Ron Huntsinger is the new field office manager for BLM's Bakersfield office. Currently, he is the field manager for the Taos, New Mexico office.
Ron is not a stranger to California. He was born in San Bernardino, but raised in Great Falls, Montana. Ron returned to California to attend school at Humboldt State University in Arcata, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in physics. While studying for a graduate degree in watershed management, he worked on several projects as a temporary employee for the Winnemucca, Nevada BLM office. Ron was eventually hired on as a permanent BLM employee as a hydrologist for the Anchorage, Alaska district.
He became the national program lead for water resources and watershed in Washington, D.C. in 1989, serving in that capacity until 1996. During Ron's Washington Office experience, he completed two, one-year congressional fellowships.
He returned to the West as the field manager in Tonopah, Nevada prior to going to New Mexico in 1999. Recently, he completed the Executive Potential Program as the Interior Department candidate, including two developmental assignments with the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, and as the Deputy Regional Forester for the Southwest Region on the U.S. Forest Service.
Ron is not all work. He knows how to play, too. His interest include all kinds of outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, scuba diving, white water rafting and riding his motorcycle. He is also an accomplished photographer and wood carver.
Ron looks forward to being reunited with his wife Melanie and daughter Alyssa, who already live in Bakersfield while Alyssa attends California State University-Bakersfield. Ron and Melanie also have a son, Noel, who lives in Oregon.
Ron reports for duty in early March.