Section Awards

Section Awards

The Texas Section is proud to recognize its members with the following awards.
A list of past winners is available by clicking here.

TSSRM HONOR AWARDS

Presently, Texas Section Honor Awards are given in the following categories:

Outstanding Contribution to Rangeland Management
The title of Outstanding Contribution to Rangeland Management is presented to a member who is actively engaged in ranching or livestock farming or in the professional fields dealing with range management; a recognized leader in rangeland management, accepted over a large segment of the State, if not statewide; interested in the promotion and advancement of the art and science of range management; and display an unselfish interest and activity towards the advancement and improvement of range management and actively engaged in and giving support to the various programs and organizations dedicated to range management. Finally, the candidate must have made a contribution to the advancement of the art and science of range management that is worthy of special recognition.

Fellow
The title of Fellow is conferred upon members of the Texas Section in recognition of exceptional service to the Section and its programs in advancing the science and art of range-related resource management. This high honor is granted in belief that special recognition should be given for exceptional and dedicated service to the Texas Section.

Outstanding Achievement
The purpose of this award is to recognize members and other qualified individuals and groups for their outstanding achievement in working with rangelands. Among those to be considered are ranchers, technicians and administrators in land management agencies who have conducted superior rangeland management practices; scientists who have developed and conducted research leading to the solution of major problems in range and related resource management; university professors who have been especially effective in training range management students; extension specialists who have motivated ranchers and others on a wide scale to adapt superior resource management practices; and persons who have shown outstanding perception and legislative ability in contributing significantly to resource management at a state, national, or international level

Outstanding Young Range Professional
The Outstanding Young Range Professional Award is presented by the TSSRM to an individual member who has demonstrated extraordinary potential and promise as a range management professional. This award is presented as an encouragement for outstanding performance by young men and women entering the profession of range management.

Special Recognition
The purpose of Special Recognition Awards is to provide the Texas Section an opportunity to occasionally recognize certain individuals for the outstanding contributions they have made to the general field of range management. This is not an annual award nor is it limited to a set number of awards in any one year. Any individual is eligible fornomination.

Honor Award Criteria and Application Form (pdf)

OUTSTANDING RANGELAND MANAGEMENT

The purpose of this award is to recognize those who have demonstrated outstanding skill and knowledge in practicing sound management and care of rangeland resources. This is a competitive award and only one will be given each year. This award is linked to the ranch. Once a ranch has received the award, it is not eligible to receive it again. If more than one ranch is owned and/or operated by the same person, each ranch is eligible. Mail completed nominations by June 1st, to the ORM Committee Chair.

ORM Application Form

OUTSTANDING RANGELAND STEWARDSHIP

The purpose of this award is to recognize those cattle producers who have demonstrated outstanding skill and knowledge in practicing sound management and care of rangeland resources. This is a competitive award and only one will be given each year. This award is linked to the ranch. Once a ranch has received the award, it is not eligible to receive it again. If more than one ranch is owned and/or operated by the same person, each ranch is eligible.

Nominations shall be made by persons who are well acquainted with the ranching and range management practices of the nominee. Nominations may be made by anyone, although all nominations must be concurred by two members of TSSRM who agree the nominee is truly deserving of this recognition.

The ORS Committee will appraise the nominations and select those that meet the standards for outstanding rangeland management. The committee will select the most qualified and coordinate field visits to the ranches.

Mail completed nominations by June 1,
to the ORM Committee Chair

ORS Application Form (pdf)

SCHOLARSHIPS

TSSRM Memorial Scholarship – presently, the TSSRM Memorial Scholarship is awarded through the Texas State 4-H Foundation. Please contact the State 4-H Foundation for application information.

Bill Wyche Jr. Memorial Scholarship – offering $2,500 college scholarships from the Bill Wyche, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund to deserving high school seniors who are interested in range management studies. The application deadline is April 30th.

Bill Wyche Jr. Memorial Scholarship Notice
Bill Wyche Jr. Memorial Scholarship Application Form

GRASS ROOTS AWARDS (formerly County Level Awards)

Awards may be presented in four categories:

  • Extension Agent
  • Ag Science Teacher
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Friend of TSSRM (other agencies, ag business, news reporters, etc)
Award Recipients:

Grass Roots Awards Application Form

COLLEGE ACTIVITIES AWARDS

Additional recognition is provided to college students in the following categories:

Outstanding Junior and Senior College Students (selected by each university) – list of past recipients available in Appendix K of Administrative Handbook.

Plant Identification Contest (held annually during the Section’s Annual Meeting)

Undergraduate Range Management Exam (URME) (held annually during the Section’s Annual Meeting)

Don Pendleton Memorial College Awards for Poster presentations (held annual during the Section’s Annual Meeting)

PUBLICATION AWARDS

The Texas Section-SRM annually recognizes literary and scholarly efforts in publicizing range management practices, philosophies, and research activities. Therefore, the TSSRM Publications Awards Committee is soliciting nominations for the following categories:

1.  Technical Writing: articles directed primarily towards fellow scientists which advance the knowledge of range management/science in Texas;

2.  Popular Article: articles directed primarily towards range managers, landowners, or the general public;

  • 2008 Recipient: Nick Garza
    Garza, Nick, and Charles Taylor. 2007. How to build cost-effective skid-sprayers for prescribed burning. Rangelands 29 (2): 41-44

3.  Special Category: contributions that do not fit in either (1) or (2) (e.g., book chapter, poetry, editorials).

  • 2008 Recipient: Timothy E. Fulbright
    Fulbright, Timothy E., and J. Alfonzo Ortega-S. 2006. White-tailed deer habitat – ecology and management on rangelands. Texas A&M Univ. Press, College Station

All nominations must have been published in the last two years prior to the award. Membership of at least one author is required for both the Technical Writing and Popular Article categories, but not for the Special Category. Please send one copy of each publication (pdf file preferred) you with to nominate along with a one paragraph description of its importance by September 8th to the Publication Awards Chair.

Publication Nomination Form 2016
Publication Awards Description (pdf)