Bureau of Land Management

Stan Bales smiling at the camera
Stan Bales
Stan Bales

Outdoor Recreation Planner
Eagle Lake Field Office

"Never doubt that a few people can make a difference-they're the only ones that do!" ~ one of Stan's favorite quotes from Ayn Rand

Stan won the coveted 2004 "Legends" award recently.  As you read this you'll easily be able to see why.  Stan grew up in Reading, Massachusetts.  He attended University of Massachusetts in Boston for two years, then the University of Utah in Salt Lake City for three years.  He has worked with the BLM in Grand Junction, Colorado, in Vernal, Utah and in Susanville, California.  Stan lives in Susanville with his wife Beverly and seven year old son Brian.

When asked what he does, Stan tells us "I work as one of two outdoor recreation planners in the Eagle Lake Field Office.  I was first hired as a recreation technician and later converted to the first outdoor recreation planner in this field office. 

For many years, I handled all the recreation functions for the entire field office. Now, I still handle many of the responsibilities, but share the work with another recreation planner, which is a big help.  My responsibilities include managing recreation facilities, special recreation use permits, developing visitor information and interpretive programs, administering the visual resource management program and various BLM recreation program support functions. 

I have developed and maintained a cooperative agreement to expand BLM’s capabilities through a partnership with a local non-profit group, Lassen Land and Trails Trust, to operate a small visitor center at the Susanville Railroad Depot.  I also helped develop and continue to maintain a three way partnership with the two branches of Lassen County government and BLM to promote development of an interconnected system of trails in and around the Susanville area of Lassen County."

Some of the above partnerships are cited in his award.  His positive outlook continues after 30 years with the BLM. 

What drives Stan?  "I like seeing people enjoy public lands and the trails, public access and facilities that we in the BLM have developed for public use and enjoyment."

For more information concerning this feature story, contact Stan Bales by telephone 530-252-5311 or by e-mail
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