The University of Arizona's Tierra Seca Club placed 5th overall in the 21 universities represented by student chapters at the 67th Annual Meeting of the Society for Range Management. The meeting was held Feb. 8-14, 2014 in Orlando, Fla.
Tierra Seca is the University of Arizona's student chapter of the International Society for Range Management. Mitch McClaran, assistant director of the Arizona Experiment Station, serves as Tierra Seca student advisor.
All eight Terra Seca students who took part in the meeting participated in the Undergraduate Range Management Exam, a test of knowledge for range ecology and management. With the help of advisor Larry Howery, specialist in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, every member placed individually in the top half out of 153 students. Three of them placed in the top ten: Alanna Riggs and Anna Collins tied in 8th place; Mike McIntire earned in 9th place.
Scoring in the top 10% automatically qualifies URME contestants to apply for Certified Professional of Range Management status.
Anna Collins represented UA in the Extemporaneous Speaking Contest and Mike McIntire competed in the Plant ID Contest. Collins was also elected to the presidency of the SRM Student Conclave for the next 12 months.
Students raised funds for their trip through fieldwork for the Pima National Resource Conservation District, T-shirt sales, processing samples on a mule deer diet quality study at the V Bar V Ranch and Grand Canyon Trust, and assisting the Arizona Section of the SRM with their Summer 2013 meeting. They also received donations from the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Association, and the Phil Ogden Endowment. Additionally, the students received donations at the Research Insights for Semiarid Ecosystems Symposium and the CHS foundation, as well as from a variety of private individuals.