Michelle “Shelly” Lynch Named New BLM California Desert District Director

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Michelle “Shelly” Lynch has been selected as district manager for the Bureau of Land Management California Desert District in Palm Springs. In this role, she will be responsible for 11 million acres of public land spanning nine counties and approximately 200 employees in five field offices. Shelly replaces Andrew Archuleta who is now the BLM state director in Wyoming.

“I am pleased to welcome Shelly to this new role where her knowledge of public lands, planning and recreation will be utilized and benefit the communities and stakeholders we serve,” said Karen Mouritsen, State Director from California to BLM.

Lynch brings more than 27 years of state and federal service to this position and most recently served as Branch Chief of Lands, Planning and Recreation at BLM California State Office in Sacramento, where she served as supervised officials of state programs for recreation, National Environmental Policy Act and planning, rights of way, land acquisitions, withdrawals and land sales.

“I am thrilled to take on this new leadership role with the California Desert District, which is one of the most unique and complex districts in BLM,” Lynch said. “Encompassing three national monuments, renewable energy development, nationally recognized recreational opportunities, and critical habitat for endangered and protected species, I look forward to working alongside tribes and stakeholders on the challenges ahead. come.”

Prior to BLM, Lynch was with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where she worked as Chief of the Los Angeles District South Coast Regulatory Branch. She has also worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, and has 12 years of experience in state government, including serving as a regional biologist and environmental coordinator for the Oregon Department of Transportation. Lynch also has experience in the private sector, where she led the natural resources department of a private engineering firm.

Lynch graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management and holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix. When not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, camping, paddle boarding and kayaking.

Daniel E. Murphy