BLM Appoints Deputy Director, Operations
The Bureau of Land Management announced today that Mike Pool, former BLM
California State Director has accepted the position of Deputy of
Director for Operations. Pool will formally report in his new capacity
on January 1, 2010. His duties will include supervising the BLM’s
senior executive team and providing management continuity between State
Offices for all BLM programs.
“I am pleased to welcome Mike aboard as the permanent Deputy Director
for Operations,” said BLM Director Bob Abbey. “His 34 years as a career
BLM employee have prepared him well, and we’ll all benefit from his
continued commitment to the BLM here in Washington.”
Reflecting on his career so far, Pool says he is "most proud of the
partnerships the BLM has forged with hundreds of organizations, friends
groups, and governmental entities throughout the Nation. Together with
these partners, the BLM’s ability to manage public lands wisely for
future generations is strengthened ten-fold.”
Pool served as acting Director for the BLM from March 1 to August 7 of
this year, and Acting Deputy Director for Operations from August 8 to
the present. Prior to that, as BLM-California State Director, he oversaw
15.1 million acres of public lands in California and another 1.5 million
in northwestern Nevada. He started his career at the field level and
worked in a variety of assignments in Colorado, New Mexico, Alaska,
Nevada, Washington D.C., and the Department of the Interior.
Pool holds a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife science from New
Mexico State University. He was born in Arizona and grew up in Deming,
New Mexico. He and wife Nancy, a nurse administrator, raised two
children, Jessica and Justin.
The BLM manages – 256 million acres – more land than any other Federal
agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is
primarily located in 12 Western states, including 80 million acres in
Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers
700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.
The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity
of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future
generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities
as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and
energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and
other resources on public lands.