– 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 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.