SRM High School Youth Forum Paper Presentations
Barron S. Rector, SRM HSYF Sub-committee Co-Chair
The High School Youth Forum (HSYF) program began in 1966 at the Salt Lake City Annual Meeting as the Youth Range Forum. High school age delegates are selected for participation in the Forum by the Sections of the Society based on their interest, achievements and activities in range and natural resource management at the Section level. Beginning in the early 1970’s, the program format began to encourage youth thought and enhancement of communication skills. A taste of what range professionals do was achieved by asking each Forum delegate to prepare a 6 to 8 minute formal presentation on a range related topic.
The HSYF paper presentation session today is treated similar to other formal, educational annual meeting sessions, except that it is a competition. In the late 1980’s, the top 2 to 3 winning papers began to be published in Rangelands. For our Section sponsored youth, this effort has brought about a true educational process. These youth select a topic by visiting and working with Society members, research an idea, prepare a written paper, and then present the main ideas of the paper in a formal speaking presentation. The Forum delegates most often continue to use their presentation in other youth competitions, as speakers at various summer camps and local organization meetings, and serve as ambassadors in their states or sections for range stewardship.
2020 High School Youth Forum Ecological Tour
February 17, 2020 – Denver, CO
The High School Youth Forum in Denver will include an exciting and education Ecological Tour on Monday, February 17. We will visit the Lowry Ranch east of Aurora. This will provide a great opportunity to show that Holistic Management can be a powerful tool for advancing a successful and profitable ranching operation that supports rangeland health and the conservation of many species of plants and animals.
We will also visit the Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR to learn about the conservation efforts of significant wildlife including bald eagles, bison, black-footed ferrets, deer, coyotes, and burrowing owls.
Lunch break will be at the Plains Conservation Center in Aurora, CO; owned and operated by the City of Aurora, Denver Botanic Gardens, and Colorado’s Conservation Districts.
CLICK HERE for full agenda and description.
Tour sponsored by Land Stewardship Services LLC and Douglas County Open Space & Natural Resource
2019 HSYF Presentation Winners
Click the finalist name to read their presentations:
1st Place – MaKenzy Whittekiend, ID Section
Presentation title: “Fire Prevention on American Rangelands”
2nd Place – Jade Fossen, PNW Section
Presentation title: “Managing to Make a Difference”
3rd Place – Virgil Epperson, TX Section
Presentation title: “Prickly Pear Responsibilities”
4th Place – Nathan Shannon, CO Section
Presentation title: “Water: The Lifeblood of the Range”
5th Place – Tate Goble, UT Section
Presentation title: “Maintaining Balance-Sustainability on the Johnson Mountain Range”
SRM SD Section Member and NRCS Employee Recognized for Volunteerism
Click Here to read the press release