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April 24, 2009

Contact:  
    Sarah Beckwith
    307-347-5207

Worland BLM Hosts Installation Ceremony: 
Public invited to meet new Field Manager Karla Bird

An installation ceremony for Karla Bird as field manager of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Worland Field Office will be conducted at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6, at the Worland Field Office. The public is welcome to attend.

Karla has been the Worland Field Manager since mid-March, but BLM Wyoming State Director Don Simpson will make it official by administering the Oath of Office. As field manager, Karla oversees more than 2 million acres of public lands in the southern half of the Bighorn Basin.

This is not Karla Bird’s first tour in Wyoming. She previously served the BLM in various capacities in Rawlins and Rock Springs. She began her career with the BLM 31 years ago as a range conservationist in Alturas, Calif. In addition to Wyoming, Karla worked for the BLM in Coos Bay, Ore. and Barstow, Calif. She has also worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a natural resources, timber and fire staff officer in Oregon. Most recently, Karla was the acting chief, Division of Planning and NEPA, in BLM's Washington, D.C. office.

“I am learning much about this area and its land uses and communities,” Karla said. "My staff and I are dedicated to responding to the needs of the public as well as to effectively managing the natural and cultural resources on these public lands."

The BLM is encouraging the public to come for the ceremony and meet the new field manager. The Worland Field Office is located at the east end of Bighorn Ave., at 101 South 23rd St. For more information, please contact Sarah Beckwith, BLM Public Affairs Specialist, at 307-347-5207.

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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