News Release

For Release:  January 16, 2009                                                     
Contact:  David Briery; email:

BLM Names New Needles Field Office Manager

Raymond Conner Lee will become the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s Needles Field Office Manager Feb.1.  Lee has been the assistant manager of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah.  "I am looking forward to returning to the desert of my childhood, and the region that first captivated my imagination," says Lee.

"The joy of working with the BLM is involvement with our many stakeholders," relays Lee.  "By working together, we can best find the path to our future.  Part of that future lies in developing California’s renewable energy resources, and the Needles Field Office will be a key player in that development.  Another part will be protecting California’s Mojave Desert for future generations.  With the largest wilderness program within the Mojave, the Needles office has a role in that future."

Lee also points to the importance of the corridors that pass through the Needles region.  "The growing populations of Las Vegas, Southern California, and the Mojave Valley depend upon the area for recreation and respite and look forward to working with our stakeholders to find the best path forward for all."

At Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Lee managed its resource programs.  "I am exceptionally proud of the partnership we developed with the county to address economic development and education within the region," says Lee.  "The monument is now seen as a valuable member of the local communities, and a full participant in the future of this remote rural part of Utah."

BLM’s Needles Field Office manages 3.3 million acres of public land extending from north of Interstate 15 and the Nevada border to just east of Barstow to the Blythe area.


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