MSU Alumni celebrates 73 years of range ecology on Sept. 23

Seventy three years ago, Montana State College began a program teaching range management. Early professors Drs. Gene Payne, Don Ryerson and Jack Taylor taught a combined total of 84 years. The bar of excellence in range education continues today with a faculty of eight, graduating up to 30 students per year in Bachelors and Masters Degree programs. The Animal and Range Science Department at Montana State University, College of Agriculture remains at the” top of the league” and has recently earned accreditation by the Society for Range Management.

A celebration of these 70+ years of range ecology education and research at MSU is planned for Sept. 9 at the Grantree Inn, Bozeman, beginning at 5:30 p.m. All are invited and welcome to attend.

There will be a meal (call or email for the cost at the door), a short update from the department, news about the Payne/Ryerson/Taylor Range Scholarship and much visiting and sharing by alumni, friends and faculty. An RSVP would be appreciated.

Contact Carol Sparks (406) 778-2320,; Emma Messinger, MSU Alumni Foundation (406) 994-4127,; or visit and see who else might be attending.



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