BLM’s Bennett promoted to field manager post |

BLM’s Bennett promoted to field manager post

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Bureau of Land Management announced Friday that long-time Glenwood Springs BLM employee Steve Bennett has been selected as the new field manager for the area.

Bennett will oversee the 60 employees who work in the 566,000-acre Glenwood Springs Field Office. That includes the Glenwood Springs Energy Office and BLM lands and minerals in parts of 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,” BLM Northwest Colorado District Manager Jamie Connell said in a news release. “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. He has been acting Field Manager since June 2008. Bennett began his BLM career 28 years ago in Craig. He has also worked as an environmental protection specialist, resource advisor, and supervisory natural resource specialist.

“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.

He fills the position formerly held by Connell, who was named the BLM Northwest Colorado District Manager earlier this year.

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