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Ruth Welch hired as BLM's Colorado director

By: Associated Press
May 19, 2014 Updated: May 19, 2014 at 2:43 pm
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photo - This photo provided by the Bureau of Land Management shows the new Colorado BLM Director Ruth Welch. The BLM announced Monday, May 19, 2014 that Welch is being hired as the permanent director for Colorado. Welch has been serving as acting director since February, following the retirement of Helen Hankins. (AP Photo/Bureau of Land Management)
This photo provided by the Bureau of Land Management shows the new Colorado BLM Director Ruth Welch. The BLM announced Monday, May 19, 2014 that Welch is being hired as the permanent director for Colorado. Welch has been serving as acting director since February, following the retirement of Helen Hankins. (AP Photo/Bureau of Land Management) 

DENVER — The Bureau of Land Management's acting state director for Colorado is being hired as the new permanent director.

Ruth Welch's appointment was announced Monday by BLM director Neil Kornze. He said Welch has broad experience in natural resource management and a history of collaborating with people on different sides of complex issues.

Welch has been serving as acting director since February, following the retirement of Helen Hankins.

Before that, Welch was director of the BLM's National Operations Center in Denver. She's also held leadership positions for the agency in Wyoming, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

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