ESSM News & Events 2013 Texas A&M Society of American Foresters The Texas A&M Society of American Foresters has had an exciting month of October, starting with the Texas Forestry Association meeting as well as the Footprints 5K run. View photo’s from the event. https://www.facebook.com/essm.footprints Over 84 participants ran or walked in the second annual Footprints 5K was dedicated in memory to Oana Popescu. Over one hundred trees were given away for participants to plant. The Student Chapter also sent one of their own to represent A&M at the Society of American Foresters National Convention. Nelson Mills, club President, spent October 23 through 26 in Charleston, South Carolina attending the conference. During the conference Nelson met with Joann Cox ‘79, the President of Society of American Foresters and fellow Aggie as well as Tom Tidwell, Chief of the US Forest Service. The Student Chapter is pleased to announce that their club raised the more money than any other University Chapter this year through Footprints 5K Walk/Run. This remarkable achievement was recognized at the National Convention as well as the service students provided by planting trees in the Bastrop and Magnolia burn areas. Report from Nelson Mills, TAMU Chapter – Society of American Foresters Texas A&M Forestry Alumni Lend a Helping Hand to Current Students By Amanda Brooks and Audrie La Fleur On October 9th the Forestry club students traveled to Conroe, Texas to meet up with some former Aggies at the Texas Forest Society meeting. Justin Penick organized an amazing breakfast to allow senior forestry students to meet and greet these alumni and to discuss the Footprints 5k race on October 12th. The breakfast was to help raise proceeds for the forestry club, introduce the students, create networks and meet potential connections for the future. The forestry club would like to thank Justin Penick for his dedication to current aggie students and providing them with a great breakfast. They would also like to thank the former forestry alumni for making the breakfast a wonderful gathering where they learned about the forestry world in Texas. Texas Section Society for Range Management 2013 Annual Meeting Report from Dr. Robert Knight Kaitlin O’Brien and Linda Stapper were recognized as TAMU Outstanding Students in Range Management. The Texas A&M Plant Identification team placed 1st at the recent Texas Section Society for Range Management Meeting in Fort worth, TX. Garrett took 1st place individual Kaitlin O’Brien 2nd place individual and Linda Stapper 3rd place individual. Other members of the team included Veronica Urbanczyk, Phillip Seigerwald and Chelsea Blakely Phillip, Linda, Garrett, Veronica, Chelsea, Kaitlin, Mike Colbert from Turner Seed and Jeff Goodwin (TSSRM President) . Richard Teague, Fred Provenza, Urs Kreuter, Tim Steffens and Matt Barnes received the Technical Publication Award for “Multi-paddock grazing on rangelands: Why the perceptual dichotomy between research results and rancher experience?” Robert Knight received the Outstanding Achievement Award for his work with plant identification teams and the Texas Section Society for Range Management. This is the second highest award presented by the Texas Section Society for Range Management. The nomination was submitted by former Plant Identification Team members over the past 35 years. Carlon and Ann Stapper organized the nomination. See more award photos on Flickr. ESSM 302 Wildland Plants of North America Report from Dr. Robert Knight The Wildland Plant of North America class was hosted by Wayne, Marie and John Hamilton on their ranch near Evant TX for a plant collecting trip. About 20 students participated on the trip Marie provided refreshments for the students and Wayne and John led the students around the ranch showing different ecological sites and demonstrating cedar control. The class also made a trip to the Devil’s Backbone and Fischer Store Junction west of San Marcos. About 30 students went on this trip. TAMU Chapter of ASPRS UAV Event Dr. Sorin Popescu The TAMU Chapter of ASPRS (American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) held an event with speaker, Jeremiah Johnson, a 2012 Spatial Sciences graduate, who now works for SAM, Inc. in Austin (Surveying And Mapping, Inc) as a GIS Analyst and Applied Technologies Specialist. His talk was about Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and the remote sensing activities he is involved with at SAM, including airborne lidar mapping. Society for Ecological Restoration - Texas Chapter Gwen Thomas Deseri Nally, graduate student in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, received the 2013 Graduate Student Poster Award at the TXSER and TRA Joint Conference “The New Ecology: Managing for Resilience in a Changing World” held November 1-2 on the campus of Texas Tech University’s Llano River Field Station in Junction. Nally’s poster entitled “Insect Herbivory Effects on the Federally Endangered Navasota Ladies’-Tresses (Spiranthes parksii) focused on her research to determine the effect of insect herbivores on transplants and existing Navasota Ladies’-Tresses (NLT) and to determine the ideal soil moisture conditions for improving transplant success. Navasota Ladies’-Tresses is a federally endangered terrestrial orchid endemic to Texas. Since its placement on the endangered species list in 1982, NLT populations have been found in only 12 counties in the Brazos Valley of Central Texas. Nally’s research provides insights on the resilience of this species and information critical to successful conditions for transplanting NLT in other areas. A hearty congratulations goes out to Nally from both TXSER and TRA for receiving the award and for her contribution to this important research.