THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
THE PRESIDENT NAMES PATRICK A. SHEA AS DIRECTOR, BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR
Today the President announced his intent to nominate Patrick A. Shea as the Director of the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of Interior.
Mr. Shea, of Salt Lake City, Utah, currently practices law in Salt Lake City and the District of Columbia, and is an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah and at the Brigham Young University Law School. Mr. Shea was appointed by the President to the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security in December 1996. Prior to private practice, Mr. Shea served as General Counsel and Assistant Secretary for Standard Communications, Inc., in Salt Lake City from 1985 to 1993. Mr. Shea worked in the District of Columbia as Counsel to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 1979 to 1980. He is the President of the City Creek Canyon Park, a natural history park in downtown Salt Lake City. Mr. Shea also serves as a trustee of the Nature Conservancy's Utah chapter as well as for the Catholic Community Services Board. He has served on the Board of Advisors for the Wharton School of Business' global competition center. During the past decade, he has also served as chair of the Salt Lake City Airport Authority, as a director of the University of Utah's Natural History Museum, and as a member of the Board of Visitor's for BYU's Law School.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is the federal agency charged with managing 270 million acres of federally owned lands, as well as federally owned mineral resources underlying another 300 million acres of federal and privately owned lands. The public lands managed by the BLM are concentrated in eleven western states. The agencies activities include: management of livestock grazing; mineral leasing and development; mining operations; timber harvesting; wildlife management including threatened and endangered species protection; protection of cultural and archeological resources; recreation and natural areas management; authorizations for commercial activities on public lands. The BLM works closely with public land users, adjacent landowners, state and local governments, tribes and other federal agencies.