Rick is in constant demand to conduct workshops throughout the West – and such was the case when PNW gathered this fall. While we applauded his being named our Trail Boss, Rick was in Utah and California leading seminars! Rick’s research has focused on plant community dynamics and disturbance regimes within semi-arid woodlands and sagebrush steppe communities. Specific work has involved wild and prescribed fire, fire history, plant succession, avian response to fire, and identifying plant community thresholds and patterns of habitat use by the greater sage-grouse. He is currently on of three co-editors working on a new Range Fire Ecology book.
Rick has worked hard to advance the science of rangeland ecology and management. He is known, respected, and liked in the PNW, the West, and the Nation. Unable to receive the Trail Boss in person, Rick sent word that, “It is a great honor to receive the Trail Boss Award from my peers, a group of professionals all working in the field of range management. I am both humbled and honored to receive the Trail Boss. Thank you.”