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California Rangeland Trust honors ‘go-to guy’

Jun 20, 2016 Diane Nelson
Tate receives Conservation Impact Award for outstanding science
California Rangeland Trust honors ‘go-to guy’

Ken Tate, center, with Rangeland Trust emeritus director Devere Dressler and Rangeland Trust CEO Nita Vail.  Photo by Richard Levine.

Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist Ken Tate, the “go-to guy for all things rangeland science,” has received the 2016 Conservation Impact Award from the California Rangeland Trust. 

For the past 21 years, Tate has conducted cutting-edge research as a rangeland watershed specialist for the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences, providing tools for effective rangeland management.

“I am deeply honored by this recognition,” said Tate, the Russell L. Rustici Endowed Chair of Rangeland Watershed Science at UC Davis. “Like the California Rangeland Trust, it is my goal to conserve California’s rangelands, ranches, and our vibrant western heritage for future generations. To have my efforts to achieve this shared goal recognized by the trust is extremely rewarding and humbling.”

Tate was honored at a special farm-to- fork gala, where leaders applauded his outreach, education, and research for enhancing and sustaining rangeland throughout California and the world. 

Tate has published 102 peer-review articles and has received numerous awards for academic excellence, societal impact, and teamwork, including the UC Cooperative Extension Outstanding Team Distinguished Service Award. He has also received the James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award from the UC Davis Academic Federation and the Eric Bradford and Charlie Rominger Agricultural Sustainability Leadership Award from the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis. 

The California Rangeland Trust is a nonprofit corporation created to conserve the open space, natural habitat and stewardship provided by California’s ranches.

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