Date: February 14, 2008
Contact: Craig Flentie (406) 538-1943
Benes Named Lewistown Field Manager
Gary L. “Stan” Benes has been selected as the Field Manager for the Bureau of Land Management’s Lewistown Field Office (BLM).
Mr. Benes (pronounced Benesch) comes to the BLM from the Malheur National Forest in eastern Oregon, where he presently serves as Forest Supervisor.
In making this announcement, Montana BLM State Director Gene Terland noted that “throughout Stan’s career, he has always emphasized customer service, community support and common sense and he’ll be a great match for the resource issues and opportunities we have in central Montana.”
Benes’ career has been spent mostly in small ranching, logging and farming communities in Montana, Oregon and Idaho. Prior to his present position in Oregon, Stan worked as the Deputy Forest Supervisor for the Custer National Forest in Billings, Montana. He also held previous positions in Plains and West Yellowstone, Montana.
Mr. Benes is a native of northern Wisconsin and a graduate of the University of Montana with a degree in natural resource conservation. He also holds degrees in geography and history, with a minor in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and has completed advanced courses in public administration and fire ecology.
Stan and his wife, Pat, have two grown children, also graduates of the University of Montana and residents of the state. In his spare time, Stan enjoys all things outdoors, especially shooting sporting clays and bird hunting. Pat is an avid quilter.
Benes will report for duty in Lewistown in mid-April.
“I am very happy to be coming back to Montana and look forward to working with the many organizations and people who use our public lands. I understand the importance of our public lands and the economic and recreational opportunities they provide and look forward to getting reacquainted with this part of Montana,” Benes offered.