Two people stand on a grassy hillside in the King Range Wilderness, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Mtn. Bike Rider on the Bizz Johnson Trail King Range National Conservation Area Poppy Three Pump Jacks, Midway-Sunset Oilfield
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Employee Profile

Kirk Halford

Bishop Field Office

Kirk Halford received the "Outstanding Public Land Professional" award from the Public Lands Foundation in Washington, D.C. on February 7, 2008, for his many years of service in cultural resource management.

Kirk has had a very interesting and full career.  He started in 1984 as a summer volunteer in the North Cascades National Park at the remote Desolation Peak lookout.  In subsequent summers, he was a backcountry ranger and lake ranger.  In 1988, he went on 5 to 10 day patrols by foot and watercraft as a backcountry ranger in the remote Brooks Range of Alaska's Gates of the Arctic National Park. 

He was a ski instructor at Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort and at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Resort.  In between, he got his first job as an archaeologist at Tahoe National Forest.  He has also been an archaeologist for the Inyo National Forest and for BLM in Carson City, Nevada and Bishop, California.  He has also worked with the Native Cultural Services in Boulder, Colorado. He serves on BLM's National Preservation Board and was the acting state archaeologist at the California State Office in 2003. 

Besides being the lead archaeologist in the Bishop Field Office, he is also BLM's Cultural Resources Data Sharing Coordinator in which he spearheaded a national inititive working with each state historic preservation officer in the United States to develop a database and advance data sharing.

Kirk received his bachelor's degree in North American Indian studies from the University of Colorado in 1984 and studied toward and advanced degree in Indian religions before being side-tracked by the call of the wild.  He completed a master's degree in anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1998.

As with most BLMers, Kirk remains an avid outdoorsman and enjoys skiing, hiking and anything in the backcountry.  He particularly enjoys sharing these experiences with his wife Anne, the Bishop FO botanist, and his two children.  One of seven children, Kirk grew up in Colorado where his parents still reside.

Kirk Halford at the Summit Control Station of the historic Saline Valley Salt Tram, part of a stabilization and restoration project

"I have always found that perserverance and hard work are rewarding."