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Home » Archives » January 2014 » National Monument Manager Marcia deChadenedes

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01/30/2014: "National Monument Manager Marcia deChadenedes"

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Marcia deChadenedes is the new San Juan Islands National Monument Manager. Marcia comes to the San Juans from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Colorado State Office, where she served as the National Conservation Lands (NCL) Program Lead.

Marcia has strong past connections up and down the west coast, including Alaska, Vancouver, and California, where she served as the Outreach & Partnership Coordinator for the California Coastal National Monument.

According to the BLM website, Marcia is a native of Colorado Springs. She did her undergraduate work at Colorado State University, majoring in political science, moved on to Alaska for a few years, headed back south to attend the Emily Carr institute in Vancouver, where she received her second bachelor degree, this time in fine arts. Went further south to University of Oregon and obtained her Masters in arts administration.

Then she headed west -going so far as to end up in the far east, this time to study in Japan, and then it was back and forth in the western states where she did various things, such as: "a creative education program manager at the Centrum Foundation in Port Townsend, Washington; museum curator intern for the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon, Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Tribal Museum at Warm Springs, Oregon; community grants program evaluator for the Oregon Arts Council in Salem, Oregon; and, museum outreach programs manager for the Museum of New Mexico."

Sounds like a good fit for San Juan County.

The BLM manages 980 acres of lands within the San Juan Archipelago which became our Nation's newest National Monument through a Proclamation signed by President Obama on March 25, 2013. The National Monument includes BLM lands in San Juan, Whatcom and Skagit Counties.

Marcia deChadenedes is scheduled to report to the BLM office on Lopez Island on March 9.

More information about the San Juan Islands National Monument is available online at:

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska.

The BLM also administers 700 million acres of subsurface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred.

In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.

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