Statement on David Hayes Departure from the Department of the Interior

Durango, CO (April 30, 2013) – Statement of Brian O’Donnell, Executive Director of the Conservation Lands Foundation on David J. Hayes announcement of his plan to leave his role as the Deputy Secretary at the Department of the Interior.

As Deputy Secretary, Hayes was a key leader in implementing President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors agenda which included the designation of nine national monuments. He also played a pivotal role in the Administration’s decision towards balancing resource development and conservation in the final comprehensive land management plan for the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska.

“David Hayes demonstrated a mastery of the entire range of complex issues at the Interior Department. His experience combined with his integrity and hard work earned him well-deserved respect from all sides.

David’s work to safeguard some of the most important wildlife habitat in the country by spearheading the management plan for the western arctic will be long remembered. We are grateful for his service and the many conservation initiatives he led.”

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