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California Desert District
Release Date: 10/02/12
Contacts: David Briery , (951) 697-5220 or  
  Stephen Razo , (951) 697-5217  
News Release No. CDD-13-1

Bureau of Land Management Names New Barstow Field Office Manager

Katrina Symons has been selected as the new field manager for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Barstow Field Office.  Symons is expected to assume her full-time duties in early November.

“Katrina comes with a wealth of federal land management experience – both with the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service,” stated Teri Raml, BLM California Desert District manager.  “Her management experience working with diverse community interests, as well as state and local agencies, will be of great benefit to the California Desert District.”
Symons is currently BLM’s Roseburg District Manager in Oregon.  Other previous federal positions include forester, land management planning specialist, planning and environmental coordinator, natural resources staff administrator, and field manager.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to be involved with the future of this vital area,” Symons said.  “I’m looking forward to working with the staff and the stakeholders to protect its resources, promote recreation, and harness the area’s array of renewable resources.  I’m honored to join the Barstow BLM team and its many efforts, including finding appropriate sites for the Nation’s clean energy future.”

Symons received a degree in forest management from Northern Arizona University in 1984.  She is married to husband Carl and has daughters Kristin and Caitlin.

The Barstow Field Office is one of five field offices within the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA).  The CDCA was established by Congress through passage of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act.  The Barstow Field Office manages a region of the California Desert from the northern boundary of Joshua Tree National Park to the southern boundary of Fort Irwin Military Reservation and from the eastern boundary of San Bernardino National Forest to north of Death Valley Junction, Calif., as far as the California/Nevada state line.   The desert within this area is vast, about three million acres, and has many unique features. Elevations vary from near sea level north of Baker to more than 6,000 feet in the Ord Mountains south of Barstow. The district is known for its many scenic locations with rough mountains, dry lake beds, and winding canyons.


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Last updated: 10-02-2012