BLM Announces Appointment of Tim Spisak as State Director for New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas
WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Land Management today announced the appointment of Tim Spisak, a 34-year career BLM employee, as State Director for New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas. Spisak, who has been serving as acting New Mexico State Director since October, previously served as the BLM’s Deputy Assistant Director for Energy, Minerals, and Realty Management.
In making the announcement, BLM Deputy Director for Policy and Programs Brian Steed said, “Tim Spisak is a true professional with decades of experience contributing to the BLM’s multiple-use mission on behalf of the American people. We’re excited to have Tim leading our agency forward in New Mexico, strengthening and expanding our partnerships with state and community leaders and being a good neighbor.”
As New Mexico State Office Director, Spisak will oversee more than 630 BLM employees in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas; 13.5 million acres of public lands; and 42 million acres of Federal oil, natural gas, and minerals managed for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
During his BLM career, Spisak has worked as a Petroleum Engineer, Supervisory Petroleum Engineer, Program Analysis Officer, and Administrative Officer. He also served for five years as the Amarillo Field Office Manager overseeing the Federal Helium Program in Amarillo Texas, five years as Fluid Minerals Division Chief in the BLM Washington Office, five years as the Deputy Assistant Director for Energy, Minerals and Realty Management, and three years as Senior Advisor – Conventional Energy. He has served as the Deputy Assistant Director for Energy, Minerals and Realty Management since 2017.
Spisak replaces Aden Seidlitz, who led the New Mexico State Office in an acting capacity for more than a year, tackling challenges related to overseeing the largest oil and gas lease sale in BLM’s history (almost $1 billion), expanding public access to the Sabinoso Wilderness through an acquisition, and working with Tribes and Pueblos on conservation of cultural and natural resources. Seidlitz has returned to his role as Associate State Director.
Spisak has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Business Administration Degree from West Texas A&M University.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.