BLM Installs New Miles City Field Manager
Elaine Raper was formally sworn in as the field manager for the Miles City Field Office in a short ceremony held at the BLM office in Miles City, Mar. 27. BLM Montana State Director Gene Terland officiated over the proceedings. The ceremony was attended by BLM staff, state and local government representatives, family members and friends. Raper was previously the field manager of the Umpqua Field Office in the Coos Bay District in Oregon.
Raper replaced David McIlnay as field manager for the MCFO which oversees more than 2.7 million acres of BLM-administered public land in eastern Montana.
Raper started her career in natural resource management in 1976 with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and later became the agency’s first female wildlife biologist. Her assignment areas with the WGF included the Bighorn Mountains and later --as a wildlife management coordinator-- the southwestern part of the state.
She later transferred to the BLM and worked as a district wildlife program lead in Wyoming’s Rock Springs District. She subsequently transitioned into a special projects coordinator position and worked in partnership projects and collaborative management planning. In 1997, Raper transferred to the BLM Coos Bay District as a natural resource staff administrator, a position she held for four years until becoming the Umpqua field manager in 2001.
Raper holds a Master of Science in zoology and wildlife management from the University of Wyoming, Laramie and a Batchelor of Arts in zoology from the University of California, Los Angeles.