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Central California District
Release Date: 10/04/11
Contacts: Erin Curtis , 916-978-4622  
News Release No. CA-11-07

BLM-California Welcomes New State Director Jim Kenna

New State Director Jim Kenna is now on board for the Bureau of Land Management in California. Kenna started in his new position on Sept. 12.  Kenna succeeds acting California State Director Jim Abbott.

Kenna comes to California from Arizona, where he served BLM State Director starting in 2005. His federal career began as a wildland firefighter in Prescott, Ariz., and he has held several positions with the BLM Associate State Director for BLM-Oregon/Washington. He also has experience as Deputy Assistant Director for Resources and Planning for the BLM in Washington D.C., and as a Budget Analyst for the Department of Interior. Prior to his experience in Washington, Kenna managed BLM field offices in Palm Springs, California, and in Burns, Prineville and Lakeview in Oregon. He was also recreation planner for BLM in Utah.

“It’s a great honor to return to California as State Director during this exciting and challenging time for BLM,” Kenna said.  “I look forward to carrying on the good work the Bureau has accomplished in this state, and continuing to make progress on our priorities, including the history-making progress on renewable energy projects in the California desert.”

Upon naming him State Director in August, BLM Director Bob Abbey said, “Jim has the experience, knowledge, and a proven track record to lead BLM-California at this challenging time in the BLM’s history.”

Kenna, a native of Denver, Colorado, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Prescott College in Arizona. Kenna and his wife Renee have two sons, Sean and Liam. Kenna’s outside interests include hiking, rafting, reading, sports, and music.

BLM manages 15.2 million acres of public lands in California - nearly 15% of the state's land area - and 1.6 million acres in northwestern Nevada.  BLM California also administers 47 million acres of subsurface mineral estate underlying federal surface land, 2.5 million acres underlying privately owned land, and 592,000 acres of Native American tribal land where BLM has trust responsibility for mineral operations.


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Last updated: 10-04-2011