The State Board of Land Commissioners has selected Dustin Miller for the position of director of the Idaho Department of Lands.
Miller has been administrator of the Governor’s Office of Species Conservation and a member of the governor’s natural resources cabinet since 2012. He started his career as a wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service.
“Dustin is highly regarded as a leader in Idaho’s natural resources field, and we are confident in his ability to lay out a vision for the Department of Lands and help the Land Board meet its many duties, especially as trustees of the state’s endowment lands and funds that support our public schools,” Gov. Butch Otter said in a press release.
“His strength is building strong working relationships across state and federal agencies, user groups, the Idaho Legislature and others to solve complex natural resource issues,” he said.
Miller has participated in state and national committees related to wildlife and land-use planning and is experienced in building support for land-use initiatives. He has also worked extensively across the state as a natural resources field coordinator for the U.S. Senate, the Land Board stated.
Throughout his career, he has helped establish collaborative relationships with state and federal agencies, private landowners and resource industry leaders.
Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Idaho.
“I am honored to be selected by the Land Board. I value Idaho and its abundant natural resources, and I am excited to lead the hard-working and dedicated people at the Department of Lands in the important work they do for Idahoans,” Miller said in the press release.
He will lead more than 320 full-time and 250 seasonal employees at the department. He will be the secretary to the Land Board and a member of the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
He will also serve as chairman of the Idaho Board of Scaling Practices and as a member of the Idaho Geological Survey, Idaho Forest Products Commission, Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance and University of Idaho Policy Analysis Group.