November 29, 2007
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Juan Palma Named Director of BLM's Eastern States Office

Bureau of Land Management Director Jim Caswell announced today that Juan Palma, currently manager of the BLMs Las Vegas Field Office, is the Bureaus new Director of the Eastern States Office, based in Springfield, Virginia. Palma succeeds Michael D. (Mike) Nedd, who recently left to become Assistant Director for Minerals, Realty, and Resource Protection in the agencys Washington, D.C., Headquarters Office.

"Juan brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge about the BLMs programs and policies," Director Caswell said. "He is committed to the effective stewardship of public lands on behalf of all who use or care about these lands." The Eastern States Office manages public lands and resources under the BLMs jurisdiction in 31 states east of and bordering the Mississippi River.

Before serving as Las Vegas Field Office Manager, Palma was the Executive Director for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, a bi-state compact agency that oversees all land-use planning activities within the Lake Tahoe Region. Prior to that, he was District Manager for the BLM’s Vale (Oregon) District. From 1997 to 2000, Palma was Forest Supervisor for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, and from 1984 to 1997 he worked for the U.S. Forest Service in the positions of Budget Officer, Administrative Officer, District Ranger, and Deputy Forest Supervisor.

Palma was raised in Toppenish, Washington. He attended Brigham Young University and graduated from Oregon State University with a Business Management degree. He received a Master's degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Nevada at Reno. Among his many accomplishments, Palma received the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service award for outstanding contributions to the Nations fish and wildlife resources in 2003. The Washoe Tribe issued a proclamation commemorating a special day in honor of Palma because of his work in repatriating the tribe back to Lake Tahoe. Palma also hosted the 1997 Lake Tahoe Presidential summit hosting the President and Vice-President, along with four cabinet Secretaries.

Palma and his wife Susan have three sons (Jonathan, Joseph, and Jacob).

The BLM manages more land 258 million surface acres than any other Federal agency.  Most of this public land is located in 12 Western states, including Alaska.  The Bureau, with a budget of about $1.8 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.  The BLMs multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.  The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, and cultural resources on the public lands.

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