“Lessons from the Past – Strategies for the Future”, the theme of the 65th Annual Meeting of the Society for Range Management, sets the topics and the tone of this year’s Plenary Session.
Following the presentation of the Colors and the welcoming messages by Society President Jack Alexander, and Pacific Northwest and Idaho Section Presidents Lavona Liggons and Lovina Roselle, we will journey back into the prehistory of the Columbia Plateau and the Pacific Northwest Region. Dr. Scott Burns, Professor of Geology at Portland State University and long time friend of the PNW Section, will glue us to our seats with his description of how the turbulent geologic past presented us with the landscape in which we work and learn today.
With that setting before us, Dr. Bill Krueger, former Head of the Oregon State University Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management, will lead us through a lively discussion of the history of SRM and the Range Management profession, pointing out all the way, this Region’s contributions to the art and science of Rangeland Management.
We turn, in conclusion, from these lessons of the past, to a representative of the new generation of Rangeland Managers. Rae Haddow, is a Range Agrologist with The British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources in Grand Forks, British Columbia. She will offer her perspective on those lessons and the strategies she and her cohort will take into their future as managers of these sacred lands.