Carin Farley selected as BLM NSHT Program Lead

Carin Farley (email: cfarley@blm.gov phone: 505-263-9586) began her new position as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Scenic and Historic Trail Program Lead on August 30, 2020. The position was formerly held by Kevin Keeler in an acting role after Deb Salt retired in February 2020.

Carin recently served as the Monument Manager for Kasha-Katuwe National Monument and El Malpais NCA out of the Rio Puerco Field Office in Albuquerque, NM. During her tenure she has improved relationships with management partners, planned for safe and sustainable solutions on a highly visited Recreation Trail and implemented BLM’s first timed ticketed entry through Recreation.gov to address capacity issues and limit exposure to staff and the public during the pandemic.

Before coming to work for the BLM, Carin served as a Visitor and Resource Protection Ranger with the National Park Service for more than 21 years. Duty stations include Rocky Mountain National Park (NP), several parks in the Southwest, Great Smoky Mountains NP, and Lake Clark NP & Preserve in Alaska. Much of her time was spent in the field working on trails and wilderness issues.

Most recently, Carin served in a two-year detail as the Chief Ranger for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. From her time on the AT and working with the Continental Divide Trail as Monument Manager, she understands the complexities of the National Trails System, as well as the extraordinary opportunity to connect all people to our public lands through trails. Through inter-agency partnerships, collaboration, and policy Carin has excelled at bringing groups together through commonly defined intentions.

Carin has a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management with a minor in Native American Studies from Humboldt State University. She is a single mom to a 5-year-old daughter, and they are looking forward to this next adventure. Welcome Carin!