Rich Jaynes’ academic training includes a B.S. in Range Science (Botany minor) from BYU and a M.S. in Watershed Science from Utah State University. He has worked as a range technician for the U.S. Forest Service, consulting hydrologist, manager of a cartographic lab, and has taught college courses in rangeland field surveys and plant biology. After taking a 20-year detour to serve in the U.S. Army, he has worked the past 12 years as an environmental scientist for the engineering and architectural firm Halff Associates. His professional work has included preparing natural resources analyses in master plans for nature preserves such as Southwest Nature Preserve in Arlington and JF. Burke Nature Preserve in Farmers Branch. He also worked for the Native Prairies Association of Texas in surveying Ellis County for native prairie remnants.
He has been volunteering as a Texas Master Naturalist since 2008, and enjoys leading groups in exploring the wonders of plant life in local landscapes, and in engaging in prairie restoration efforts in the DFW area.
“Walking with the Grasses” “This class will apply principles of grass identification in the field. We will take a walk in nearby fields and practice what we know about grass morphology and the characteristics of several species of grass that makes each unique. We will also talk about the ‘indicator’ significance of grass species as we try to read the landscape when assessing a site’s ecological condition and trend.”