Wallace Stegner Center Green Bag
Energy Development on Utah’s BLM Lands
S.J. Quinney College of Law, Room 106
1 hour CLE, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Juan Palma is the Utah State Director for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). He provides leadership for the 23 million acres of BLM in Utah. Prior to his appointment to Utah he was the State Director for the BLM’s Eastern States. Under his guidance and leadership, the BLM’s mission and vision were carried out in 31 states east of and bordering the Mississippi River. Juan joined the BLM-Eastern States in February, 2008, bringing with him more than 20 years of Federal public service. Juan began his federal career with the U.S. Forest Service in 1984, where over fifteen subsequent years he worked in a variety of positions including Budget Officer, Administrative Officer, District Ranger, and Deputy Forest Supervisor. From 1997 – 2000, he served as Forest Supervisor on the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, followed by a period as Executive Director of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, a bi-state compact agency overseeing regional land-use issues within the Lake Tahoe basin. Since joining the BLM, Juan has served as District Manager in Vale, Oregon, and Field Office Manager in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Among his many accomplishments, Juan highlights the 1997 Lake Tahoe Presidential Summit, hosting the President and Vice-President of the United States, as one of the most exciting times in his career. He is also very proud of work completed in conjunction with the Washoe and Hoopa Tribes. In 2003 Juan received the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service award for outstanding contributions to the Nation’s fish and wildlife resources.
While raised in Toppenish, Washington, Juan’s educational endeavors took him to Brigham Young University and Oregon State University, where he ultimately graduated with a degree in Business Management. Juan also studied at the University of Nevada at Reno, earning his Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences. Now with Utah BLM, Juan looks forward to expanding his community-oriented approach to establishing and enhancing partnerships on public lands. As a married father of three, he wants to make memorable experiences for families and individuals alike on the lands the BLM manages in Utah. When not at work on those initiatives, Juan can be found tending his garden, spending time with family, or hitting the slopes as an avid snowboarder.