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Ecologist Joins Range Improvement Task Force

LAS CRUCES -- Terrell Baker III joined New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service last month as a riparian management specialist. He will study land issues regarding stream banks and other riparian areas for the Range Improvement Task Force, an NMSU land-use study group.

Baker recently completed work toward his doctorate in forest biology at Auburn University where he studied bottomland ecosystems in Louisiana, South Carolina and Arkansas. He earned a master's degree in forest resources at Clemson University in 1994, where he studied riparian ecology in the Appalachian Mountains.

Prior to earning that degree, Baker worked as programs manager in Washington, D.C., for two years for the National Wilderness Institute, a think tank that reviews public policy relating to environmental and natural resource issues.

Baker said he knows the new riparian management specialist position will address issues that are at the forefront of resource management.

"I hope to build a program that objectively addresses these concerns and encourages cooperation among scientists, resource managers, regulatory agencies and environmental interests," he said.

Baker grew up near Orlando, Fla. He enjoys backpacking, hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities.