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Senate Confirms Nevada Man for BLM Post

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A natural resource manager who grew up in Elko has been named director of the Bureau of Land Management.
 
The U.S. Senate voted 71-28 on Tuesday to confirm the appointment of Neil Kornze to the post.
 
Kornze was raised in Elko and is a former senior adviser to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He joined the BLM in 2011 and has been leading the agency as principal deputy director for the past year.
 
The BLM oversees more than 245 million acres of public lands nationwide, including about 48 million acres in Nevada.

Nevada Senator Harry Reid today released the following statement on the confirmation of Neil  Kornze to be the Director of the Bureau of Land Management.
 
"I'm pleased that the Senate confirmed Neil Kornze as the Director of the Bureau of Land Management today. Neil is just perfect for this position. Raised in Elko, Nevada, Neil really understands the role of public lands in rural America, and natural resources across the West.

"His expertise is going to be invaluable to the Bureau of Land Management. I have every bit of confidence that Neil Kornze will be the best director we have ever had at BLM  and I wish him success in this role."

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."

(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)

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