John Mehlhoff named BLM Colorado Associate State Director

John Mehlhoff has been named the Bureau of Land Management Colorado Associate State Director. He will start in Colorado in May.“John brings a wealth of experience to BLM Colorado and will be a welcome addition to our team,” Helen Hankins, BLM Colorado State Director said.“It’s a privilege to return to Colorado, which has some of the most diverse and spectacular natural resources in the nation,” John said. “I look forward to working with the outstanding BLM Colorado employees along with the many partners at the local and state level.”Raised on the family homestead in North Dakota, John earned a degree in Petroleum Engineering from Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology (Montana Tech). He is a career veteran of BLM, with more than 26 years of service. In his position as Field Manager for the Oklahoma BLM Office in Tulsa, he has management responsibility for a three state region (Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas). Job postings include numerous National Project Teams; Field Manager in Colorado; Legislative Assistant to a U.S. Senator under the Congressional Fellowship program; Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals; Program Lead to BLM's Assistant Director of Energy and Minerals in Washington, D.C.; Platte River Field Office Petroleum Engineer, Wyoming; and Montana State Office Petroleum Engineer.John is married to Suzanne. They have two daughters, Jessa, 21, and Jade, 19. He enjoys fly fishing, golf, and hunting in his free time.

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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