Elko man to temporarily head BLM


STEPHENS WASHINGTON BUREAU / Las Vegas Review Journal / February 25, 2013


U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar – AP File

WASHINGTON – Nevada native Neil Kornze will soon be named acting national director of the Bureau of Land Management, officials confirmed Monday.

Kornze, from Elko, joined the BLM in 2011 as acting deputy director for programs and policy. From 2003 until 2011, he worked as an adviser to Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., on public lands, mining and wildlife.

“It is (Interior) Secretary (Ken) Salazar’s intent to have Neil Kornze assume the duties of acting director of the Bureau of Land Management,” Interior spokeswoman Jessica Kershaw said.

Kornze, 34, would take over for Mike Pool, who is expected to step down as acting director later this week. Kornze would serve until a full director is nominated and confirmed by the Senate.

Kornze would become the second person with Nevada ties to head the BLM during the Obama administration. Bob Abbey, who was the agency’s state director in Nevada for eight years ending in 2005, headed the national office from August 2009 until last May.



AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • He doesn’t sound good IMO.

    February 26, 2013
  • Beverly Sanborn

    Washington Office Directories

    Acting Director: Mike Pool
    E-mail: mpool@blm.gov
    Acting Deputy Director (Operations): Janine Velasco
    E-mail: jvelasco@blm.gov
    Acting Deputy Director (Programs and Policy): Neil Kornze
    E-mail: nkornze@blm.gov
    Chief of Staff: Janet Lin
    E-mail: jhlin@blm.gov

    Maybe he will answer any questions you might have at this time?

    February 26, 2013
  • Monika Courtney

    Perhaps the interim boss here is yet another good ol’boy in the greater scheme of things. When promised reform only takes shape in delivery of scandals, more cruelty and hasty wipe outs of mustangs and burros, we are faced with even greater challenges to demand change. This administration’s driving propaganda has been the promise of “change” ever since, yet the wild horses are brutally ignored. The path of America is indeed a scary one – and the people must realize their important role to upstand against tyranny. BLM needs dissolving and an unbiased leadership put together for the wild horses and burros in this outrageous failure and betrayal to the animals and the people.

    February 26, 2013
  • Steve

    Salazar is trying his best to clean the public lands of wild horses and burros before he departs. His legacy to America…HUMPH!

    February 26, 2013
  • Sue

    Bob Abbey was adamantly against the reintroduction of the Mexican wolf in New Mexico and sided with the “ranchers” every time.

    February 26, 2013
  • Jean

    I hope this isn’t the guy in George Knapp’s video that said Mustangs taste just like chicken.

    February 26, 2013
  • Mustang man

    He will be the least problem to the horses, Since it appears that instead of whoring our country out to the british (BP)now we are going to have the Oil industry and a avid supporter of anti horse orgs such as Sierra club and Audabon running the whole show. We will all be wishing for the fair days of Salazar soon enough I think.

    February 26, 2013
  • Margaret

    This day just keeps getting worse. I think up woke up in some bizarre fantasy where everything has been turned on its head just to see if they could.

    Disgusted. I hate this picture of good ole boy Kennie–he just has this smug know it all expression on his face. It makes me want to barf everytime I see it.

    February 26, 2013
    • Sioux

      Amen to that!!

      February 27, 2013
    • Sioux

      Amen to that!

      February 27, 2013
  • Ladis Niedzwiecki

    Salazar the rancher: his cattlemans mentality..it’s now directed toward horses…..round em up…slaughter em…feed em to the public…maybe IKEA etc.

    March 1, 2013