News Release

MAY 8, 1997


112 East Poplar Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Rex Holloway 509-522-4046

304 North 8th Street, Room 250
Boise, ID 83702
Andy Brunelle 208-334-1770, ext 128

Bureau of Land Management Idaho State Director, Martha Hahn announced today the selection of Susan Giannettino as the new Project Manager of the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project. Giannettino will lead the Project based in Boise, Idaho. Hahn also announced that Geoff Middaugh will serve as the Deputy Project Manager from the Project's office in Walla Walla, Washington.

"We are excited about having Susan and Geoff take over the leadership of this very important project as we publish the Eastside and Upper Columbia River Basin Draft Environmental Impact Statements," said Hahn, who chairs the Project's Executive Steering Committee.

Giannettino replaces Jim May who has served as Acting Project Manager in Boise since January. Jeff Blackwood hands his position as Walla Walla's Project Manager over to Middaugh after almost 4 years leading the Project. Blackwood will return to his position as Forest Supervisor of the Umatilla National Forest.

"We know that Susan and Geoff will work collaboratively with our partners and the public through the upcoming formal public comment period to assure their issues, concerns, and needs are met when the Final Environmental Impact Statements and Record of Decision are released in 1998," said Hahn.

Giannettino is currently a Strategic Analyst with the Intermountain Region of the Forest Service. She began her career as a Social Scientist in the Northern Region where she also served as a Public Affairs Officer, Planning Staff Officer, and District Ranger. In 1989 she transferred to the Intermountain Region as the Deputy Forest Supervisor of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, where she also served as Forest Supervisor from 1990 to 1994.

She was involved in the early stages of the Project as Special Projects Assistant to the Regional Forester prior to her current position. She holds a B.A. degree in Anthropology and History from the University of Montana and M.A. and Ph.C. degrees in Anthropology form the University of Washington.

Middaugh has served as Associate District Manager of BLM's Vale District since 1990. His career includes assignments as Program Analyst in Washington, D.C., and BLM's New Mexico State Office and as an Outdoor Recreation Planner in California and Utah. He received a B.S. degree in Forestry from the University of Missouri and a M.S. degree in Natural Resources from Utah State University. Middaugh has been involved with the Project since 1994 in his current role as a land manager for approximately 5 million acres of BLM-administered lands that will be affected by the Eastside EIS.

Giannettino and Middaugh are expected to begin their new project leadership roles in June. The Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project is a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service, working in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, and the Environmental Protection Agency to develop a scientifically sound, ecosystem-based management strategy for over 72 million acres of BLM and Forest Service-administered lands in eastern Oregon and Washington, Idaho, and portions of western Montana and Wyoming and northern Nevada and Utah. For further information please contact the Project in Walla Walla at 509-522-4030 or in Boise at 208-334-1770.