Wyo. range management school boosts grazing plan development

More than 27 sessions during the 2014 Wyoming Range Management School are designed to help increase understanding of premises used to develop grazing management plans.

The school, presented by the Wyoming Section Society for Range Management, is June 24-27 at the South Lincoln Training and Event Center in Kemmerer, Wyo.

In general, morning sessions are at the center, and afternoon sessions are field trips to surrounding areas.

“The school has been modified from prior years to include presentations about assessing riparian areas, the economics of managing for rangeland and livestock health and allotment management planning,” said Windy Kelley, University of Wyoming Extension educator and president-elect of the Wyoming Section of SRM.

Each day has specific topics: Tuesday is “The Rangeland Resources”; Wednesday is “Managing Rangeland Harvesters”; Thursday is “Measuring Success: Rangeland Monitoring and Assessment”; and Friday is “Planning Livestock Grazing.”

Registration is $200 for the first person and $100 for each additional person from the same ranch. The fee covers break refreshments, lunches and school materials. Session presenters, descriptions, lodging accommodations and other school details are at

Sponsors and presenters include those from UW Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Wyoming Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Land Management, USDA Forest Service, Farm Credit Services of America and Wildlife Management Services of the Rockies, LLC.

New presenters this year include Burke Teichert, BEEF magazine columnist and retired ranch manager, John Tanaka, head of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at UW, and Brian Mealor, extension weed specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences, Kelley said.

“The school has something to offer seasoned and unseasoned natural resource agency professionals and ranchers alike,” she said.

–University of Wyoming Extension