BLM Pocatello Field Office welcomes new Field Manager


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POCATELLO, Idaho — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Idaho Falls District welcomes Blaine Newman as the new Field Manager for the Pocatello Field Office. His official starting date is Monday, Feb 26, 2024.

“Blaine’s belief in partnership and inclusion, coupled with his breadth of natural resources and leadership skills, makes him the ideal person to lead Pocatello Field Office,” said BLM Idaho Falls District Manager Mary D’Aversa. “Due to his prior experience in the region, he is well-versed to have an immediate impact on southeast Idaho public lands management.”

Blaine began his BLM career in 1990 with a summer job on the fire crew in Burley while home from college. An Outdoor Recreation Planner by trade, Blaine is a graduate of the University of Idaho and holds a degree in Wildland Recreation Management with a minor in Outdoor Recreation Leadership. He is a 2020 graduate of the BLM Leadership Academy and recently attended Line Officer training. Blaine, his wife Jodi, and their family are long-time residents of Pocatello. 

Blaine has served as the Assistant Field Manager in Pocatello since 2013. During his tenure, he has provided leadership and supervision, implemented NEPA streamlining, served as an agency administrator for fire, conducted staff-to-staff dialogue with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, managed rights-of-way projects, and facilitated Land and Water Conservation Fund acquisitions. He has also served as an acting BLM Field Manager in Pocatello, Salmon, and Dillon MT.

“I am very fortunate to have this opportunity and look forward to working in this new capacity.  I have a deep appreciation of public lands in both my personal and professional life,” said BLM Pocatello Field Manager Blaine Newman. “I look forward to working with the BLM staff, partners, and public land users to manage the public lands within the Pocatello Field Office in a responsible manner.”

The Pocatello Field Office oversees just under 600,000 acres of BLM-managed public land along the Utah/Idaho/Wyoming border.

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.