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Bureau of Land Management
For Immediate Release: Thursday, September 14, 2006

Celia Boddington

Henri Bisson Named BLM Deputy Director for Operations

Henri Bisson has been named the Bureau of Land Management’s Deputy Director for Operations, BLM Director Kathleen Clarke announced today. Bisson, currently Alaska State Director, will assume his position in early November. He succeeds Larry Benna, who retired the end of August.

"Henri is one of the Bureau's most highly regarded managers,” said Clarke. “He has a deep understanding of our multiple use mission and is a skilled professional who will bring broad expertise in field operations to Washington, D.C.”

Bisson will oversee the Bureau’s daily operations with a budget of more than $1.7 billion and more than 9,000 employees.

"I’m humbled and honored to have been selected as Deputy Director,” said Bisson. “It’s a challenging position, but I consider myself fortunate to be working for Director Kathleen Clarke. I’m also looking forward to working with the dedicated and talented BLM employees in Washington, D.C.”

Bisson, a native of Somersworth, NH, has a distinguished federal career, spanning more than 30 years. He has held management positions in California and Arizona, and has additional experience in Colorado, as well as in other positions in the Washington Office. Most recently, he served as State Director in Alaska, where he demonstrated his leadership and management skills on a number of high-profile projects, including the National Petroleum Reserve and acceleration of Alaska's land conveyance program. Recently, he’s also served a three-month period acting as State Director in Utah.

From 1998 to 2002, he was the Bureau’s Assistant Director for Renewable Resources and Planning in Washington, D.C. In that position, he was responsible for a wide range of programs, including fisheries forestry, recreation, cultural resources, land use planning, National Environmental Policy Act compliance, and services provided by the BLM’s National Science and Technology Center in Denver, Colo.

His accomplishments include successful project management efforts in complex undertakings, such as permitting for major mining operations and interstate pipelines, as well as numerous land management plans and plan amendments. He also played a major role in the 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 with Congressman Don Young.

Bisson is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in forestry. He also received a master’s degree in watershed management from the University of Arizona. He received the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 2003 and the Secretary's Executive Leadership Award in 2005, two of the government's most prestigious awards. He is married, has two adult children and two grandchildren, and enjoys fishing and other outdoor activities.

The BLM, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, manages more land -- 262 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 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.