BLM California selects Jeremiah Karuzas as new Deputy State Director, Energy and Minerals


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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Bureau of Land Management welcomes Jeremiah Karuzas as the new Deputy State Director, Energy and Minerals. In his new position, Karuzas will oversee project and programs that impact the management of 47 million acres of subsurface mineral estates, which includes oil, gas, and geothermal resources on BLM-managed public lands in California. Karuzas will also oversee hard rock mining for metallic and industrial minerals and programs responsible for managing hazardous materials and abandoned mine lands.

“I am thrilled to have Jeremiah join our BLM California leadership team,” said Gordon R. Toevs, Acting State Director for BLM California. “Jeremiah’s institutional knowledge about natural resources will be critical to managing energy and minerals development on public lands.” 

Karuzas began his permanent federal career more than 20 years ago in Arizona with the U.S. Forest Service and has lived in the Sacramento area since 2007. Karuzas started working at the BLM California State Office in 2014, and like many that have made a career with the BLM, he continues to strive to help fulfill BLM's multi-use mission. Karuzas also served as a Branch Chief in the California State Office Division of Natural Resources, acting BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Manager, and led numerous high-profile projects as a wildlife biologist, project manager, and renewable energy program lead. Karuzas also holds a master’s degree from Binghamton University in New York State.

In his personal time, Karuzas enjoys the outdoors and exploring our amazing public lands.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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