Having attended the BLM’s leadership academy in Phoenix, Ariz. last week, Herder will assume the DM duties today. He will be filling in behind Elko District’s current DM, Kenneth E. Miller, who has accepted a job as associate director of the BLM’s National Operations Center (NOC) in Denver.
Herder has been with the BLM since 1988 and currently serves as the Ely District’s Associate DM. Along with his ADM duties, Herder also serves as the consultant to the BLM’s national office on bats and related issues and is the BLM’s representative to the Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative.
Herder began his BLM career at the Arizona Strip District in St. George, Utah as a wildlife biologist. Prior to his BLM career, he served as a U.S. marine mammal observer aboard Japanese high-seas salmon fishery vessels in the North Pacific and Bering Sea, as a marine biologist with the California Department of Fish and Game and as a teaching assistant at Humboldt State University.
Herder is a graduate of Humboldt State University with a master’s degree in marine biology.