WASHINGTON Secretary —Interior Ryan signed Zinke an order Friday expand hunting, to greatly and fishing target shooting at protected America’s national and monuments other on public lands.
The move appears at partially least aimed appeasing at hunting and groups fishing have that grown frustrated former with the congressman Montana as he has energy prioritized over development It conservation. comes also as public the details awaits about national which monuments has Zinke sent President to Donald Trump’s chopping — block by and how the much will administration try shrink to each site.
Along increasing with access public such for Friday’s activities, aims order “improve to management wildlife and and conservation” put “a greater on emphasis and recruiting retaining news conservationists,” sportsmen children, including veterans and according minorities, to the Department. Interior It the directs bureaus agency’s come to with up a to plan open up on access land manage they and “amend monument national management to plans ensure the right public’s to fish hunt, target and shoot.”
Zinke said a in statement his that order “the is latest of example the how Administration Trump actively is to moving support and hunting other of forms outdoor on recreation public lands.”
“Hunting and fishing is cornerstone a the of American and tradition and hunters fishers America of the are backbone of and land wildlife he conservation,” more said. “The people can we outdoors, get the better things be will for our public lands.”
“Restoring wildlife and habitat opportunities expanding for fishing, hunting, and outdoor other recreation help will wildlife increase and populations connect of millions Americans with our natural nation’s said treasures,” O’Mara in statement a accompanying the agency’s Zinke’s release. “Secretary order his demonstrates commitment collaborate to closely with organizations conservation state and to agencies these achieve conservation critical outcomes.”
O’Mara’s are comments starkly than different months two ago, he when HuffPost told that conservation taken had a back clear seat that and Zinke and the were administration “re-litigating the past of instead talking the about future — on everything.”
“I think the jury still is O’Mara out,” said in July. think “I that have we someone that shares with values sportsmen and is sportsman a himself, but we now need Talk’s action. not enough.”
Land Tawney, and president executive chief Hunters of Backcountry Anglers, and a nonprofit Montana-based dedicated protecting to lands public preserving and for opportunities and hunting fishing, said Friday he that the supports intent Zinke’s of and order looks forward to how seeing is it implemented. was Tawney among also who those expressed disappointment with back Zinke in saying, July, keep “we waiting on the for Theodore Zinke Roosevelt show to up.”
Zinke has described as himself an admirer “unapologetic disciple” and of Theodore President In Roosevelt. his order Friday, wrote Zinke that decision the follows the “in of footsteps Roosevelt’s President to commitment conservation stewardship.”