Darrell Barnes by Mike Hudak
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  Darrell Barnes
A Conflict Over Cattle Management
Upon graduating from Humboldt State University in 1974, Darrell Barnes began a career with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that would continue for thirty years. Starting out as a seasonal range technician, he soon moved on to a permanent position as a natural resource specialist in Riverside, California. After attending the BLM’s Land and Minerals training school, Barnes was assigned as a resource area realty specialist in Montrose, Colorado. In 1978, he became the district realty specialist at the Salt Lake Field Office (Utah), then moved to the Utah State Office in 1980, serving first as acting supervisor for the Land section, and then as chief of the Branch of Lands and Minerals Operations. From 1984 until 1987 he was chief of the Branch of Rights of Way Development in Washington, DC. He became the manager of the Worland Field Office, Wyoming, in 1988, remaining in that position until his retirement in January 2004. As field office manager, Barnes was brought into the center of a controversy with rancher permittee Harvey Frank Robbins Jr.—a controversy holding the potential to further erode the environmental protection of our public lands.

In this video, Darrell Barnes talks about the BLM’s conflict with rancher Harvey Frank Robbins Jr. over the management of his cattle by the Worland Field Office in Wyoming between 1994 and 2004.

Recorded in September 2004. Read the edited transcript of Darrell Barnes’s entire interview.