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Sanford Schemnitz, NMSU Wildlife Professor, Retires

LAS CRUCES -- Sanford Schemnitz, professor in New Mexico State University's fishery and wildlife sciences department, will retire August 1, after 21 years with the university.


Schemnitz came to NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences from the University of Maine in 1975. While at NMSU, he taught 14 different classes, including principles of wildlife management; wildlife law enforcement, policy and administration; and wildlife habitat management.

His research involved 15 different wildlife species and included significant studies on the distribution, ecology and habitat of the desert bighorn sheep, the scaled quail and both the Merriam's and Gould's species of wild turkey. One significant project examined the impact on wildlife of the use of herbicides on salt cedar.

Schemnitz served as the first head of the fishery and wildlife sciences department from 1975 to 1981. He has published over 100 research papers on various wildlife topics and has held senior Fulbright lectureships in Nepal and Kenya.

He is active in numerous public and private wildlife organizations, including Quail Unlimited, the Resource Advisory Council for the Bureau of Land Management, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the New Mexico Riparian Council, the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, and is currently chair of the Southwest Consolidated Sportsmen. Now, in retirement, Schemnitz will have even more time to devote to wildlife affairs and plans to stay busy in this arena.

Of all the facets of university life, Schemnitz said he will miss teaching most of all. His work with students was the most enjoyable and rewarding element of his professional career, he added.