Veteran public land manager Bill Haigh is the new Folsom field office manager and will be responsible for overseeing 230,000 acres of public lands in 14 northern and central California counties with a staff of 31. Bill replaces Deane Swickard, who retired following 31 years of service with BLM.
We welcome Bill back to California where he completed a bachelor's degree at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1975. He began his BLM career as an environmental specialist in Sacramento in 1977. He went on to become the planning and environmental staff chief in the California Desert District from 1982 to 1988 before leaving government service to complete his law degree at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. He practiced law at a Sacramento law firm between 1992 and 1996.
He returned to BLM as the West Mojave interagency planning team leader in November 1996 until June 2004 when he left California to become the field office manager in Roseburg, Oregon.
Bill is married and has a thirteen year old daughter.