Bureau of Land Management’s Royal Gorge Field Office under new leadership

Rocky Mountain DO
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Levi Spellman

CAÑON CITY, Colo.  — The Bureau of Land Management is excited to announce Doug Mayes as the new head of its Royal Gorge Field Office.

“Doug brings a wealth of talent and experience to the Royal Gorge Field Office, and we are pleased to have him as our new field manager,” said BLM Colorado State Director Doug Vilsack. “The Royal Gorge Field Office is home to the Arkansas River Headwaters Recreation Area, Browns Canyon, and the South Park National Heritage Area, some of Colorado’s most visible and popular public lands.”

Mayes said BLM’s multiple-use mission is critical to the responsible use of public lands and equitable management. Inclusivity is central to his approach to managing an area that includes the Front Range, Eastern Plains, South Park and the Arkansas River Valley

“Our public lands provide different – often overlapping – services to multiple users. The only way to make that work is through a meaningful relationship between the public and land managers,” said Mayes. “If we understand one another and work together, we can ensure these incredible resources will be of benefit today and for generations to come.”

“RGFO is comprised of unique resources and incredible communities that provide opportunities for meaningful collaboration. I feel very fortunate to be a small part of that and look forward to getting started,” Mayes added.

Mayes holds degrees from the University of Northern Colorado and the University of South Carolina.  His most recent position was with BLM’s Wyoming State Office where he served as a GIS database administrator, branch chief for renewable resources, and restoration coordinator. He has also held interim leadership positions at BLM, including Canyons of the Ancients National Monument manager in southwest Colorado and the deputy state director of resource policy and management in Wyoming.