Bureau of Land Management Director Jim Caswell announced today that Utahn Luke D. Johnson will be the Bureau’s new Deputy Director for Programs and Policy. Johnson, who has been the BLM’s Chief of Staff since December 2006, succeeds James M. Hughes, who retired last month from the BLM, an agency of the Department of the Interior.
“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Luke Johnson to be the Bureau’s new Deputy Director for Programs and Policy,” Director Caswell said. “With his executive and legislative experience, combined with his keen knowledge of natural resource issues and conscientious dedication to his work, Luke is the right choice for moving our agency forward in its multiple-use mission.”
Before joining the BLM, Johnson, who was raised in Sandy, Utah, served as Chief of Congressional and Legislative Affairs for the Bureau of Reclamation, another agency within the Interior Department.
Johnson previously served as senior legislative staff member for energy, natural resource, and agricultural issues for Senator Robert F. Bennett (R-Utah). Before that, Johnson worked on the House Committee on Resources for the Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation, and Public Lands.
Johnson graduated magna cum laude in political science from Utah State University in 1999. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia, with his wife Hillary and their four children.
The BLM manages more land – 258 million surface acres – than any other Federal agency. Most of this public land is located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1.8 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, and cultural resources on the public lands.
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