Juan Palma was the Nevada State Director for the Nature Conservancy and the former Utah State Director for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) until his retirement in March 2015. Juan provided leadership, oversight, and supervision, through 850 employees, for 23 million acres of BLM land in Utah. Under his leadership, Utah BLM was a leader in developing balanced solutions to safeguard our fragile environments and iconic Utah landscapes. Prior to his position in Utah, Juan was the State Director for the BLM’s Eastern States.
Juan began his 30-year career in federal public service with the U.S. Forest Service in 1984, where he worked in a variety of positions including Budget Officer, Administrative Officer, District Ranger, and Deputy Forest Supervisor. From 1997 – 2000 he served as Forest Supervisor on the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, followed by a period as Executive Director of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, a bi-state compact agency overseeing regional land-use issues. Since joining the BLM, Juan has served as Colorado’s Western Slope Center Manger, District Manager in Vale, Oregon, and Field Office Manager in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Juan highlights the 1997 Lake Tahoe Presidential Summit, hosting the President and Vice-President of the United States, as one of the most exciting times in his career. He is also very proud of his work with Tribes like the Washoe. In 2003 Juan received the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service award for outstanding contributions to the Nation’s fish and wildlife resources.
Raised in Toppenish, Washington, Juan’s educational endeavors took him to Brigham Young University and Oregon State University, where he graduated with a degree in Business Management. Juan also studied at the University of Nevada at Reno, earning his Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences. When not at work, Juan, can be found spending time with family.