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January 8, 2009

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   Lesley A. Collins
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Duane Spencer Named BLM Buffalo Field Office Manager

Duane Spencer has been selected as the new field manager for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) office in Buffalo, Wyo. Spencer will begin working in Buffalo later this March.

“We are very fortunate to have Duane Spencer become the Buffalo Field Manager. He has extensive experience in mineral resource development and balancing natural resource protection with the development of the nation's energy reserves,” said Don Simpson, BLM Wyoming Acting State Director.

Spencer began his career with BLM 24 years ago as Petroleum Engineer in Rawlins, Wyo. He has since served the Bureau at various levels in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico. Spencer has worked for the past 10 years as the Branch Chief of Fluid Minerals, in the Colorado State Office in Denver, Colo.

“I'm very excited about the opportunity to not only work with the great staff at the Buffalo Field Office, but to also work with the public, state, county, and local governments on public land resource issues in Northeast Wyoming. I look forward to moving back to Wyoming after almost 20 years. Buffalo, and the surrounding area, is someplace I've always wanted to spend more time,” noted Spencer.

Spencer has a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Wyoming. He has been married to his wife, Seena, for 25 years and has two daughters. Spencer enjoys outdoor activities such as fly fishing, biking, hiking, and playing golf. 

The BLM manages more land - 258 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 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, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

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