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Montana State Office
Release Date: 04/28/11
Contacts: Mary Apple 406-896-5258    

New BLM Associate State Director on Board

Kate Kitchell is the new associate state director of the Montana/Dakotas Bureau of Land Management. She replaces Howard Lemm, who retired in July 2010.

Kitchell began her federal career in 1975 with the National Park Service and joined the BLM in 1989 in Colorado. She’s held BLM management positions in Colorado, Utah, and Idaho in field and state offices.   In 2005, she moved to the U.S. Geological Survey where she was most recently director of the Southwest Biological Science Center in Flagstaff.   Kitchell has natural resources degrees from the University of New Hampshire (B.S.) and Utah State University (M.S.). 

According to Montana/Dakotas State Director Jamie Connell, “Kate’s lifelong passion for the outdoors and public natural resources stewardship, in addition to her leadership experience, make her an excellent choice to help guide our three-state organization.”

Kate and her husband, Mike Eldred, enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities.

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