Rep. Zinke nominated for Interior Sec.

December 13, 2016

 President-elect Trump has picked Rep. Zinke (Montana) for the cabinet post of Secretary of Interior.  Here is NWF's press release:

 
Zinke Pick Signals Trump Intends to Keep Public Lands Promise

Washington, DC (Dec. 13, 2016) – President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly offered
Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) to be his Secretary of the Interior nominee, a position that
holds great significance for the tens of millions of hunters, anglers, bird
watchers, paddlers and other outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts across the country. 
The Secretary of Interior oversees the management of more than 500 million acres of
public lands, hundreds of National Parks and Wildlife Refuges, and millions of
nautical square miles of oceans. These public trust resources annually serve
hundreds of millions of hunters, anglers, and other outdoor enthusiasts and serve as
the backbone of America’s $646 billion outdoor economy, which supports more than six
million jobs.

Collin
O’Mara<https://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/Media-Center/Faces-of-NWF/Collin-OMara.aspx>,
president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, said today:


“Throughout the campaign, President-elect Trump campaigned vigorously for the vote
of America’s hunters and anglers,
pledging<http://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-dont-hand-federal-lands-to-states/>
to honor the legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt and to keep America’s public
lands in public hands. In states like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, the
votes from hundreds of thousands sportsmen and women helped the President-elect win
these crucial states.

“By offering Rep. Ryan Zinke—a sportsman and proponent of keeping public lands
public and investing in conservation—the position of Secretary of the Interior,
President-elect Trump is signaling that he intends to keep his promises to America’s
hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts. Rep. Zinke has opposed efforts to sell
off America’s public lands and has supported investing in wildlife conservation and
reauthorizing the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.

“If Rep. Zinke accepts the nomination, the millions of members of the National
Wildlife Federation look forward to hearing his ideas for improving public land
management, increasing access for outdoor recreation, recovering at-risk wildlife
populations, reclaiming degraded lands, expanding wildlife-friendly renewable energy
development, and strengthening relationships with tribes. We also hope he will
affirm previous statements that climate change is real and advocate for common-sense
solutions that strengthen our economy, enhance energy independence, reduce
emissions, and improve the resilience of wildlife habitat.”

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