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BLM Names Manager for Alturas and Surprise Field Offices

blmalturassurpriseDennis A. Sylvia, an experienced natural resource manager with government and private sector experience, has been named field manager for the Bureau of Land Management’s Alturas and Surprise Field Offices in northeast California. He will report to the position later this year.

“I look forward to working with the field office staffs and the people of Alturas, Cedarville, and the surrounding communities. I’ve been told about the great cooperative relationships in place and I am excited to continue to build on those relationships,” Sylvia said.

Sylvia is currently associate district manager in the BLM-Arizona’s Gila District Office, where he oversees a staff of 90 employees and varied programs ranging from mining to National Landscape Conservation System management.

“Dennis has strong skills in budget and administrative areas and working in varied natural resource programs,” said Nancy Haug, manager for the BLM’s Northern California District. “He has experience developing and maintaining good working relationships with local governments, other agencies, communities and tribes.”

Prior to his post in the Gila District, Sylvia served in BLM and Forest Service posts in Washington D. C., Utah, Colorado and Alaska. He is a retired Air Force veteran. Sylvia has also worked for private firms in geology, consulting and engineering fields.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in geology, master’s degrees in geosciences and civil engineering, and a doctorate in geoscience.

In the Alturas and Surprise field offices, Sylvia will oversee more than 30 employees and additional seasonal firefighting crews. The field offices have natural resource management responsibilities on public lands in northeast California and northwest Nevada.

Sylvia replaces Tim Burke, who was named manager of the BLM Arizona Strip District.


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