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Release Date: 09/19/16
Contacts: Steven Hall, Colorado Communications Director, 303-239-3672    

Andrew Archuleta to lead BLM Colorado Northwest District

LAKEWOOD—Andrew Archuleta, currently the BLM Colorado San Luis Valley Field Manager, has been chosen to lead the BLM Colorado Northwest District. He will assume his new post as Northwest District Manager on October 31. Archuleta will replace current manager, Joe Meyer, who will become the BLM Colorado Southwest District Manager on Oct. 2, 2016.

Archuleta has worked as the BLM San Luis Valley Field Manager since 2011. Previously he was a dual-delegated line officer for the U.S. Forest Service and the BLM in the San Luis Valley.

“Andrew brings a wealth of experience and success to his new assignment in the Northwest District,” BLM Colorado State Director Ruth Welch said. “He has demonstrated an exceptional ability to lead and inspire staff, while forging successful partnerships with the public.”

Archuleta’s previous experience includes assignments as varied as working as the BLM project manager for the Yellowstone oil spill and an assignment as the Acting BLM New Mexico Deputy State Director for Resources and Fire. He began his federal career as a wildlife toxicologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Colorado native has a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology and a master’s degree in wildlife toxicology, both from Colorado State University.

“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to work with the outstanding BLM managers and staff in the Northwest District as well as the local communities and BLM’s many partners.  Northwest Colorado is an incredible landscape with a great diversity of natural resources,” Archuleta said. “It’s truly a privilege to have the opportunity to work with public lands in Northwest Colorado.”

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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: 09-19-2016