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Release Date: 05/13/13
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BLM Installs New High Desert District Manager

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming State Director Donald Simpson administered the oath of office to Mark Storzer as the new High Desert District (HDD) Manager on May 8 in front of a crowded room of government representatives, land owners, and BLM employees at the BLM HDD Office in Rock Springs, Wyo.  

Storzer has more than 25 years of federal service and returns to Wyoming from Eastern States where he worked in Milwaukee, Wisc. as the Northeastern States Field Office Manager. Prior to working in Milwaukee, Storzer was the Rawlins Field Manager from 2004 to 2007 when the office was established as one of seven energy pilot offices in the BLM. He has also served as the Associate Field Manager in Battle Mountain, Nev. and the BLM Water Rights Lead in the Washington, D.C. Office.  

Simpson describes the HDD as one of the top five largest and most complex districts in the BLM. It encompasses approximately 9.4 million surface acres, which is roughly half the public land in Wyoming. The HDD manages the Chokecherry/Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project, the largest wind energy project proposed on public land in North America, as well as the Continental-Divide Creston Oil and Gas Project, the largest oil and gas project on BLM-administered land in the United States. It is also the home of the first BLM wild horse ecosanctuary in the country, and there are more nesting pairs of ferruginous hawks found here, than anywhere in Wyoming.  

The new district manager says he welcomes the challenges of the High Desert District. Storzer is most proud of the strong relationships he has built with partners, cooperators, agencies and interest groups throughout his BLM career. Multiple use land management is a challenge and his philosophy is it takes getting people around the table and establishing relationships in order to address the challenges.  

Storzer grew up in Wisconsin and holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Natural Resource Management and Water Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin in Stevens Point, Wis. He is an avid Green Bay Packers fan, and enjoys working on all types of home improvement projects, fishing, gardening and spending time with the dogs.

Note to Editor: Photographs of the ceremony:

Associate State Director Mary Jo Rugwell welcomes attendees.
BLM Wyoming Associate State Director Mary Jo Rugwell welcomes attendees to the swearing in ceremony for Mark Storzer, the new BLM High Desert District Manager.

State Director Don Simpson quizzes the crowd.
BLM Wyoming State Director Don Simpson quizzes the crowd on interesting facts about the High Desert District, such as, this is the home of the Killpecker Sand Dunes, the largest living dunes in America.

Mark Storzer takes the oath of office.
BLM Wyoming State Director Don Simpson administers the oath of office to new High Desert District Manager Mark Storzer.

BLM Wyoming District Managers.
BLM Wyoming District Managers. Pictured left to right: Steve Dondero, Wind River/Bighorn Basin District Manager; Mark Storzer, High Desert District Manager; Stephanie Connolly, High Plains District Manager.

The BLM Wyoming Management.
The new High Desert District and BLM Wyoming Management Teams. Front row from left to right: Mary Jo Rugwell, Associate State Director; Lance Porter, Rock Springs Field Manager; Jodi Camrud, Associate District Manager. Back row from left to right: Shane DeForest, Pinedale Field Manager; Jeromy Caldwell, Kemmerer Field Manager; Dennis Carpenter, Rawlins Field Manager; Mark Storzer, District Manager; Don Simpson, State Director.

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 Office   280 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs, WY 82901   

Last updated: 05-14-2013