Colo. gets new Bureau of Land Management director |

Colo. gets new Bureau of Land Management director

DENVER – A longtime Bureau of Land Management employee will take over the Colorado office next month.

Helen Hankins, a 58-year-old native of Council, Idaho, is currently associate state director for the BLM in Arizona. Hankins replaces Sally Wisely, who retired last year.

Hankins has worked for the BLM for about 40 years, including an assignment in Durango. As Colorado state BLM direrctor, Hankins will oversee 815 employees with a budget of approximately $75 million.

Colorado has 8.3 million acres of BLM public lands and 27 million acres of mineral estate.

Hankins’ appointment was announced Tuesday.

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