Range Camp Instructors

Instructors come to Range Camp from Utah State University, Southern Utah University, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Bureau of Land Management, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, State Lands, US Forest Service, and the Private Sector. All are professionals with a strong background in rangeland resources, wildlife, watershed, forestry, or natural resources based education. Instructors are members of the Society for Range Management. Below is information about this years instructors.

Randall Violett, Camp Director, Department of Agriculture and Nutrition Science, Southern Utah University randallviolett@suu.edu, 435-586-1923, 351 W. University, Cedar City, Utah 84720

George Cook, Range Consultant
George Cook, until his recent retirement, worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. George's knowledge of rangelands and his desire to help others has made him one of the most sought after range professionals in the state. Over the course of his career, he has been given the "Outstanding Alumni Award" and a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the the College of Natural Resources at Utah State University, the "Graham S. Quate Award" by the Utah Soil Conservation Commission, the "Range Manager of the Year" award rom the Utah Section of the Society for Range Management, as well as two national awards from SRM - the "Good Fellow Award" and the "Sustained Life Achievement Award." Since his retirement, George has worked as a private consultant, and is frequently called to give advice and help with projects for the private sector and State Government. George has been actively involved with Range Camp since about 1975, and there are many former students who remember and appreciate George for the time and effort he put into helping them understand the material presented - especially plants! George has been the director of the camp since 2002. He is also on the International Committee for the SRM High School Youth Forum.

Kendall Nelson, Rangeland Management Specialist, US Forest Service
As a range specialist for the Fishlake National Forest, Kendall has the opportunity to work one-on-one with ranchers currently grazing on the forest. He brings to the camp this knowledge, as well as a knowledge of past grazing practices, as well as some of the issues he works with. This knowledge is valuable throughout the week as we discuss current issues and possible solutions. Kendall has been a member of the SRM since he was in college and has served as a director for the Utah Section.

Brian Monroe, Rangeland Management Specialist, US Forest Service

Mike Ralphs, Rancher, Ferron, UT and Retired Rangeland Scientist, USDA-ARS Poisonous Plant Research Laboratory
Mike Ralphs was a research scientist with the Agriculture Research Service arm of USDA at the Poisonous Plants Lab in Logan, Utah. Mike brings to the Field School an unparalleled knowledge of the poisonous plants we will see from the Desert to the top of the mountain. His areas of research have included the grazing behavior of cattle in respect to poisonous plants, targeted grazing to control poisonous and noxious weeds, herbicide and biological control of poisonous plants, and the environmental influences on toxin concentrations in plants. Mike is a longtime member of the Society for Range Management, and was awarded the "SRM Outstanding Achievement Award for Research" in 2000. Mike now lives at his family ranch in Ferron, Utah.


Dean Winward, Department of Agriculture and Nutrition Science, Southern Utah University

Eric Thacker, Rangeland Extension Specialist, Dept. Wildland Resources, Utah State University

Beth Burritt, Rangeland Area Extension Agent, Dept. Wildland Resources, Utah State University

Jeff Barnes, Range Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service