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Gila District
Release Date: 11/16/12
Contacts: Diane Drobka , 928-348-4403 ,

BLM Sierra Vista Office is Moving

Sierra Vista, Ariz.  The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Sierra Vista office will be moving this spring 2013. The present office location currently houses the Gila District Office (GDO) and San Pedro Project Office, which is part of the Tucson Field Office.

The move will relocate employees currently working in Sierra Vista to two existing offices. Initially, two GDO management positions will be relocated to Tucson, with the possibility of further moves in the future. The first phase will include the District Manager and Associate District Manager positions. Both positions are or soon will be vacant. Placing these two District positions in Tucson will provide greater and easier access to and communications with many of the District’s internal and external partners, including congressional staff, federal and state agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and other federal partners, the majority of which have offices there.

The San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA) employees as well as the remaining District staff will stay in Sierra Vista; co-location negotiations are beginning with the Coronado National Forest. “This move provides a long-term cost savings for the taxpayer and supports the Service First initiative by improving interagency coordination and cooperation while providing one-stop customer service,” said Gila District Manager Tom Dabbs.
Coronado National Forest Supervisor Jim Upchurch agreed, saying that “The Sierra Vista Ranger District is looking forward to the possible BLM co-location that would enhance services to the public on all public land issues in the Sierra Vista community.  The addition of the BLM staff to our new Sierra Vista facility will further the goal of making the office a tremendous asset to the community.”

“Our planning for these 2013 moves will begin immediately,” added Dabbs. “We are striving for a smooth transition with minimal inconvenience to congressional and State legislative offices, coordinating government agencies, collaborating organizations, our constituents, and staff.”

The BLM Gila District manages approximately two million acres in Pima, Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Santa Cruz, Apache, Navajo, Pinal, and Gila counties.  These public lands include 16 National Landscape Conservation System units: Ironwood Forest National Monument, San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (NCA), Gila Box Riparian NCA, Las Cienegas NCA, ten wilderness areas, one wilderness study area, and portions of the Arizona National Scenic Trail.  Lands include significant waterways and associated riparian resources, archaeological and historic sites, and wildlife habitat.  Uses of Gila District public lands include recreation, grazing, energy production; mining; and rights-of-ways for roads, pipelines, communications, and energy transmission.

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 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Gila District   1763 Paseo San Luis      Sierra Vista, AZ 85635  

Last updated: 04-06-2015