Roath Receives W.R. Chapline Land Stewardship Award
Dr. L. Roy Roath of Fort Collins, Colo., received the W.R. Chapline Land Stewardship Award at the Society for Range Management’s (SRM) 64th Annual Meeting held in Billings. This award gives special recognition to members of the Society for exceptional accomplishments and contributions in the application of the art and science of range management to specific to rangeland entities and to wildlife and domestic livestock on such lands.
Roy Roath has worked tirelessly to help land managers improve rangeland resources throughout the west and internationally since 1974 as a researcher, teacher, and most of all as a mentor to ranchers and agency personnel interested in improving species diversity, watershed function, wildlife habitat and ranch profitability. He has authored or co-authored over 200 research or management articles; both peer reviewed and for popular consumption. His professional positions have included; research project leader in South Dakota, research and teaching faculty at Texas A&M University, visiting professor at the Federal University of Uberlandia in Brazil, Colorado State University (CSU) Extension Range Specialist, providing habitat evaluation and improvement information for the Colorado and Wyoming wildlife management agencies, and now in transitional retirement from CSU extension as a private rangeland consultant.
A few accomplishments and awards include writing the white paper that was the basis for the Colorado Division of Wildlife Habitat Partnership Program and providing training and evaluation materials for the Ranching for Wildlife program that have helped decrease wildlife conflicts on ranches in Colorado and encouraged improved wildlife habitat. As a founding member of the Colorado Integrated Resource Management program, he helped faculty in different colleges and departments use a rancher cooperator model to demonstrate how ranchers could use a resource based approach to improve ranch profits. He was then instrumental in developing the Western Center for Integrated Resource Management at CSU, a special Masters Degree program for resource based business and land managers. He also developed the Grazing Response Index to help land managers plan and assess the effects of their grazing management actions on plant communities. It is now an official monitoring method for Region Two of the USDA Forest Service. He has also worked extensively with federal agencies in Coordinated Resource Management (CRM).
He was recognized internationally for his expertise by being invited to teach a 2.5 day workshop on the CRM process at the International Rangeland Congress in Townsville, Queensland. Roy has served the Society well as a board member and President of the Colorado Section and then went on to chair the organizing committee for the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Society for Range Management – the best attended, and most profitable in the history of the society. He earned The Society’s Fellow award and numerous other recognitions by the university, federal and state agencies and his peers.