Michael Herder started in his new position as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District Manager on Dec. 28. The district has approximately 125 full-time employees and manages about 11.5 million acres of the public lands in Lincoln and White Pine counties, and a portion of Nye County, through the Caliente, Egan and Schell field offices.

Herder has served as the Associate District Manager in Ely for the past eight years. Prior to that, he was a wildlife biologist with the BLM Arizona Strip District. Herder has served in numerous leadership positions at various organizational levels for more than 10 years. Prior to this appointment, Herder served as the acting Deputy State Director for Minerals in Nevada, as well as completing a five month assignment as acting Branch Chief for Renewable Resources. He served as acting Elko District Manager in 2012 and as a field manager in the Ely District in 2008.

“Mike’s ability to develop positive working relationships and his experience with wildlife and sagebrush restoration make him the ideal fit for the Ely District,” BLM Nevada State Director Amy Lueders said.

“I look forward to building on the excellent relationships developed by previous managers and continuing our work with our partners for the betterment of the public lands,” Herder said.