Students enrolled in ENCS 407: Rangeland Plant Communities of North America compete in the Range Team competitions held in conjunction with the Society for Range Management annual meeting.
The competition is comprised of two exams:
The Undergraduate Range Management Exam (URME) is a comprehensive exam that requires students to synthesize knowledge acquired throughout their studies in resource management, and encompasses topics such as range ecology, grazing management and issues arising from managing landscapes for multiple uses
The Plant Identification exam is a spot test on the most common rangeland species from western North America, wherein participants have 1 minute to identify each of 100 plant species, record its origin and longevity, and correctly spell its scientific name
The University of Alberta's Range Team has an outstanding track record on both exams. Read about the success of the 2012 team here.