Bureau of Land Management Appoints State Director for Montana/Dakotas

WASHINGTON — Sonya Germann was chosen Wednesday as the new director of the Montana/Dakota State Bureau of Land Management.

As BLM Montana/Dakota State Manager, Germann will oversee approximately 600 permanent employees and up to 230 career/temporary seasonal employees who help manage a variety of public lands and resources. Resources include energy development, livestock grazing, outdoor recreation, and the protection and control of wild horses and burros.

She served as a Montana State Forester and led the Forestry Division of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation since April 2018. During that time, she led Montana’s wildfire operations. state, oversaw public and private forestry assistance, and worked with government and non-government partners to address issues related to forest health and wildfire risk across property lines.

“Sonya brings a life in Montana and more than 20 years of experience in natural resources, conservation and business management to her new role,” said BLM Director Tracy Stone-Manning. “She is highly respected for her inclusive approach to management, her ability to build strong relationships on the ground and find solutions to difficult issues. His expertise will benefit both the Bureau of Land Management and the constituencies we serve.

Germann worked for the Forest Service of the United States Department of Agriculture before working for the DNRC where she held various positions such as Chief of the Forest Management Office of the Trust Lands Division.