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This Site Dedicated to Malchus Baker

From 1996 to 2002, Malchus was the primary knowledge source and guide for the development of this website, designed as a unique system for organizing and sharing data, publications, and other information on hydrology and watershed management in the Southwest. Based on his 32 years with the USDA Forest Service and with support by the Office of Arid Lands Studies, University of Arizona, and the International Arid Lands Consortium, this electronic information system is sharing a wealth of watershed management information with researchers, land managers, policyrnakers, and the general public. Malchus Baker passed away the night of September 24, 2002. Those of us who have worked with him on this project grew quite fond of Malchus and will long miss him and what he brought to it, his knowledge and experience, his good humor and dedication.

Professional Accomplishments

Malchus obtained a Bachelors degree in Forestry from Southern Illinois University in 1964, and a Masters in Forestry from Yale in 1965. He then completed a doctoral program in Forest Hydrology at the University of Minnesota in 1971. He worked for the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station in both Tempe and Flagstaff, Arizona, from 1969 until his death.

Malchus' contributions to forest hydrology and watershed management have been numerous and noteworthy. He authored or jointly authored 112 journal articles, technical bulletins, symposium proceedings, books, and reports on wide-ranging topics dealing with watershed management. Malchus presented many papers at scientific conferences, symposia, and other professional meetings. More recently, he helped organize a number of regional, national, and international conferences. He was noted for his role as curator and authority on the Beaver Creek and other historic watershed research programs in the Southwest.

Malchus was an adjunct faculty member of the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University where he presented many guest lectures and helped to guide the research programs of many graduate students. He especially loved the work he did to assist watershed managers in Jalisco and Baja California of Mexico. Malchus was recently recognized with the Rural Community Assistance Award from the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service for work he did as part of the Upper Verde Adaptive Management Partnership on the Prescott National Forest. He was an active member of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science, the Arizona Hydrologic Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the Society of American Foresters.

16 December 2002