Chadron State College launches the latest edition of its annual Rangeland Management Practitioner in Residence program tonight.
Dr Pat Shaver is teaching a one-hour course over the next 7 Thursday nights that’s aimed at students and rangeland management professionals, but is open to everyone free of charge or as a college one credit-hour course with normal tuition.
The course is based on a rangeland assessment tool Dr Shaver helped develop and will include special emphasis interpreting a number of rangeland health and use indicators such soil and site stability in the context of grazing decisions.
Shaver’s career includes stints as a state and federal range conservationist, primarily in the southwest, a National Applied Fire Ecologist, and a faculty member at Oregon State University.
A co-author of the Rangeland Health Assessment Criteria currently used by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, he owns Rangeland Management Services and is a former president of the International Society for Range Management.
The in-class sessions run tonight through April 28 from 6:30-9:30 in the CSC Rangeland Complex, Room 110. The course is partially funded by a grant from the Bill and Virginia Coffee Family Foundation.