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SHERIDAN — Four Sheridan College agriculture students merited honors in the annual Rangeland Cup, part of the Wyoming Society for Range Management activities, Tuesday at Sheridan College.
Sophomore student Julia Collins, 20, of Crowheart, and teammate Karyn Rieger, a 19-year-old freshman from Worland, won the competition with their presentation, “Removal of Russian Olive on Rangelands: An Unintended Consequence on Adjacent Land Users.”
The tandem’s review of a case study showcased an influx in deer population in accordance to the management, or not, of Russian Olive on multiple locations in northern Wyoming.
Sheridan College students Torrey Belus, 19, a sophomore from Banner, and Trae Holliday, 18, a freshman from Dayton, received second place for their presentation, “Managing Prairie Dogs: Restoring Rangeland Health.”
The group identified the ramifications of prairie dogs on rangelands and provided viable management plans.
For the Rangeland Cup, students receive their topics in mid-October, with about a month to prepare research, a speech and a detailed visual poster.
The students presented their information to six judges, along with fellow students and several members of the public. Both Sheridan College pairs edged a team from the University of Wyoming at the Rangeland Cup.
“It was very exciting to be able to host the Wyoming Section of the Society for Range Management at Sheridan College this year,” Director of Agriculture at Sheridan College Keith Klement said.
The Wyoming Society of Range Management events included lectures, a high school youth forum competition, a tour of the Padlock Ranch and an address from Sheridan College President Dr. Paul Young.
“On Tuesday night, there were more than 98 in attendance for the Natural Resource Lecture Series,” Klement said. “At the general technical session on Wednesday, more than 80 were in attendance throughout the 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. program.”
Sheridan College also had six students take the Undergraduate Range Management exam and seven students take the Range Plant Identification exam. The list of Sheridan College students who participated in one or more the activities includes Karyn Rieger Julia Collins, Trae Holiday, Torrey Belus, Jake Bare, Ian Hamilton, Tayler Wittman, Jasmine Vaira, Spencer Otto, Richard Ramsey, Cam Treeby, Kelli Lockard and Shelly Earhart.