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For Release:  April 12, 2007               
Contact:  Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332 or John Dearing (916) 978-4622

Shane DeForest Named BLM’s Surprise Field Office Manager

Shane DeForest, a Bureau of Land Management assistant field manager from Elko, Nevada has been named the new field manager for BLM’s Surprise Field Office based in Cedarville, California.

DeForest, who began his BLM career in 1993 as a wildlife biologist in Winnemucca, Nevada, will report for duty at his new position later this spring.  He will oversee management of more than a million acres of BLM-administered public lands in eastern Modoc County, Calif., and northwest Nevada.

“I’m looking forward to this new position,” DeForest said.  “We will be moving from a small community in northeastern Nevada to a beautiful community in rural northeastern California.  I look forward to working with people in the Cedarville area and sharing my love of natural resources and public land.  Trust is very important to me both personally and professionally.  I believe that BLM can work so much more effectively with people if we both trust each other.”

BLM California State Director Mike Pool said DeForest is a great fit for the position.  “Shane has worked in areas including range management, wild horse and burro management, wildfire suppression and rehabilitation, fuels hazard reduction, fisheries, noxious weeds and NEPA planning --  all the areas important to our northeastern area of responsibility.  He will be an excellent leader for the Surprise Field Office staff and a partnership builder in the community,” Pool said.

DeForest has been the assistant field manager in the Elko Field Office since 2005.   He has also worked as a supervisory natural resource management specialist, fuels management specialist, wild horse specialist in the Ely, Nevada field office.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nevada-Reno.

DeForest replaces Owen Billingsley, who retired in February.


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