Zachary Ormsby serves as new BLM Central Coast Field Manager


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MARINA, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management announces Zachary Ormsby as the new Central Coast Field Manager. Ormsby brings nearly 20 years of natural resource management experience to the position where he will oversee management of approximately 315,000 acres of public lands in 12 counties stretching from the Pacific Coast to the San Joaquin Valley.

“The BLM Central Coast Field Office manages a breathtaking array of resources; I am looking forward to working on a variety of landscapes, hearing from the public, and serving in the community” says Ormsby. “We have a dedicated staff that is committed to keeping public lands healthy, productive and accessible.”

A native of Nevada, and graduate of the University of San Diego, Ormsby began his career as a field-biologist in California where he spent over 10-years studying golden eagles and birds of prey. His published research focuses on the wildland-urban interface and he holds a Master’s degree in Natural Resource Planning, Policy, and Law, from the University of Nevada, Reno. He worked for the Walker River State Recreation Area and later managed the statewide Conservation Districts Program where he worked with ranchers and agricultural producers to implement conservation strategies. Before joining the agency as a specialist for the National Conservation Lands and Community Partnerships Division at BLM Headquarters, Ormsby coordinated with the BLM throughout his career.

As field manager, Ormsby will oversee management of public lands, such as the Fort Ord National Monument, Clear Creek Management Area and the Cotoni-Coast Dairies Unit of the California Coastal National Monument. The office manages public lands in Central California, including those closest to the San Francisco Bay Area, and oversees recreation areas, energy development and cultural programs, as well as protection of threatened and endangered species.

“I am excited about the selection of Zachary as the next BLM Central Coast Field Manager,” said Central California District Manager Chris Heppe. “He will bring a diverse range of experiences and collaborative leadership to the field manager position.”

Ormsby succeeds Ben Blom, who has taken a position outside the agency.

Ormsby grew up spending summers in Santa Cruz with family and enjoys any activity that allows him to be outside on public lands with his dog, Zoe. He is an avid snowboarder, hiker, birdwatcher and photographer that loves to cook and travel.

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.