To promote the mission and objectives of the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative in keeping with the principles and policies of SRM.
Committee Plan of Action:
The Task Force serves as a liaison between SRM leadership and the National NGLA Steering Committee. Members of the Task Force will meet with the Steering Committee at least twice a year to coordinate and promote activities and issue of mutual interest. At the SRM annual winter conference,the Task Force will review actions taken for the year and provide a report of accomplishment to the SRM leadership.
2012 GLCI Grazing Forum: Riparian Grazing Management – Highlighting Successful Producers
The Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative and the Society for Range Management would like to announce a Riparian Grazing Management Forum to be held in conjunction with the Society for Range Management 2012 Annual Conference in Spokane, Washington. The intent of the forum is to highlight successful ranchers who practice progressive and ecologically sound riparian grazing management practices in their day-to-day operations. The forum will highlight the conservation benefits of not only riparian systems and their ecological function but how, cattle can be utilized as an effective natural resource management tool. The forum will discuss the value of grazing management in riparian systems and the benefit provided by the proper use of sound grazing principles.
Presentations at the forum will be presented by ranchers from the Pacific Northwest who have a history of riparian grazing management success and have learned lessons along the way. The forum will be held on Monday January 30, 2012 from 1-5 PM PST. For more information please contact Jeff Goodwin at firstname.lastname@example.org
2006 GLCI Taskforce Meeting Notes
Fairmont Hotel, Vancouver BC
SRM meeting – 2006
February 12, 2006
Meeting was called to order by Co-chairs Keith Bartholomay and Don Gohmert.
Others present were Bud Cribley (BLM), Bob Bolton (BLM), John Peterson, Bob Drake, Kim Stine (NRCS), Stacey Katsranes, Kristie Maczko, Reggie Blackwell (NRCS), Wally Butler, Dennis Thompson (NRCS) and Leonard Jolly (NRCS).
Don Gohmert spoke about his role on the State Conservationist’s Advisory Committee and how that could function to provide input on grazing issues and enhance interaction with the GLCI Taskforce. Discussed potential considerations for 2007 Farm Bill, such as energy independence with biofuels, conservation and wildlife emphasis such as current multi-state quail enhancement effort, and as such are good focus items for GLCI. Discussed other GLCI opportunities such as Heifer Project International, expanded opportunities for limited resource farmers, BIA for increased tribal involvement. Mentioned request from GLCI National Steering Committee to NRCS leadership to have National Leadership Meeting in conjunction with 3rd National Conference on Grazing Lands (3NCGL) in St. Louis December 2006. Other possible features of 3NCGL could include workshops for wildlife habitat enhancement (quail, sage grouse) and Farm Bill Forum.
Reggie Blackwell, a GLCI coordinator for the central states with NRCS gave a brief summary of GLCI activity at state levels. Leonard Jolly will soon be leaving his GLCI coordinator position in Portland to work in Maryland on the Grazing Lands CEAP.
There was a general open discussion on the 2007 President’s Budget and current considerations of GLCI member organizations as to possible emphasis on the upcoming Farm Bill, with some consideration just to extend the current bill from some groups. As the Farm Bill is still an emerging issue, GLCI could focus on the again obvious emphasis of bioenergy, conservation, and wildlife.
Keith Bartholomay then presented an update from the SRM Board, such as emphasis to increase committee use of the SRM website and to look at revenue generation opportunities such as symposiums outside of regular meetings
John Peterson, who is the overall coordinator of the 3NCGL, provided some details on the upcoming meeting such as current brochures, trade show brochures, and abstract submission process on line at the GLCI website. Abstracts are currently being accepted through April 1. Plans are for up to 2,000 attendees, 80-90 posters and 70-80 exhibitors. Additional sponsors are being sought out. More work is to be done at the upcoming National Steering Committee meeting in DC at end of February and John will make a visit to St. Louis in June to finalize local details. Ann Harris of SRM has provided great support to this effort.
Bob Drake, Chairman of the GLCI National Steering Committee, presented information on the “Zeroing out” of GLCI in the President’s 2007 Budget and was most disappointed that the language in the budget did not accurately reflect the value of GLCI as a cooperative conservation effort and partnership development as it has been successful in those areas and a very efficient use of federal funds to accomplish those efforts due to the strong partnerships developed. The late February DC meeting of the National Steering Committee was discussed as were Department and Capitol Hill visits, including one with the Secretary of USDA. Also discussed was the need to expand GLCI efforts with Indian Tribes and underserved minority farmers. Bob recognized SRM for their great support to GLCI and especially recognized the strong involment of SRM representatives Keith Bartholomy and Bud Purdy to the National Steering Committee.
There was general discussion as to how SRM could support GLCI, especially as relates to the 2007 President’s Budget.
Following this discussion, Bob Drake made a motion to recommend to the SRM Board to formally support the continuance of the GLCI funding at the traditional level of $23.5 million in the FY 2007 budget. Motion was seconded by Kristy Maczko and approved by vote of the committee.
Dennis Thompson, National Grazing Lands Ecologist with NRCS, and Kim Stine, National GLCI Coordinator with NRCS gave an update on the request for proposals for the GLCI Invasive Species Management Grant Program, which is funded for $4.1 million in FY 06. Proposals must be submitted by April 3, 2006 and to be awarded in June. Also, a draft of the 2005 National GLCI Report was discussed.
Keith Bartholomay then adjourned the meeting.