Stories From the Field:  Changing Workforce

Many factors, including cultural, technological and demographic changes, influenced the nature of the BLM's workforce, how it functioned and how it would be structured.


Thumbnail image of a rig on a mountain.The Year of Three Agencies
By Larry Bauer

It will be hard to forget 1982.  That was the year that some 700 employees of the Conservation Division of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) cycled through three agencies without ever filling out a job application.  

Thumbnail image of people posing for a photo.Tribal Communications
By Cheryl Zwang

In my 20 years of work with the BLM, I have witnessed great patience and perseverance by both tribal and BLM leaders, creating a foundation on which the BLM and the tribes have built and maintained strong relationships.


Photo of people sitting around a table at the BLM Summit.Let’s Make Dust, Not Eat Dust:
How the 1994 BLM Summit Launched a New Strategic Direction

By Chip Calamaio, with Deb Rawhouser, Larry Hamilton, and Denise Meridith

Recalling the weeklong BLM summit that brought together 410 BLM managers and more than 100 stakeholders.


Photo of firefighters in the field.Changing Face of the Bureau
By Melissa Dukes

The face of the BLM has, from the beginning, reflected the face of the people who use its public lands.  This article looks at some of those changes.