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Bureau of Land Management picks new manager for Eagle County

Vail Daily staff reports
Eagle County, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Steve Bennett has been named the manager of the federal Bureau of Land Management office that covers Eagle County.

The office, with 60 employees, oversees 556,000 acres of federal land in Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin and Routt counties.

“Steve was chosen from a list of highly qualified candidates based largely on his skills working with local communities and his leadership managing natural resources,” said Jamie Connell, the agency’s northwest Colorado district manager. “In particular, Steve has extensive experience in managing complex energy development projects and serving as an agency administrator during challenging wildfire situations in the wildland-urban interface.”

Bennett came to Glenwood Springs in 1997 and has been the associate field manager since 2001 and acting field manager since June.

Bennett began his land bureau career 28 years ago in Craig, Colo. He has also worked as an environmental protection specialist, resource advisor, and supervisory natural resource specialist.

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“Among Steve’s many accomplishments is his successful implementation of the Glenwood Springs Energy Office, which is part of a pilot program under the 2005 Energy Policy Act,” Connell said.

Bennett holds a bachelor’s degree in recreation management from Utah State University.

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