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Tucson Field Office
Release Date: 09/25/12
Contacts: Brian Bellew 520-258-7200    

BLM Fills Two Key Positions in Tucson

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Tucson Field Office announced today that selections have been made for two key management positions, Assistant Field Manager and Ironwood Forest National Monument Manager.  The Tucson Field Office manages more than 600,000 acres of public lands in Cochise, Gila, Pima, Pinal, and Santa Cruz counties.  The 129,000-acre Ironwood Forest National Monument, located west of Marana, is a Sonoran Desert treasure that includes saguaro and ironwood tree forests.

Claire Crow has been selected as the new Ironwood Forest National Monument Manager.  She will be moving to Arizona from Zion National Park in Utah, where she has worked for 14 years.  Crow started there as a wildlife intern, then worked in fire management, monitoring fire effects on vegetation.  She also did research at Zion for the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and Hawk Watch International.  Since 2007, Crow has served as the wildlife program manager at Zion and, in that capacity, also had responsibility for the Cedar Breaks National Monument and Pipe Springs National Monument.  She has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a wildlife intern and for Bandelier National Park on vegetation restoration.  Crow graduated from the University of Arizona with an M.S. in wildlife conservation and management.  She will report for duty on November 5 and is happy to be returning to the Sonoran Desert.

Long-time Tucson Field Office employee Karen Simms was selected as the Assistant Field Manager.  Simms has been the ecosystem planner for the BLM’s Las Cienegas National Conservation Area (NCA) for the past nine years.  She has worked on the Las Cienegas NCA and in the Cienega watershed for nearly 25 years as a wildlife biologist and land use planner.  She has been a leader and active participant in the Sonoita Valley Planning Partnership (SVPP), a community-based collaborative forum, since its inception in 1995.  Through the SVPP, she worked with a variety of stakeholders on crafting the BLM’s Las Cienegas Resource Management Plan and continued to work with a wide variety of partners on implementation of the Plan.  Simms was also the team lead for development of the Muleshoe Ranch Ecosystem Management Plan and has served as both the Las Cienegas NCA Manager and Ironwood Forest National Monument Manager.  Simms has an M.S. in wildlife biology from the University of Arizona.  She lives in Tucson with her husband Jeff and two children.

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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