Writer: Armando Arrieta
LAS CRUCES–Four faculty members at New Mexico State University won state and national awards for teaching and research from the Society for Range Management.
Jerry L. Holechek, an animal and range sciences professor, received the W.R. Chapline Research Award at the society's national meeting in Fort Worth, Texas. The society's highest research award recognizes exceptional research in range science.
During his 25 years at NMSU, Holechek's research focused on livestock nutrition, range wildlife management, public rangeland policy, ranch economics, mined land reclamation, grazing management and range revegetation.
Holechek's work has taken him to Sudan, Mexico, the Czech Republic and Brazil. He has served as an adviser to 37 graduate and post-doctoral students, co-authoring 71 peer-reviewed journal articles with these students.
Holechek is senior author of the textbook "Range Management Principles and Practices" and one of the authors of "Natural Resources: Ecology, Management, and Policy."
Three other faculty members were honored at the SRM New Mexico Section meeting in Albuquerque.
Manuel Encinias, a NMSU livestock specialist, received the President's Award for his service in 2004. He organized an SRM Otero Mesa tour and planned the summer tour of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
Kirk McDaniel, a NMSU range management specialist, was named Rangeland Manager of the Year. McDaniel, an expert in rangeland brush and weed control, serves on several state and national committees to stop woody and noxious weeds from invading rangeland.
McDaniel has carried out brush control projects in all areas of New Mexico. His research has been published in journals and NMSU research bulletins and Extension guides.
Chris Allison, a professor and range management specialist at NMSU, received the Excellence in Range Management award for his contributions in teaching and promoting rancher monitoring throughout the state.
Ranchers monitor land with photographs and forage measurements to see how much plant growth occurred in one year.
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