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Samuel Turner Smallidge


Samuel T. Smallidge, who represents State Land Trust Beneficiaries, serves as the Wildlife Specialist for the Cooperative Extension Service at New Mexico State University (NMSU). He also serves as the Coordinator of the Range Improvement Task Force (RITF) at NMSU.

Smallidge earned his Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Science from Purdue University and a Master’s of Science in Wildlife Science and a PhD in Range Science from NMSU. His professional experience encompasses ecology and management of multiple wildlife species, elk-livestock interactions, wildlife damage management, vegetation and riparian monitoring, and science-based mitigation of natural resources challenges.

As coordinator of the RITF, he supports the RITF’s three-part mission related to natural resources: 1) educational programs ranging from one-on-one consultations to workshops and symposia; 2) short- and long-term research programs focused on problem solving and answering important, management-oriented questions; and 3) unbiased third party assessments and mediations of conflicts related to natural resources management.

Smallidge has been married to his wife Maureen for 22 years and together they have three amazing sons John, Hugh and Nathan. Sam has a love for the outdoors and when he isn’t working he enjoys hunting, fishing and camping. Senator Mary Kay Papen sponsored Smallidge’s appointment to the State Land Trusts Advisory Board.

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