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 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