March 13, 2009
Lesley A. Collins
Stephanie Connolly Named
BLM High Plains District Manager
Stephanie Connolly has been selected as the new District Manager for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) High Plains District in northeastern Wyoming. She will report for duty in Casper this May.
"I'm happy to welcome Stephanie back to Wyoming as our new High Plains District Manager. She served as Acting Casper Field Office Manager in 2007 and did an excellent job," said BLM Wyoming State Director Don Simpson.
Although Connolly started her federal career in eastern Kentucky as a forester with the U.S. Forest Service, she has served most of her 20-year career in the western states. Connolly served as a planning and environmental coordinator in Utah and then a recreation specialist in Nevada.
After 11 years with the U.S. Forest Service, Stephanie worked as a project coordinator for Washoe County, Nev. For two years her role included developing partnerships with the BLM and U.S. Forest Service by planning and constructing parks and trails along the Sierra Front. In addition to working with the federal agencies, she also worked with other local governments along the Sierra Front to secure critical public access to public lands.
In 2003, she joined the BLM in Ely, Nev., where she served as the associate district manager for over four years. She was appointed to Cottonwood Field Office manager in Northern Idaho in 2007.
According to Connolly, "What I most enjoy about public lands management is working with the communities and partners." Connolly was provided an opportunity to briefly work in Casper two years ago as the acting field manager. Connolly said, "I look forward to returning to Casper and making Wyoming my home."
Connolly attended the University of Kentucky where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in forest management. Connolly and her husband Don look forward to getting to know folks in the community and plan to enjoy all the outdoor recreational activities available in the area.
The BLM High Plains District is made up of the Casper, Buffalo and Newcastle Field Offices.
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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