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Release Date: 06/20/12
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Rugwell Named New BLM Wyoming Associate State Director

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming State Director Don Simpson announced today that Mary Jo Rugwell has been selected as the new Associate State Director for BLM Wyoming.

 Mary Jo Rugwell.
“We’re excited to have Mary Jo on board. She has an extensive background in management, renewable resources, wild horses, oil and gas, grazing,  fire, and recreation. She will be an excellent addition to the BLM leadership team and the Wyoming organization,” said Simpson.

Rugwell comes to Wyoming from Nevada where she has served as district manager for the Southern Nevada District Office since 2008. She previously served as the field manager for the Kemmerer Field Office in Wyoming, acting field manager for Carlsbad Field Office in New Mexico and assistant field manager for Minerals and Lands for the Carlsbad Field Office. 

Rugwell began her BLM career in 1984 at the Wyoming State Office in Cheyenne working in the Fluid Minerals Branch.  She then worked in several different jobs in the Minerals and Lands Division, including eleven years in fluid minerals adjudication as a land law examiner and team lead.  She has also worked for the National Weather Service and the Army Corps of Engineers.  

Rugwell plans to report to the Wyoming State Office in late August.  Rugwell is a native of Cheyenne, Wyo.  Her family includes her husband Darrell, daughter Wendy, son-in-law Eric and son John.  Her interests include travel, the theatre, sports, reading, and interior design.


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.

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Last updated: 06-20-2012