Cattlemen, Public Lands Council Applaud Confirmation of Zinke for Interior Secretary

WASHINGTON
(March 1, 2017) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public
Lands Council today hailed the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Ryan Zinke to be
the next U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

“This
is great news for America’s ranchers and cattle producers,” NCBA President
Craig Uden said. “Ryan Zinke has an outstanding record advocating for Western
communities and ranchers, and for the real inclusion of stakeholders’ voices
in the decisions that affect them. We look forward to working with Secretary
Zinke to restore common sense and balance on issues like public lands
management, conservation, and endangered species.”  

PLC
President Dave Eliason said having a Secretary of Interior who understands
public lands and who values true cooperation with
stakeholders is in the best interest of all Americans.

"Secretary Zinke is from the West and
understands the unique challenges faced by communities with a large federal
footprint,” Eliason said. “We look forward to working with him and his staff
at the Department of the Interior to restore the role of local input in
planning and review processes, fix laws like the Endangered Species Act, and
protect grazing rights that are so critical to western economies."

Western ranchers own approximately 120
million acres of the most productive private land in the West and manage
nearly 250 million acres of public land. Ranchers who hold grazing permits on
public land do vital work that benefits public land including the improvement
of water sources, improvement of wildlife habitat, and maintaining the open
space that Americans enjoy, yet are often targeted by outside interest
groups. 

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Source: NCBA