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For Release:  March 19, 2007                                                            
Contact:  Stephen Razo (951)-697-5217; E-mail: srazo@ca.blm.gov

Sterling White selected as BLM Needles Field Office Manager

Sterling White is the new manager for the Bureau of Land Management’s Needles Field Office, which oversees 3.3 million acres of public land in eastern San Bernardino County. 
White brings with him extensive experience in fire, range, energy, weeds, wildlife, threatened and endangered species, vegetation, soil, water and air programs.  He worked as a U.S. Forest Service seasonal fire employee on the Sacramento “Hotshots” crew before starting full-time employment as a range management specialist in 1990 with the Bureau of Land Management in Farmington, New Mexico.  In 2001, he joined BLM’s Washington Office budget staff and in 2005 moved to the abandoned mine lands program. 
His experience also includes a term in the Cody, Wyoming field office where he gained experience in land reclamation, field operations and the wildland fire program. White has been serving as the acting Needles Field Office manager for the past two months.
White grew up in New Mexico, where he spent his formative years on his grandparents’ ranch.  He received a bachelor's degree in rangeland science and management from New Mexico State University in 1989 and a master's degree in business management from New Mexico Highlands University.
“Sterling brings fresh ideas to the table and has a creative vision for Needles - one that relies on aggressive partnerships and in recognizing undeveloped opportunities," said Steven J. Borchard, BLM California Desert District manager. 
White says he looks forward to the challenge of balancing public use with resource protection.
“The public lands in the California Desert District contribute in many different ways to the wealth of the nation and to the quality of life of every American citizen,” stated White.  “The Needles field area is a true example of multiple use management and I look forward to not only providing public access to the nation’s public lands, but to also protect some of the most significant cultural, historic, and natural places located in the Mojave Desert.”

For further information contact the Needles Field Office at:  769-326-7000


California Desert District Office
22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553- (951) 697-5217

Last updated: 01-18-2008