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Range Managers to Meet Dec. 9-10

LAS CRUCES - Range management in the next century will be the focus of the New Mexico Section of the Society for Range Management's winter meeting Dec. 9-10 in Albuquerque.

"Range management like other fields is very dynamic -- the technology is changing and our political future is changing almost daily," said Kirk McDaniel, president of the professional group and a range scientist with New Mexico State University.

The meeting, to be held at the Mountain View Holiday Inn, will look at where range management has been and where it's going in the next century, he said.

"One of the big questions is how we can monitor rangelands more efficiently," McDaniel said. "There are a number of new things in the area of remote sensing that might be able to tell us about how our lands are functioning."

In addition, the meeting will include sessions on grazing animals, ecosystem restoration and rangeland ecology.

"We also have a call for volunteer papers," McDaniel said.

"We're seeking those interested in telling their story about what they're doing on rangeland. We'd really like to hear from them."

The registration fee for the event is $50. Participants should make their own lodging reservations by calling the Mountain View Holiday Inn at (505) 884-2511 and asking for the SRM special group rate.

For more information about the event, contact McDaniel at (505) 646-1191.