Invasive weeds, wildfires, biofuels, carbon sequestration, forage crops and grazing management, wildlife management, rangeland and pastureland management, ranching, and suburban pressures are all to be featured during the 2008 Joint Annual Meetings of the American Forage and Grassland Council (AFGC) and the Society for Range Management (SRM) at the Galt House Hotel and Suites in Louisville, Kentucky, Jan. 26 - 31, 2008.

With the theme “Building Bridges: Grasslands to Rangelands” the meeting will bring together more than 1500 ecologists, rangeland and pastureland scientists, public and private land managers, policy makers, students and others interested in forages, grasslands and rangelands. More than 50 symposia, technical sessions, workshops, and poster sessions will be framed by various field trips where participants will learn about Kentucky’s natural resources and resource management challenges. More than 7 International countries will be represented.

Resource management agency leaders will address national and international issues related to changes on the nation’s grasslands and rangelands on Monday afternoon.

Symposia presentations will range from “Energy from Biomass” and “Fescue Toxicosis” to “Market-based Approaches to Enhance Sustainability.” A trade show featuring land management technologies and products will showcase modern technology and natural resource management tools.

The media can find additional information about the Society for Range Management, the American Forage and Grassland Council, and the 2008 joint annual meetings in Louisville by visiting the Society’s website at: http://www.rangelands.org/louisville2008/louisville2008_index.shtml

Members of the media are encouraged to attend. Press registration for all sessions is available at no charge to all members of the press who can demonstrate appropriate credentials. For more information about the meeting, or to register as a member of the media, contact Michael Bandy at AFGC (630) 941-3240 (mbandy@afgc.org) or Lesley Radtke at SRM (303) 986-3309 (lradtke@rangelands.org). Beginning Sunday, Jan. 27, AFGC and SRM will staff a press office in the the Galt House Hotel and Suites, where press kits will be available and media interviews can be arranged.