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By: Claudene Wharton, Extension Communications Specialist

It is with heavy hearts that our Extension family shares that

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Professor James "Kent" McAdoo

unexpectedly passed away January 10, 2018.

Kent McAdoo
Kent McAdoo: respected colleague, treasured friend.

Kent was a Rangeland Resources Specialist based in Elko County, whose work and research with Extension over the past 19 years had impacts that reached far beyond Elko, beyond Nevada, and beyond the United States.

Kent strived to achieve balanced collaborative approaches for rangeland issues and develop appropriate adaptive natural resources management strategies. He worked with and provided education to public agency land managers, ranchers and other land users to improve grazing management to benefit livestock production and all rangeland uses.

Kent helped tackle important challenges such as managing land to keep riparian areas properly functioning, managing invasive weeds, managing vegetation to minimize destruction and impacts of wildfire, and maintaining a wide diversity of wildlife species on our rangelands. He played a key role in addressing the sage-grouse issue, and finding solutions for collaborative approaches to preserve other sensitive species, such as the Columbia spotted frog.

Kent also took great joy in educating youth on rangeland and natural resources management through the Nevada Youth Range Camp, pictured left. He also worked with colleagues to educate international land managers, traveling to Morocco, and teaching international visitors to Nevada from 21 different countries through the International Rangeland Seminar.

Kent authored or co-authored more than 30 publications while at Extension, including curricula, fact sheets and more, as well as many journal articles. He secured numerous grants to support his collaborative projects and research. His work was also recognized with numerous awards, including the University's "Distinguished Outreach Faculty Award" in 2016.

To all of us at Extension, Kent offered insightful, gentle mentoring; a level-headed, pragmatic approach to addressing challenges; humble and unassuming leadership when we asked him to lead; warm, caring friendship; and a delightful sense of humor. We grieve Kent’s passing, but celebrate and remember the tremendous impact he had on all of us, and on so many others, through his work and his friendship. We offer our sincerest condolences to his wife Cathy, son Caleb, daughter Jamie and the entire extended McAdoo family. Rest in peace, Kent, our colleague, our friend.



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