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Range Management Contest Offers Winner Trip to Hawaii

Range Management is inviting ninth- through twelfth-graders to write and present a paper on any aspect of range management at a youth forum Oct. 19 in Albuquerque.

"The society feels it is important for youth to gain a better understanding of the world around them, particularly how they relate to our natural resources," said Terrell Baker, chair of the group's youth activities committee and riparian management specialist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service. "We believe the high school youth forum is a good way for students to learn about range management and help broaden their understanding and perspective." He said this is the first year of the contest.

Students are encouraged to prepare papers and presentations dealing with original research, but original research is not a requirement, Baker said. He emphasized that any subject dealing with range management or range ecology is acceptable, including literature reviews and opinion papers.

Presentations should be six to eight minutes in length. Baker said quality will be the judges' main concern.. Use of visual aids is strongly encouraged and may include posters, overheads, slides or multimedia presentation software. Three representatives of NMSRM will judge the competition. Prizes will be awarded at the annual meeting in January 2001.

The first-place winner will receive a scholarship to compete at the International Society for Range Management meeting February 17-21, 2001 in Hawaii. The top three international contestants will have the opportunity to publish their papers in the journal Rangelands. The winning contestant is invited to return to the international meeting the following year to present his winning paper and serve as a junior mentor to new contestants.

The deadline for submitting papers is Oct. 5. The youth forum will be held at 9 a.m. at the Bernalillo County Extension Office, 1510 Menaul. Baker said students must put the name of their teacher/sponsor and a contact phone number on the cover of their paper. Four copies of the paper should be submitted to Terrell T. Baker, New Mexico State University, Box 30003, MSC 3AE, Las Cruces, NM 88003-8003. For more information, call Baker at (505)-646-2218.