Section Business

Section Business

The Texas Section posts meeting minutes, position statements, etc. in this area.

The Board of Directors meets annually 3 or 4 times per year, with an annual Section Business meeting, open to all in attendance at the Section’s annual meeting.

President’s Notes – 1/27/19

Howdy!

Seventy years ago, in College Station, a small group of rangeland scientists and practitioners gathered. From that organizational meeting, the Texas Section was born. Our charter members are no longer with us, but their legacy lives on as we continue to provide leadership for stewardship of Texas rangelands. Join me in “Celebrating 70 Years-A Legacy of Stewardship”. That will be the theme for this year’s annual meeting, but it is more than that. It will be our focus throughout the year, as we look back at our past accomplishments, while moving forward with new and exciting projects and partnerships.

J. E. Weaver wrote, “Nature is an open book for those who care to read. Each grass covered hillside is a page on which is written the history of the past, the conditions of the present, and the prediction of the future.” I first saw those words in 2001 when they were assigned to me as my “Silver Bullet” by Dr. Dale Rollins, at Bobwhite Brigade. I was a new employee with NRCS, and was serving as a Covey Leader at the camp. My duty was to memorize the quote, and recite it whenever I was asked to do so. I did, and never forgot it.

I found those same words, written in Dan Caudle’s familiar hand, looking back at me from an index card last October in Lubbock. At the Past Presidents’ Breakfast, I had distributed the cards, and asked those present to fill them with enough wisdom, advice, or warnings to get me safely through the coming year. The “Silver Bullet” was true to its name as it hit the mark, some 17 years later. Thank you, Dr. Dale and Mr. Dan.

I believe that quote to be true, not only for the betterment of our rangelands, but also for our society. It is my hope that in our 70th year, we will look back over the “history of our past”, celebrating our successes, but also remembering and learning from our mistakes.  I hope our members will continue to find new and innovative ways to study and quantify the “conditions of the present”, from students and faculty at our universities to ranchers taking inventory of the forage that will carry their herds through the winter. Lastly, my “prediction of the future” is that what we do today creates tomorrow. I hope that what we will accomplish this year will strengthen our legacy of stewardship that began so long ago. 

February will be a busy month for us, as we travel to Minneapolis for the SRM Annual Meeting. The Texas Section will be well represented at the High School Youth Forum, with 3 delegates and the returning President, Alex Smith of Canadian. Our Annual Meeting committee and Youth Activities Team are gathering to plan our 70th annual meeting, and our 65th annual Youth Range Workshop. We’ll also be attending the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers winter meeting, as we explore new partnership opportunities with other organizations. Stay tuned for updates on these and other upcoming Section activities, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!

Board Meeting Minutes

2019 Minutes

2018 Minutes

 

2014 Minutes

Board Mtg Meeting Minutes for 2013 and prior are located in Archives

Administrative Handbook

A guide to everyone with information on duties of officers and directors, committee guidelines, lists of past officers, directors, and award winners, and loads of other stuff.

The Handbook is updated, as needed, by the Board of Directors.  The Handbook is maintained by the Section Secretary.  The link below is to a PDF version of the current handbook.

Policies, Position Statements & Resolutions

The Texas Section Society for Range Management envisions healthy, sustainable rangelands. Healthy rangelands provide dynamic, sustainable habitats for a wide variety of plants and animals.
To support healthy, sustainable rangelands, the Texas Section has adopted the following Policies, Position Statements and/or Resolutions posted below after considerable thought and discussion.

Position Statement of the Texas Section Society for Range Management
Currently, the Texas Section has adopted no polices.

Resolutions of the Texas Section Society for Range Management

Position Statement of the Texas Section Society for Range Management

May 23, 2011
Texas Section Society for Range Management Speaks Out On Recent Wildfires
News Release: Read More
February 5, 2004
High Fences and White-tailed Deer
In Texas, white-tailed deer are a public resource thriving in habitats found primarily on private lands. Sound habitat management on private lands is essential for ensuring sustainability of the rangeland resources and for producing quality deer and deer hunting, which provide an economic benefit to landowners, rural communities and the State economy.
The use of high fences to confine white-tailed deer and other ungulates has specific and legitimate uses in wildlife management and research. However, high fences without proper management of the land and wildlife resources also create the potential for significant adverse environmental impacts. Public support and confidence in wildlife management activities on private lands may be undermined when confined deer are maintained at artificially high population levels that adversely affect habitat for deer and other wildlife species, either from intensive feeding programs or under-harvested deer herds.
The Texas Section Society for Range Management promotes sound stewardship of rangelands regardless of fencing design. With regards to herbivory, grazing intensity is the primary factor affecting the health of rangeland, not the fence design. The Texas Section Society for Range Management supports private landowners in developing, maintaining and protecting habitats on their lands, including the ethical use of high fences. The Texas Section Society for Range Management encourages anyone using high fences to thoroughly understand the potential impacts, and management responsibilities behind the fence. Landowners considering constructing new high fences should first commit to sound stewardship of the rangeland resource. Deer populations should be managed to minimize risks to the habitat and other animal species. White-tailed deer and other ungulates confined within fences should be maintained at numbers that do not exceed the natural carrying capacity of the habitat, and that prevent habitat degradation. The Texas Section Society for Range Management also supports public ownership of native wildlife resources in Texas.
Approved by TSSRM BOD 02/06/04