Howard Matzat originally comes to us from Riverside, California but along the way he has made a few stops. In his twenty-nine years with the Bureau of Land Management Howard has done a bit more than land realty. During 1972 he worked a temporary recreational assignment to Ukiah, and 1974-1975 he was a seasonal White Water River Ranger in Folsom. In 1983 he carried the title of Outdoor Recreation Planner in Redding.
Howard comes to the BLM with a BS in Environmental Resources and a minor in Business from California State University at Sacramento. He also earned an MS in Recreation Administration from California State University at Sacramento.
Currently he is living in Redding with his long-time partner Melinda, their three dogs and two cats in a home that they designed themselves. Howard enjoys outdoor activities and met Melinda when they were both rowing rafts in the Grand Canyon back in 1987. When he is looking to recharge he still enjoys being outside and being around, in and on rivers. Right now he rows shells and sometimes does wood working. But Howard is not necessarily interested in pre-cut lumber for his hobby. He would much rather start with a log and end with a finished piece.
What has Howard found the most interesting in his tenure in Redding with the BLM? "Preparing an acquisition plan for the Sacramento River in 1980, refocusing the Redding District on the river, having the opportunity to do acquisitions along the river and seeing the river become a focus area in the 1993 RMP (Resource Management Plan)." In fact, Howard has been able to remain involved in many long-term projects.
"I have worked seasonally for County and State Park agencies, the California Department of Water Resources, Army corps of Engineers and as a heavy equipment operator. My Masters Project was the Design and Feasibility of the American River Bikeway from Hazel Avenue to Folsom (1975). Being invited to the completion ceremony of the trail almost 25 years later was a great feeling. In working with land based issues we need to focus on the long term objectives to ensure resource opportunities are available within communities as they grow. These opportunities include enhancing natural resources, identifying public land values on lands available for disposal, and encouraging others to work on projects which have long term value."