The Academy for Ranch Management will host a plant identification workshop May 13-15 at the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station near Sonora.

“Participants will learn about the most common rangeland plants found across the state,” said Ray Hinnant, a senior research associate with the Experiment Station and one of the instructors.

Course objectives include rangeland plant identification, classification, vocabulary, the ecological importance of rangeland plants and their use by wildlife and domestic livestock.

“Participants will learn to identify a variety of grasses, forbs, wildflowers, shrubs and trees,” Hinnant said. “They'll also learn how to gather, label and dry plant collections.”

Sessions include plant photography, collecting, labeling and drying plant collections and using keys to identify plants found on rangeland.

“Participants will have the opportunity to collect plants for their own herbarium and develop a set of reference photographs,” Hinnant said. “They will learn to identify plants in the field and from mounted plants and fresh collections. We will also discuss the ecological importance of the plants and their role in use by wildlife and domestic livestock. We plan on being in a field setting for more than half the course.”

Lodging and meals will be provided at the Sonora Station. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Separate dormitory sleeping arrangements will be available for men and women, with limited space available for couples. If participants choose, they may stay in Sonora.

Other instructors include Charles “Butch” Taylor, director of the Sonora Station; Barron Rector, Extension range specialist; Mort Kothmann, professor at Texas A&M University; and Kent Mills, manager and consultant with Ezell Key Grain Co. in Snyder.

For more information, go to the Web at http://rangeweb.tamu.edu/arm or call (979) 845-5580.“Participants will learn to identify a variety of grasses, forbs, wildflowers, shrubs and trees.”