BLM Utah announces Paul Briggs as the new Cedar City Field Manager
CEDAR CITY, UTAH — In keeping with the Administration’s goals of better serving state and local communities, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced the selection of Paul Briggs as the new Cedar City Field Manager.
Briggs, who previously served as the BLM Color Country District’s fuels program manager, will take on his new role in the district on July 31. His position is for one year, while the BLM works to align its workforce with the anticipated Fiscal Year 2018 budget.
“Paul brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership that he’s built upon for the past 32 years,” said Color Country District Manager Ahmed Mohsen. “Paul works tirelessly to build relationships and partnerships to leverage federal resources that benefit the communities. He understands local concerns and how they fit on a regional, even national scale. I’m excited to have him in a position that allows him to put in place the vision we all share.”
Briggs began his federal career as a seasonal firefighter in 1985, while attending Southern Utah State College (now Southern Utah University) and later at Utah State University where he majored in range science.
He served as a range conservationist in the BLM’s Fillmore, Utah, office and as a rangeland management specialist in Cedar City. Since 2001, Briggs helped develop, then manage the fuels program that removes invasive or hazardous plants from Utah’s landscape. The Color Country District program is the largest in the state, reducing 70 percent of Utah’s hazardous fuels target and emergency stabilization following wildfires.
The Cedar City Field Office is one of four field offices in the BLM’s Color Country District. It primarily covers BLM administered public lands and subsurface minerals in Beaver and Iron counties.