Bob Abbey, dir, Bureau of Land Management, Dept of the Interior
Mr. Abbey, who was sworn in as BLM director in 2009, oversees the management of 256 million acres owned by the United States -- more than any other federal agency. These public lands are primarily located in 12 western states, including Alaska.
The Bureau also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral development estate throughout the nation. With a budget of about $1 billion, the BLM strives to fulfill its statutory multiple-use mission, which involves managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and conserving natural, historical, cultural and other resources on public lands.
Mr. Abbey has been involved with a number of interesting public land management issues which have included implementation of the Wild Lands Policy; the permitting of expanded oil and gas development in the Rocky Mountains; challenges to coal leasing in the western U.S.; and efforts to increase renewable energy developments on public lands