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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Alaska State Office
 
Release Date: 06/04/13
Contacts: Erin Curtis , 907-271-4418 , ecurtis@blm.gov
  Thom Jennings , 907-271-3335 , tjenning@blm.gov
News Release No. 13-14

BLM-Alaska Announces New Deputy State Director for Resources


Steve CohnANCHORAGE – Steve Cohn has been named the new Deputy State Director for Resources for the Bureau of Land Management in Alaska. Cohn arrived in Alaska on May 30.
 
Cohn comes to Alaska from the BLM Washington Office, where he was the Division Chief of the National Landscape Conservation System. He began his career with the BLM in 2001 as a Presidential Management Fellow in the NLCS Office in Washington, and has served in various field assignments in Arizona and Oregon/ Washington, including as field manager in Arizona’s Hassayampa Field Office.  
 
As the Director for Resources, Cohn will oversee the planning, renewable resources and energy and minerals branches. He will be responsible for projects including land use planning decisions, recreation and resource development, oil and gas resource development, and environmental cleanup projects on public lands.
 
“Steven brings a wealth of expertise and we are excited to have him here,” said BLM-Alaska State Director Bud Cribley. “His experience will be a great asset to public land management in Alaska.”
 
Prior to his BLM career, Cohn earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a Doctorate in Wildland Resource Science from the University of California at Berkeley.  He was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to Canada and researched First Nation Land Claims Treaties and resource issues in the Yukon Territories. He also won the prestigious 2012 Secretary of the Interior’s Partners in Conservation Award and the BLM Director’s Diversity Award in 2011


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 06-05-2013