannah Rose Higdon of Dupree, SD, competing in the range judging contest.

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The 36th annual South Dakota Youth Range Camp was held June 6-8 on the campus of Sturgis Brown High School. Youth from across the state turned out to learn about range management in regard to domestic animals and wildlife, range plant identification, soils, and ecological sites. Beautiful weather was the norm unlike previous years.

Registration was up from previous years with 29 participants. The campers took part in range plant identification and learned about rangeland soils and ecological site descriptions.

Youth also discussed the different wildlife found on rangeland and their impact and habitat requirements. After practicing identification, the campers took part in a mock range judging contest and later a real judging contest. The students judged two ecological sites and had to identify twenty plants for the contest.



“This year’s Range Camp and contest were great successes and we hope to have it grow in the future. We had great instructors and students from all over South Dakota and even a few from North Dakota so the word is getting out there,” said Tate Lantz, who helps to coordinate the annual event.

The highest score for a returning camper, the highest overall score and the highest plant identification score went to Mikayla Heisler of Newell, SD. Mikayla will receive a $500 scholarship to South Dakota State University. Taking first in the New Campers division was Kaitlyn Dix of Morristown, ND. Brian Champion, Nisland, SD and Kim Eichler, Newell, SD, placed second and third, respectively, as New Campers.



While only some of the participants went home with medals and plaques, everyone went home with something. The South Dakota Grassland Coalition (SDGLC) rewarded everyone’s hard work by providing all with a copy of “Grassland Plants of South Dakota and the Northern Great Plains” by James R. Johnson and Gary E. Larson. This book is essential to anyone learning, planning or working with range in South Dakota.

A special thank you goes out to financial donors for the event: SDGLC; South Dakota Association Conservation District; South Dakota Cattleman’s Association; South Dakota State University Dean of Agriculture; National Wild Turkey Federation; the South Dakota Society for Range Management; and the Belle Fourche River Watershed Partnership.

If you or anyone you know is interested in attending Range Camp next year, contact Tate Lantz, Rangeland Management Specialist, at 605-716-3436, Ext. 133.

The 36th annual South Dakota Youth Range Camp was held June 6-8 on the campus of Sturgis Brown High School. Youth from across the state turned out to learn about range management in regard to domestic animals and wildlife, range plant identification, soils, and ecological sites. Beautiful weather was the norm unlike previous years.

Registration was up from previous years with 29 participants. The campers took part in range plant identification and learned about rangeland soils and ecological site descriptions.

Youth also discussed the different wildlife found on rangeland and their impact and habitat requirements. After practicing identification, the campers took part in a mock range judging contest and later a real judging contest. The students judged two ecological sites and had to identify twenty plants for the contest.

“This year’s Range Camp and contest were great successes and we hope to have it grow in the future. We had great instructors and students from all over South Dakota and even a few from North Dakota so the word is getting out there,” said Tate Lantz, who helps to coordinate the annual event.

The highest score for a returning camper, the highest overall score and the highest plant identification score went to Mikayla Heisler of Newell, SD. Mikayla will receive a $500 scholarship to South Dakota State University. Taking first in the New Campers division was Kaitlyn Dix of Morristown, ND. Brian Champion, Nisland, SD and Kim Eichler, Newell, SD, placed second and third, respectively, as New Campers.

While only some of the participants went home with medals and plaques, everyone went home with something. The South Dakota Grassland Coalition (SDGLC) rewarded everyone’s hard work by providing all with a copy of “Grassland Plants of South Dakota and the Northern Great Plains” by James R. Johnson and Gary E. Larson. This book is essential to anyone learning, planning or working with range in South Dakota.

A special thank you goes out to financial donors for the event: SDGLC; South Dakota Association Conservation District; South Dakota Cattleman’s Association; South Dakota State University Dean of Agriculture; National Wild Turkey Federation; the South Dakota Society for Range Management; and the Belle Fourche River Watershed Partnership.

If you or anyone you know is interested in attending Range Camp next year, contact Tate Lantz, Rangeland Management Specialist, at 605-716-3436, Ext. 133.

The 36th annual South Dakota Youth Range Camp was held June 6-8 on the campus of Sturgis Brown High School. Youth from across the state turned out to learn about range management in regard to domestic animals and wildlife, range plant identification, soils, and ecological sites. Beautiful weather was the norm unlike previous years.

Registration was up from previous years with 29 participants. The campers took part in range plant identification and learned about rangeland soils and ecological site descriptions.

Youth also discussed the different wildlife found on rangeland and their impact and habitat requirements. After practicing identification, the campers took part in a mock range judging contest and later a real judging contest. The students judged two ecological sites and had to identify twenty plants for the contest.

“This year’s Range Camp and contest were great successes and we hope to have it grow in the future. We had great instructors and students from all over South Dakota and even a few from North Dakota so the word is getting out there,” said Tate Lantz, who helps to coordinate the annual event.

The highest score for a returning camper, the highest overall score and the highest plant identification score went to Mikayla Heisler of Newell, SD. Mikayla will receive a $500 scholarship to South Dakota State University. Taking first in the New Campers division was Kaitlyn Dix of Morristown, ND. Brian Champion, Nisland, SD and Kim Eichler, Newell, SD, placed second and third, respectively, as New Campers.

While only some of the participants went home with medals and plaques, everyone went home with something. The South Dakota Grassland Coalition (SDGLC) rewarded everyone’s hard work by providing all with a copy of “Grassland Plants of South Dakota and the Northern Great Plains” by James R. Johnson and Gary E. Larson. This book is essential to anyone learning, planning or working with range in South Dakota.

A special thank you goes out to financial donors for the event: SDGLC; South Dakota Association Conservation District; South Dakota Cattleman’s Association; South Dakota State University Dean of Agriculture; National Wild Turkey Federation; the South Dakota Society for Range Management; and the Belle Fourche River Watershed Partnership.

If you or anyone you know is interested in attending Range Camp next year, contact Tate Lantz, Rangeland Management Specialist, at 605-716-3436, Ext. 133.


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