New BLM district manager reports to Miles City

Diane Friez is the new BLM Eastern Montana – Dakotas District Manager, reporting to Miles City May 7. Friez replaces recently retired former District Manager Elaine Raper. The EMDD manages more than 3 million acres of public land and over 18 million acres of subsurface estate.

From the BLM

        Diane Friez has been selected by the Montana-Dakotas State Office to assume the role of district manager for the Eastern Montana – Dakotas District headquartered in Miles City and reported to work May 7.

Friez is replacing former District Manager Elaine Raper who retired April 27 after 20-years of federal service.
Friez currently has over 30-years in the BLM and began her career as a clerk-typist in 1977 in what was then called the “Miles City District”. Friez has since worked her way up through the ranks in positions such as: purchasing agent, support services supervisor, employee relations specialist, human resources officer and most recently as the Deputy State Director for Support Services in the Montana/Dakotas State Office located in Billings.
“Diane has gained credibility throughout the Bureau as she has served in many special assignments at the field, state, and national levels,” said Associate State Director Katherine Kitchell, in an announcement regarding Friez’s appointment. “Diane fully understands the roles, responsibilities, and challenges of our agency at all levels.” 
“For those of us who have had the privilege to work with Diane, we know that she can inspire and motivate employees, build teams, and effectively address challenging human resources issues,” said Kitchell. 
The Eastern Montana-Dakotas District encompasses roughly the eastern third of the state of Montana, North and South Dakota.  The EMDD manages more than 3 million acres of public land and over 18 million acres of subsurface estate. 
The EMDD is home to the Miles City Field Office which manages more than 2.7 million surface acres of public land and over 12.4 million acres of subsurface mineral estate; the North Dakota Field Office (Dickinson) which manages over 58,000 surface acres of public land and about 4.1 million acres of mineral estate; and the South Dakota Field Office (Belle Fourche) which manages over 274,000 surface acres and around 1.5 million acres of subsurface mineral estate. 

Published May 9, 2012

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