California Desert District
Teresa "Teri" A. Raml brings thirty years of diverse land management experience to the vast 10.5 million acre California Desert District, where she oversees a BLM workforce of 300, located in six offices.
Fresh from the BLM Arizona State Office as the program manager for the Restoration Design Energy Project, a pilot program funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act to identify previously disturbed lands that are suitable for renewable energy development, Teri looks forward to learning about the specific priorities and issues that each field office faces in her district.
As a high school student in Gilcrest,Colorado, Teri was a camp counselor for elementary school students in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was important to her to be able to answer the never-ending "what and why" questions from the young campers and became familiar with the flora and fauna found at the park. After high school, she pursued an education in wildlife biology and became a cooperative education student with the U.S. Forest Service.
Teri received her degree from Colorado State University in 1979 and shortly after became the first wildlife biologist for the Fall River Ranger Station in the Nebraska National Forest in Hot Springs, South Dakota. Five years later, she moved to the Black Hills National Forest in Deadwood to become the wildlife biologist there. In 1987 she became the program assistant for the national threatened, endangered and sensitive species program in Washington, D.C. She was the biological scientist for the George Washington National Forest in Harrisonburg, Virginia from 1992-1994, then became the district ranger for the Warm Springs Ranger District at George Washington National Forest. In 1999, Raml transferred to the BLM to become the field manager for the Klamath Falls Resource Area in Oregon. She became the Phoenix District manager in 2003.
Teri is married to Steve Raml. He has a background in broadcast journalism and has anchored and produced evening newscasts at several television stations, including KRCR in Redding, California. Steve's second avocation is music. He is currently the director of music and worship at St. Thomas More Church in Glendale, Arizona.