Fishlake National Forest Supervisor J. Kent Taylor is Utah's "Rangeman of the Year," an honor awarded by the Utah Section of the Society of Range Management.
He has been a member of the society for more than 30 years and has held several positions in the organization, including president. He currently serves on the membership committee of the National Society for Range Management.Taylor earned his bachelor's degree in animal husbandry and a master's degree in range management from Utah State University. He has been involved primarily with management of rangelands during his 31-year career with the Forest Service.
Taylor began his career by starting the first range inventory studies of alpine plant communities in the Uinta Mountains. He was responsible for administration of the Curlow National Grasslands as a district ranger in Malad, Idaho
After a stint as a staff officer with the Fishlake National Forest, he worked in the regional office of the Forest Service in Ogden and then returned to Richfield as forest supervisor.
Taylor has been cited for his role in the Oak Creek Mountain coordinated Range Management Project. Significant accomplishments were made during a 10-year period that resulted in re-vegetation on 80,000 acres, construction of 165 miles of fence and 80 miles of pipeline, installation of 114 water troughs and ponds, and drilling six wells for livestock water.
More than 1.5 million acres have been involved in range improvements during his tenure as a forest supervisor. He is responsible for management of the grazing of 20,000 sheep on 80 allotments on the Fishlake National Forest.