Meet Allie Brandt, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist for Bureau of Land Management-Nevada in Winnemucca.

In this photo, Allie is on a mapping project following a 2013 wildland fire.

Q: How long have you been with BLM in Winnemucca? 

A: I have worked for the BLM since 2008. My positions have included: Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ES&R) Technician and ES&R monitoring Coordinator.

Q: What are the 3 best things about your job? 

A: 1) My co-workers. I am fortunate enough to work with some really amazing people.

2) The rapidly changing/evolving field of GIS. I learn something new every day!

3) The opportunity to integrate GIS into other disciplines. I have utilized GIS in projects ranging from cultural surveys to compliance monitoring for the Burning Man event. These experiences have allowed me to learn a great deal about the other fields within the BLM.

Q: What is your favorite thing about the Winnemucca District? 

A: The smell of sagebrush after it rains.

Q: What is an interesting Fun Fact about yourself?

A: I know Lewis Carol’s poem “The Jabberwocky” by heart.


Enjoy a round of disc golf at the Ward Mountain Recreation Area. Play is free and no reservations are required!

The nine-basket course is set amid the sagebrush flats and pinion-juniper woodlands on the north side of U.S. Highway 6, just six miles west of Ely, Nev.  All nine of the par-3 and par-4 “holes” offer an alternate basket to keep your game interesting.

The Bureau of Land Management’s Ely District developed and maintains the course to provide White Pine County residents and visitors an additional recreational opportunity that can be shared by all ages.

Photos by Emily Simpson, Wilderness Planner, BLM

Meet Stephanie Mueller, Bureau of Land Management-Nevada’s Range Technician in Winnemucca.

Q: How long have you been with BLM in Winnemucca?

A: I’ve been with the BLM for almost two years. I am currently the Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation Monitoring Technician, but came as an Americorp Land Health Assessment Technician.

Q: What made you choose to come to Winnemucca?

A: I knew nothing about Winnemucca before I came here from Wisconsin. The BLM just the first to offer me a position as an Americorp intern, and I really wanted to move out West.

Q: What are the 5 best things about your job?

A: 1) Supportive co-workers who are fun to hang out with both at work and outside of work.

2) Hiking is a big part of my job for half the year…

3) So that means I get to explore a lot of the district!

4) Lots of opportunities to go to trainings and workshops on the ecology of the Great Basin.

5) Watching sunrises and sunsets from my tent while working out in the field.

Q: What is your favorite place to visit in the Winnemucca District? Why?

A: I love to get up into the mountains above King’s River Valley because there are some areas of really nice, lush vegetation. It’s a refreshing change of scenery from some of the dryer areas of the district. Also, the restaurant/bar/casino/hotel/grocery store in Denio has amazing french fries!

Q: What’s one thing you want the public to know about the Winnemucca District?

A: It can be really difficult to see the beauty the district has to offer sometimes, especially mid-summer when everything is dried up and brown, but if you just wait until sunset, when it finally cools down, the mountains become, like the song, “Purple Mountain Majesties.”

Meet Mike Whalen, Bureau of Land Management-Nevada’s Fire Management Specialist in Winnemucca. 

Q: How long have you been with the BLM?

A: Since June, 1977

Q: What are the 3 best things about your job? 

A: The people I work with, the community I live in, and the scenery of the Winnemucca District. 

Q: What is your favorite thing about the Winnemucca District?

A: The sunsets!

Q: What is a fun and interesting fact about yourself? 

A: I like and collect old rifles, old Lionel trains, old kerosene lamps and painting western and wildfire scenes on metal.

(Pictured on the right)

The BLM Ely District in Nevada has graduated its latest class of students from wildfire awareness training.  All of David E. Norman Elementary School’s participating second graders passed with flying colors.

The annual educational experience combined classroom instruction with hands-on training using such tools of the trade as fire hoses, emergency lights and sirens, and more.  By the end of the session, the students thoroughly understood the roles and responsibilities of the wildland firefighter, the capabilities of each engine and, most significantly, the importance of fire safety and prevention.

“We always appreciate the opportunity to educate young people about fire safety and prevention.  It’s a message they’ll carry and share throughout their lifetimes, beginning with their parents,” Tony Sifre, BLM Ely District engine captain, said.

BLM Photo:  Second grader Johnathon Toth extinguishes an imaginary wildfire with assistance from BLM Engine Captain Tony Sifre.

Meet Lisa Kemper, Bureau of Land Management-Nevada’s Fuels Technician in Winnemucca.

Q: How long have you worked for the Winnemucca District?

A: Four years

Q: What are the 3 best things about your job?

A: 1) Always something new and different to see

2) Having an office that stretches millions of acres instead of just a cubicle

3) The people

Q: What is one thing you would like the public to know about the Winnemucca District?

A: There are so many beautiful places to see on this district, you just have to get off the pavement to find the really nice ones. The sunsets are a site to behold, and just can’t be adequately captured by photos.

Q: What is one of the most important things you have learned while working for the BLM?

A: Nevada is full of folks very passionate about public lands, from the different resource areas at our office to the folks out in the public, we all want the same thing, to manage the land so it will be there for future generations to enjoy.

Q: Where are some of your favorite places on the district?

A: My backyard which borders BLM land, and has a beautiful view of the valley I live in.

Q: What is an interesting fact about yourself?

A: I am an avid water skier, which is a challenge living in the desert!

Carrie, one of our natural resource specialists down in Las Vegas took this in Mormon Mesa, a desert tortoise critical habitat. She writes: Recent summer monsoons that flooded urban areas of the desert southwest have brought relief to the drought stressed Mojave Desert. Wildflower blooms and native grasses have turned the desert green and yellow.

-Kaitlin Godbey