2022 James Brunner “In for the Long Haul” Award. Andrea L. Mann
Andrea has been a Society for Range Management member since 1981. Her mentor, Pete Jensen, was Nebraska State Range Conservationist and a Past President of of the Nebraska Section. He was instrumental in providing training and guidance while she was studying range, natural resources, and wildlife management at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and working as a student trainee with Soil Conservation Service. Andrea received the student educational scholarship from the Nebraska section in 1982 and competed on the UNL plant ID team from 1981-1983.
The Pacific Northwest Section of the Society for Range Management’s members have a long tradition of individuals who spent decades in the service of rangelands and of the professional society. Andrea Mann is the latest in this distinquished list of individuals. Here are some of the highlights of Ms. Mann’s career and contributions:
Andrea moved to Wenatchee, Washington in 1986 with Soil Conservation Service and continued her involvement with SRM thanks to the mentorship of Tom and Kathy Brannon. She assisted with leadership in the WA chapter serving as director, president, treasurer positions and serving on planning committees for chapter and international SRM meetings in Spokane for 1992 and 2012.
She was recruited by John Tanaka to take over the PNW SRM chapter College Student Affairs committee in 1993 and has served in that position since. In 1993 Andrea was recruited to serve as a director for PNW Section, and in 1998 was elected President of the PNW Section. Computers were just starting to become available and Zoom calling was not available yet. Special meetings were held via conference calls and fax was used as an early email system.
Andrea moved to Oregon in 2011 with Natural Resources Conservation Service. She assisted in planning the Oregon chapter section meetings in 2019 and 2022. In 2020, she volunteered to assist the section as Secretary to the board and assisted the leadership in keeping committees and membership informed and involved.
Andrea retired from NRCS in 2016 and currently serves as a volunteer with Oregon State University Extension, and a regenerative agriculture non-profit, Roots of Resilience, providing education programming and assistance to landowners.
This hardworking and humble individual, when informed of this pending honor, said, “SRM has blessed me with high caliber mentors and colleagues who have had a tremendous influence on the person I have become and the service I have provided to the organization, and the range and natural resources profession. Thank you for this honor of service.”
Andrea Mann….it is our honor to acknowledge you, your long-term efforts, and the many gifts of service you have provided over the decades. You are the perfect embodiment of the James Brunner: In for the Long Haul Award!