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Bureau of Land Management
For Immediate Release: Friday, September 29, 2006
Celia Boddington
(202) 452-5128

Tom Dyer Tapped to Head Idaho BLM

Bureau of Land Management Director Kathleen Clarke announced today the appointment of native Idahoan Tom Dyer as the new Idaho State Director. Dyer has been serving as the acting director of the BLM’s office of fire and aviation since April and was previously the deputy assistant director for renewable resources and planning at the BLM’s headquarters office in Washington, D.C.

"Tom brings a wealth of in-depth knowledge and broad experience to the many natural resource issues facing Idaho,” Clarke said. “I have a high level of regard for and confidence in him and am pleased that he has agreed to serve in this vital position. This appointment is good for the American public and good for the people of Idaho.”
Dyer will oversee the management of more than 12 million federal acres of public lands – lands that provide recreation, grazing, renewable energy, forestry, wildlife and other natural resources. He will manage about 600 employees and an annual budget of about $50 million.

"Idaho is my home, and while I’ve lived and worked in other places throughout the years, there’s no other place I’d rather be,” Dyer said. “I started my career here as a forestry technician and am thrilled to be coming back to lead Idaho BLM.”

He began his federal career with the Forest Service in 1971 as a forestry technician in Idaho City. From there, Dyer moved to Oregon to work at the Umpqua National Forest in Roseburg, Ore., and the BLM’s Vale District Office as a fire control officer. He also held positions in the minerals program with the BLM in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Jackson, Miss.

From the Southeast, Dyer moved back to Idaho to positions in the BLM Idaho Falls District and Burley District. In 1999, he accepted the District Manager/ Forest Supervisor position in Burns, Ore. During his time in Burns he oversaw the establishment of the Steen Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area, established through special legislation in October of 2000.

In 2003, he was selected as deputy assistant director for renewable resources and planning. In this position, he led the BLM team responsible for implementing the BLM’s responsibilities under the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Since April, he has been acting director of the BLM’s office of fire and aviation.

Dyer graduated from the University of Idaho’s College of Mines in Moscow, with bachelor’s degrees in geography and geology. He also received an associate’s degree in forestry and range technology from Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Ore. He also attended the Northern Arizona University Forest and Range School in Flagstaff.

Dyer and his wife Cindy, both raised in Fruitland, Idaho, have two grown sons. Ben Dyer, 26, and his wife live in Idaho Falls. Nate Dyer, 24, a recent graduate of Boise State University resides in Boise. When not working, Dyer’s interests include fly fishing, bird hunting and riding down the road on his Indian Motorcycle.