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Associates


Harvey Whittemore
Harvey Whittemore joins Abbey, Stubbs & Ford as a new associate after an impressive and successful career in providing land use planning, development and other critical services to a wide variety of private companies. He is a graduate of the University of Nevada (1974) in Reno, Nevada and the Arizona State Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law (1977) in Tempe, Arizona.
 Harvey’s unique experience throughout the West includes over forty years of direct responsibility for the:

  • Oversight of sand and gravel operations on public lands
  • Execution of a critical land exchange for the completion of resort community
  • Planning and permitting of a proposed underground and open-pit copper mine in Yerington, Nevada  

The gamut and breadth of his experience is significant. For example, he has successfully:

  • Negotiated conservation easements for the benefit of endangered species
  • Modified a Biological Opinion issued by the US Fish & Wildlife Service through the creation of a Special Conservation Area for the benefit of a major real estate development in the Del Mar area of California
  • Developed a model plan for the restoration and maintenance of vernal pools 
  • Acquired 404 permits issued under the Clean Water Act by the US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Negotiated consent decrees between the State of Nevada Department of Natural Resources and gold, silver, and copper mining companies
  • Permitted large-scale solar development 

Harvey has used his leadership and management skills on various community boards including the Airport Authority of Washoe County, the University of Nevada Foundation, the YMCA of the Sierras, and the Athletic Association of the University of Nevada. Harvey has donated countless hours to individuals seeking GED degrees, is a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, and provides numerous hours of service and advice to the Nevada Center for Biomedical Research, a research foundation created and directed by Harvey’s wife, Annette.

Harvey is a lifelong Nevadan. He was born in Carson City and has lived throughout the state, including small ranching and mining communities. He and Annette live in Reno, Nevada.
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Merv Boyd
Merv formed Boyd Consulting LLC in 2006 to work with corporate, utility and local government clients, and has worked as an associate with Abbey, Stubbs and Ford, LLC since 2007 for clients such as:

He assists clients in obtaining land use authorizations on federal and state lands, provides policy and regulatory guidance for environmental and natural resource management issues, and assists with sales of Federal lands.

He also serves Boyd Consulting clients including the Clark County Department of Aviation, the City of North Las Vegas, and commercial and residential developers.

Merv worked in the public sector for 27 years, gaining a wide range of experience in major programs of the Bureau of Land Management. He served in Colorado, Arizona, and Nevada in the Bureau’s range management, engineering and construction, recreation, and lands and realty programs. Merv left BLM in 2006 after serving as the manager of the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act office in Las Vegas. Merv was responsible for managing the sale of more than two billion dollars of public land in southern Nevada and the acquisition of lands with important resources throughout the State. He also guided the allocation of land sale receipts for implementation of local government and federal agency capital improvement, park and trail, and resource management projects.

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Mike Wilson
Mike is a native Midwesterner from a small town in Missouri where he learned the obligations of good citizenship early on, surrounded by World War Two veteran heros, watching his Dad lead the Emmet J. Shields American Legion Post 55. Mike served for six years as a Federal law enforcement officer in Washington DC in an area known as the federal triangle, including the Whitehouse, Camp David, and other high security areas. Later security duties for the Department of the Interior meant reassignment to several national parks near the southern United States border, including liaison with Republic of Mexico Customs, US Customs and the US Border Patrol.

After sixteen years Mike took time out to secure a graduate degree in public administration from California State University, Chico CA, with an emphasis in public-private sector partnerships, and an Associate’s Degree, Industrial Safety and Loss Control from the University of Pennsylvania. He also found time to secure Arizona certification as a multiple line casualty and life insurance agent. Back to the Department of Interior and Grand Canyon National Park he was the concession specialist responsible for contract reviews of major enterprises, Babbit’s, Fred Harvey, Trans-World Airlines, and a dozen river running operations, insuring adherence to visitor safety requirements, and lessee compliance with performance and payment stipulations. He had a rare opportunity to learn cost planning for stabilization and restoration of historic structures using original construction methods. Intermittently Mike introduced intake personnel to concessions management practices at the Park Service Mather Training Center.

He completed Federal service with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in Lake Havasu City, AZ., developing and negotiating new long term leases with Bureau of Reclamation concessioners, planning new services, developments and land assignments, facilitating their transfer to BLM administration.

One of Mike’s core values is the belief that public employees owe a moral obligation to the communities in which they reside, and for which they are responsible. Following 36 years of Federal service he has the honor of assisting the firm of Abbey, Stubbs and Ford, working again with the best leadership he met in earlier days. Sometimes if we are lucky the good things come full circle.

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Jim Abbott
Jim served as the California Associate State Director for Bureau of Land Management from 2001 until 2011. In that position he played a key role in permitting a number of high profile renewable energy and power transmission projects. He also worked closely with other Federal and State permitting agencies to improve coordination and cooperation in project permitting processes. In 2008 he received the Department of Interior Meritorious Service Award for his exceptional leadership and service.

