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Release Date: 07/29/11
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BLM Selects Ken Schmid as State Fire Management Officer

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently selected Ken Schmid as its State Fire Management officer for BLM managed public lands in Montana and the Dakotas.

As the State Fire Management officer, Schmid is responsible for providing leadership and guidance in all aspects of the BLM’s fire management program. Some of his duties include planning, programming, and budgeting for fire and aviation management; working with the local area fire management officers on aviation, fuels and fire suppression issues to ensure the use of fire as a resource management tool; and working closely with public and private groups and other state, federal and local fire management entities. 

Throughout his career Schmid has compiled a long list of credentials. His strengths include leadership, technical fire management, being familiar with interagency standards for fire and aviation operations, serving on interagency/technical review teams, and teaching a variety of fire management courses. Ken has served BLM in varying fire fighting capacities in Montana, Washington, D.C., Wyoming, and New Mexico throughout his career. 

His last assignment was serving as the Assistant Fire Management officer for Montana/Dakotas

However, like most individuals carving a career out of wildland firefighting, Ken began his career digging hand line and working on an engine crew while attending college.
Ken began his fire fighting career in 1987 in Lewistown, Montana, and has maintained close ties with friends and family in the community. “Regardless of where this career takes us, our family has always considered Lewistown as a community of remarkable people. We get back to Lewistown as often as we can and sincerely enjoy our time there,” Ken offered.      
Ken grew up in Great Falls, and worked in Lewistown until 2004. 
Ken, his wife Laura and three sons currently live in Billings.

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