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Missoula BLM Gets New Field Manager

The field manager for the Bureau of Land Management’s Missoula Field Office is settling into his new job after being officially inducted to the post in a ceremony on Sept. 17.

Rich Torquemada took the oath of office, administered by Mike Nedd, Acting State Director for the Montana/Dakotas BLM, during the brief induction ceremony in the field office’s conference room.

Torquemada thanked the staffs of the field office, the Western Montana BLM District, and the Montana State Office for their support and said he looks forward to a challenging and rewarding future guiding the Missoula office as it begins working on its Resource Management Plan. Torquemada replaces Nancy Anderson, who retired from her position earlier this summer.

Torquemada comes to the BLM from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service where he was the Northern Idaho

Field Office supervisor. Prior to that, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service at the District, Forest and Regional levels as a fish biologist and a supervisory fish and wildlife program manager. He began his career in the research branch of the Forest Service, in Boise, Idaho, and obtained B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aquatic Science from Humboldt State University.

“I’m extremely honored to have this opportunity to return to Montana and work for the BLM,” Torquemada said. “In my first month on the job, I’ve had a chance to get out in the field with staff, and learn about the issues, projects, and partnerships that the Missoula Field Office has been involved with. This is truly a special place.”

The Missoula Field Office manages nearly 150,000 acres of public lands and more than 200,000 acres of mineral estate within Granite, Missoula, and Powell Counties in western Montana.

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.

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Last updated: 06-28-2012