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Range group discusses rangelands and wildlife

The Society for Range Management (SRM) recently concluded its annual conference, held in Corpus Christi, Texas, January 31-February 4. This year’s meeting, “Rangelands and Wildlife”, sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, included symposia, workshops and forums focused on the unique relationship between the world’s rangelands and wildlife. In what continues to be an important topic within the natural resources field, this year’s meeting brought together federal agencies, private range consultants, producers, academia, high school and collegiate-level students and industry partners in a week-long conference totaling over 1,100 attendees and representing 34 states and 7 countries.

SRM President Dr. Val Anderson commented on the meeting, “This year’s meeting’s success is due to the hard work and long hours put in by the host Section, the Texas Section of SRM. The volunteers who make every SRM annual meeting a great event, year after year, deserve the Society’s sincerest thanks and appreciation.”

Dr. Anderson continued, “The meeting’s theme, Rangelands & Wildlife is a testament to SRM’s mission in dedication to the conservation and sustainable management of rangelands. This is conveyed no better than through the ongoing balance needed in addressing and applying management decisions to the world’s rangelands, wildlife and supporting ecosystems. The information and science presented at this year’s SRM meeting will be vital in the months and years to come in addressing these issues and subsequent policy decisions.”

“SRM’s members, and the Society as a whole, are in a unique position to provide science-based solutions to many of the issues facing natural resource-based management decisions. I look forward to leading the Society in the coming year in addressing our role in this arena and providing needed guidance on applicable issues.”

The 2016 SRM Board of Directors and Officers who were officially sworn in during the meeting and will serve the Society in the coming year are: Dr. Val Anderson, President; Dr. Larry Howery, 1st Vice President; Dr. Barry Irving, 2nd Vice President; and Directors: Dr. Jim Dobrowolski, Ph.D., Dr. L. Roy Roath, Eddie Alford, Ph.D., Curtis Talbot, Joe Hicks, and Dr. Clayton Marlow.

Dr. Anderson concluded, “This year’s meeting was a success due to the continued support and commitment by industry, government and academia alike in the pursuit for best management practices and science in the natural resources arena. On behalf of the Society, we extend our thanks to the Texas Section of SRM and our members for their dedication and involvement with SRM.”

–Society for Range Management


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