Steve Small, IWJV Management Board Vice Chair, Division Chief, Resource Services, Bureau of Land Management, National Operations Center
Steve has worked in natural resource management for more than 26 years, about 20 of them with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Throughout his career, his emphasis has been on finding solutions to complex resource challenges, especially those involving the BLM’s commitment to managing public lands for both sustained yield and multiple use. He considers his work on behalf of sage-grouse and sagebrush conservation—building relationships among people with diverse interests, and forging partnerships—to have been particularly rewarding.
Before coming to the BLM’s National Operations Center in Lakewood, Colorado, Steve spent almost 5 years at Headquarters, where he served as Division Chief for Fish and Wildlife Conservation, National Sage Grouse Coordinator, and Threatened and Endangered Species Program Lead. Previously, he worked for the BLM in Utah and Oregon as a Wildlife Biologist and in field management positions. Early in his career, Steve studied northern spotted owls at Oregon State University and worked in western Oregon as a Forester/Biologist.
Steve was born in England and moved to the United States in 1980. He became a U.S. citizen in 1996, the same year he began working for the BLM. He received his B.A. in Biology from Adrian College in Michigan. Steve lives in the Lakewood area with his wife, Carol. He spends much of his free time gardening, bird watching, and home brewing, and he enjoys any time he can spend hunting and fishing. He is also an avid English football (soccer) fan.