Obama nominates Elko-native Kornze to be BLM director

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Updated: 11/08/2013 11:33 am

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — President Barack Obama has nominated Neil Kornze to become director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Kornze was raised in Elko and is a former senior adviser to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Since March he has been leading the BLM as the agency's principal deputy director.

The agency oversees more than 245 million acres of public lands nationwide, including about 48 million acres in Nevada.

Kornze joined the BLM in 2011 as a senior adviser to the director, working on a range of issues including renewable and conventional energy development and conservation policy.

Reid says having grown up in Elko, Kornze has seen firsthand the critical role that publics lands play in the economies of Nevada and other Western states.


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Kramer - 11/8/2013 12:34 PM
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This was Reid's pic. Nv4's rote report doesn't state any of his qualifications (being from Elko might help), but plenty of folks inside the BLM are from the rural West (Veterans are the only legally preferenced applicants). This is an non-agency guy (assumption) so that may "refresh" the wild horse approach. What if he were a rancher? While overgrazing has had a widespread impact, horses are 'feral' & non-native and should be managed to lessen their impact, and for humane reasons. Nv4 should drop the hyphen between "Elko" and "native", Y is this necessary? Not grammatical- just 'sounds' right, eh?

Tom4025 - 11/8/2013 8:47 AM
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Is this good or bad for the wild horses??
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