CLF Statement on Confirmation of Ryan Zinke as Interior Secretary
On March 1, 2017, the U.S. Senate voted 68-31 to confirm Ryan Zinke of Montana as the 52nd Secretary of the Interior.
The Secretary of the Interior is the chief steward of our National Parks, National Conservation Lands and other public lands that provide clean water, air and wildlife habitat, and drive a $646 billion outdoor recreation economy. This position is also critical in maintaining the trust relationship between the U.S. Government and Tribal Nations, protecting sacred places and access to these places for Native Americans.
In response to today’s confirmation, the Conservation Lands Foundation issued the following statement from Ryan Bidwell, Senior Director of Conservation:
“Zinke’s conservation record as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives gives us pause, but we hope that as Secretary, he will manage our shared public lands in a way that reflects a balanced approach to protecting the places Americans hunt, fish and recreate with resource extraction, and will be inclusive of the American people who cherish our public land heritage.
Secretary Zinke has held up the conservation record of Teddy Roosevelt as a standard. Honoring that legacy means defending, and not undermining, our nation’s most important conservation laws, including the Antiquities Act which Roosevelt himself signed into law.
Secretary Zinke will now manage the greatest estate of protected public lands in the world. We look forward to working with him and, when necessary, holding him accountable to the standard he has set for himself.”