Who We Are
The Rangeland Center is not a place...we are a network of people and partners from across Idaho. Though we are based at the University of Idaho, no one department or college can capture the breadth of our disciplinary focus. We span six departments and three colleges. Members include faculty based on the Moscow campus, Extension specialists housed in multiple Research and Extension Centers, and county-based educators who serve local communities.
Our people have expertise in grazing, rangeland ecology, entomology, soil science, economics, rural sociology, fish and wildlife resources, invasive plants, restoration, forage production, animal science, wildland fire, and the use of spatial technologies to understand rangelands.
Partners Advisory Council
Central to the Rangeland Center mission is the Partners Advisory Council (PAC), a team of individuals who work together to promote partnerships with individuals, organizations, and communities who work, live, and recreate on rangelands. The PAC’s primary goals are to provide long-range and broad-scale vision to guide the Center’s research, education, and outreach efforts; products and services; and measures of success. The PAC is responsible for strategic planning, assessing accomplishments, identifying resources and opportunities, and advocating for the work of the Center. PAC members support the strategic goals of the Rangeland Center by working to:
- Engage diverse partners and stakeholders to jointly provide leadership for discovery of new knowledge and create science-based solutions for rangelands.
- Provide objective and relevant rangeland information for individuals, organizations, and communities, leading as a credible source of Idaho rangeland information.
- Offer learning opportunities for land stewardship, and train the next generation in the interdisciplinary skills required to be successful leaders and managers in the future.
The PAC is comprised of 10 to 16 volunteer members from various parts of the State of Idaho, with diverse backgrounds, interests, and expertise related to Idaho’s rangelands. Many disciplines are represented, including ranching, public policy, government, NGOs, elected officials, and community leadership. Members serve 3-year terms and may serve up to two consecutive terms.
At the heart of the Rangeland Center mission is our focus on partnerships. Engaged partners provide insight and direction related to current challenges affecting rangelands in our state and region.
- Brett Dumas ─ Idaho Power Company Director of Environmental Affairs, Chair
- Gretchen Hyde ─ Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission Executive Director, Vice-Chair
- Lou Lunte ─ The Nature Conservancy (Idaho Chapter) Associate State Director, Past-Chair
- Jeff Foss ─ BLM Idaho Deputy State Director of Resources (Retired)
- Mike Guerry ─ Rancher and Past President of Idaho Wool Growers
- Wendy Pratt ─ Rancher and Member of the Eastern Idaho Grazing Association
- Toni Ruth ─ Executive Director of Salmon Valley Stewardship
- Merrill Beyeler ─ Rancher and Central Idaho Rangelands Network
- Pete Wittman ─ Farmer/Rancher of Wittman Farms
- Tom Dyer ─ BLM Idaho State Director (Retired) and Fisherman
- Carl Crabtree ─ Rancher and Idaho State Senator, District 7
- Laurie Lickley ─ Rancher and Idaho Cattle Association Past-President
- Rob Mickelsen ─ U.S. Forest Service
- Tom Page ─ Rancher and Central Idaho Rangelands Network
- Jason Pyron ─ U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sage-grouse Coordinator
- Priscilla Salant ─ UI McClure Center for Public Policy (Emeritus)
- Bert Brackett ─ Idaho State Senator and Rancher (Emeritus)