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Bureau of Land Management
For Release: Thursday, May 23, 2002
Larry Finfer

BLM Names New Members of Management Team

Bureau of Land Management Director Kathleen Clarke today announced several new appointments to the Bureau's management team in Washington, DC and in three of the Bureau's State Offices. "Since I arrived at BLM in January, I have been impressed by the commitment and professionalism of our senior managers," said Clarke. "We will benefit from the insight and expertise of some of our best leaders as they assume new roles. These individuals enjoy wide respect within the BLM and among our stakeholders, and they will help us meet our major challenges in managing the Public Lands."

Today's announcement includes the following appointments:

Elaine Zielinski has been named State Director for Arizona. Zielinski most recently served as State Director for Oregon, a position she has held since 1994. In that capacity, she addressed some of the Bureau's most significant challenges, many of which required extensive interagency and intergovernmental coordination, including implementation of the Northwest Forest Plan and fire management concerns. Zielinski previously served in management positions in Oregon and Colorado. She is a recipient of the Department of the Interior's Distinguished Service Award and the Presidential Rank Meritorious Executive Award. Zielinski is a graduate of Blackburn College (Illinois), and received an MBA degree from the University of Colorado.

Elaine Marquis-Brong has been named State Director for Oregon. Marquis-Brong most recently served as Director, Office of the National Landscape Conservation System, a position she has held since 2000. She previously served as Deputy Director for Renewable Resources and Planning in the Washington Office, as Deputy State Director for Support Services in the California State Office, and as a field manager in Arizona. Marquis-Brong established and chaired the California Fire Alliance, a group of Federal, State, and local officials and interest groups that developed collaborative solutions to fire management issues. She also received the Secretary of the Interior's Public Land Stewardship Award for her work as field manager of BLM's Kingman, Arizona office. Marquis-Brong is a graduate of the University of Maine and served in the Peace Corps.

Michael Nedd has been named State Director for Eastern States in Springfield, VA. Nedd has served as the office's Acting State Director since last year. He previously served as Associate State Director for Eastern States, as the BLM's Deputy Chief Information Officer, and as Branch Chief for Information Resource Management in the Washington Office. Nedd's accomplishments include his significant role in developing the Bureau's Enterprise Architecture for information technology. He has also worked at the Gateway National Recreation Area (a unit of the National Park System) in Brooklyn New York, and for the State of South Carolina. Nedd holds BS and MS degrees from Strayer University (Virginia) and served for eight years in the U. S. Army in highly specialized units including the 82nd Airborne Division.

Carson ("Pete") Culp has been named Special Assistant to the Director for National Energy Policy, a new position created to focus the Bureau's efforts in meeting its extensive responsibilities under the President's Energy Plan. Culp most recently served as Assistant Director for Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection, a position he has held since 1997. In that capacity, he worked extensively on energy issues related to formulation of the President's Energy Plan, as well as law enforcement and security concerns. Culp, a veteran of over 40 years in Federal service, previously served as State Director of the Bureau's Eastern States Office, as Deputy Director for Budget and Administration in the Washington Office, and as Assistant Director for Budget and Administration in the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and served in the U. S. Army.

Elena Daly has been named Assistant Director for the National Landscape Conservation System (formerly the Office of the National Landscape Conservation System). Daly most recently served as Deputy Director for Renewable Resources and Planning, a position she has held since 2000. She previously served as Associate State Director in Idaho, and as a field manager in Oregon and in California. While in Oregon, Daly played a major role in the establishment of Cascade Streamwatch, a showcase example of partnering that involves the BLM, Forest Service, Portland school system, and local nonprofit organizations. She graduated from Cabrini College (Pennsylvania), and holds an MA and a JD from George Mason University.

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.