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Award Announcements

Great Plains Research presents two annual awards for the best articles published during a volume year: the Charles E. Bessey Award for natural science and the Leslie Hewes Award for social science. The awards are announced at the annual Fellows Luncheon of the Center for Great Plains Studies and include a cash stipend of $250.

The 2017 Charles E. Bessey Award for best natural science paper in Volume 26 of Great Plains Research was awarded to Alexander Smart, Lora Perkins, Tara Schramm, Matthew Nelson, Peter Bauman, Sharon Clay, and David Clay for their paper, "The Effects of Patch-Burn Grazing on Vegetation Structural Heterogeneity in the Northern Tallgrass Prairie of South Dakota," which appeared in the Spring 2016 issue.

The 2017 Leslie Hewes Award for best social science paper in Volume 26 of Great Plains Research was awarded to Terry Huffman for her paper, "Native American Educators and their Leadership Roles on Reservations in the Northern Great Plains," which appeared in the Spring 2016 issue.

Conferences

Plains Safaris, the 2018 Center for Great Plains Ecotourism Symposium, will be held April 18–20, 2018, in Kearney, Nebraska. This conference will explore how tourism on private lands can be a force for conservation in the Great Plains as well as empower landowners and build thriving rural communities. It will examine both local and global models. The Nebraska Tourism Commission's annual Agri/Ecotourism Workshop in 2018 will become part of this conference. It will feature hands-on workshop sessions for business leaders, ranchers, and interested community partners as well as wider-ranging discussions about how to preserve and sustain the stunning bounty of Great Plains ecology. Website: http://www.unl.edu/plains/2018-ecotourism-symposium.

For those who have experienced it, the Great Plains' rolling grasslands, charismatic wildlife, and boundless scenery fill the heart with wonder. The Plains are filled with fascinating biodiversity and wonderful opportunities for exploration while also harboring critically endangered habitats.

The people who live and work on the Plains have created diverse cultures and communities. We argue that conservation that works with, instead of against, business, landowners, and communities is a way forward in preserving our rural communities and dwindling wild places. For many locations around the globe, nature-based tourism has provided a way to enrich human communities while protecting cultural heritage and natural areas. It's already happening, here and there, in the Great Plains as events like the Sandhill crane migration gain popularity and efforts like the American Prairie Reserve gain footing. The Center's ongoing ecotourism project seeks to explore, promote, and strengthen these operations.

This conference will explore how tourism on private lands can be a force for conservation in the Great Plains as well as empower landowners and build thriving rural communities. It will feature sessions for business leaders, ranchers, conservationists, community partners, and governmental organizations as well as wider-ranging discussions about how to preserve and sustain the stunning bounty of Great Plains ecology.

Featured speakers include Joel Sartore, Martha Kauffman, Nils Odendaal, and Dan Flores. Along with a slate of impactful speakers, the conference will also include opportunities to see and learn about regional ecotourism attractions during a series of special "field trips." [End Page 155] The 2018 Kansas Natural Resources Conference will be held February 8–9, 2018, in Manhattan, Kansas, at the Hilton Garden Inn Manhattan hotel. This year's plenary theme will be "Conservation Delivery in Changing Times." Website: http://www.kansasnrc.org/.

The 78th Annual Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference will be held January 28–31, 2018, at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This annual event will attract nearly 1,200 biologists and students from state, federal, and tribal natural resources agencies across the 12 midwestern states. Highlights include nearly 400 technical presentations, poster displays, plenary sessions, networking opportunities and social events. Website: http://midwestfw.org/index.html.

The Society for Range Management's 71st Annual Meeting, Technical Training, and Trade Show will be held January 28 to February 2, 2018, at the Nugget Hotel in Sparks, Nevada. The theme for the 2018 conference is Empowerment through Applied Science. Ryan Shane, Conservation Specialist, Nevada Division of Forestry, and...


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