News Release   

For Release: April 9, 2007        
Contact:  David Christy, (916) 985-4474 or John Dearing (916) 978-4622

Tim Smith Named New BLM Bakersfield Field Manager

Veteran public land manager Tim Smith has been named as the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Bakersfield Field Office manager.

BLM State Director Mike Pool, who announced the appointment in Sacramento today, said Smith will be responsible for overseeing 600,000 acres of public lands in seven central California counties.

“We welcome Tim back to California.  He has a wealth of experience as an outdoor recreation planner and recreation program manager where he led state and national level groups on important strategic planning for the bureau.    He has gone on to demonstrate his ability to work with varied groups as a field manager and group administrator.  His proven skills building seamless partnerships, benefiting all those involved, will lend greatly to carrying on the work in our Bakersfield office,” said Pool

Smith, currently a BLM field office manager in Lake Havasu, Arizona, said he is looking forward to returning to California. “This is a great opportunity,” said Smith, “I am fortunate to be returning to California, but more importantly, I am going to an office with a proven staff, where a lot of very good work is already underway.”

Smith completed a bachelor’s degree at the Utah State University in 1980.  He began his BLM career as an outdoor recreation specialist in Barstow, California in 1981.  He became the district outdoor planner in the Worland, Wyoming District then supervisory outdoor recreation planner in the Las Vegas, Nevada District before returning to California as the recreation program manager from 1993 to 2004.  He became the Lake Havasu Field Office manager in January 2005. 

Along the way, Tim served as the first chairperson for the Recreation and Visitor Service Advisory Team, and was the team leader for the National Mountain Bicycling Strategic Action Plan Team.  He has received numerous awards including the Outstanding Professional Technician Award presented by the Public Lands Foundation, Outstanding Coordination with User Groups Award and National Exemplary Award for the volunteer program. 

Smith will take over the leadership of the BLM’s 100-person Bakersfield office with jurisdiction over public lands in Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Kern, San Luis Obispo, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, including the Carrizo Plain National Monument, some of the most productive oilfields in the state, and portions of the California Coastal National Monument.  Smith is married and has two children.

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