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Release Date: 08/27/12
Contacts: Celia Boddington , (202) 208-6913  

BLM Announces Selection of Jerome Perez as New Oregon/Washington State Director

Bureau of Land Management Acting Director Mike Pool announced today the selection of Jerome E. Perez as the BLM’s new director for the agency’s state office in Oregon and Washington.  Perez is currently the Deputy Regional Forester for the U.S. Forest Service’s Intermountain Region in Ogden, Utah.  His starting date is yet to be determined.   He succeeds former Oregon/Washington State Director Ed Shepard.

"I am pleased that Jerry will be bringing 20 years of diverse and wide-ranging natural resources management experience to the BLM in Oregon and Washington," Pool said. "Jerry has the background, knowledge, and a proven track record to lead our efforts in the Pacific Northwest in an era of immense challenge and opportunity for the public lands."

Pool noted that Perez brings with him a remarkable depth of experience relating to natural resources, particularly with planning, budget, and communications, at the local, regional and national levels.  He has worked cooperatively with the BLM on many of the forest management issues confronting the Pacific Northwest.  The BLM manages over 15.7 million acres of public land in Oregon and approximately 425,000 acres in Washington together with some 23.4 million acres of Federal subsurface minerals.

"I also want to thank Mike Mottice for serving as acting State Director over the past several months," Pool said. "With Mike remaining as Associate State Director, BLM Oregon/Washington will be in good hands with two highly skilled and qualified people leading it."

"I am quite honored to be selected for this position and entrusted with the responsibilities that come with being the State Director for Oregon/Washington," Perez said.  "I look forward to working with the public who have a vested interest in these valuable lands, as well as the employees who are responsible for the stewardship of these resources."

As the Deputy Regional Forester of the U.S. Forest Service’s Intermountain Region, Perez shares management responsibility for some 34 million acres of National Forests in California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.  His previous positions with the Forest Service include Forest Supervisor of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky, Deputy Forest Supervisor of the Stanislaus National Forest in California, and National Litigation Coordinator in Washington, D.C.  In addition, he has served as a Brookings Institution Fellow in the United States Senate and with the Peace Corps in Ghana.

Perez, a native of Poughkeepsie, New York, holds a JD from The Catholic University of America and a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources Management from the West Virginia University.

Perez and his wife Rita, who also served in the Peace Corps, look forward to making the Portland area their home.  An avid bicyclist, Perez looks forward to living in a bike-friendly city, for which the City of Roses is renowned.

For a photo of Perez, click here.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM'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. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 08-27-2012