“The primary purpose of the historian is to provide an historical record of events, activities and people of the Utah Section,” as outlined in the guidelines to the historian.
This, for the most part, is a tabulation of such records of interest to the Utah Section for the period 1979 through 1983 and part of 1984. Its purpose is to continue the record from “The First 30 Years, 1949-1978, A History of the Utah Section Society for Range Management,” prepared by Dr. Arthur D. Smith.
The tables, in general, follow the format and the chronological order of the tables presented in Art Smith's history. Records were compiled from Newsletters, correspondence and other records furnished by Utah Section officials and committee chairmen. There are some discrepancies in the records, particularly with respect to dates. It is hoped that I have resolved these differences. Corrections and additions to these records are welcome.
The records show many more activities of worth than are given here. Our Utah Section, with its four chapters: Northern Utah, Southern Utah, Utah State University, and Brigham Young University, has been very active in promoting and objectives of the Society for Range Management. It would require more time than I have had to recognize these efforts without slighting many deserving individuals.
Youth activities, including the many accomplishments of students and student chapters at USU and BYU are not fully recognized.
Participation of Society members in youth camps also deserves more recognition.
It is hoped that these deficiencies may be more fully addressed in the future.
I wish to express my appreciation to the Section and Chapter officers and Committee members for furnishing the records. To Marlin Jensen, John Payne, David Somerville, Sarah Barnes, Melanie Mendenhall and Lora Hawkins, I give special thanks for their timely effort in responding to my requests. To Arthur D. Smith, we are all indebted for his history of the Section and his effort in making some order from the records of the Utah Section of SRM. Thanks are given to President Kendall Johnson and his staff for preparing this report for distribution to the membership.
Max E. Robinson,
October 15, 1984
Preface to an Addition to the History of Utah's SRM
Austin B. Haws
Having served as Utah SRM Historian since 1985 it seems appropriate that I give a brief account of the historian's activities and a statement of the present status of the Section's History.
Author D. Smith, who died 21 September, 1993, prepared and printed the only bound history of the Utah Society in 1978. This history covered the Utah SRM history from its very beginning in 1949 through 1978. Art also deposited what he considered relevant SRM documents in the Special Collections of Utah State University. A list of the materials deposited is available in the Historian's files. The Society owes a debt of gratitude to Art for his unique contributions.
Max Robinson followed Art's general format and summarized the Utah history from 1979 to 1984.
The present bound history summarizes documents and materials collected, sorted and deposited in the USU Special Collections since 1978 to January 1994.
In some previous years the USU Range Department provided some secretarial services to keep a computer record of major items included in past histories, for example, recipients of Rancher of the Year awards, etc. This kind of information should be helpful to various committees who have to select senior and junior members of the Society for various awards.
When secretarial services were no longer available, the Society provided $200.00 for a secretary to put all relevant data on the computer record. The secretary and Mike Ralphs also sorted through several boxes of folders that had been passed on by past presidents in an unorganized form.
The historian's files are now well organized and it should be relatively easy to bring each year's activities up to date and make them readily available to the new presidents and officers. If Section Presidents and student officers provide the historian with their final reports it should be relatively easy to compile the SRM's annual histories.
Utah Section SRM History
Compiled by Michael H. Ralphs
Chris Spall, secretary at the USDA/ARS Poisonous Plant Lab, and her daughter formatted the tables and text of this entire history making it a simple matter of updating the officers, awards and president’s report each year. Copies of this history can be found on the Utah Section SRM Website, in the archives at Utah State Univ., and with the current Historian.