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Elko District Office
Release Date: 02/24/12
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2012-020

Speakers set for Communications Forum

ELKO, Nev.—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Elko District Office announces speakers for its open communications forum Feb. 29.

Presenting a brief overview of the BLM’s Sage-grouse habitat conservation efforts is Michael Herder, Elko District Manager. Herder is on a four-month detail to Elko from his former position as the Associate District Manager in the Ely District. Herder is a graduate of Humboldt State University with a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management and a Master’s in Marine Biology. Herder has been with the BLM since 1988 and currently serves as the consultant to the BLM’s National Office on bats and related issues.

Elko District’s Natural Resource Specialist Matt Murphy will present on restoration efforts on Spruce Mountain within the Spruce Allotment. Murphy, a native of Gardnerville, Nev., holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno with dual majors in forestry and rangeland management. Murphy began his career with the BLM as a seasonal firefighter in Carson City and moved to the Elko District in 2006 as an Engine Captain in Wells.

The communications forum provides the public an opportunity to learn more about projects being undertaken by the Elko District as well as a forum to provide input to the BLM.

This is the first of several planned forums to maintain an open dialogue between BLM and the many users of America’s public lands. Topics for this forum include sage-grouse conservation and the Spruce Mountain restoration project. Specialists will present material on the above topics as well as be available for discussion.

After topic presentations, there will be an opportunity for public speaking. Comments can be made regarding any topic and will be recorded for future BLM use. Written comments will be accepted as well.

The forum is open to the public and will be at the Elko District Office located at 3900 E. Idaho St. The forum begins at 6 p.m. and is expected to last approximately two hours. Public speakers will need to register either at the event or prior to by email at or by calling Lesli Ellis at (775) 753-0386. Requests will need to include requestor’s name, address and phone number along with the topic of their comment.

Before including your address, phone number or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

Elko District Office   3900 E. Idaho St.      Elko, NV 89801  

Last updated: 02-24-2012