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C.L. "BUTCH" OTTER
GOVERNOR

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 20, 2017
17:074

CONTACT: Jon Hanian
(208) 334-2100

 

 

 

DIRECTOR TOM SCHULTZ LEAVING IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF LANDS

(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch”Otter announced today that Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) Director Tom Schultz is stepping down in mid-January to become vice president of Government Affairs and Community Outreach for Idaho Forest Group.

“Under Tom Schultz’s leadership, Idaho has seen strong financial returns from the use of endowment trust lands, the creation of multiple rangeland fire protection associations to keep fires small across southern Idaho, major improvements to Idaho’s oil and gas regulatory program, and expansion of the Good Neighbor Authority program to increase active management on Idaho’s federally managed public lands,” Governor Otter said. “Idaho’s endowment trust lands and other natural resources are better off today because of Tom’s service.”

Governor Otter is chairman of the five-member State Board of Land Commissioners (Land Board), which also includes the Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Controller and Superintendent of Public Instruction. It provides direction to IDL in managing millions of acres of endowment trust lands in Idaho to provide financial support for Idaho’s public school system and other State institutions. The IDL also manages the lands beneath Idaho’s navigable waterways and administers regulatory and assistance programs related to mining, oil and gas, forestry, and fire.

The Land Board will discuss the position of IDL director at its January 16 meeting.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to have been able to work for Governor Otter and the Idaho Board of Land Commissioners for the past six years,” Schultz said. “I have appreciated their support and confidence and am proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish for the school children and citizens of Idaho.”

Schultz became IDL director in September 2011. He previously was the administrator of the Trust Lands Management Division within the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC). During his tenure as director, Schultz also worked to execute the Land Board’s direction to divest hundreds of cottage sites at Priest Lake and Payette Lake and several IDL commercial properties.

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