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Elko District Office
Release Date: 02/03/12
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. 2012-016

Elko District welcomes acting District Manager

Image of Mike HerderELKO, Nev.—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Elko District Office welcomes aboard acting District Manager, Michael Herder. Herder is currently attending the BLM’s leadership academy in Phoenix and will assume the DM duties on February 6.

Herder will be filling in behind Elko District’s current DM, Kenneth E. Miller. Miller has accepted a detail as Associate Director of the BLM’s National Operations Center (NOC) in Denver. The NOC’s current Associate Director is acting Director and the detail is expected to last until the vacant Director’s position is filled.

Herder has been with the BLM since 1988, and currently serves as the Ely District’s Associate DM. Along with his ADM duties, Herder also serves as the consultant to the BLM’s National Office on bats and related issues and is the BLM’s representative to the Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative.

Herder began his BLM career at the Arizona Strip District in St. George, Utah as a wildlife biologist. Prior to his BLM career, he served as a U.S. Marine Mammal Observer aboard Japanese high-seas salmon fishery vessels in the North Pacific and Bering Sea, as a Marine biologist with the California Department of Fish and Game and as a teaching assistant at Humboldt State University.

"I am really looking forward to this opportunity," said Herder. "Elko is a very diverse and unique community. I am anxious to work side by side with folks to meet our resource management goals on the Elko District."

Herder is a graduate of Humboldt State University with a Master’s degree in Marine Biology. He enjoys hiking, woodworking and playing music.

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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

Last updated: 04-14-2015