Cal-Pac Section History

Appointing A Committee

Dr. Vernon A. Young, then at University of Idaho, appointed a committee to determine the kind of organization desired by range managers.

American Society of Range Management (ASRM) & The Journal of Range Management

1947-1948

A committee established to write a constitution and bylaws for a professional Society. Founding meeting of the American Society of Range Management (ASRM) was held in Salt Lake City (January 29-31, 1948). The Journal of Range Management was initiated.

The California Section of the ASRM Founded

 

The California Section of the ASRM was founded in 1949 and chartered in January of 1950.  Our Section, one of 21 in North America, was the sixth to be initiated by the ASRM.  (Wyoming was the first, 1948.)

 

In June of 1949, Wayne W. Austin (Assistant State Conservationist, USDA/Soil Conservation Service) was asked by the ASRM to serve as the California Membership Chairman.  Fifteen California Area Chairmen were secured to help with the initial membership effort.  In December 1949, Dr. Harold H. Biswell was asked to call a meeting of California members to get a local section organized.   Dr. Biswell drew up a rough draft of a Section constitution and bylaws for a meeting held December 16 on the University of California campus in Berkeley attended by 28 members.

 

 

The first officers elected were: Waldo Wood (U.S. Forest Service, San Francisco), President; Wayne Austin (USDA/SCS, Berkeley), Vice President; Jay Bentley (U.S. Forest Service Research, Berkeley), Secretary-Treasurer; and Councilmen Harold Biswell (UC Berkeley), Merton Love (UC Davis), and Joseph Snyder (U.S. BLM, San Francisco).  A revised constitution and bylaws were adopted.

 

Approval of The California Section

The California Section was approved on January 24, 1950, by the ASRM. The first Council meeting was held February 10, 1950, and the first regular meeting, attended by 50 people, occurred in Berkeley, March 31.  A. E. Weislander and R. E. Storie discussing the soil-vegetation survey program. The first field meeting was in Humboldt County on May 27, followed by the second in El Dorado County on August 12. The first annual fall meeting of the new California Section was held December 2, 1950, at UC Berkeley followed by a dinner-dance in Orinda. Membership had grown to 128. The need for a Section newsletter was discussed by the Council in December of 1952.

California Sections & First Edition of The Newsletter

The first edition of the section newsletter was published in April of 1953.

The Bay Area Chapter of the California Section held its first meeting at UCB.

The Council of the California Section proposed the following chapters:  South Coast, North Coast, Northern California, San Joaquin Valley, Central California, and Southern California to join the already existing Bay Area Chapter.

Dr. Biswell reported that a curriculum in Range Management was adopted by the University of California.  The curriculum requires that students spend one of their upper division years on the Davis Campus and the other one on the Berkeley Campus.  In 1956 there were 6 undergraduates at Berkeley and 12 at Davis.

Start of Annual SRM Meeting

The California Section hosted the annual SRM Meeting in San Jose, California which started on January 25, 1955.

First “Range Man of The Year” Award

 

 

Tony Evanko received the first “Range Man of the Year” Award.   In those days SRM was a male dominated organization.  Eventually the award was changed to “Range Manager of the Year”and in 2002, Barbara Allen-Diaz was the first women to receive the award.

First College Major in Range Management

Humboldt State College Board of Trustees and Chancellor approve a major in Range Management.

Student Chapter of The California Section of SRM Established

Humboldt State College Student Chapter of the California Section of SRM was established.

The “TRAIL BOSS” Display Plaque

 

The “TRAIL BOSS” display plaque was presented to the ASRM at the Denver Meeting in February 1970.  The plaque was designed and constructed by personnel from the Iron Mine Conservation Camp, California Division of Forestry. William E. Marle was Forestry Superintendent.  Dr. Eamor C. Nord made the initial design suggestion and arrangements with the Division of Forestry. In 2007, Dr. Mike Smith (University of Wyoming), rescued the plaque from the SRM Office in Denver where it was about to be sent to the dump.  Dr. Smith shipped the plaque to Dr. Mel George at UC Davis.  It resided in his office for several years but was eventually taken to the UC Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center.  The names of early California Section Presidents are listed on the back of the plaque.