As a part of his 35 year career with the Bureau of Land Management, Jim also served as the National Land Exchange Team Leader in Washington D.C., Associate District Manager in Las Vegas, Nevada, Field Office Manager in Bakersfield, California, Assistant Field Office Manager in Palm Springs, California and Realty Specialist in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

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Chris Horyza
Recently retired from a 35+ year career with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM.) Positions Held:

  • Range Technician;
  • Range Conservationist;
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist;
  • Supervisory Computer Specialist;
  • Planning and Environmental Coordinator;
  • Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Project Manager;
  • State Lead Planning and Environmental Coordinator.

Responsibilities and Accomplishments

  • Working with ranchers to produce grazing allotment management plans;
  • Developing strategies for acquiring, managing, analyzing, and publishing GIS data for BLM Resource Management Plans (RMPs);
  • Planning for and implementing internet connectivity for three BLM offices;
  • Managing development of two BLM RMPs covering nearly 1 million acres and 1.5 million acres in central Arizona including the Agua Fria and Sonoran Desert National Monuments;
  • Providing oversight and guidance for land use planning and NEPA compliance throughout BLM Arizona; and managing development of an EIS that explored withdrawal from mining of over 1 million acres near Grand Canyon National Park.

Selected Project Experience

Agua Fria National Monument and Bradshaw-Harquahala Resource Management Plan (RMP), BLM Phoenix District, Arizona.

This project addressed natural resource management on nearly 1 million acres of BLM land, including the Agua Fria National Monument. Responsible for all aspects of the project. Oversaw the acquisition and analysis of GIS data; development of the plan and EIS; engagement of the public in a particularly collaborative way. The Draft RMP\Draft EIS was  the first BLM RMP published in ePlanning. Upon completion, was one of the very few not challenged with a lawsuit. In addition, four citizen partnerships that were initiated during the planning effort continue to be active participants in BLM land management within Phoenix’s Hassayampa Field Office.

Sonoran Solar Energy Project EIS; Maricopa County, Arizona; NextEra Energy Resources, LLC.

The Sonoran Solar Energy Project was the first utility scale renewable energy project entertained on BLM land in Arizona, and the first renewable energy EIS conducted in Arizona. Served as the NEPA lead for the project and provided review and guidance for meeting NEPA compliance.

Northern Arizona Proposed Withdrawal Environmental Impact Statement; Coconino and Mohave Counties, Arizona; U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

This project was initiated by the Secretary of Interior to determine the potential impact of a 20-year withdrawal of over 1 million acres of BLM and National Forest lands from new mineral exploration and mining on both sides of Grand Canyon National Park. The EIS process, due to its proximity to the Grand Canyon, attracted widespread public and political interest. Nearly 400,000 individual comment submittals were received during the scoping and public comment periods from nearly ninety different countries. The project attracted 16 Cooperating Agencies, including four federal agencies, four Arizona State Agencies, two native American Tribes, and six counties in Arizona and Utah. The project was under constant scrutiny from both elected and appointed politicians at the state and federal level. Was responsible for all aspects of development of the EIS: including managing reviews and input from Cooperating Agencies and the public at large, negotiating the political landscape, and assuring that the EIS content was thorough, objective, and unbiased.

Lower Sonoran and Sonoran Desert National Monument RMP

The Lower Sonoran and Sonoran Desert National Monument RMP was initiated in 2001, and had suffered through law suits and inconsistent management guidance until the draft RMP\EIS was published in the fall of 2011. In December of 2011, was asked to lead the project to try and get it completed before a court ordered deadline of September 15, 2012. The controversy of management proposals for the Sonoran Desert National Monument had spread to Congress, creating a complex political landscape for completion of the project. Working with the Washington Office, and in particular Mr. Bob Abbey as then Director of BLM, was able to complete the project before the deadline date.

Bagdad Mine Stockpile Extension

Freeport MacMoRan Bagdad applied with BLM’s Kingman Field Office to expand their waste rock stockpile and leach pad further onto BLM managed lands. BLM has lost considerable project management capacity, and provided project management and NEPA support to the Kingman office as a hosted worker, for approximately six months.  Worked in the Kingman BLM office 2 to 4 days every week, helping the BLM Project Manager get the project underway. Has continued to provided NEPA guidance to the BLM and SWCA project team throughout the project.

Resolution Copper Mine and Land Exchange Project

Resolution of the largest copper deposits in the U.S. under the Tonto National Forest between Superior and Globe Arizona. On the SWCA project team (third party contractor for the project) as a senior NEPA specialist. In that capacity, has provided project management and NEPA guidance and support to the Tonto National Forest project team, as well as to the SWCA project management team. During the summer of 2015, was a hosted worker in the Tonto National Forest office for 2 months, helping to get the project initiated and working with the Forest Interdisciplinary Team to initiate meetings between USFS and SWCA resource counterparts to conduct internal scoping. Has also had the lead in negotiating Cooperating Agency agreements, resulting in 9 Cooperating Agencies participating in the EIS project. Has continued to provide NEPA and project guidance as the project moves forward through scoping into the Alternative Development process.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Forestry and Range Management (1979) Washington State University
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