ESSM News & Events 2013 59th Consecutive Youth Range Workshop The weeklong Youth Range Workshop, sponsored by the Texas Section Society for Range Management, is held annually to recognize outstanding Texas youth and to provide them with an opportunity for complimentary training in range and natural resource management, stewardship and leadership. According to Dr. Barron Rector ‘83 and Hoyt Seidensticker ‘91, Workshop Co-Coordinators, youth participants learned about the principles of ecology, ecosystem level management, range and watershed management and gained an understanding of the plant-soil-water relationship. Dr. Robert Knight ’80 conducted hands-on activities in plant identification and collection and a session on plant-soil-water relationships. Field trips for hands-on training to Mason and Menard County ranches, and the Kerr Wildlife Management Area where Paul Loeffler ‘79 conducted a brush management demonstrations, Jenny Pluhar ‘84 represented the International Society for Range management as president-elect, and Lee Knox ’96 lead a reseeding project and range planning project. This was the 59th consecutive year for this educational program conducted for Texas youth. The Workshop began in 1955 and has provided training and been of benefit to more than 2000 Texas youth. Thanks also to Dr. Jake Landers, retired Extension Range Management Specialist and Joe Franklin '87, NRCS Zone Range Management Specialist.