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Moseley named NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist of the Year

Moseley named NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist of the Year

Story by Lori Valadez

Mark Moseley, rangeland management specialist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), received the received the agency�s highest honor in his profession � rangeland management specialist of the year.

�You earned this honor with a long sustained, high quality commitment to excellence in conservation of rangeland and all its attenuate resources,� said Don Gohmert, NRCS state conservationist for Texas.

Moseley was recognized for delivering rangeland management information to many different audiences across the state; for providing training in rangeland management techniques, especially in grazing management and prescribed burning; for working as the Texas coordinator for the Grazing Lands Conservationist Initiative; for helping landowners apply rangeland management techniques through workshops and one-on-one assistance; for being instrumental in developing Ecological Site Descriptions for Texas; for helping write Grazing Lands Stewardship Manual, which connects landowners and managers with trained professionals in the field; and for being an active member in professional societies.

A native of Rochelle, Texas, Moseley is currently based in Boerne and serves as the NRCS state coordinator for the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative. Previously he worked as a state range conservationist in Oklahoma, and a San Angelo-based area range conservationist. Earlier in his career he served as a Soil Conservation Service range conservationist in Colorado City and Junction and district conservationist in Jayton.

�My work with the NRCS has been primarily to help ranchers help their land,� Moseley said. This is done primarily through direct assistance, training NRCS personnel, preparing technical guide material, providing programs and workshops, conservation education, and working with partnership agencies and organizations. Some specific areas of interest include Ecological Site Descriptions, plant ID, grazing management, wildlife management, prescribed burning, brush management, and re-vegetation projects.

Moseley received his undergraduate degree in 1973 from Texas Tech University in range and wildlife management.

Moseley is a Certified Professional in Range Management with the Society for Range Management. He also is a past president of both the Texas and Oklahoma sections of the SRM.

Mark Moseley, left, NRCS rangeland management specialist, is presented the NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist of the Year award by Dennis Thompson, right, NRCS national rangeland management specialist.

Mark Moseley, left, NRCS rangeland management specialist, is presented the NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist of the Year award by Dennis Thompson, right, NRCS national rangeland management specialist.