In for the Long Hall Award 2019: William Krueger

What does one say about a 54-year member of our organization who has done it all?

President Wendy Gardner presenting James Brenner Award to Dr. Krueger

Possibly one could list some of his major accomplishments—-perhaps his  awards:  The Pacific Northwest Section Trail Boss or the Parent Society Renner Award—or maybe his publication list which is a mile long and covers innovations in rangeland management which he researched and pioneered, and which have dramatically altered the face of rangeland management—-perhaps one could speak of his administrative and management skills as a Department Head at both Colorado State University and Oregon State University where he was able to assemble successful teams of classroom teachers, researchers, and extension educators—-or maybe one might  tout his dramatic, game-changing, on-the-ground research which altered the way riparian issues are handled west-wide; or his research dealing with Acute Bovine Pulmonary Emphysema which may have single-handedly prevented financial disaster to stockmen across Oregon—-or perhaps one might recognize his successful efforts to bring truth and cooperation to Oregon’s agencies and its citizens….a good example of which was Bill’s (with the help and support of the PNW/SRM) Oregon Watershed Improvement Coalition (OWIC) which evolved famously from pie-in-the-sky to the now world-wide acclaimed Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) and its multi-million dollar watershed and wildland enhancement and education program.

BUT IF WE HAD TO SUM UP BILL KRUEGER IN ONE SENTENCE IT WOULD BE THIS:  IN HIS ENTIRE LIFE, BOTH PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL, BILL NEVER TURNED DOWN A SINGLE, GENUINE REQUEST FOR HELP!

With his wife, Peggy, steadfast  by his side, we acknowledge the numerous contributions Dr. Krueger has made and continues to make…and we proudly recognize him as the James Brunner: in for the Long Haul recipient for 2019!