Karen Launchbaugh

Friday, February 19 2010


Karen Launchbaugh, associate professor of rangeland ecology and management, has received the Society for Range Management’s Outstanding Achievement Award in research and academia. The award recognizes outstanding achievement to members and other qualified individuals and groups working with rangelands.

Throughout her career, Launchbaugh has made numerous contributions that have had a profound impact on the field of range management. She recently served on the SRM Board of Directors, as president of the Idaho SRM section and was a member and leader of several SRM committees at the international and section levels.

Her research and outreach programs have contributed to a paradigm shift toward using carefully controlled livestock grazing as a tool to accomplish vegetation management goals. She was instrumental in developing “Targeted Grazing: A Natural Approach to Vegetation Management and Landscape Enhancement,” a handbook that brought together targeted grazing expertise from authors across the U.S. In addition, she hosted workshops in conjunction with the American Sheep Industry in New Mexico, Idaho and Pennsylvania to promote the use of targeted grazing as a weed and vegetation management tool. Launchbaugh also is a member of the Leadership Team of the Western Rangelands Partnership.

Launchbaugh is working to establish a legacy of leadership in the rangeland management profession and has fostered the development of the next generation of scientists and practitioners of rangeland ecology and management through teaching and mentoring.