Laramie, Wy – A 25 percent turnover rate at the Bureau
of Land Management's Buffalo Field Office has prompted the agency to borrow employees from field offices in Casper, Worland, Newcastle and even Miles City, Montana.
Assistant Field Manager Richard Zander says some of the turnover results from northeast Wyoming's coal-bed methane boom.
The field office staff has grown from 23 to 83 over the past decade, and Zander says there's been some burnout among the B-L-M staff in Buffalo.
Zander himself is the latest to go. After more than 28 years with the BLM, Zander is retiring Monday to open an environmental consulting firm in Buffalo.
He says last year's turnover rate was about nine percent, but the rate since October has been around 25 percent.