News Release

For Release: April 9, 2007        
Contact:  Steve Razo, (951) 697-5217; Jan Bedrosian, (916) 978-4616 or John Dearing, (916) 978-4622

John Kalish Named New BLM Palm Springs South Coast Field Manager

John Kalish, a veteran public land manager with a long and varied career, is the new field manager for the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office.  Kalish has been the acting field manager since the retirement of Gail Acheson in December of last year. 

Kalish takes on the full duties of the 54-person BLM office immediately, according to California BLM State Director Mike Pool who announced the appointment today.

“John brings a wealth of experience in working with other federal, state, and county officials and agencies to build seamless partnerships that benefit all those involved,” said Pool.  “With 30 years of federal service, he has clearly demonstrated his understanding of the dynamics in bringing people and agencies together to work toward a common goal.”

Kalish said he is looking forward to the challenge of serving as a field manager, which has always been a long-time career goal.  “Providing leadership and support to a staff of dedicated people is the most important job in the bureau,” he said.  “The hard work of the staff and the partnerships they have fostered is truly inspirational.”

He began his BLM career as an outdoor recreation planner in the Arizona Strip in 1978.  He was a recreation planner and physical science specialist in Colorado from 1984 to 1987.  He went to the federal law enforcement academy in Glynco, Georgia in 1987 and became a law enforcement ranger in the Ridgecrest Field Office in 1987.  He moved to Barstow to take over as the supervisory natural resource specialist in 1992.  He returned to the law enforcement field as the district staff ranger for the California Desert District in 1995, where he also served as the supervisory environmental protection specialist from 1998-1999.  He became the supervisor for lands, minerals and recreation in Palm Springs in 1999 until January of 2006 when he became the associate field manager.

The Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office has jurisdiction over 1.7 million acres of BLM-administered public lands in southern California. Major public land areas include those at the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, the Coachella Valley, portions of the California Coastal National Monument, extensive public lands and wilderness areas in eastern Riverside County, and border regions in western San Diego County.


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