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Bureau of Land Management
For Release: Wednesday, May 15, 2002
Larry Finfer
(202) 208-6913

BLM Names Henri Bisson Alaska State Director

Bureau of Land Management Director Kathleen Clarke today announced the appointment of Henri Bisson as State Director for Alaska. "Henri is one the Bureau's most experienced and respected managers, " said Clarke. " He has demonstrated his commitment to our multiple use mission in both the field and in the Washington Office. Henri will be a terrific state director as we move ahead to implement our important public land responsibilities in Alaska." Bisson succeeds Fran Cherry, who last week was named the Bureau's Deputy Director for Operations.

"I'm honored to be named State Director for Alaska," said Bisson. " It's a great challenge, and I look forward to working with the public, our stakeholders, and BLM's able and dedicated staff in Alaska."

Bisson most recently served as the Bureau's Assistant Director for Renewable Resources and Planning in Washington, a position he has held since 1998. In that capacity, he was responsible for a wide range of programs, including fisheries; forestry; recreation; cultural resources; land use planning and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance; and services provided by BLM's National Science and Technology Center in Denver, Colorado. His overall career at BLM spans more than 25 years and includes service in a variety of management positions in California and Arizona, additional experience in Colorado, as well as other positions in the Washington Office. His accomplishments include successful project management efforts in complex undertakings, such as permitting for major mining operations and interstate pipelines, as well as land management plans and plan amendments. He also played a major role in recent legislation that led to the expansion of the U. S. Army's Ft. Irwin National Training Center in California. Additionally, Bisson worked on Alaska program and budget issues during a previous tour of duty in the Washington Office, and in 1983 served as an intern to Congressman Don Young

Bisson is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Forestry. He also received an M.S. in Watershed Management from the University of Arizona. He is married, has two adult children and one grandchild, and enjoys fishing and other outdoor activities.

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 this public land is located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau also administers more than 560 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM, which has an annual budget of more than $1.2 billion, carries out its land management mission with a workforce of about 9,000 employees.