Mike Pool, a former BLM California State Director has accepted the position of Deputy of Director for Operations with the the Bureau of Land Management. Pool will formally begin work on January 1, 2010. His duties will include supervising the BLM's senior executive team and providing management continuity between State Offices for all BLM programs.
"I am pleased to welcome Mike aboard as the permanent Deputy Director for Operations," said Bob Abbey, BLM Director. "His 34 years as a career BLM employee have prepared him well, and we'll all benefit from his continued commitment to the BLM here in Washington."
Reflecting on his career so far, Pool says he is "most proud of the partnerships the BLM has forged with hundreds of organizations, friends groups, and governmental entities throughout the Nation. Together with these partners, the BLM's ability to manage public lands wisely for future generations is strengthened ten-fold."
Pool served as acting Director for the BLM from March 1 to August 7 of this year, and Acting Deputy Director for Operations from August 8 to the present. Prior to that, as BLM-California State Director, he oversaw 15.1 million acres of public lands in California and another 1.5 million in northwestern Nevada. He started his career at the field level and worked in a variety of assignments in Colorado, New Mexico, Alaska, Nevada, Washington D.C., and the Department of the Interior.
Pool holds a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife science from New Mexico State University. He was born in Arizona and grew up in Deming, New Mexico. He and wife Nancy, a nurse administrator, raised two children, Jessica and Justin.
The BLM manages 256 million acres - more land than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including 80 million acres in Alaska. he BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.