BLM Staff - (Back L to R) Kyle Scholl (Cadatral Surveyor), Raechel Owens (fuels forster), RC Lopez (Range Management Specialist), Zach Hughes (Natural Resource Specialist) (Front L to R) Olivia Clark (Administrative Assistant), Carla Garner (Admin Assistant), Stephanie Odell (Field Manager) Amy Birtwhistle (Biologist), Maribeth Pecotte (Park Ranger), John Monkouski (Recreation Planner), Annie Sperandio (Realty Specialist), Ken Belcher (Forester), Jayme Lopez (Acting Assistant Field Manager), Kelly Elliott (Natural Resource Specialist). Not pictured - Paula Belcher (Hydrologist), Shane Dittlinger (Recreation Planner), Chris Smith (River Ranger), Bill Wyatt (Archeologist).

Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the montheau

Editor’s note – The traditional questionnaire for business of the month was adapted by BLM to cover their unique situation.

How long have you lived in Kremmling?

We have a full-time staff of 18, and typically hire about another 12 seasonal employees each summer.  Some of our staff members have worked in this office for over 30 years, while some have moved here as recently as last year. We also employ several Rocky Mountain Youth Corps teams in the summer that travel to this area to work on special projects for us.

History of your business

The history of the BLM starts with the establishment of the General Land Office in 1815. The GLO was basically in charge of distributing the federal public domain lands to homesteaders. The U.S. Grazing Service was later established in 1934 under the Taylor Grazing Act to administer grazing on public domain lands. In 1946, the GLO and Grazing Service were combined into the BLM. The BLM established the Kremmling Field office in the late 1970s.  Prior to that the public lands in this area were managed by the Colorado State Office in Denver and the Glenwood Springs Field Office. 

What products or services does your business offer?

The BLM Kremmling Field Office manages 378,500 surface acres and 752,844 acres of federal minerals, primarily in Eagle, Grand and Jackson counties. We manage for multiple uses including grazing, timber, recreation, wildlife habitat, realty, minerals, paleontology, archeology, weeds, hydrology, air resources, and others.

Anything new going on or special promotions you are offering 

We will be updating our management plan for the Upper Colorado River beginning this spring. Please watch the paper or give us a call (970) 724-3000 to find out how you can be involved.

Tell us something we might not know about your business

The BLM is one of the only agencies that generates more money for the U.S. government than it costs to run. Significant revenue and jobs result from activities on BLM lands and minerals, such as energy development and recreation. In 2015, for instance, $5.4 billion was generated in economic output from BLM lands and minerals in Colorado, supporting more than 23,000 jobs.

What’s your favorite thing about doing business in Kremmling?

Working with the local residents to provide great outdoor experiences.

How do you enjoy the Kremmling area when you’re not working?

Most BLM employees moved to this area for the outdoor opportunities that abound in this area – often on BLM-managed lands!