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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 403

BLM Director speaks to Sacramento-area employees

BLM Director Bob Abbey gestures as he speaks to BLM employees

BLM Director Bob Abbey spoke to employees of the California State Office and Mother Lode Field Office Oct. 7, at the Cottage Way Federal Building in Sacramento. 

Abbey, who retired after 25 years of service with the BLM, was confirmed as BLM director in August.  The reason he came back, he said, "was to work with all of you to make the Bureau of Land Management the premier land management and natural resource agency in all of government."

The BLM faces many challenges, he said, but also many opportunities.  "It's the best time in 25 years to go out and accomplish great things on the public lands," he said.

He listed some BLM priorities, including diversifying America's energy portfolio, addressing climate change, introducing more youth to the outdoors, and using stimulus funds to both improve the public lands and help put people back to work.

His wish for the agency and all of its employees is that "together we can make a difference in people's lives."

Abbey said he is glad to be working with people who have "a passion for land management," and hoped that everyone in the audience would pass on their enthusiasm, as mentors to any new employees BLM has a chance to hire.

"I have a lot of help back in Washington, D.C.," he said.  "I stole one of your best people from California," acknowledging former BLM-California State Director Mike Pool's new role as BLM deputy director for operations.

BLM Director Bob Abbey speaks with another man who is gesturing
After addressing the employees as a group, BLM Director Bob Abbey speaks with Craig Barnes, state fuel specialist with BLM-California's fire program.

Bob Abbey speaks in front of the room full of BLM-California employees
Employees from the California State Office and Mother Lode Field Office gathered to listen to the Director.


BLM-California News.bytes, issue 403

Last updated: 10-07-2009