Steve Nelson named new Bishop BLM Manager

– Press release from the Bureau of Land Management

Steve Nelson has been named manager of the Bureau of Land Management’s Bishop Field Office.

The Bishop Field Office manages over 750,000 acres of public land surface and about 2 million acres of subsurface mineral estate in the eastern Sierra region of central California.

Steve Nelson

Steve Nelson

“Steve brings a breadth of professional knowledge and extensive practical experience to the field manager position in Bishop,” said Este Stifel, BLM Central California District manager. “His enthusiasm and commitment to our public land resources and the public we serve is contagious and he will be a tremendous asset as we work through the varied issues facing the field office.”

Nelson began his career with the BLM in 1987 and has served as manager of the Bio-Physical Resources Division in the Bishop Field Office since July 2008. He and his wife Susan have lived in the Bishop area since 1988.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in natural resources management, with a concentration in fisheries and wildlife management, from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. His previous positions with the BLM include wildlife biologist, geographic information systems technical specialist, supervisory wildlife biologist and supervisory natural resource specialist.

A California native, Nelson was raised in a family that taught him to respect and value our public lands. “I am honored and excited to have been appointed the new Bishop Field Manager,” Nelson said. “The eastern Sierra is a great place to live and work. The sense of community and the quality of public land resources in Inyo and Mono counties are second to none. I look forward to building upon our existing partnerships and working with the public to care for the public lands and resources I have been entrusted to manage.”

He replaces Bernadette Lovato, who accepted a job as the BLM Carson City District manager.


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9 Responses to Steve Nelson named new Bishop BLM Manager

  1. BobK July 18, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    Congrats to Steve. Very deserving and one that knows his area of responsibility very thoroughly. Question to the one “dislike” on the above comments. Would you mind giving us your reasoning why this is a bad choice? Thanks.

  2. Bung July 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    Things are getting better all the time.

    • Have to admit - it's getting better July 23, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

      Excellent observation Bung –
      Things ARE getting better:
      Racial inequality is getting attention again
      A woman’s right is nobody’s business but her own
      George Bush and his brother are 100% for immigration reform
      Gay people can legally marry
      US intervention in other countries is getting less and less
      Tea party maniacs are getting the attention they cry out for … and losing at the polls
      Bette and better, alright

  3. Greg W July 17, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    Congrats Steve and well deserved! Nice to see promotion from within instead of shipping someone in every couple years. Here’s hoping Steve’s pro reasonable access approach trickles down through the Field Office!

  4. old timer July 17, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    This is great news! Steve understands the Eastern Sierra, the people, and the resources since he’s worked here for so long. He’s not an office wonk but actually knows the land. Good to see a federal agency promoting from within the local office for once.

  5. Mark July 17, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    What kind of pay does the manager of the Bureau of Land Management’s Bishop Field Office recieve for his public service?

    • upthecreek July 22, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

      Probably in the range on 125-150k per year plus benefits.
      Not bad for a PUBLIC SERVANT…

    • Mark July 23, 2013 at 9:04 am #

      Excuse me for asking. I suggest you thumbs downers go back to sticking your head in the sand.

  6. Trouble July 17, 2013 at 3:59 am #

    I thinks it’s good news a local is running BLM. Now all we need is someone to get DWP in line.


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