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Bureau of Land Management
For Release: Friday, April 19, 2002
Celia Boddington
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Susanne Moore
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Wyoming Native Named to Top Washington Job

Conrad "Con" Lass is the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) new chief of staff, BLM Director Kathleen Clarke announced today. In this position, Lass will help to oversee the operations of the bureau, which is the Nation's largest land manager.

"Con will be a key member of my team," said Clarke in making the announcement. "He brings to the job a full understanding of the land management issues facing the BLM, a Western perspective, and enthusiasm for the President's agenda."

"I am excited about this opportunity to work on the BLM's major natural resources issues and honored to serve President Bush and Vice President Cheney. I also welcome the privilege of working with a dynamic leader in Director Clarke," said Lass.

Lass was born and raised in Worland, Wyoming, and graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1993 with a BS degree in Communications. He came to Washington, D.C. as an intern for former Senator Alan Simpson and later joined the staff of Senator Craig Thomas as a Legislative Assistant. Prior to joining the BLM, Lass was a manager of federal legislative affairs for Southern Company, an Atlanta-based energy company. In Wyoming, he has served as Associate Director of the Wyoming Association of Municipalities and as Director of the Office of Federal Land Policy for Governor Jim Geringer.

"I will always be grateful to Senator Simpson, Senator Thomas, and Governor Geringer for their guidance and for providing me the opportunity to serve the people of my home state. The experience I gained in working for them is a major asset as I assume my new responsibilities," said Lass.

Lass resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

The BLM, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, manages more land—261 million surface acres—than any other Federal agency. Most of the country's BLM-managed public land is located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. These lands, once remote, now provide the growing communities of the West with open space that gives the region much of its character. The Bureau, which has a budget of $1.8 billion and a workforce of 10,000 employees, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the Nation. The BLM's "multiple use" mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The BLM accomplishes this by managing for such resources as livestock grazing, energy and mineral development that helps meet the nation's energy needs, providing opportunities for outdoor recreation and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on the public lands.