Randy grew up chasing Scaled Quail in the sand shinnery oak ecosystem of southeastern New Mexico and grew fond of this landscape and everything it entailed. In high school, while working with a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) biologist one summer, he knew right then he wanted to be a wildlife biologist. Now, Randy works for BLM as the Pecos District Program Manager, where he helps ensure large landscape projects are successful and that they benefit both wildlife and people.
BLM, housed under the U.S. Department of the Interior, is responsible for administering federal lands and also works with many different partners. During his time at BLM, Randy has worked with a number of partners including universities, NGO’s and industry to understand and mitigate impacts to Lesser Prairie-Chicken and restore habitat. The BLM’s multiple use mandate comes with complexities but has also shown him that when people come together, to find common ground, a landscape can support multiple uses.
Randy received his bachelor’s degree in wildlife and fisheries management from Texas Tech University, and began his career as a wildlife biologist for the BLM Roswell Field Office. After 10 years focusing on Lesser Prairie-Chicken, he served as the Roswell Field Office Assistant Field Manager for Resources supervising wildlife, range, recreation, hydrology and cultural programs.
When not working, Randy and his wife are taking care of their farm and running their two kids to events. He also makes time to enjoy hunting, fishing, and golfing.