Monticello Field Office welcomes new Field Manager
MONTICELLO, Utah – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is pleased to announce Amber Denton Johnson has been chosen as the field manager for the Monticello Field Office in the Canyon Country District. Over the past year, Amber served in a temporary assignment as the Acting Monticello Field Manager but will now assume the position permanently.
“We are thrilled to welcome Amber as the permanent Monticello Field Manager. She has shown amazing leadership during her acting role. With this permanent appointment, she will continue to assist the Monticello Field Office in serving visitors and local communities while carrying out vital land stewardship responsibilities,” said Canyon Country District Manager Gary Torres.
Amber began her federal career as a seasonal employee with the U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research station in Logan, Utah, while finishing her degree from Utah State University in Environmental Studies. She and her husband joined the Peace Corps as newlyweds and served for two years in Bolivia. After completing an MS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Iowa State University, Amber returned to federal service working for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Richfield and Manti, Utah. She and her family moved to Monticello in October 2011 where she spent five years working as a soil conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. In 2016, she saw an opportunity to make a difference in local public land management and jumped at the chance to take a leadership role in the Monticello Field Office, managing the recreation and visitor services program.
“I was raised to believe in the importance of public service and the value of doing what you can to contribute to improving the world around us. I am proud to be a public servant,” said Monticello Field Manager Amber Denton Johnson “I have absolutely loved leading the great Monticello BLM team and building relationships with our local stakeholders and governments and I look forward to continuing the work on a permanent basis.”
Growing up with a home base in Sanpete County, Utah, Amber comes from strong rural roots and was born into a farming and ranching family. She spent happy summers enjoying public and private lands with her siblings and cousins on horses, bikes, and four-wheelers. As a young child, Amber and her family followed her father’s academic career which included her attending elementary school in Mogadishu, Somalia and going to high school in Sanpete while the rest of her family was in Kampala, Uganda. Amber credits her parents and her nomadic formative years to helping her to understand and relate to a wide variety of experiences and viewpoints. Married nearly 25 years, Amber and her husband Jason have four incredibly smart children, an enormous friendly and fluffy labradoodle, and a cantankerous old man cat. She loves hiking and cross-country skiing with her family, is an avid reader, loves to sew and garden and one day hopes to have even more time to devote to her hobbies.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.