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Stevens Receives Award for Dedication to Rangeland Management

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ARDMORE, Okla. — The Oklahoma Section of the Society of Range Management (SRM) Association awarded Noble Research Institute strategic consultation manager Russell Stevens its 2018 Outstanding Service Award. He was honored at the society’s 2018 annual meeting this month in Tulsa.

The award recognizes a member who has made significant contributions to rangelands and the Oklahoma section of SRM.

Stevens was selected for the award because of his dedication to improving rangeland management. In addition to his leadership responsibilities at Noble, Stevens has served as a wildlife and range consultant for 30 years. He is a member of the Oklahoma and Texas sections of SRM.

Stevens is also a founding member of the Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association and works with landowners across the state to establish local associations. He is active in the Oklahoma Invasive Plant Council, Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture, Great Plains Fire Science Exchange, Oak Woodlands and Forest Fire Consortium, National Grazing Lands Coalition, Oklahoma Wildlife Management Association, and The Wildlife Society.

Stevens is a certified wildlife biologist and a certified professional in rangeland management. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and his master’s degree in animal science, range and wildlife option, from Angelo State University. He was awarded Outstanding Alumnus for the Angelo State University Department of Agriculture in March 2016.

Russell StevensNoble Research Institute strategic consultation manager and wildlife and range consultant Russell Stevens has been selected as the 2018 Oklahoma Section Society of Range Management (SRM) Association Outstanding Service Award recipient.
Russell Stevens at a Prescribed FIre eventNoble Research Institute strategic consultation manager and wildlife and range consultant Russell Stevens (left) works with a local producer on brush management through a prescribed burn workshop.

“Russell has been a leading advocate of rangeland and natural resource management for our state and region throughout his career. He is well deserving of this recognition for all of his contributions. On top of all his work, he’s just a great guy. He exemplifies our core value of ‘Be Noble’ in all he does.”
- Hugh Aljoe, Noble Research Institute director of producer relations

“Receiving this award was a true surprise. It’s an honor to be listed with those who have received it before me. We all have a passion for conservation and serving land managers.”
- Russell Stevens, strategic consultation manager

Noble Research Institute, LLC (www.noble.org) is an independent nonprofit agricultural research organization dedicated to delivering solutions to great agricultural challenges. Headquartered in Ardmore, Oklahoma, Noble’s goal is to achieve regenerative land stewardship in grazing animal production with producer profitability. Achievement of this goal will be measured by farmers and ranchers profitably regenerating hundreds of millions of acres of U.S. grazing lands. Noble aims to remove, mitigate or help producers avoid the barriers that deter the lasting use of regenerative, profitable land management practices in grazing animal production.

Researchers, consultants, educators and ranch staff work together to give farmers and ranchers the skills and tools to regenerate the land in a profitable manner. Noble researchers and educators seek and deliver answers to producer questions concerning regenerative management of pasture and range environments, wildlife, pecan production, and livestock production. Regenerative management recognizes that each decision made on the ranch impacts the interactions of the soil, plants, water, animals and producers. Noble’s 14,000 acres of working ranch lands provide a living laboratory on which to demonstrate and practice regenerative principles and ideas to deliver value to farmers and ranchers across the U.S.

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