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Release Date: 05/07/14
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BLM Names Veteran Manager to Run Arizona Strip District

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has named Timothy J. Burke as the new district manager for the Arizona Strip District, which comprises 2.8 million acres north of the Grand Canyon in northwestern Arizona.

Timothy J. BurkeBurke comes to Arizona from California, where he was manager of the Alturas Field Office for the past 16 years. He also was acting manager of the Surprise (CA) Field Office for the past two years.

He starts work at the Arizona Strip the week of May 18.

Burke has worked for the BLM since 1979 and held positions in Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, and Central California before going to the Alturas Field Office.

Ray Suazo, BLM Arizona State Director, appointed Burke to the position overseeing the Arizona Strip District.

“Tim is a veteran land manager who has demonstrated the ability to deal with challenging issues. We are lucky to have him in Arizona and welcome him to our leadership team,” Suazo said.

Burke replaces Scott Florence, who retired earlier this year. The District has about 60 employees.

“This is a dream job for me,” Burke said. “I’m looking forward to the management opportunities on the Arizona Strip and can’t wait to get started.”

The Arizona Strip District includes the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and five wilderness areas, including the internationally known Paria Canyon/Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area. The Grand Canyon isolates the Arizona Strip from the rest of Arizona, making it among the most remote and rugged public land in the lower 48 states. There are approximately 4,000 miles of unpaved roads leading to spectacular scenic vistas, remoteness and solitude among rough scenic canyons and ponderosa pine forests.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 05-07-2014