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Amanda James Selected as BLM Agua Fria National Monument Manager

PHOENIX — Amanda James has been selected as the new monument manager for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Agua Fria National Monument.

James’ selection was announced today by Rem Hawes, Hassayampa Field Manager in the BLM Phoenix District. She begins her new duties on Nov. 18, 2012.

The 70,900-acre Agua Fria National Monument is 40 miles north of central Phoenix. It is a prime area for hiking, birdwatching, hunting, four-wheeling, and viewing cultural sites. It includes about 100 miles of designated roads and most of the Perry Mesa Archeological District (the largest prehistoric National Register district in the U.S.). It also encompasses a stretch of the Agua Fria River and 38 miles of perennial streams or riparian area, the Audubon Riparian Corridors Important Bird Area, habitat for three endangered fish, the Central Arizona Grasslands which is habitat for pronghorn and the setting for livestock grazing allotments associated with 10 ranches.

As Monument manager, James will be responsible for overseeing the operations, staff, and decision-making for the Monument, which has more than 100,000 visitors a year.

James has served as the natural resource specialist for the Monument since 2007.

“Amanda is an up-and-coming leader with drive and may years of public service in natural resource management,” Hawes said. “She also brings considerable first-hand knowledge of BLM's Agua Fria National Monument, statewide resource programs and field operations, and strategy to manage national conservation lands.”

James has 15 years of experience with the BLM. Prior to working on the Agua Fria National Monument, she worked in the Miles City and Missoula Field Offices in Montana. She is a graduate of BLM’s year-long Emerging Leaders program (2011).

James earned her B.S. degree in Resource Conservation from the College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana (2000).

The Agua Fria National Monument was designated by a proclamation of President Clinton in 2000. It is easily from Interstate 17. Take the Badger Springs (Exit #256), Bloody Basin Road (Exit #259), or Cordes Junction exits. Additional information about the Monument is at

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.

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