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E. William Anderson - 1962
E. William Anderson
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In 1962 the President was E. William Anderson. He presided at the Rapid City, South Dakota convention in February, 1963. The program chairman that year was Les Albee and the theme was, "Range Management - the Rancher's Business." During Anderson's term of office, the Society created the Section Officers' Advisory Council; reactivated the Glossary of Range Terms; initiated Spanish summaries of the Journal of Range Management; reorganized Society range education/Range Education Council efforts, published brochures and training guides, and convinced the Civil Service Commission to create the position of Range Scientist. Membership increased by 7%. As SRM president, Anderson was a principal speaker at the annual meetings of the National Woolgrowers and National Association of Conservation Districts.

A charter and life member of SRM and the first SRM Certified Range Management Consultant, Bill has been active over his entire career in Society affairs. He authored the Society's first Honor Awards Handbook, initiated the Fellow Award, and himself was recognized by SRM with the Outstanding Service Award (1968), Fellow (1977), Frederic G. Renner Award (1979) and the Pacific Northwest Section Trail Boss (1985). He received similar recognitions from the Soil and Water Conservation Society, where he was also a charter and life member, and from many other conservation agencies and organizations.

Bill Anderson was a career employee of the Soil Conservation Service serving from 1963 until his retirement in 1975 as Oregon State Range Conservationist. He initiated and specialized in (1) Oregon soil-plant relationships emphasizing ecologically-based inventories and management systems for rangelands, grazed forests and pastures; (2) coordinated resource management planning (CRMP) encouraging owners, managers and local users in a planning area to work together to form and implement a resource management plan; and (3) publicizing and providing training in these elements of resource management.

Since retirement Bill, as a consultant, has been Director of the Grazing Division, British Columbia Forest Service; Regional Range Conservationist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Portland, Oregon; Executive Assistant to the Oregon CRM Executive Group; and worked with a variety of resource-oriented projects annually. And, he has continued his active participation in Society activities in the parent Society and the Pacific Northwest Section.