MANHATTAN, Kan. — Walter H. Fick, Kansas State University agronomy professor and extension range management specialist, was recognized by his peers across the country when he received a Fellow Award at the Society for Range Management’s 72nd Annual Meeting, Technical Training and Trade Show.
The Fellow Award, given during the SRM’s annual meeting in Minneapolis, recognizes SRM members for their exceptional service and contributions to the society and its programs in advancing the science and art of range-related resource management.
Fick earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in range management from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in 1973 and 1975. He completed his doctorate in range science in 1978 at Texas Tech University. In 1978 he joined the agronomy department at K-State in a newly-created faculty position mainly focused on teaching and research. He now holds a joint appointment in extension, teaching, and research. His research focuses primarily on the control of brush and invasive species in rangeland, prescribed burning methods, grazing management, and range improvement methods.
He has been a member of SRM for 45 years. Of particular merit has been his work with Kansas Range Youth Camp. His recognition that the future stewardship of rangelands lies in our next generation shows his earnest desire to attract youth to careers in range management. Further, he has conducted Kansas Adult Range Management Schools for the past 18 years.
Fick’s dedication to the society extends to the national level. He has been co-moderator for technical sessions on three occasions, general co-chair for a national meeting, program co-chair, and organized several symposia on current, vital range issues.
His influence is well-recognized, as evidenced by comments submitted in support of the Fellow designation: “… there was not a more dedicated and harder working teacher. He led by showing and being knee deep in the process right alongside of you.” “The land-grant system long ago used the pillars of teaching, research, and extension as a way to educate the nation and improve the citizens’ quality of life, and no one has better accomplished these goals and exemplified the successful fulfillment of these pillars than Walt.” “He is our voice to the public, and he does that well.”