The U.S. Bureau of Land Managements Southwest District expanded the leadership team with the addition of Matt Azhocar, the new associate manager stationed at the San Juan Public Lands Center in Durango, according to a written release from the BLM.
The Southwest District includes Montrose, Gunnison, Dolores, San Miguel, Ouray, San Juan, La Plata, Delta, Montezuma and portions of Saguache, Hinsdale, Archuleta and Mesa counties.
Prior to moving to Colorado, Azhocar was the assistant field manager for the Butte Falls Field Office in Bedford, Ore. (the largest BLM district with over 180 permanent employees).
Matts experience in natural resource program management, supervision and leadership will enable him to work closely with federal, state and local government agencies and partners and other organizations to foster positive working relationships, said Lori Armstrong, BLM district manager.
Azhocars experiences includes serving as a BLM representative on multi-agency teams for regional and statewide projects including studies associated with wild and scenic river management, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission certified natural gas pipelines and facilities and Environmental Impact Statements.
He has a masters degree in management from Southern Oregon University and a bachelor of science in natural resources with an emphasis in watershed management from Oregon State University.
Azhocar began his federal career in the U.S. Navy, and his civil service career while attending Oregon State University in the Student Career Experience Program studying hydrology for the BLM on the Oregon coast. On graduation, he accepted a job with the Coos Bay District BLM as the Myrtlewood Field Office Hydrologist in North Bend, Ore.
When Azhocar has free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, three daughters, their chocolate Labrador puppy and their big black 6-toed cat. He also enjoys playing in the park with his children, hiking, camping, swimming and fishing.
To contact Azhocar, call 247-4874 or email [email protected]