Shane DeForest named BLM’s Pinedale Field Office Manager
by Bureau of Land Management
July 10, 2010
Shane DeForest, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) field manager from Cedarville, Calif., has been named the new field manager for BLM’s Pinedale Field Office in Wyoming.
DeForest, who began his BLM career in 1993 as a wildlife biologist in Winnemucca, Nev., will report for duty in Pinedale in mid-August. He will oversee management of more than 912,000 acres of federal surface/federal minerals and almost 300,000 acres of private surface/federal minerals. Major uses of the public lands in the Pinedale Field Office include oil and gas exploration and development, recreation and livestock grazing. The Pinedale Field Office covers portions of Sublette, Sweetwater, Lincoln and Teton counties in northwestern Wyoming.
"I’m looking forward to this new position," DeForest said. "I look forward to working with people in the Pinedale area and sharing my love of natural resources and public land. Trust is very important to me both personally and professionally. I believe that BLM can work so much more effectively with people if we both trust each others."
BLM Wyoming State Director Don Simpson said DeForest is a great fit for the position. "Shane has worked in areas including range management, wild horse and burro management, wildfire suppression and rehabilitation, fuels hazard reduction, fisheries, noxious weeds and NEPA planning – all the areas important to our northwestern area of responsibility. He will be an excellent leader for the Pinedale Field Office staff and a partnership builder in the community," Simpson said.
John Ruhs, High Desert District manager, said he was impressed with DeForest’s enthusiasm for working with local communities. "Shane has a reputation for building positive community relationships. Combined with his excellent land management skills, he will be a great asset in the Pinedale office."
DeForest was the assistant field manager for Renewable Resources in the Elko Field Office from 2005-2007 and the field manager for the Surprise Field Office in Cedarville, Calif., since 2007. He has also worked as a supervisory natural resource management specialist, fuels management specialist and wild horse specialist in the Ely, Nev., field office. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nevada–Reno.
The BLM manages more land - 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.