Robert V. Abbey
In 2009, Bob Abbey was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the National Director for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM is the largest land management agency in the U.S. with responsibilities for managing 245 million acres of public land and over 700 million acres of federal minerals. The BLM has 10,000 employees with an annual budget of over $1.3 billion
Bob's retirement as the BLM Director in 2012 marked the culmination of a prestigious 34 year career of state and federal service. His tenure as Director was highlighted by the renewable energy revolution and oil and gas reforms where he oversaw approval of 29 large-scale energy projects on public lands, including 16 solar projects, 5 wind farms and 8 geothermal plants.
During his tenure, Abbey was a strong advocate for the expansion of the National Landscape Conservation System, was a leader in President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative, helped the agency incorporate climate change more fully into agency planning, and developed a set of national wilderness recommendations that are awaiting congressional action.
Bob was also designated the acting director of the Mineral Management Service (MMS) immediately following the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and served in that role until a new director was appointed. During this time, Bob was instrumental in managing the reorganization of MMS while he remained BLM director. As part of the reorganization, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulations and Enforcement was established to oversee the regulations for offshore drilling in U.S. waters.
Bob previously served eight years as the Nevada State Director for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, providing direction and oversight for 48 million acres of public land managed by the bureau in the state. He oversaw a staff of 700 employees in eight field offices and the state office.
From 1999 through 2005, Abbey was the chairman of the Executive Committee for the implementation of the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act and oversaw the allocation of more than $1.5 billion in funds for resource management and environmental projects within the state.
Bob was an original partner in Abbey, Stubbs, and Ford, LLC and he rejoined the partnership in June, 2012. He works with clients on a variety of public lands and federal regulatory issues.
Abbey, a native of Clarksdale, Mississippi, is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He and his wife Linda have been married for 42 years and have one daughter, and two grandsons.