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Release Date: 04/08/14

Secretary Jewell Statement on the Senate Confirmation of Neil Kornze as Director of the Bureau of Land Management

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed Neil Kornze to serve as Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM):

“I’m thrilled that the Senate has confirmed Neil so that he can continue to serve at the BLM on behalf of the American people. With strong Western roots and a deep understanding of the issues, , Neil for more than a decade has proven himself to be a creative and results-oriented professional, and has been a great asset to the Interior Department when it comes to promoting smart energy development and driving thoughtful landscape-level planning efforts.  The BLM is one of the most complex federal land management agencies, and I know that Neil’s practical and commonsense approach to problem solving will help the Bureau fulfill its multiple use and sustained yield mission.”

For more information on the nomination of Neil Kornze, click here.

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.

Last updated: 05-07-2014