Piedras Blancas Light Station
Jim Boucher says he has always wanted to manage a small park unit. After 22 years with the National Park Service, he is getting his chance. You'll likely see him in his BLM overalls, moving from one task to another, conferring with volunteers and partners to move the restoration of the light station ahead. But, he quickly sets aside his tasks and greets you with a great smile to show you around and tell you about this amazing BLM asset.
Jim grew up in Folsom, California and still has parents and four sisters living there. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a degree in biological conservation. During school breaks his last couple of school years, he was a summer seasonal employee at Yellowstone National Park. After graduation, he became a full-time NPS employee, spending 10 years at Yosemite, then five years at Muir Woods, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Finally, he moved to the North Rim of Grand Canyon where he was the facility manager for five years. When he saw the job description in the announcement for the Piedras position, his desire to be a manager in a small park unit - emphasizing visitor services and resource restoration and protection - won him over. When he was selected for the position he was a bit apprehensive about leaving the NPS, but was also very excited about coming over to BLM. Jim made the move in November of 2006.
Jim currently lives in San Simeon, just down the road from the light station. He has a 17 year old son, Orion, and 15 year old daughter, Chloe, who live in Bishop. When not working toward restoring the light station to its original grandeur, he enjoys all kinds of fishing, water fowl hunting, bird watching and backpacking in northern Arizona, southern Utah, or the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. He is also an accomplished Blue Grass musician, playing mandolin and violin.