Steve Anderson is the new field office manager for BLM's Redding office. He is currently the assistant district manager in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Steve was born and raised along the banks of the Mississippi River in Savanna, Illinois. After a couple of years in the Army, Steve went to school at Western Illinois University and obtained a Bachelor's degree in park administration. He managed a state forest for the Illinois Department of Conservation for a few years, then went back to school at the University of Illinois to receive his Master's degree in environmental studies. Between semesters, Steve came West to work as a seasonal interpretive naturalist at Yosemite National Park, After graduation he was a seasonal fire fighter at Inyo National Forest before being hired as a park ranger for the Army Corps of Engineers in Porterville, Calif. A few years later, he went to Othello, Washington as an outdoor recreation planner for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He moved back to California in 1988 to become the resident law enforcement ranger for BLM's Folsom office. In 1992 he transferred to Oregon as a natural resources staff administrator and the first project manager for Steens Mountain. He was selected as the assistant district manager for Albuquerque, NM in 2000 and recently completed a four month detail in BLM's Washington, D.C. headquarters.
Steve and his family will be right at home in Redding. One of their favorite pastimes is fishing and being on the water. There are plenty of opportunities for that on the lakes and rivers in northern California.
Steve, his wife Mino look forward to their move to Redding. Their son, Kris, is a sophomore in high school and daughter, Kira, is attending the University of New Mexico.Steve reports in early April.