Welcome Gail Acheson as the new field office manager for the Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office. Gail comes to BLM-California from her post as the acting field manager in the Kingman Field Office. Before Kingman, she was the field office manager in neighboring Yuma, Arizona.
Born in New Brunswick, Canada, Gail was raised in Bristol, Connecticut. She moved from the chilly Northeast to Tucson, Arizona in 1974. She entered federal service in 1975 as the course coordinator for the U.S. Forest Service at the National Fire Training Center in Marana, Arizona. She transferred to Alaska's Chugach National Forest in 1977 as the office services supervisor. She moved over to BLM in 1979 as the manager of the Alaska state office public room and docket.
She worked as the statewide federal townsite trustee for 100 Alaska native villages from 1984 to 1990. She says the experience was one of her most unique and memorable in her career. She traveled the state obtaining cadastral surveys of all the village townsite lands, received land patents and issued township deeds to qualified residents and towns. The experience provided Gail with a great education in the history of the native Alaska cultures.
After a temporary assignment in Washington, D.C., she returned to Arizona to be the project specialist for the Columbus Quincentary Commemoration for the Southwest. From 1992 to 1996 she was the area manager for the Phoenix resource area. In 1996, Gail became the field office manager in Yuma, Arizona.
Gail is not a stranger to the California state office. She was the acting deputy state director for resources from April to June 2001. She also was detailed as the acting associate state director for Nevada from July to September 2002.
Gail's son Christopher lives in Los Angeles. Her other son, Jamie lives with his wife RaeAnn in Red Bluff, California. Gail is looking forward to the arrival of her first grandchild in September.
Gail reports to Palm Springs in early summer.