Bureau of Land Management Names New Deputy State Director for Resources, Lands and Planning

RENO, Nev. – Alan Shepherd has been named the Deputy State Director for Resources, Lands and Planning for the Bureau of Land Management in Nevada. He replaces Raul Morales who retired in 2019.

Shepherd has more than 30 years of experience in the management of public lands, including extensive knowledge in wild horse and burro management, wildlife, vegetation and range management, budget formulation and execution, and land use planning.

“It’s good to be back in the BLM Nevada family as the new DSD,” said Shepherd. “I look forward to learning and getting a better understanding of all the programs within my new division and working with the quality staff we have here in Nevada.”

Alan began his BLM career as a Range Conservationist for the Caliente Field Station of the Ely District after graduating from the University of Idaho with two Bachelor of Science degrees in range management and wildlife management in 1989. He remained in Caliente, holding a variety of positions, until moving to Wyoming to serve as the state wild horse and burro program lead in 2003. While in Wyoming, he served the National Research Coordinator and fertility control applicator, participated on numerous national-level teams to develop training, policy, and guidance for the WH&B program, and assisted with the completion of WH&B gathers in Wyoming, Colorado and Utah.

In 2009, he returned to Nevada as the WH&B State Program Lead where he supported the State and National review of the National Academy of Science report regarding use of science in WH&B management; provided technical expertise on IBLA, Federal District Court, and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals cases; and was the point of contact for the agreement with the Northern Nevada Correctional Center on care and training of WH&B. In 2017, he moved to the national level of the WH&B Program as the On-Range Branch Chief until he took the DSD position.

“Alan's breadth and depth of experience at the Field Office, District Office, State Office and Headquarters Office levels will be a tremendous asset to all of us here in Nevada,” said BLM Nevada State Director Jon Raby. “His long track record of exceptional leadership will serve him well as he leads one of the most dynamic Resources, Lands and Planning Divisions in the Bureau.”

Alan currently lives in Sparks, NV with his wife Elizabeth. They have two grown daughters (Amanda and Brooklin) and two grandsons (Fox and Porter) that live in southern Utah.


This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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. 

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