Dr. Chuck Butterfield of Alpine, Wyo., formerly of Chadron, received a Fellow Award at the Society for Range Management’s 67th Annual Meeting held earlier this month in Orlando, Fla.
The Fellow Award recognizes SRM members for their exceptional service and contributions to the society and its programs in advancing the science and art of range-related resource management.
Butterfield came into a range management program at CSC that was new and working toward establishing itself. He and his faculty built it into one of the leading producers of range management graduates in the United States.
Butterfield consistently had a large contingent of students who attended not only the Nebraska Section and the annual meetings of SRM but also neighboring state SRM section meetings. Two of his teams won the Rangeland Cup competition in Wyoming and placed third nationally in the Rangeland Cup competition at the SRM Annual Meeting in 2007.
His teams annually participated in almost every aspect of student activities at SRM annual meetings including Plant Identification, Undergraduate Range Management Exam, graduate poster competitions, undergraduate and graduate paper presentations, Rangeland Cup and undergraduate public speaking.
Six of his students have served as national officers for the Student Conclave.
Having been president of the Student Conclave, an extremely active member of the Student Activities Committee for 15 years, Conclave co-advisor for 10 years, and active in the Plant ID contest for 32 years, Butterfield was a natural guide for students in these activities.
In addition to the Student Activities committee, he has served as the president of the Range Science Education Council and seven other national SRM committees, task forces or councils, and has served as the Nebraska Section President.
He was an instructor in the Nebraska State Range Youth Camp for 12 years, the Nebraska Range Shortcourse for 14 years and the Envirothon Contest both in Nebraska and nationally for 19 years.
After 30 years in academia Chuck began working for Y2 Consultants, a natural resources and engineering consulting firm, of Jackson, Wyo. in June, 2013 as a Senior Environmental Scientist conducting rangeland monitoring and preparing environmental assessments for producers and federal and state rangeland management agencies.
—CSC Information Services