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Interior Secretary nominee awaiting confirmation vote

Cara J

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Last week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held its confirmation hearing for the new administration’s nominee for Secretary of the Interior. The Montana Congressman, Ryan Zinke, was interviewed on a variety of topics, including public lands, invasive species and climate change. Zinke discussed his main goals if confirmed as Secretary of the Interior. He aims to restore trust by working with local communities and states, prioritize the maintenance and repair backlog of our national parks, and ensure frontline professionals, like rangers, have the right tools, resources and flexibility to give a voice to the people they represent. Zinke claims to follow a Roosevelt school of thought for conservation, but also acknowledges the merit of Muir and Pinchot approaches. The Congressman emphasized his commitment to public lands throughout the hearing, particularly protecting public access. As a self-stated huntsman and fisherman, Zinke wants to maintain access for current and future generations. Zinke reaffirmed his support to permanently reauthorize and allocate funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in his responses to questions from multiple senators. Wild horses (Equus caballus) and burros (Equus asinus) were another topic broached during the hearing. Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and [...]


Read more: http://wildlife.org/interior-secretary-nominee-awaiting-confirmation-vote/

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