New leadership at BLM Utah

Moab’s Porter goes to Green River District

BLM utah districts map
Map courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management Utah has made several key changes in leadership positions across the state to begin 2020.

Here they are, according to a statement from the BLM:

Anita Bilbao on an interim basis will replace Edwin L. Roberson, BLM Utah state director, who retired Jan. 3. Robertson has served in the position since October 2016. He is moving to North Carolina to be with his family after more than 40 years of public service with the BLM. He leaves a legacy of collaborative problem solving. Under Roberson’s leadership BLM Utah built lasting relationships and accomplished many important projects for Utah residents and the American public, the BLM statement said.

Bilbao, an associate state director, has agreed to serve as the acting state director while the BLM fills the post permanently. Abbie Jossie, deputy state director for Natural Resources, will fill the role of associate state director in an interim capacity.

“It has been a privilege to be the Utah state director for the last three years,” said Roberson. “We’ve built a highly effective team here in Utah. I am confident in their commitment to the BLM’s multiple use mission and that they will continue to responsibly manage public lands for present and future generations.”

Said Bilbao, “We committed to building and maintaining a strong, healthy Team Utah. We will miss Ed’s thoughtful leadership and know that he has set us up for a successful transition. We are proud of the work our team has accomplished and wish Ed well in retirement. I am humbled to serve in his footsteps.”

Lance Porter has been selected as the Green River district manager. He brings experience balancing multiple uses, including recreation, to this new role. He previously served as the Canyon Country district manager in Moab. As Green River district manager, he will oversee much of BLM’s management of the designations in the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act of 2019 and continue to lead the way in energy development.

Gary Torres, Monticello field manager, has served temporarily as the acting Canyon Country district manager and has been asked to serve as the acting state director for BLM Eastern States. While the BLM seeks a long-term interim district manager, Brian Quigley, assistant district manager will fill that role.

Harry Barber has been selected as the district manager of the BLM’s new Paria River District. He previously served as a monument wildlife biologist, the Kanab field manager, and the acting manager for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. This new district combines the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the Kanab Field Office into one district co-located in Kanab. Whit Bunting has been selected as the permanent Kanab field manager. Vicki Tyler is currently serving as the acting Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument manager.

Ahmed Mohsen and Kevin Oliver continue to serve as Color Country district manager and West Desert district manager, respectively. Mohsen, Oliver and their teams have built strong relationships with local partners that continue to help the BLM accomplish important work within their districts, said officials.