Your hosts, Jim and Lora O'Rourke are degree holding rangeland scientists. Lora has a B.S. in Range Science from Utah State University. She worked for the Bureau of Land Management in Utah, her home state and currently is a Rangeland Management Specialist with the Nebraska National Forest. Lora received the Upper Niobrara-White Natural Resources District (NRD) Conservation Award in 2000. In 1995 Lora and Jim received the Conservation Education Award from the NRD. Both worked in Nigeria, West Africa for 2 years prior to moving back to the family ranch.
Jim holds a Ph.D. in Range Management. He has worked on private ranches in Wyoming, for the Bureau of Land Management in Colorado, for the U.S. Forest Service in Wyoming, Arizona and New Mexico, taught in the Range Management Department of the College of Natural Resources at Utah State University and the Agricultural Department at Chadron State College. He spent 2 ½ years in Tanzania on the Masai Range Livestock Project, 2 ½ years in Morocco helping establish a Range Management Department in the Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine, and spent one year consulting in eight African countries.
Jim and Lora are both Past Presidents of the Nebraska Section of the Society for Range Management. Jim has served on and chaired several committees and served on the Board of Directors as President of SRM internationally. He has served on the Continuing Committee of the International Rangeland Congresses.
Nature walks, historical land use discussions or demonstrations of sustainable use of rangeland are available depending upon your desires... or you can simply enjoy the quiet and solitude of a stay in a sheepwagon.
Lora and Jim, like all members of the Society for Range Management are dedicated to the core values of love for rangelands, love for learning, and love for the camaraderie of those involved in rangeland management. Daily they are committed to the objectives of the Society for Range Management, which can be viewed at www.rangelands.org.