Bio Russell Stevens

Russell L. Stevens was raised on a cow calf operation in south central Oklahoma. He attended Murray State College, Southeastern Oklahoma State University and received his Master of Science Degree at Angelo State University in Animal Science, Range/Wildlife option. Russell joined the Noble Foundation in 1989 where he currently serves as a wildlife and range consultant.

Russell is a Certified Wildlife Biologist by the Wildlife Society and a Certified Range Management Consultant by the Society for Range Management. His areas of interest include wildlife habitat improvement, wild turkey management, white-tailed deer management, range management, prescribed fire, brush sculpturing, plant identification, feral hog impacts, and waterfowl issues.

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Blayr Gourley – Oklahoma State University

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Blayr Gourley is the Oklahoma State University Natural Resource Ecology and Management Web Specialist. Her background includes a bachelor of science degree in agricultural communications and a master of science degree in rangeland management, both from Oklahoma State University. She specializes in rangeland management and prescribed fire. She works in promoting these disciplines through websites, social media, and printed materials; as well as working in the field every chance she gets. She lives on a research ranch where prescribed fire and grazing are used for research.

Currently, Blayr manages several websites including The Prairie Project, an educational website about the prairie ecosystem; The Oklahoma Prescribed Fire Council; The Oklahoma Chapter for the Society for Range Management; and NREM Extension. She is the newsletter editor and designer of the NREM and Oklahoma Chapter of the Wildlife Society newsletters. She also uses social media to promote The Prairie Project and the Prescribed Fire Community of Practice.

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phone: 405-744-4975


Michael D. Porter

Michael D. Porter is a senior wildlife and fisheries consultant with the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He has worked with the Foundation for 33 years. Through the Foundation, Mike provides wildlife and fisheries management technical assistance to land managers in south-central Oklahoma and north-central Texas. Prior to working with the Noble Foundation, he was self-employed as an independent wildlife management consultant to ranchers in South Texas. His career has been devoted to helping people, especially land managers, better understand and conserve wildlife and fisheries resources.

Mike earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in wildlife and fisheries sciences and a Master of Agriculture Degree in wildlife science from Texas A&M University. Mike is a certified wildlife biologist, a certified professional in range management, a certified Oklahoma hunter education instructor and a certified Oklahoma aquatic resources education instructor.

Mike has considerable experience managing white-tailed deer, northern bobwhite, eastern bluebird, beaver, waterfowl, largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, grass carp, ponds, hunting leases, prescribed fire, woody plantings, aquatic vegetation, soil erosion as well as other natural resource issues.


Dwayne Elmore – Oklahoma State University

Dwayne Elmore is the Wildlife Extension Specialist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Oklahoma State University ( He has both Extension and research responsibilities.  Specific areas of interest include wildlife habitat relationships, the role of disturbance to maintain sustainable ecosystems, and social constraints to conservation.  

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phone: 405-744-9636