UW claimed the top team award at the Society for Range Management competition. They include, front, from left, Travis Decker, Craig, Colo.; Ben Jones, Denton, N.C.; Amanda Van Pelt, Fernley, Nev.; Amanda O’Donnell, Spring Creek, Nev.; Sarah Kauer-Griffith, Durango, Colo.; Bailey Terry, Newcastle, Wyo. Second, Blair Gauthier, Rozet, Wyo.; Allen Wellborn, Oakland, Ore.; John Wagner, Buckeye, Ariz.; Kayla Bish, Longmont, Colo.; Hailey Lockwood, Big Piney, Wyo.; Katie Mattila, Plymouth, Minn.; Cassidy Comer, Gillette, Wyo.; Wade LaCount, Rifle Colo.; Back, Rick Comer, Gillette, Wyo.; Tyrell Perry, Clearmont, Wyo.; Kellen Smith, Gillette, Wyo.; Wilson Rogers, Pinedale, Wyo.; Scott Meyers, Fruita, Colo.; Sage Askin, Douglas, Wyo.; Tate Smith, Rye, Colo. Not pictured, Katie Schade, Fort Sumner, N.M., Evan Hathaway, Star Valley, Wyo.
The University of Wyoming was awarded the Trail Boss Award for the top collegiate team during competition at the 65th Society for Range Management (SRM) meeting in Spokane.
In addition, two students claimed firsts and a professor received the top teaching award. This is the first year the Trail Boss Award was presented by SRM.
The UW team is comprised of rangeland ecology and watershed management students in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. UW teams also claimed seconds in the Undergraduate Range Management Exam (URME) against 24 other schools and in Rangeland Cup against 11 others.
Sage Askin of Douglas was first out of 203 competitors in URME. He was also a member of the second-place URME team. Ben Jones of Denton, N.C., won the undergraduate extemporaneous speaking contest in which there were 13 teams.
Megan Taylor of Swainsboro, Ga., won the graduate student oral paper competition with “Rehabilitation seeding and soil dynamics associated with invasive species in a semi-desert sagebrush shrubland.” There were 27 participants. She is advised by professor Ann Hild.
Travis Decker of Craig, Colo., was elected vice-president of the SRM Student Conclave (all university students). UW also claimed third place in the chapter display contest.
Professor Tom Thurow in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources received the Range Science Education Council’s Undergraduate Teaching Award, the top teaching award in the profession.