Texas A&M AgriLife and Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences employees were among those recognized by the Texas SectionSociety for Range Management, TSSRM, at their recent annual meeting.

A man wearing a cowboy hat presents an award plaque to a woman standing to his left. The two individuals stand in front of three tall banners.
Morgan Treadwell, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service range specialist and associate professor, San Angelo, (right) received the organization’s Fellow Award recognizing her exceptional service to the field of range management. (Courtesy photo) 

Morgan Treadwell, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service range specialist and associate professor in the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, San Angelo, received the TSSRM Fellow Award recognizing exceptional service to the section and its programs in advancing the science and art of range-related resource management.

“The Fellow Award is only given to people who have served TSSRM for a long time and in a number of capacities,” said Bill Fox, Ph.D., president of TSSRM and director of the Texas A&M AgriLife Center for Natural Resource Information Technology. “Dr. Treadwell’s recognition shows how much time and effort she has dedicated to the research, outreach and educational components of rangelands management in the state of Texas.”

Treadwell first became involved with the Utah Section-Society for Range Management, competing in the organization’s High School Youth Forum.

“From there I was just hooked,” she said. “I loved what the society stood for, and the family I have built in the Texas Section is incredible.” 

In addition to authoring or co-authoring more than 23 Extension publications and 15 peer-reviewed publications, Treadwell currently serves as lead developer and website steward for multiple rancher-focused educational websites.

A recognized authority in rangeland-based prescribed fires in Texas, Treadwell serves on the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Prescribed Burn Board, works directly with numerous landowner-led prescribed burn associations, and was integral in the development and implementation of the Texas A&M AgriLife Prescribed Burn School.

Incoming Leadership

New leadership was also elected for TSSRM and the international level of the Society for Range Management, SRM.

Jeff Goodwin, Ph.D., director of the Texas A&M AgriLife Center for Grazinglands and Ranch Management, was appointed second vice president for the SRM.

Doug Tolleson, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research range scientist in the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, Sonora, is the incoming president of the TSSRM, and James Jackson, Alligare range and pasture specialist, Stephenville, is the incoming second vice president.

Appointed to the TSSRM board of directors for 2022-2025 are Nick Garza, AgriLife Research associate, Sonora, and Matt Machacek, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, NRCS.

Publication Awards

In the technical publication category, honors for the publication “Saving Imperiled Grassland Biomes by Recoupling Fire and Grazing: A Case Study from the Great Plains” were shared by Bradford Wilcox, Ph.D, AgriLife Research ecohydrologist and Sid Kyle Endowed Professor in the Texas A&M Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology; Samuel Fuhlendorf, Ph.D., Regents Professor and Groendyke Chair in wildlife conservation, Oklahoma State University; John Walker, Ph.D., AgriLife Research range specialist, San Angelo; Dirac Twidwell, Ph.D., associate professor, University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Ben Wu, Ph.D., professor, Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology; Laura Goodman, Ph.D., associate professor, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater; Andrew Birt, Ph.D., Texas A&M Transportation Institute associate research scientist; and Treadwell.

Honors for popular publication went to Treadwell; Rebecca Burson, AgriLife Extension range assistant, San Angelo; and Roger Landers Jr., Ph.D., retired AgriLife Extension range specialist, San Angelo, for “Popular Perennial Grasses of the Edwards Plateau.”

Megan Clayton, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension range specialist and professor in the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, Uvalde; Suzanne Walsh, transportation liaison, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; Larry Redmon, Ph.D., professor and associate head for AgriLife Extension in the Texas A&M Department of Soil and Crop Sciences; and Robert Shaw, Ph.D., retired Texas A&M professor, shared the special publication award for “Bluestem Grasses in Texas: A Field Guide to Native and Introduced Species.” 

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