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BLM announces new district manager for Spokane, Coeur d’Alene

Photo via Bureau of Land Management.

News release from BLM: 

Portland, Ore. – On Monday the Bureau of Land Management announced the selection of Kurt Pindel as the new District Manager for the Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane Districts.

In a nearly 30-year career in federal service, Pindel has worked for the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management across many of the western States. Over the last 30 years, Pindel has worked as a wildlife biologist, fire ecologist, recreation manager, and, recently, a Forest Service District Ranger in both South Dakota and Idaho.

“Kurt has helped build strong community relationships in his tenures as a District Ranger and looks forward to helping build and strengthen community relationships across Washington and northern Idaho,” said Oregon/Washington Associate State Director Theresa Hanley.

“Kurt has a proven track record as both a leader and a natural resource manager,” added BLM Idaho State Director John F. Ruhs.  “The BLM combined the management of the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene Districts several years ago, and we believe Kurt will bring exceptional skills to a demanding job. We are excited for him to start.”

Pindel was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but grew up in the suburbs of Boston. Pindel is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a degree in wildlife management.

The majority of BLM public lands in Washington are east of the Cascade crest in the central Columbia Basin and in the highlands of northeastern Washington along the Canadian border. In addition, public lands are found in northern Puget Sound, north of Seattle in San Juan County, which have been designated as the San Juan Island National Monument. A full range of habitats are found on the public lands in Washington and include the maritime Puget Sound lowlands, the central Columbia Basin sagebrush regime, many riparian zones, and the coniferous forest and sub-alpine areas of northeast Washington.

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