Roger Q "Jake" Landers, Jr. received the Sustained Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Society for Range Management at the international meeting in Corpus Christi

Mr. Roger Q "Jake" Landers, Jr. graduated in 1954 from the Department of Range and Forestry. 


         Jake Landers was born at the ranch in Menard County, Texas, on 23 July 1932 to Roger Q. and Emmie (Luckenbach) Landers, and the next 18 year he enjoyed a privileged life of ranch chores, swimming, gardening, 4-H Club, school athletics and band.  He graduated Valedictorian of Menard High School in 1950 and enrolled at Texas A & M College and graduated 4 years later paying his way with scholarships and savings from 4-H projects.

         He was recognized as the top student in Range and Forestry and tops in the College of Agriculture in 1954.  He was awarded a Danforth Fellowship to pursue graduate school to prepare for a career in college teaching.  A  Master’s Degree was received followed by two years as an officer in the U. S. Army before enrolling at the University of California Berkeley.

         In 1962 he accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Iowa State University and taught courses in Ecology, Dendrology and General Botany.  He was recognized for his work in conservation and management of prairie remnants with prescribed burning and the involvement of students in environmental studies.

         He returned to Texas in 1979 as Extension Range Specialist at the Texas A & M Research and Extension Center, San Angelo.  He developed techniques and procedure for individual plant treatment of brush and prickly pear cactus for ranchers in 17 counties.  He initiated prescribed burning as a procedure for managing rangeland to reduce undesirable species and stimulate grasses.  He wrote short articles for newspapers and magazines and continued writing after his retirement from the Extension Service.  He was recognized as the outstanding person in Range by the Texas Section of the Society for Range Management in 1990 and Sustained Lifetime Achievement Award by the parent society in 2016. 

         He has been married to Helen (Benson) for 62 years and they have two children, Roger III and Amy Ness, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  He and Helen reside in the Menard Manor and enjoy trips to their pecan orchard and ranch.  He received the Menard Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2015.