Ryan Zinke Horse: New Interior Secretary Arrives in Style for Day 1


Zinke said the former president "had it right" when he placed millions of acres of federal lands under federal protection.

Newly confirmed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke chose to come to work on his first day the cowboy way - by riding in on a horse through the streets of Washington, D.C. Thursday morning.

The Center for Biological Diversity, for examples, said up to 20 million birds and other animals die of lead poisoning each year from the 100,000 tons of lead left on lands by hunters and fishers, as well as other sports enthusiasts.

Thursday, on his first day on duty, Zinke issued two secretarial orders which will increase hunting, fishing, and recreation opportunities nationwide.

Also part of the welcome: former acting Interior secretary Jack Haugrud, who greeted Zinke on the steps. It also directs several Councils to advise the DOI on how to expand access to outdoor recreation on public lands.

Zinke said the hunting order and another order directing agencies to identify areas where recreation and fishing can be expanded were meant to boost outdoor recreation in all its forms. "At the same time, my administration's goal is to repeal bad regulations and use our natural resources to create jobs and wealth for the American people, and Ryan will explore every possibility for how we can safely and responsibly do that".

"I fully recognize and appreciate there are lands that deserve special recognition and are better managed under the John Muir model of wilderness, where man has a light touch and is an observer".

Lead poisoning from ammo is one of the biggest reasons California condors remain on the endangered species list, according to the conservation group The Peregrine Fund. The first is to, "prioritize the estimated 12.5 billion dollars in backlog of maintenance and fix in our National Parks".

"I think we all benefit from that rather than buying a junk bond", he said. The third he said is to stress the importance of sovereignty, "I will do everything in my power to ensure respect to the sovereign Indian Nations and territories", he added. But it's unclear how much money the administration can devote to the task and other Interior Department programs, given Trump's push to boost military funding while cutting other discretionary spending.

Ryan Zinke and wife, Lola, at Glacier National Park.



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