The Society for Range Management bestowed its highest honor, the Frederic G. Renner Award, on VP Barbara Allen-Diaz on Feb. 2 at the society's annual meeting in Sacramento. The society gives the premier award annually to members who have sustained accomplishments or contributions to rangeland management during the last 10 years. Allen-Diaz is the first female to receive the award.
From left, Amy Ganguli, David Diaz, Barbara Allen-Diaz, Fee Busby and Maria Fernandez-Gimenez.
“Barbara has a record of outstanding research productivity that has affected the understanding and management of California rangelands and has had global impacts,” said Amy Ganguli, assistant professor of range science at New Mexico State University.
UC ANR Cooperative Extension advisors John Harper of Mendocino County and Stephanie Larson of Sonoma County were among the 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award winners. Sheila Barry, UC ANR Cooperative Extension director and advisor in Santa Clara County, won the 2014 Range Manager of the Year award for the Cal Pacific Section of the Society for Range Management.
More than 1,300 people attended the Society for Range Management annual meeting held Jan. 31 – Feb. 6.
Sheila Barry and Stephanie Larson
Barry co-chaired the conference planning committee with Alan Bower of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Several other ANR members also participated in planning the meeting: Larry Forero, Theresa Becchetti, Holly George, Jim Sullins, David Lile, Royce Larsen, Roger Ingram, Morgan Doran, Jeremy James, Mel George, Fadzayi Mashari, Julie Finzel, Jeff Stackhouse, Scott Oneto, Harper and Larson. Even more participated as speakers and attendees.
For conference highlights, select “social media” in the SRM 2015 Managing Diversity guidebook app (Redemption code “SRM2015”), created by Harper, or search for #SRM2015 on Twitter and Facebook.