A 28-year veteran of the Bureau of Land Management will return to his native Utah to be the next director of the BLM's Utah operations.

James M. Parker, 54, began his BLM career in the Washington office in 1960 as a management analyst. He served in the Boise office and the Denver Service Center before returning to Washington, where he became chief of the Division of Management Research from 1974-77. He later served for a year in the office of the Interior secretary as project manager for the president's reorganization project."Jim Parker knows well the needs and concerns of the people of Utah when it comes to the stewardship of federal lands in the state," said BLM Director Robert F. Burford. "I have the highest confidence that he will ensure the long-term well being and multiple use management for Utah's public domain."

Parker left the BLM in 1979 to accept a three-year assignment from the LDS Church to be president of the Finland Helsinki Mission. After his return in 1981, he rejoined the BLM as associate director.

In April 1986 he assumed his current position. In 1986, Parker was the recipient of the Interior Department's Outstanding Service Award.

Parker earned degrees from Weber State College in 1953 and Brigham Young University in 1960. He did graduate work in government and public administration at American and George Washington universities in Washington. He served with Army intelligence from 1956-59.