The Trust for Public Land statement on Zinke nomination

Will Rogers, President of The Trust for Public Land, issued the following statement today on the expected nomination of Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Montana, by President-elect Donald Trump to be the Secretary of the Interior:

“President Theodore Roosevelt rightly recognized that saving our outdoor heritage for future generations was important, and if President-elect Trump intends to follow in Roosevelt’s footsteps, he will make sure these special places are protected forever, not sold to the highest bidder. As a member of Congress, Rep. Zinke was a strong supporter of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and worked with us to support 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 proposed sale and transfer of those lands and work to ensure permanent access to the outdoors for all Americans. The Trust for Public Land will be vigilant in ensuring that a commitment to public lands is part of his vision for the Department of the Interior, and we urge the Senate to do the same.”

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