Timothy Murphy has been chosen as the Bureau of Land Management’s state director in Idaho.
Murphy has been acting in the position since August 2013. He previously served as BLM assistant director for fire and aviation at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.
“His steady hand at both NIFC and BLM Idaho has made him a critical member of our leadership team,” said BLM Director Neil Kornze. “Tim’s thorough knowledge of resource management issues and his demonstrated ability to build effective partnerships with public land stakeholders make him the right choice for the job.”
Murphy, popular with Idaho officials, leads the agency's 700 permanent and 300 temporary employees who manage 14 million acres of public land in the state on a $100 million budget..
Murphy has worked for the BLM for 34 years. He began his career in public service in 1978 with the U.S. Forest Service as a firefighter on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. In 1980, Murphy came to work for the BLM as a range conservationist in Rock Springs, Wyo., before serving as a supervisory range conservationist in the Caliente Resource Area in Nevada.
Murphy also worked as a manager in New Mexico and Montana before coming to NIFC. As assistant director he helped guide firefighting and emergency resources throughout the country working directly with governors and cabinet secretaries.
As acting director he has been leading the BLM’s efforts to develop a sage grouse plan for Idaho in collaboration with Otter. He also convened a panel to develop acceptable routes for the Gateway West Transmission line in southwest Idaho including the Morley Nelson Birds of Prey Preserve managed by the BLM.
Murphy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and Rangeland Science from the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Murphy and his wife, Mary, have three children. He is active in several community organizations, including the Civil Air Patrol.