BLM announces key local leadership changes
Nicollee Gaddis-Wyatt has been selected as the incoming Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Canyon Country District Manager and Jake Palma has been named BLM Monticello Field Manager.
In these roles, Gaddis-Wyatt and Palma will make important decisions about land management, recreation, conservation, and resource use on BLM-administered public lands within Grand and San Juan counties.
“Nicollee and Jake bring strong regional experience and appreciation for public lands to their new positions,” said BLM Utah State Director Greg Sheehan.
“I have confidence in their abilities and am grateful for their thoughtful leadership.”
As Canyon Country District Manager, Gaddis-Wyatt now oversees 3.6-million surface acres included in the BLM Moab and Monticello Field Offices.
Monticello Field Manager Palma is responsible for the administration of more than 1.8 million surface acres in San Juan County, Utah.
“I appreciate living and working in such a remarkable area,” said Canyon Country District Manager Nicollee Gaddis-Wyatt. “I look forward to continuing to strengthen relations with local government leaders, Tribal Nations, our stakeholders, and the public as we work together on behalf of all Americans.”
Gaddis-Wyatt began her career with the BLM in her hometown of El Centro, CA in 2010. She spent almost a decade working in planning for the BLM in California and then in Las Vegas, NV before coming to the BLM Monticello Field Office in a temporary assignment as acting field manager in 2018.
In 2019, she rejoined the Canyon Country District team as the Moab Field Manager and has served in that role until her promotion. She is passionate about responsible land management and creating a supportive and welcoming environment.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, cross stitching, baking, and exploring public lands with her family, which includes her two dogs, May and Molly.
Palma joined the BLM as the Price Field Office Planning and Environmental Coordinator in 2015. While there, he worked on complex travel management planning and prepared environmental analyses.
He moved to Monticello in 2019 to serve as the Bears Ears National Monument Manager and subsequently filled in as the Monticello Field Manager in a temporary capacity before his permanent selection to the role.
Palma enjoys building relationships with BLM partners and the communities that serve as gateways to public lands.
He has strong eastern Oregon family roots in the small town of John Day and fond memories of growing up across the West in places like the redwoods of Northern California, Crater Lake, Lake Tahoe, and the Wasatch Front.
He continues to make memories on public lands with his wife and four children.
Learn more about the Canyon Country District on the BLM website at www.blm.gov/office/canyon-country-district-office.