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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.


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.


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.

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 White House, 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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