October 24, 2014

SUL ROSS’ WARNOCK RECEIVES ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION AWARD

 


warnockDr. Bonnie Warnock, Sul Ross State University professor of Natural Resource Management, has received the Excellence in Ecological Restoration Award from the joint meeting of the Texas and Southwestern Chapters of the Society for Ecological Restoration.

Warnock received the award Saturday (Oct. 18) during the keynote banquet of the meeting, held at Sul Ross. The award recognizes an individual who has shown exemplary dedication to the conservation, management, and restoration of the natural resource base in the Southwest.

“Being chosen for this award is really a great honor, since my peers are the ones who selected me,” said Warnock, who has long focused on habitat and eco-system restoration both as an educator and a rancher. Much of her work on grassland and riparian restoration has been on the 02 ranch, owned by Lykes Bros. Inc. and managed by Homer Mills.

“To be recognized for the hard work and effort in this field is truly an honor.”

Warnock joined the Sul Ross faculty in 2001. Recently, she was named the endowed professor for the Clint Josey Endowed Chair for Sustainable Ranch Management, established by the Dixon Water Foundation of Marfa/Decatur. Through $200,000 annual increments over a six-year period, the endowment will fund both a B.S. degree and certificate program in sustainable ranch management as well as a permanent endowment.

Warnock has conducted extensive ecological research on the Mimms Unit of the Dixon Ranches, located south of Marfa, one of four ranches owned by the Dixon Water Foundation. As endowed professor, she will develop a curriculum to include classes in soils, range management, wildlife management, animal husbandry and agricultural business.

"Dr. Warnock has contributed significantly to rangeland restoration techniques for the Trans-Pecos over the past decade and it is gratifying to see her work recognized,” said Dr. Rob Kinucan, Dean of the College of Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

Founded in 1995, the Texas Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing connectivity between individuals engaged in ecologically sensitive repair and management of ecosystems.

Texas SER (TXSER) is one of 14 chapters worldwide of the Society for Ecological Restoration International (SER), which has members in 70 countries. The mission of TXSER is to promote ecological restoration as a means of sustaining the diversity of life on Earth and re-establishing an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture.

For more information, contact Warnock, (432) 837-8488 or bwarnock@sulross.edu.