BLM Canyon Country District Announces Key Leadership Changes

MOAB, Utah— Bureau of Land Management Announces Leadership Changes in Canyon Country District in Southeast Utah; Nicollee Gaddis-Wyatt has been selected as the new BLM Canyon District Manager and Jake Palma has been named BLM Monticello Field Manager. In these roles, Gaddis-Wyatt and Palma will make important decisions regarding land management, recreation, conservation and resource use on public lands administered by BLM in Grand and San Juan counties.

“Nicollee and Jake bring strong regional experience and an appreciation of public lands to their new positions,” said Greg Sheehan, BLM Utah State Manager. “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 BLM Moab and Monticello field offices. Monticello Field Manager Palma is responsible for administering more than 1.8 million surface acres in San Juan County, Utah.

“I enjoy living and working in such a remarkable region,” said Canyon Country District Manager Nicollee Gaddis-Wyatt. “I look forward to continuing to strengthen relationships 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 at BLM in her hometown of El Centro, California in 2010. She spent nearly a decade working in BLM planning in California, then in Las Vegas, Nevada, before joining the BLM Monticello Field Office on a temporary assignment as Acting Field Manager in the summer of 2018. In September 2019, she joined the Canyon Country District team as the Moab Field Manager and has held this position until his promotion. She is passionate about responsible land management and creating a supportive and welcoming environment. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cross-stitching, cooking, and exploring public lands with her family, including her two dogs, May and Molly.

Palma joined the BLM as the Pricing Field Office Planning and Environmental Coordinator in 2015. During this time he worked on complex travel management planning and prepared environmental scans. In the summer of 2019, he moved to Monticello to serve as Warden of Bears Ears National Monument, then served as Monticello’s Field Manager on a temporary basis prior to his permanent selection to that position. Palma enjoys building relationships with BLM partners and 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 Northern California Redwoods, Crater Lake, Lake Tahoe and the Wasatch Front. He continues to make memories on public lands with his wife and four children.

You can learn more about the Canyon Country District on the BLM website at