July 28, 2006
Contact: Lesley A. Collins
Beels Named Associate Field Manager for BLM-Buffalo Field Office
Paul Beels has been selected as the new Associate Field Manager for the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) office in Buffalo, Wyoming. Beels will start his new position on August 7, 2006.
"We are very fortunate to have Paul Beels become the new Associate Field Manager for Buffalo,” noted Chris Hanson, Buffalo Field Office Manager. “Paul brings with him a wealth of experience including an excellent background of the operations of the Buffalo Field Office, knowledge of the Powder River Basin Environmental Impact Statement and Resource Management Plan, and great problem resolution and team skills. He will do an excellent job in moving the Minerals & Lands programs forward at this critical point in the development of the Powder River Basin."
Beels began his federal career with the Forest Service as a Range Conservationist at the Shasta Trinity National Forest in Hayfork, CA. He then went on to work at the BLM Fillmore Office, UT; White River National Forest, CO; and Bighorn National Forest in Buffalo, WY. He has spent the past seven years working as a Natural Resource Specialist, Program Manager and Environmental Coordinator at the BLM Buffalo Field Office in Wyoming.
"I’m excited about taking on the challenges of this new position. I think the past seven years of experience working through the unique issues associated with energy development in the Powder River Basin will be a valuable asset as new challenges arise,” said Beels.
Beels has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA. He has worked on several large projects for the Buffalo Field Office including the WYODAK Drainage Environmental Assessment and the Powder River Basin Environmental Impact Statement. In his spare time he enjoys canoeing, fishing, and hiking with his wife Cathy.