SRM awards Schroeder for outstanding stewardship

Mar 9, 2012
by WLJ

William F. Schroeder, Vale, OR/ Boise, ID, received the Outstanding Achievement Award for Stewardship at the Society for Range Management’s (SRM) 65th Annual Meeting held in Spokane, WA, Jan. 29–Feb. 3, 2012.

The Outstanding Achievement Award is presented by SRM for outstanding achievement to members and other qualified individuals and groups working with rangelands.

Schroeder was born and raised in suburban Chicago. In mid-1949, at 20 years of age, he had already graduated from University of Chicago and earned his law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law. He then set out to be a “resident by choice” of a small cowtown, Vale, OR. Schroeder wanted to put into action his ideal and commitment that the law was intended and remains to be, the great equalizer, limiting the mischief that those in power can do and allowing those with simple virtues of the West to survive.

Schroeder is an attorney and legal expert on issues regarding public land. His writings and speaking engagements before SRM and others have spanned more than half a century and have been published throughout the western U.S. Schroeder has been sought after for his expertise and insight as to the role and scope of administrative governmental agencies and/or the interpretation and application of various federal laws affecting the range, like the Taylor Grazing Act, the Federal Land Policy & Management Act, the Public Rangelands Improvement Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Wild Free-Roaming Horse & Burro Act.

Schroeder’s insistence on objective range monitoring and reasonable range management, both in and out of the courtroom, earned him the moniker of “Schroeder the Shredder.”

As one Oregon circuit judge put it after knowing Schroeder as a mentor, trial opponent, co-counsel and litigant, “His contributions to judges, lawyers and the community at large are unsurpassed by anyone else of my acquaintance.”

It was with great honor that SRM presented Schroeder with a 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award for Stewardship. — WLJ