ZINKE-Land – The Bar is Set Low, Yet the Stakes are Oh So High

2 March 2017 | Episode |

Day ONE in ZINKE-Land: The Outdoor Society is taking a look at what’s happening at the Department of Interior, providing updates and links to all portent actions from the Department of the Interior. 

Riding on a horse, sporting cowboy boots and a big hat, Secretary Ryan Zinke took over as the Interior Secretary for the United States of America. He is in charge of all National Parks and more. Trying his best to seem rustic, today’s photo opportunity shows that Zinke wants to be a man of action, or at least appear that way. #merica!

On Ryan Zinke’s first day in office, he signed a couple of orders to expand access to public lands. By expanding access, we mean more access for people with guns and fishing rods.

Secretarial Order No. 3346 overturns the recent ban on lead ammunition and fish tackle used on Fish and Wildlife Service lands, waters, and facilities. The order highlights the need for additional review and consultation with local stakeholders. (Not so fun fact: Lead ammo can harm birds & other wildlife)

Secretarial Order No. 3347 advances conservation stewardship, improves game and habitat management, and increases outdoor recreation opportunities by directing bureaus and agencies to immediately identify areas where recreation and fishing can be expanded. The order also requests input from the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council and Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council to provide recommendations on enhancing and expanding access on public lands and improving habitat for fish and wildlife.

Considering that our hair has been on fire for the last few weeks, it’s hard to give anyone in this administration the benefit of the doubt on pretty much any action, but as far as we can, tell the Department of Interior is not yet dismantled- no one is drilling at Yellowstone and Alaska isn’t sold off to Russia – yet.

So, we’re holding our breath and keeping our eyes on further developments. We are watching you, Ryan Zinke. Very closely.
Oh, and we’re heading outdoors and enjoying every moment we can, exploring these incredible natural places, praying that we’ll be able to enjoy them for many generations to come.

To read the official press release of Ryan Zinke’s first day and all following days, visit the Department of Interior’s website.