Mark Lowrey

Mark Lowrey

As a non-traditional student I graduated in 2001 with
Bachelors in Rangeland Resources and a second Bachelors in Natural Resources, option
Agroforestry. During my time at OSU I
was president of the Range and Natural Resources Club for two years and participated
in the student competitions at the annual
SRM meetings for three years. I worked
as a seasonal Range Technician for the US Forest Service in northern Nevada
during the summer of my sophomore year. With the recommendation of one of my range
Professors, I was hired by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under the
Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) during my junior year. After graduating I converted to a permanent
Rangeland Management Specialist with the BLM at the Alturas Field Office in
north eastern California. After 8 years
in Alturas, in 2008 I transferred to the BLM Little Snake Field Office in Craig
Colorado to a much larger range program. During my career with the BLM I have had the
opportunity to become involved in GIS mapping for wildfires, wildfire
rehabilitation plans, interdisciplinary team member for a multi-state natural
gas pipeline, leadership and supervision training, and a variety of other
projects stemming from wildlife, cultural, and forestry disciplines.

I find working in range management very rewarding and always
interesting. No day in the field is like
any other, there are always new discoveries, surprises, and appreciation for
the lands we manage.

My advice for current and future students in the Department
of Rangeland Ecology and Management is to get involved and stay involved. Join the clubs, participate in
extracurricular activities, really get to know and seek advice from your
professors and peers. Networking and participating in the natural
resource profession can be very beneficial to ones career.