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Wind River/Bighorn Basin District Office
Release Date: 11/29/11
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

BLM Hosts Installation Ceremony:
Public Invited to Meet New District Manager Steve Dondero

The public is invited to attend the installment of Steve Dondero as district manager for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wind River/Bighorn Basin District (WR/BBD) at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, at the WR/BBD Office in Worland.

BLM Wyoming Associate State Director Ruth Welch will administer the Oath of Office. “Steve's extensive background in renewable resources, hardrock mining, wildlife, fire, grazing and recreation will be an excellent addition to the BLM Wyoming organization,” said Welch.

Dondero has worked with the BLM since 1977 in many diverse positions including wildlife biologist, range conservationist and outdoor recreation planner. He most recently served as the associate district manager for the Elko District in Nevada. As district manager of the WR/BBD, Dondero oversees the management of approximately 5.7 million acres of public lands within the Cody, Lander and Worland field office areas.

“I am both honored and thrilled to be selected for this position in the most beautiful part of Wyoming,” said Dondero. “I am looking forward to the opportunities and challenges that come with the job, and to becoming part of the local communities.”

Dondero graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in wildlife management and minor degrees in range and biology. While attending college, he fought fires each summer for the U.S. Forest Service, beginning a 25-year span of work in various aspects of fire management.

Dondero enjoys fly fishing, hunting, golfing, wood working, gardening and watching wildlife in his spare time. He and his wife Jo Ann are enjoying exploring the Cody, Lander and Worland communities.

The public is encouraged to come for the ceremony and meet the new district manager. The WR/BBD Office is located at 101 South 23rd Street in Worland. For more information, please contact BLM Public Affairs Specialist Sarah Beckwith at 347-5207 or

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.

Wind River/Bighorn Basin District Office   101 South 23rd      Worland, WY 82401  

Last updated: 12-01-2011