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Elko District Office
Release Date: 04/25/13
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2013-041

Elko District BLM hosts opportunity to meet new District Manager and view new exhibit at the California Trail Interpretive Center

ELKO, Nev. – On Tuesday, April 30, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko District’s Manager, Jill Silvey, will formally open the latest installment of permanent murals at the California Trail Interpretive Center. Afterward, Silvey will be available to answer questions and discuss public land issues affecting Elko District residents.

“Although I’ve only been here a little more than two months, I’ve learned a great deal about Elko and the many projects our office is undertaking,” said Silvey. “I’m looking forward to leading this District through some very challenging issues and welcome this opportunity to discuss any concerns our public might have.”

Silvey, along with Norm Cavanaugh representing the artist selection committee, will formally open the exhibit at 6:30 p.m. Doors to the Trail Center will open at 6 p.m. and light refreshments will be available. The public is encouraged to not only view the new murals, but learn more about your local BLM District Office. Displays and personnel will be available to provide information on some of the many uses on public lands.

The permanent murals depict Native American life in the Great Basin from before establishment of the California Trail to present. The murals show people from the Shoshone, Paiute and Ute tribes. The murals were painted by artist Jeanine Hattas who was selected from a panel of local Native American artists and historians.

Silvey is a native of New Mexico and attended New Mexico State University, earning degrees in Fisheries Science and Wildlife Science. Silvey began her career with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish as a game warden in 1988. Her last position with the Department of Game and Fish was as the assistant chief of fisheries, which she left in 1994 to join the BLM.

Silvey began her BLM career as a fisheries biologist on the National Fish and Wildlife 2000 Team. Although she was a Washington Office employee, she resided in Boise, Idaho, and held the position until 2000. For the next seven years Silvey served as BLM's Liaison to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and as the Challenge Cost Share Coordinator while completing her Master’s Degree in Public Administration. In 2007, Silvey was selected as the assistant field manager for the Jordan Field Office, in Oregon’s Vale District. In September 2010 Silvey was selected as the field manager for the Salt Lake Field Office.

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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: 04-20-2015