Juan Palma's Leadership on Public Lands | Rod Torrez

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Juan Palma managed BLM lands in Utah for multiple uses. BLM Photo

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Juan Palma, a warm, friendly and highly respected leader in managing public lands, who retired last month after five years as the State Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Utah.

Anyone familiar with the West would understand that being the State BLM Director in Utah is one of the biggest, most complicated, contentious jobs in any public lands agency. Utah's public lands