Kingman-based Arizona Game and Fish Department biologist headed for St. George and the BLM

David Boyd, a public information officer for Arizona Game and Fish Department, is headed for St.

George, Utah, and a new position with the Bureau of Land Management.

Boyd, who has been in Kingman for three and a half years, will become the public affairs specialist at the BLM's Arizona Strip Field Office beginning June 17.

Today is his last day on the job at the Region III office in Kingman.

"I have enjoyed living in Kingman and the people I've worked with," Boyd said.

"But the opportunity on the strip is a good one, so I took it."

Boyd will be the primary contact regarding BLM activities on the Arizona Strip.

Currently the BLM and the National Park Service are conducting meetings throughout the state regarding management of approximately 3 million acres of federal land in the strip.

Boyd said he is ready to deal with issues surrounding the 1-million acre Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument in Mohave County, 80 percent of which is under BLM jurisdiction.

"There are a lot of new challenges," Boyd said.

"I'll be working with the government on the new management program."

During the statewide meetings the BLM will determine what the public wants to see happen in the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Boyd said.

Management issues include access to wilderness areas, the use of ATVs and what areas should remain primitive.

Boyd said he has enjoyed the diversity of wildlife in the desert and the Hualapai and Cerbat mountains surrounding Kingman, but is also looking forward to exploring the wilderness areas of Utah.