The Trust for Public Land Congratulates Zinke

March 1, 2017

Will Rogers, President of The Trust for Public Land, issued the following statement today following the U.S. Senate’s vote to confirm Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Montana, as the Secretary of the Interior:

“The Trust for Public Land congratulates Rep. Zinke on his confirmation as our next Secretary of the Interior. We look forward to working with him to honor our nation’s outdoor heritage and to protect our lands and waters for the public. As a member of Congress, Rep. Zinke was a strong, effective supporter of The Land and Water Conservation Fund and worked with us to secure critical funding for community-based land conservation in Montana. We hope that as Secretary of the Interior, he will staunchly defend our public lands from harmful attacks, oppose the sale and transfer of those lands, advocate for LWCF as our nation’s premier funding source for conservation and work to ensure permanent access to the outdoors for all Americans.”

“President Theodore Roosevelt rightly recognized that saving our outdoor heritage for future generations was critically important, and we urge the Trump administration to follow in Roosevelt’s footsteps by making sure America’s special places are protected forever. The Trust for Public Land appreciates Mr. Zinke’s principled efforts to date to conserve our public lands, and looks forward to seeing that same vision guide his work as Secretary of the Interior.”

The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Millions of people live near a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year.