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May 3, 2007
Contact: Steven Hall,
307-775-6015

Chuck Otto named BLM Pinedale Field Manager

PINEDALE—The Bureau of Land Management has named Chuck Otto as the Pinedale Field Manager. Chuck will report to Pinedale July 22, 2007.

“Few BLM positions provide the challenge or the opportunities of the Pinedale Field Office,” BLM Wyoming State Director Bob Bennett said. “World-class wildlife habitat and world-class energy resources make Pinedale one of the most high-profile field offices in America. We’ve been fortunate to have outstanding field managers in Pinedale, and are glad to continue the tradition with Chuck Otto.”

Chuck is currently the BLM’s Deputy Division Chief, Division of Planning and Science Policy, in Washington, D.C. He began his career with the BLM in 1976, working as a wild horse wrangler in Rock Springs. He worked as a forester and outdoor recreation planner in Wyoming and Nevada, as well as the Team Lead for the Blackleaf Oil and Gas Environmental Impact Statement in Great Falls, Montana. He also served as the Chief of Planning and Environmental Coordination-Lewistown District, Montana and the Assistant Field Manager, Lewistown Field Office, in Montana.

“I look forward to working with the outstanding BLM staff in the Pinedale field office, as well as state and local governments and all of the people who enjoy and rely upon their public lands,” Chuck said. “It’s a pleasure to return to the West, particularly to such a remarkable area.”

Current Pinedale Field Manager Dennis Stenger has announced he will retire later this summer.

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