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NM Youth Ranch Management Camp application deadline is May 1

VALLES CALDERA NATIONAL PRESERVE ? Since 2011, 80 young people have had a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp.

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Shayna Delehanty of Socorro explored the inside of a cow's stomach during the New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The 2015 camp is May 31 to June 5. Deadline for online registration is May 1 ? visit nmyrm.nmsu.edu for more information.

An enthusiastic group of instructors from New Mexico State University?s Cooperative Extension Service and the picturesque landscape of the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico created a unique event for the future ranch and natural resource managers.

With this year?s deadline of May 1 just around the corner, it?s time for the 2015 campers to be selected for the five-day camp that will be held May 31 to June 5 at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

?We are proud to offer this one-of-a-kind program for the future cattle producers of our state,? said Jon Boren, Cooperative Extension Service director. ?The collaboration between our Extension specialists, county Extension agents and members of the ranching industry has provided an opportunity for the youth to see the many aspects of managing a ranch and natural resources.?

Camp participants ages 15 to 19 are selected for the program, and come from across the state to learn science-based skills used successfully on modern-day ranches to improve beef production, natural resource stewardship, wildlife management and fiscal management.

?You don?t have to just be in ranching to attend this camp. It offers a wide variety of career avenues,? said camp director Jack Blandford, Luna County Extension program director. ?I encourage any youth within the age group to visit nmyrm.nmsu.edu and apply.?

The youth ranch management program focuses on providing hands-on training for future ranch managers and stewards of New Mexico?s natural resources. The program is an expansion of the research and education contractual agreement between NMSU and the Valles Caldera Trust.

?We challenged these young people with a rigorous program for five full days,? Blandford said. ?They never seemed to weaken. They are like sponges absorbing knowledge all week.?

The participants are challenged 12 hours a day with a college-level curriculum of hands-on activities and lectures. The camp culminated with the youth presenting their ranch plan to a panel of judges made up of successful New Mexico ranch managers, and an audience that included dignitaries and parents.