The Oklahoma Section of the Society for Range Management is seeking high school students to participate in the High Plains Range Camp. The Camp will be held June 16- 20, 2008, at Kenton, Oklahoma. This Camp will be a cooperative effort among Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Students will explore the rangelands of the five-state area.

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The five-day Camp provides the opportunity to learn more about range and wildlife management, conservation planning, plant identification, conflict resolution and leadership development. All these subjects are integrated using new technology such as global positioning systems and geographic information systems.

The course will be taught by members of the Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas Sections of the Society for Range Management along with personnel from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, and Conservation Districts. Additional staff, selected from the five states, will include animal scientists, historical re-enactors, tourism specialists, and others with expertise in rangeland related issues.

Rangelands compose over one-half of the state’s land use in Oklahoma. These lands provide recreation, grazing for livestock, habitat for wildlife, and an excellent setting to teach ecological concepts to the youth of Oklahoma. The Camp is a fun week of meeting people, learning new skills, and spending time in a rangeland environment.

Applications for the Camp can be obtained at the Cimarron County Conservation

District, 580-544-3048, Boise City NRCS, 580-544-2812, ext. 3. Applications should be received no later than June 6, 2008.

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