BLM leadership change for Arizona Strip District

ARIZONA STRIP — The Bureau of Land Management has named Timothy J. Burke as the new district manager for the Arizona Strip District, which comprises 2.8 million acres bordering to the south of St. George.

Burke comes to Arizona from California, where he was manager of the Alturas Field Office for the past 16 years. He also was acting manager of the Surprise Field Office in California for the past two years.

He starts work at the Arizona Strip the week of May 18.

Burke has worked for the BLM since 1979 and has held positions in Utah, Nevada, New Mexico and Central California before going to the Alturas Field Office.

Ray Suazo, BLM Arizona State Director, appointed Burke to the position overseeing the Arizona Strip District.

“Tim is a veteran land manager who has demonstrated the ability to deal with challenging issues. We are lucky to have him in Arizona and welcome him to our leadership team,” Suazo said.

Burke replaces Scott Florence, who retired earlier this year. The District has about 60 employees.

This is a dream job for me,” Burke said. “I’m looking forward to the management opportunities on the Arizona Strip and can’t wait to get started.”

The Arizona Strip District includes the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and five wilderness areas, including the internationally known Paria Canyon/Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area.

The Grand Canyon isolates the Arizona Strip from the rest of Arizona, making it some of the most remote and rugged public land in the lower 48 states. There are approximately 4,000 miles of unpaved roads leading to spectacular scenic vistas, remoteness and solitude among rough scenic canyons and ponderosa pine forests.

Submitted by the Bureau of Land Management.

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  • Brian May 14, 2014 at 10:24 am

    I’d say the odds of developing (or surviving with) a “conservative” viewpoint after 16 years of BLM “service” in California are near zero. So can we expect more “the feds can do no wrong” and “farmers, ranchers, and hicks are bad for the environment” mentality?

  • Mike R. May 15, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Please don’t move California any closer.

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