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Johna Hurl with her two daughters
Johna Hurl with her two daughters
Johna Hurl

Carrizo Plains National Monument Acting Manager
Bakerfield Field Office


"I enjoy being a part of preserving one of the most unique areas of California for future generations.
Johna Hurl was born in La Mesa, California but has been a long time resident of the Carrisa Plains.  She is the Acting Manager at the Carrizo Plains National Monument which operates out of the Bakersfield Field Office.

Confused about Carrizo and Carrisa?  Johna explained very briefly that the valley was originally called Carrizo by the Spaniards, which means 'reed grass' in Spanish.  Later emigration saw the name changed to "Carrisa", however, when the BLM entered the picture we changed the name back to the first written name of record, Carrizo.

She originally came to this position because she enjoyed working out of doors and has spent the whole of her 12 years with the Bureau of Land Management in the Carrizo.  "I really enjoy that area and have dedicated a lot of time and effort there." she tells us.

Johna is married with two young daughters, Katelyn Grace who is one years old and Kayla Ann who is two years old.  Johna attended Cal Poly State University at San Luis Obispo, California where she earned her B.A. in agriculture.  Johna also enjoys horseback riding, and has been western-style riding quarter horses since childhood.

And what does she enjoy most about her position?  "I enjoy being a part of preserving one of the most unique areas of California for future generations."  Well said Johna.

For more information concerning this feature story, contact Johna Hurl by telephone 661-391-6093 or by e-mail Johna_Hurl@ca.blm.gov
 
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