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U of I Adds Research, Operations Expertise to Rinker Rock Creek Ranch Staff

December 10, 2019

MOSCOW, Idaho — Dec. 9, 2019 — Two new management team members at the University of Idaho Rinker Rock Creek Ranch will help grow research at the 10,400-acre ranch near Hailey.

The U of I collaborates with the Nature Conservancy and Wood River Land Trust, who were instrumental to the property’s acquisition, to provide management direction for the ranch and its ongoing research related to rangeland issues.

Joining the team are Tracey Johnson, an assistant professor of fish and wildlife sciences in the College of Natural Resources at U of I, and Cameron Packer, who has served as the Wood River Land Trust stewardship coordinator for the ranch.

Johnson will serve as director of research at the ranch.

"The ranch is an unparalleled opportunity to conduct high-impact research and teaching in rangeland systems. I’m excited to connect what the university is doing at the ranch with stakeholders in Idaho," Johnson said.

Packer will serve as operations manager for the ranch.

“I am thrilled and honored that I get to continue the great collaborative work at Rinker Rock Creek Ranch as the operations manager,” Packer said. “Over the past several years with WRLT I've become really passionate about this special place. I'm so excited to continue to move this project forward and help it grow to its full potential.”

They join John Hall, professor of animal science at U of I, who serves as cattle management lead for the ranch. Hall also serves as superintendent of the Nancy M. Cummings Research, Extension and Education Center near Salmon.

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Lindsay Lodis
Rangeland Center communications specialist, University of Idaho

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