In august of this year, Lynda Roush celebrates 31 years of federal service. She says It's hard to believe that so much time has passed since she began as a seasonal employee at the Plumas National Forest with the Forest Service. (when did she transfer to BLM and as what? 1976 - Susanville, grazing EISs in admin doing a little of everything ) 1978 Phoenix land school.
Lynda transferred to BLM in 1976 as a full-time administrative employee in Susanville. In 1978 she attended the six month long Phoenix land school. Upon completion she was assigned to the Barstow office as a realty specialist. She moved to the Alturas office in February 1981as a land use planner, becoming the field manager in 1988. She became the Arcata field office manager in 1991.
Lynda says land acquisition is the greatest accomplishment with the Headwaters Forest Preserve at the top of the list, but also names the South Spit of Humboldt Bay, Lacks Creek ACEC , Gilliam Butte (Redwoods to the Sea), and the Lost Coast Headlands.
"Partners really made it happen for us," she says. "The trust in BLM to be manager of these areas says a lot for BLM and the partners we have."
She also gives the credit to the field office staff saying they really "make a difference on the ground" and names the South Spit of Humboldt Bay as an example. She says the Arcata Field Office staff worked in cooperation with Humboldt County and the California Department of Fish and Game to open up the South Spit to the public. BLM is now the managing agency of this coastal property which provides a variety of recreational opportunities for visitors as well as habitat for the Western snowy plover.
When Lynda isn't working she enjoys fishing for albacore, 60 miles off of the coast with her husband in their boat. She also enjoys bicycling, although she confesses to keeping that activity on dry land. Lynda lives in McKinleyville with her husband, two Brittany Spaniels and a beautiful grey tabby. She has added traveling to her list of activities, having visited South America twice in recent years. She also takes great joy spending time with her young niece and sister's family in Susanville.