Society For Range Management

The American Society of Range Management name changed to Society for Range Management.

Adoption of The Professional Foresters Licensing Act

The Professional Foresters Licensing Act (PFLA) was adopted, which broadly defined forestry and required a state license (Registered Professional Forester or RPF) to practice forestry.

First Frederic G. Renner Award Winner

 

A.L. “Gus” Hormay received the Frederic G. Renner Award at the annual meeting in Boise.

The “Perpetual Benefit Bone”

The “Perpetual Benefit Bone” was auctioned off for the first time with a bid $25 from Humboldt State University taking the prize.  John Stechman explained that the bone was from Old No. 109, a beef cow on the Cal Poly Peterson Ranch.  The bone has been auctioned off nearly every year since generating thousands of dollars to support student teams.

The California Section of SRM voted to oppose the proposed ban on aerial application of 2,4,5-T (Agent Orange) and Silvex proposed in Senate Bill 1357.  In 1970, the United States Department of Agriculture halted the use of 2,4,5-T on all food crops except rice, and in 1985, the EPA terminated all remaining uses in the of this herbicide in the U.S.

President of the Society for Range Management Receives The Frederic G. Renner Award

 

Dr. Harold Heady of UC Berkeley served as President of the Society for Range Management and received the Frederic G. Renner Award.

First Range Youth Camp Held

The first Range Youth Camp was held on June 18-24, 1985, at the Elkus 4H Ranch near Half Moon Bay.  The name of the camp was changed to Range and Natural Resources Camp a few years later.

First Excellence in Range Management Award Given

During the annual Cattleman’s Association Dinner, the first Excellence in Range Management Award was given to John B. Laxague, a Modoc County Rancher by the section.

Supervision By an RPFrange Manager and Being Certified as a Forester

The Professional Foresters Licensing Committee appointed a task force to examine the role of Registered Professional Foresters (RPF) on hardwood rangeland (oak woodland, annual rangeland). The taskforce determined that state law (PFLA) required an RPF to supervise wildland management. The implication was that range managers must be licensed as a forester or work under the supervision of an RPF.

Needlegrass Notes

Section newsletter was given the name “Needlegrass Notes.”

Appointing A Panel On Certification

 

The State Attorney General rendered an opinion in 1990 that “forest” and “wildland” are synonyms, therefore, rangeland management was legally considered forestry, requiring supervision of an RPF.

In response the California Section, Society for Range Management, appointed a Panel on Certification to develop certification criteria and procedures, and to certify rangeland managers.

California Section member C. Rex Cleary (BLM) served as President of SRM.

Professional Society Program

California Assembly Bill 1903 modified the PFLA to authorize individuals to seek Board of Forestry registration under a professional society’s program.

California Section’s Panel on Certification Finalized Their Program For Certification

In 1993 the California Section’s Panel on Certification finalized their program for certification. This process was presented to, and accepted by, the State Board of Forestry.

State Rangeland Manager Certification Program

 

On June 6, 1995, the California Board of Forestry approved procedures for implementing a State Rangeland Manager Certification Program effective July 1, 1995.  The Section began certifying rangeland managers and Dr. James Bartolome was CRM No. 1.

Frederic G. Renner Award

Section member C. Rex Cleary received the Frederic G. Renner Award.

Annual SRM meeting in Kona, Hawaii

The California Section hosted the annual SRM meeting in Kona, Hawaii.

W.R. Chapline Land Stewardship Award

After many years of effort by the California Section/Cal Pac Section of SRM, Nassella pulchra (formerly Stipa pulchra) was named California’s state grass.

Annual SRM Meeting in Sacramento & Frederic G. Renner Award Winner

Cal Pac Section hosted the annual SRM meeting in Sacramento. Section Member, Barbara Allen-Diaz received the Frederic G. Renner Award from SRM.

W.R. Chapline Research Award

Section member, Lynn Huntsinger, received the W.R. Chapline Research Award at the annual meeting of SRM.

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