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BLM Principal Deputy Director Neil Kornze Visits Nevada

At the Ely Regional Seed Warehouse, pictured left to right are Russell Jensen, Supervisory Operations Specialist; Rosemary Thomas (seated), District Manager; Neil Kornze, Principal Deputy Director; Victoria Barr, Caliente Field Manager, Tye Petersen, Fire Management Officer, Mike Herder, Associate District Manager; Cody Coombs, Supervisory Range Management Specialist and Jill Moore, Egan Field Manager.

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Principal Deputy Director Neil Kornze wrapped up a trip to BLM offices in Alaska, California and Nevada with a stop at the BLM Ely District Office on March 14.

First on Kornze’s agenda, an all-employee meeting during which he thanked everyone for “making it through the hardships of sequestration” and expressed his gratitude to Nevada for handling critical issues as drought, livestock management and wild horses. He then focused on the federal agency’s future, that “we need to determine how the agency is perceived (by the public).”

“We need to focus on what we want to become and we need to embrace public service,” Kornze said, encouraging promotion of the positive things that the BLM accomplishes.

Ben Noyes, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist explains issues of the horse program to Kornze during the informal round robin discussion with the Ely Management Team.An informal round-robin discussion with the Ely Management Team followed, during which Kornze encouraged managers to contact him directly with problem situations and proposed solutions.

Capping off the visit was a tour of the $4.1 million Ely Regional Seed Warehouse, the latest addition to the BLM’s national seed warehouse system. (Patricia Bute)

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Banner: At the Ely Regional Seed Warehouse, pictured left to right are Russell Jensen, Supervisory Operations Specialist; Rosemary Thomas (seated), District Manager; Neil Kornze, Principal Deputy Director; Victoria Barr, Caliente Field Manager, Tye Petersen, Fire Management Officer, Mike Herder, Associate District Manager; Cody Coombs, Supervisory Range Management Specialist and Jill Moore, Egan Field Manager.

Bottom: Ben Noyes, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist explains issues of the horse program to Kornze during the informal round-robin discussion with the Ely Management Team.