New BLM S.D. field manager takes the helm
Lori “Chip” Kimball reported for duty this week as the BLM South Dakota Field Office Manager, assuming the role as the top manager at this office which administers a multitude programs on local Federal lands.
Kimball replaces former Field Manager Marian Atkins who retired earlier this year.
“We are excited for Chip to join the Eastern Montana/Dakotas District,” said District Manager Diane Friez, headquartered in Miles City, Mont. “Her leadership and professional skills will be a great addition to the BLM Montana/Dakotas.”
Kimball most recently was assigned as the Assistant Field Manager for Renewable Resources at the Rio Puerco Field Office located in Albuquerque, N. M., a position she started in 2012. Her past experience includes working as an IT specialist for the National Indian Programs Training Center and working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a wildlife biologist at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.
Kimball can be reached by calling the South Dakota Field Office at: (605)892-7000.
The South Dakota Field Office manages over 274,000 surface acres and around 1.7 million acres of subsurface mineral estate in South Dakota. The majority of the surface acres are located in 13 counties west of the Missouri River. BLM-administered Federal mineral estate is located in 32 counties.