December 15, 2016

Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke Nominated for Secretary of the Interior

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Congressman Ryan Zinke (MT) has been nominated to serve as the 52nd Secretary of the Interior under the Trump Administration.

As an active member of the CSC during the 114th Congress, Rep. Zinke supported the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (H.R. 2406), or SHARE Act, when it passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee as well as the House floor. Additionally, he has been an advocate for the “Making Public Lands Public Initiative,” an important provision that requires 1.5 percent of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to be dedicated to expanding recreational access to public lands.

“As someone who grew up in a logging and rail town and hiking in Glacier National Park, I am honored and humbled to be asked to serve Montana and America as Secretary of Interior,” said Rep. Zinke.

 “As a member of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, Congressman Zinke was a strong advocate for the sportsmen’s community, so we are very pleased with President-elect Trump’s decision to appoint him to lead the Department of the Interior,” said Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) President Jeff Crane. “We look forward to working closely with the Secretary and the Administration to ensure federal public lands are accessible to sportsmen and women across the country.”

CSF provides the link between the CSC and the sportsmen’s community, and has worked closely with CSC leadership and members for over 27 years to protect and advance pro-sportsmen’s policies at the federal level.

In a recent statement from President-elect Donald Trump, he stated, “[Rep. Zinke] has built one of the strongest track records on championing regulatory relief, forest management, responsible energy development and public lands issues.” Trump continued, “America is the most beautiful country in the world and he is going to help keep it that way with smart management of our federal lands.”

As a Montanan, Rep. Zinke understands the importance of maintaining and conserving vast parks, forests, and public lands for wildlife and for future generations of public users.

Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?

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