TOURS

SRM 2022

TECHNICAL TOURS

1. Santa Ana Pueblo Rangeland Tour

Sunday, February 6, 2022

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Lunch and transportation provided

Registration fee $20.00.

This rangeland tour of the Santa Ana Pueblo is guided and sponsored by the Native American Rangeland Advisory Committee. The tour will leave from the Albuquerque Convention in the morning and head to the Pueblo for a unique and exclusive tour of their high desert rangelands and riparian corridors. The Pueblo’s natural resources department has been engaged in intensive monitoring to inform grazing management decisions for the last 20 years. They also focus on managing a diverse set of wildlife species in both upland and riparian areas using telemetry systems. Here is a sneak preview as seen on YouTube.

2. White Sands Missile Range – Trinity Site & Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Tour

Thursday, February 10, 2022

7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Lunch and transportation provided

Registration fee $65.00

Registration for this tour closes on January 7 to allow White Sands Missile Range to conduct background checks for all registered participants.

Journey through time as you travel down the old Camino Real (Spanish for Royal Road) to White Sands Missile Range where the first atomic bomb was tested at 5:29:45 a.m. Mountain War Time, Trinity Site, NM on July 16, 1945. The 19-kiloton test ushered the world into the atomic age. Join Dr. Dave Anderson, retired missile range ecologist and longtime NM SRM member for a rare tour of the missile range. Visit the prime yucca grasslands in the Trinity Basin, see the historic Wood Ranch, learn about the role of prescribed fire on grasslands, view and observe the natural beauty of a black grama grassland in the primitive Mockingbird Mountains, and of course, experience Trinity Site.

3. Rio Grande Corridor Tour

USDA Plant Materials Center; Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge; Bosque del Apache NWR

Thursday, February 10, 2022

7:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Lunch and transportation provided

Registration fee $40.00

Journey through time as you travel down the old Camino Real (Spanish for Royal Road) stopping at three unique sites. The Los Lunas Plant Materials Center has provided the Southwest with plant solutions for over 70 years. Major conservation concerns include erosion and sediment control, range production and improvement, and riparian restoration. The center has developed over 30 improved conservation plants including varieties of sideoats grama, alkali sacaton, blue grama, bottlebrush squirrel tail, New Mexico olive, and Rocky Mountain narrowleaf penstemon. The 230,000-acre Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge includes four different biomes that intersect and support a wide array of biological diversity. The Rio Grande flows through the center of the refuge, and is an important source of water that creates an oasis for wildlife in the arid landscape. Scientists from across the country and internationally come here to conduct research in these ecosystems. Our custom tour, not available to the public, will include stops at numerous Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) project sites as well as a stop to see a Gunnison’s prairie dog colony. The 57,000-acre Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1939 to provide a critical stopover site for migrating waterfowl. The refuge is well known for the tens of thousands of cranes, geese, and ducks who winter here each year.

4. Rangeland Management Tour

Ranney/Ramos Ranch; NMSU Corona Ranch; El Sueño Ranch

Thursday, February 10, 2022

7:15 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Registration fee $40.00

Join us in touring three New Mexico ranches where we will focus on range management techniques.  Ranching in the arid Southwest requires having your drought management plan written in pencil in your back pocket at all times.  We will start our tour on the Ranney/Ramos Ranch where traditional (cow/calf operation) and modern (prescribed fire) management approaches are on full display.  Our next stop will be the Corona Range and Livestock Research Station operated by New Mexico State University.  Here we will see animal and range science research projects as well as an opportunity to look inside a brand-new wind tower.  Finally, we will conclude with the El Sueño Ranch to see a dynamic ranch management approach complete with a live targeted grazing demonstration.  Tour sponsors includes the Southwest Fire Science Consortium, the Great Plains Fire Science Exchange, Northern Rockies Fire Science Exchange, and the SRM Targeted Grazing Committee.

SOCIAL TOURS

1. Santa Fe Plaza via Rail Runner Train

On-your-own tour (available each day of conference; Sunday – Thursday)

Guided tour option on Tuesday, February 8, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Water and snacks available upon request 

“All Aboard” for the Santa Fe Plaza via the NM Rail Runner Express to experience the ‘City Different.’ The Rail Runner schedule will be provided each day. The train leaves from the Albuquerque depot (a short 5-minute walk from the convention center) with multiple departures and returns allowing plenty of time to explore the Plaza. This is a ‘do-your-own-thing’ tour with lunch on your own at one of many fabulous restaurants. A visitor’s guide and map will be provided to explain historical sights and provide cultural context. Of particular interest is the Palace of the Governors dating from 1610 and the ‘Church with No Nails Staircase.’ You’ll have a chance to do it all – shopping for Native American jewelry and pottery, visiting art galleries and museums, and of course, enjoying fine New Mexican cuisine. One guided tour will be available on Tuesday, February 8th leaving at 9:30 a.m. and returning at 1:00 p.m.

2. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Time 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Transportation and water provided

Registration fee $25.00

Journey through billions of years of New Mexico’s natural history from the formation of the universe to the present day. Take a walking tour (1.5 hours) highlighting New Mexico’s diversity of plants and animals and showcasing a series of permanent and temporary exhibits. After the walking tour, you can catch a show in the Dyna Theater, a five-story theater with a giant 3D screen with digital surround sound, OR journey through the cosmos in a large 50-foot dome-screen planetarium (45 minutes).

3. Acoma Sky City

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Transportation, water and snacks provided

Registration fee $50.00

Sky City Cultural Center and Haak’u Museum, rich in cultural architecture, serves as the reception center for visitors to the Pueblo of Acoma. It is the gateway to Acoma “Sky City.” Acoma Pueblo embodies New Mexico’s cultural heritage with the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in North America. Acoma history is also the story of the Southwest, from its initial role as the home to the Anasazi people, to the thirteenth century founding of the Pueblo, which is still alive and well as a community and touchstone for Native Americans in the area and nationwide.

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