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Caliifornia Desert District Office
Release Date: 05/23/13
Contacts: Stephen Razo 951-697-5217    
  David Briery 951-697-5220    
News Release No. CA-CDD-13-42

Bureau of Land Management Names New El Centro Field Office Manager

Tom Zale wears a hat and a life vest, the Pacific ocean is in the background.Thomas F. Zale has been selected as the new field manager for the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) El Centro Field Office. Mr. Zale assumed his position upon selection after having served as the acting field office manager since January 7, 2013.

"Tom brings with him a wealth of local knowledge and awareness of the complex issues associated with his resource area," stated California Desert District Manger Teri Raml. "His experience working with diverse interests as well as state and local agencies will be of great benefit to the California Desert District."

Tom received a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the State University of New York at Brockport in 1977.  He began his career with BLM in 1978 as an archeologist in Roswell, New Mexico.  He helped establish the first field office in Carlsbad, New Mexico in 1979 and later moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and then Rawlins, Wyoming.  In 1990, he moved to El Centro to supervise the multi-resources staff.  Between 1999 and 2006, Tom commuted to Yuma, Arizona where he was the assistant field manager for resources, lands and minerals.  In 2006, Tom returned to El Centro as associate field manager and has also completed temporary details for the California Desert District and the California State Office.

"I am very pleased to have this opportunity to take on a new leadership role while continuing to work with the strong team of employees and partners we have here in El Centro," Zale said.  "We work hard to manage public lands and resources, and we strive to make positive differences on the ground and in people's lives.  We appreciate being a part of the local community and are thankful for the many partners that help make our jobs a little easier."

He replaces Margaret Goodro who served as field office manager from June 6, 2010 to January 7, 2013. Tom and his wife, Deborah, reside in Imperial, California and have two grown daughters and two granddaughters.

The El Centro 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 El Centro Field Office manages 1.4 million acres of public lands and over 75 miles of International Border that spread across two counties: Imperial and San Diego. The El Centro Field Office receives 1.4 million visitor use days annually and it is comprised of 10 wilderness areas, three open off-highway vehicle (OHV) use areas and more than 2,000 miles of OHV routes. The El Centro Field Office is home to nine threatened or endangered species and 26 sensitive species.


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