Bureau of Land Management’s Coeur d’Alene Field Office welcomes new field manager

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – James (Ray) Pease was recently selected to lead the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Coeur d’Alene Field Office in northern Idaho. He will assume the Field Manager role in early April, succeeding Kurt Pavlat, who retired from the agency last spring.

“Ray brings a broad range of natural resource experience to the position as well as strong leadership skills” said Coeur d’Alene District Manager Kurt Pindel.

Pease was raised in north central Washington and is a graduate of Washington State University. He is currently the Assistant Field Manager for Resources in the BLM Ashland Field Office in southern Oregon. During his 23-year career with the Bureau, he has held leadership and natural resource positions in southern Idaho, New Mexico and Washington.

“My family and I are thrilled to return to the Coeur d’Alene/Spokane area,” said Pease. “I am looking forward to facilitating and supporting the great work happening across the Coeur d’Alene Field Office. I am also excited about continuing to build on relationships with our local communities and stakeholders.” 

The Coeur d’Alene Field Office manages approximately 99,000 acres of public land in the five northern counties of Idaho. 


This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 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. 

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