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Lander Field Office
Release Date: 09/07/11
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

BLM Lander Hosts Installation Ceremony:
Public Invited to Meet New Field Manager Rick Vander Voet

An installation ceremony for Rick Vander Voet as field manager of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander Field Office will be conducted at 1 p.m. on September 21 at the Lander Field Office. The public is welcome to attend.

While Vander Voet has served as the Lander Field Manager since July, BLM Wyoming State Director Don Simpson will make it official by administering the Oath of Office. As field manager, Vander Voet oversees the management of 2.5 million acres of public lands in central Wyoming.

Vander Voet came to Wyoming from Idaho where he served as field manager of BLM Idaho's Jarbidge Field Office in Twin Falls for more than five years. Prior to that he was the assistant field manager for the BLM Idaho Shoshone Field Office and BLM Monument Manager for the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve which is co-managed with the National Park Service. He also worked in the Shoshone Field Office for 12 years as an outdoor recreation planner. Vander Voet has fond memories of beginning his federal career almost 30 years ago as a wilderness ranger for the Flathead National Forest in Montana.

“I am proud to have the opportunity to take a role in Wyoming public land stewardship and look forward to working with the public on projects and issues in the Lander Field Office area,” Vander Voet said.

Vander Voet holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Colgate University and a Master of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. He and his wife Jeni are enjoying learning about the Lander community and surrounding country.

The Lander Field Office staff encourages the public to come for the ceremony and meet the new field manager. The office is located at 1335 Main Street. For more information, please contact BLM Public Affairs Specialist Sarah Beckwith at 307-347-5207.

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.

Lander Field Office   1335 Main Street      Lander, WY 82520  

Last updated: 09-07-2011