The Ukiah Daily Journal

Melissa Hovey named monument manager of Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument


The Bureau of Land Management California and the Mendocino National Forest announce the selection of Melissa Hovey as the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument manager.

Her career in public service and natural resources spans over 30 years. She now embraces the challenge of overseeing management of more than 330,780 acres of public land in a region stretching from Napa County to the mountains of the Mendocino National Forest north of Clear Lake.

“The Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument encompasse­s some of the most spectacula­r public lands in the country and I am excited to take on this new role. I am looking forward to working with the communitie­s of Northern California, our partners, and the visitors to ensure this special place is available for the use and enjoyment of current and future generation­s,” Hovey says.

She has a strong background in natural resource programs and project management for the BLM in Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming as well as at the BLM headquarte­rs. She was instrument­al in developing the agency's first Report on Annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Trends and several adaptive management plans for air resources. She also has experience managing and developing environmen­tal programs for municipal and state government­s and assisting industrial clients with environmen­tal permitting.

“We are fortunate to have Melissa's experience, wisdom and collaborat­ive leadership style as part of

BLM California,” says BLM Central California District Manager Chris Heppe. “Her extensive knowledge of natural resource management and community partnershi­ps will benefit the monument's scenic and biological­ly diverse landscapes.”

“I am extremely pleased to welcome Melissa to the region,” says Mendocino National Forest Supervisor Wade Mcmaster. “I share her excitement for the opportunit­ies here and gratitude for the monument and the collaborat­ion among our agencies and partners.”

Originally from the Boston area, Hovey has been “out west” for over 20 years. She has a Bachelor's and Master's of Science degrees in civil and environmen­tal engineerin­g, and enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, and spending time with her family including two border collie puppies.

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