Remembering Rich Hubbard

Rich Hubbard passed away on December 14, 2018

In October 2017 Rich Hubbard’s mountain bike brakes failed, resulting in a serious high-speed crash. Despite treatment from a variety of medical and mental health specialists, he never fully recovered.

On December 14, 2018, Rich passed away in Spokane, Washington. He is survived by his wife of 22 years Ann Sharley-Hubbard, his son Tony Bear of Spokane Valley, his sister Gail Hubbard Callahan of Walla Walla, granddaughters Kate and Haley Bear, and many close friends. Even during his difficult last year, Rich placed great value on the friendship and love of his numerous friends and relatives. Rich was a kind and gentle soul, and he will be greatly missed.

Rich worked seasonally for federal agencies during his college years, conducting timber inventories for the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho and serving as a temporary Range Conservationist with the Rock Springs and Kemmerer, Wyoming, Bureau of Land Management offices. In 1976 Rich accepted a permanent Range Conservationist position with the Bureau of Land Management in Havre, Montana, a position he held for three years. During these early jobs a number of Rich’s coworkers were added to his list of lifelong friends. Continue reading

A Tribute to Alf Bawtree

Alf Bawtree passed away on December 21, 2018 at the age of 88

Have you heard something like this before? “Hi Ben and Cindy, will you be at La Grande this spring? I have a few things I want to go over with you.” Or, “John and Lynne, how are things going with your Juniper project? Will you be at the meeting in Bend? I would sure like to see your project sometime.” How about “Chad, will we be seeing you in the summer in Beautiful Downtown Burns?” Or “Andrea, I know a student I would like to encourage to attend …, will you be at the next meeting in June?” “Tom and Kathy, did you escape the fires we’re hearing about around Wenatchee? Will we be seeing you at Williams Lake?” Or how about “Bill Kreuger / Mike Borman, what the heck is going on at OSU?”

These are the kinds of greetings commonly spoken by Alf Bawtree and heard by many of the folks in our group. Continue reading

The Redd Fund

Molly Linville, 2018 Redd Fund Awardee

Molly Linville is PNW Section’s 2018 Redd Fund Awardee.  Molly is a rancher in central Washington whose attendance at the 2019 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis was cosponsored by SRM via the Redd Fund and  PNW Section.  Of the experience, Molly says sessions were “packed with fascinating information that I know I am going to utilize as the ranch recovers from the fire. More importantly, it was so terrific to be surrounded by people who love range as much as I do! I don’t think most people find it an easy landscape to love, but it’s my favorite and it was wonderful to get to talk about it with like-minded folks.”  Read more about Molly here.