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UW Range Students Sweep Regional Range Competition

December 8, 2011

University of Wyoming Department of Ecosystem Science and Management students swept the three competition categories at the joint meeting of the Wyoming Section of the Society for Range Management (SRM) and the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts.

When the groups met recently in Lander, 19 students in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources participated. Students from Chadron State College and Sheridan College also competed.

Competition, description and UW results are:

Extemporaneous speaking -- Students draw three topics and have two hours to prepare a six- to 12-minute speech on one of those topics. First, Tate Smith, Rye, Colo.

Plant identification contest -- Students identify 50 Wyoming rangeland plants and report scientific name, family or tribe, native or introduced and if annual or perennial. First, Bailey Terry, Newcastle; second, Sage Askin, Douglas; third, Evan Hathaway, Fairview.

Undergraduate Range Management Exam -- Students take an exam on topics that include range ecology, grazing management, range improvement, range regions, range inventory and analysis and multiple-use relationships. First, Sage Askin; second, Amanda O'Donnell, Spring Creek, Nev.; third, Tate Smith; fourth, Kayla Bish, Longmont, Colo.; fifth, John Wagner, Sterling, Colo.

Rangeland Cup -- The problem-solving competition promotes critical thinking and cooperative, collaborative work on current topics and/or topics of historical importance to rangeland ecology and management. First, UW team of Katie Schade, Fort Sumner, N.M., Tyrell Perry, Clearmont, and Tate Smith.

Wyoming Section of SRM Undergraduate Scholarship recipient -- Tyrell Perry.

The team competes next against students from the U.S., Canada and Mexico at the International Society for Range Management meeting Jan. 29-Feb. 3 in Spokane, Wash.

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