BLM State Director Retires

Gene Terland, State Director for the Bureau of Land Management in Montana and the Dakotas, has retired.Terland was at the Montana post since 2006. A Montana native and Montana State University graduate, his BLM career spanned 36 years. Prior to coming to Billings he served in Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Utah working his way up from a range technician to the top field position in the agency. Terland and his wife, Dee, currently make their home in Columbus, Mont.Howard Lemm has been named as the acting State Director until a permanent replacement is selected. Lemm is a native of Twin Bridges, Mont., and normally serves as Montana's Associate State Director.

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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Greg Albright