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Release Date: 09/08/14
Contacts: Celia Boddington , 202-208-6913  

Veteran Land Manager Timothy Murphy Named as BLM's Idaho State Director

Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze today announced the appointment of veteran land manager Timothy Murphy as the BLM’s State Director in Idaho.  Murphy has been acting in the position since August 2013.  Prior to his current assignment, he served as assistant director for fire and aviation at the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise.
“I’ve been fortunate to work closely with Tim since I joined the BLM,” said Kornze.  “His steady hand at both NIFC and BLM Idaho has made him a critical member of our leadership team.  Tim’s thorough knowledge of resource management issues and his demonstrated ability to build effective partnerships with public land stakeholders make him the right choice for the job.”
Murphy, who has 34-years of public service with the BLM, began his Federal career in 1978 with the U.S. Forest Service as a firefighter on the Bridger-Teton National Forest.  In 1980, Murphy came to work for the BLM as a range conservationist in Rock Springs, Wyoming, before serving as a supervisory range conservationist in the Caliente Resource Area in Nevada.  Murphy continued his career in New Mexico, where he took on assignments as assistant area manager in the Carlsbad Resource Area and as area manager in Las Cruces.  From there, Murphy moved to Montana to lead the Miles City office as district manager before heading to Boise, where he worked in several managerial positions at NIFC that culminated in his service as assistant director.
Murphy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and Rangeland Science from the University of Wyoming in Laramie.  Murphy and his wife, Mary, have three children.  He is active in several community organizations, including the Civil Air Patrol.

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: 09-08-2014