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Quincy, Wash. — Erin Brisbine, a senior FFA member at Quincy High School, has be selected by the Pacific Northwest Section of the Society of Range Management to participate in the High School Youth Forum at the society’s annual meeting.
This year’s meeting is Jan. 28-Feb. 1 in Sparks, Nev. The meeting theme is “Empowerment through Applied Science.”
The SRM is an international organization that strives to promote public awareness of the importance of sound management and use of rangeland, the world’s largest land base. In 1966 the SRM recognized the need to involve youth in the range-related activities and education provided at this annual meeting. Since that time, the youth forum has been a highlight of the annual meetings. Volunteers of the SRM Student Activities Committee conduct the program.
High school delegates to the HSYF are chosen by each of the 21 individual sections of the parent society throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, based on their high degree of interest in the range and natural resources field as well as their exemplary dedication and effort to learn more about these areas.
While at the HSYF, they will have the opportunity to meet people from many countries and get a firsthand view of what SRM is all about including its organization, goals and the role it plays on a world-wide basis.
The goals of the HSYF are: 1) provide insight for these students concerning the function and working of a professional society; 2) provide opportunities to meet society members; 3) provide a format that encourages thinking and enhancement of communicative skills; 4) provide an opportunity to learn about range and natural resource management and future careers through interaction with society professionals; 5) provide an opportunity to learn about the ecology and natural resources of the annual meeting site; and 6) provide an atmosphere that fosters camaraderie and lasting friendships.
As one of the more important activities, each delegate to the forum competes in a scientific paper presentation, with the content covering a range-related topic. All presentations will be judged by a diverse panel of judges, with the top five papers being recognized at the SRM awards ceremony. The top paper winner is invited to next year’s meeting to help with the forum and present their paper to the general membership of the society. Other activities will include a local ecological field tour of the meeting site and a program to enhance communication skills.
Since the number of delegates that attend each year is limited, selection for this activity is considered a high honor for those students selected.
Erin’s paper is titled “Obstacles to Opportunities: Cattlemen of the Quincy Valley” and covers the changes of the Quincy Valley from native grassland to irrigated paradise and how the local cattlemen have had to adjust their operations and grazing practices over the past 130 years. The obstacles that they have overcome and the opportunities they have created for themselves.
For further information regarding the Society for Range Management log on to www.rangelands.com. For more information about the High School Youth Forum contact Barron S. Rector, co-chairman of the HSYF subcommittee, at the Extension Ecosystem Science and Management Office at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.