Friday, June 19, 2009

Regional BLM manager moving on

Lori Armstrong will take new position in southwest Colorado


By JASON KAUFFMAN
Express Staff Writer

Lori Armstrong, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Shoshone field manager for the past four years, is moving on to a new position with the agency in southwest Colorado.

Armstrong will become the BLM's Colorado Southwest District manager, based in Montrose, Colo. She will take over the position on Aug. 2. There, she will oversee the management of more than 1.5 million acres of public lands in the region.

The Colorado Southwest District includes the Uncompahgre and Gunnison field offices, as well as the San Juan Public Lands Center. Armstrong will also oversee the management of the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and Anasazi Heritage Center.

"It's some great country," she said.

The Shoshone Field Office oversees management of BLM lands in Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, the Wood River Valley and other parts of south-central Idaho. Prior to her work in Shoshone, Armstrong worked as a botanist in southwest Utah and as a renewable resource advisor and associate field manager in Richfield, Utah.

For now, Holly Hampton, manager of Craters of the Moon, has been named as the acting Shoshone field manager. This summer, the BLM will advertise for a permanent replacement for Armstrong.

Jason Kauffman: jkauffman@mtexpress.com




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