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Release Date: 07/20/09
Contacts: Lorraine Keith 307-352-0399    

Installation Ceremony Held for BLM High Desert District Manager John F. Ruhs

An installation ceremony for the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) High Desert District Manager was held July 16, 2009.

High Desert District Manager takes the Oath of Office.

Family, friends and employees at John Ruh's installation ceremony.

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BLM Wyoming State Director Don Simpson officially inducted John Ruhs as the head of the High Desert District. Ruhs began his career with BLM as a seasonal Range Technician in Vale, Oregon, and transferred to Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he met his wife, Amy, and worked as both a Range Technician and as a Rangeland Management Specialist. From there he transferred to the BLM Eastern States, Milwaukee Field Office. While in that office he worked as a Wild Horse & Burro Specialist. The next stop was Winnemucca, where John served as a Fire Rehabilitation Manager and as the Fire Management Officer. In addition, he has gained valuable experience and insight while serving on details in several positions.

Ruhs received his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Idaho. He and his wife Amy have seven daughters. Ruhs enjoys outdoor activities including horses, fitness, camping and golfing. 

Other significant experiences in John Ruhs life include serving our country in the Marine Corps, working on farms and ranches, and time spent working as a farrier.

“I'm looking forward to working with the great staff in the High Desert District and also working with the public, state, county and local governments. It’s great to be in Wyoming with the beautiful, wide open spaces, and I look forward to the challenges and diverse opportunities ahead,” noted Ruhs.

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.

High Desert District   280 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs, WY 82901  

Last updated: 07-20-2009