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Secretary Zinke Appoints Skipwith and MacGregor to key Interior posts


PNP comment: Do not know if this is good or not. Guess we need to do some background research. — Editor Liz Bowen

Press Release from DOI

April 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the appointment of two Deputy Assistant Secretaries to serve as leaders at the Department and help carry out the President’s priorities to put America first. Aurelia Skipwith will serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks and former House Natural Resources senior staffer Katharine MacGregor will serve as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management.

“I’m excited to appoint two women of extremely high caliber to help lead the Department of the Interior into the next century of service for the American people,” said Secretary Zinke. “Ms. Skipwith and Ms. MacGregor bring with them decades of experience on natural resources, wildlife, agricultural, and legal matters. I have no doubt they will help shape and strengthen the Department and allow us to better serve the American people as we manage and conserve our land and resources.”

Aurelia Skipwith will serve as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks. In that role, Skipwith will assist in the development and implementation of the Administration’s policy objectives on matters relating to our public lands and wildlife. Skipwith brings with her years of national and international experience in both the public and private sectors and nonprofits. Skipwith is graduate of Howard University and earned a J.D. from the University of Kentucky. She is a licensed member of the Kentucky Bar.

Katharine MacGregor will serve as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management. MacGregor will advise the Assistant Secretary and Secretary on energy development and public land use. Before joining the Department, MacGregor was a senior staff member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources of the House Natural Resources Committee. Prior to that, MacGregor served as the Legislative Director for then-Majority Leader Eric Cantor. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences.

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Former Navy SEAL Rep. Zinke takes up Secretary of Interior


Western Livestock Journal

March 6, 2017

It’s official: Montana Congressman and former Navy SEAL Ryan Zinke will serve a tour as U.S. Secretary of Interior. On March 1, the Senate confirmed him on a vote of 68-31. The yeas included 16 Democrats.

Zinke will oversee Bureau of Land Management (BLM); U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS); National Park Service; Bureau of Reclamation; Bureau of Indian Affairs; and others.

Livestock groups including Public Lands Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Montana Stockgrowers Association have expressed strong support for Zinke’s confirmation.

“Secretary Zinke is from the West and understands the unique challenges faced by communities with a large federal footprint,” said PLC President Dave Eliason. “We look forward to working with him and his staff at the Department of the Interior to restore the role of local input in planning and review processes, fix laws like the Endangered Species Act, and protect grazing rights that are so critical to western economies.”

On the issues

WLJ took a look at some of Zinke’s actions in Congress, as well as his confirmation testimony before the Senate in January. The following are his positions on some of the issues.

Multiple use: At his confirmation hearing, Zinke identified himself as an “unapologetic admirer of Teddy Roosevelt,” saying he supports multiple uses on the majority of public lands, except in special areas where wilderness protections are appropriate.

National monuments should have state and local support, he said. He voiced willingness to take a look at existing monuments and give the president recommendations as to their appropriateness.

He noted federal lands are important to national and local economies, places to “harvest timber, mine, and provide our nation with critical energy.” As an avid hunter, he also said he is “particularly concerned with public access.”

In 2015, he took part in the drafting of the Housepassed Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 (HR 2647), which, if enacted, would have encouraged local collaboration on timber projects and curbed environmental lawsuits by requiring litigious groups to post bond.

Energy independence is paramount, he stated in his testimony, especially given that other countries may not use the same environmental standards we do in harnessing energy sources. He said he’s a firm believer in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Transfer of federal lands:

In his testimony, Zinke stated, “I am absolutely against transfer or sale of public land.” He also said he supports full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a fund that can be used by the federal government to purchase land.

Climate change: “The climate is changing,” Zinke testified. “That’s undisputable.” He also said “man has had an influence.” However, he said, there is debate as to “what that influence is, and what can we do about it…” He said we should be “prudent” about how we move forward to address climate change.

Endangered Species: Although WLJ was not able to find direct statements from Zinke about the Endangered Species Act, he has been criticized by environmental groups for casting “at least 21 votes against endangered species protection…” According to a letter signed by 170 groups in February, Zinke has voted “to remove endangered species protections for the gray wolf and to prevent protection for greater sage-grouse, lesser prairie chicken and northern long-eared bats.”

Sage grouse: Zinke was a vocal opponent of the BLM’s plans to federally manage sage-grouse populations in western states. In May of 2015, he released a statement:

“Once again the Obama administration is undermining the authority of sovereign states to manage our own land, resources, and wildlife with one of their signature ‘Washington knows best’ plans,” he said. “… I support a state-based plan that gives local stakeholders a seat at the table.”

Montana Stockgrowers has called him a “great advocate for Montana” regarding issues such as bison, sage-grouse, and federal grazing permits.

WLJ will keep readers apprized as Secretary Zinke goes about hiring directors for BLM, USFWS and other relevant agencies under his purview. — Theodora Johnson, WLJ Correspondent

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Republicans in Maine, Utah want Trump to undo monuments

Dept. of INTERIOR, Federal gov & land grabs, President Trump and officials

Published March 06, 2017

Republican leaders in Maine and Utah are asking President Donald Trump to step into uncharted territory and rescind national monument designations made by his predecessor.

The Antiquities Act of 1906 doesn’t give the president power to undo a designation, and no president has ever taken such a step. But Trump isn’t like other presidents.

Former President Barack Obama used his power under the act to permanently preserve more land and water using national monument designations than any other president. The land is generally off limits to timber harvesting, mining and pipelines, and commercial development.

Obama created the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine last summer on 87,500 acres of donated forestland. The expanse includes part of the Penobscot River and stunning views of Mount Katahdin, Maine’s tallest mountain. In Utah, the former president created Bears Ears National Monument on 1.3 million acres of land that’s sacred to Native Americans and is home to tens of thousands of archaeological sites, including ancient cliff dwellings.

Trump’s staff is now reviewing those decisions by the Obama administration to determine economic impacts, whether the law was followed and whether there was appropriate consultation with local officials, the White House told The Associated Press.

Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage is opposed to the designation, and says federal ownership could stymie industrial development; and Republican leaders in Utah contend the monument designation adds another layer of unnecessary federal control in a state where there’s already heavy federal ownership.

The Utah Legislature approved a resolution signed by the governor calling on Trump to rescind the monument there. In Maine, LePage asked the president last week to intervene.

Newly sworn-in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has said he’ll fight the sale or transfer of public lands. But he also believes states should be able to weigh in. The National Parks Conservation Association has vowed to sue if Trump, the Interior Department or Congress tries to remove the special designations.

“Wherever the attack comes from, we’re ready to fight, and we know the public is ready to fight if someone comes after our national parks and monuments,” National Parks Conversation Association spokeswoman Kristen Brengel said.

In Maine, the prospect of undoing the designation is further complicated by deed stipulations requiring the National Park Service to control the land and a $40 million endowment to support the monument, said Lucas St. Clair, son of Burt’s Bees co-founder Roxanne Quimby, who acquired the land.


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Newly appointed Interior secretary signs orders expanding public lands access


PNP comment: On Sec. Zinke’s first day of work, (yes in WA D.C.)  he rode a horse and thanked police-on-horseback for the mount. Guess the West is well represented in WA. D.C. Zinke is from Bozeman, Montana. Zinke also repealed Obama’s lead ammo bullet ban in National Refuges and Parks. — Editor Liz Bowen

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Ryan Zinke Confirmed As Interior Secretary



Cortney O'Brien

Cortney O’Brien


Posted: Mar 01, 2017 11:11 AM

President Trump added another member to his cabinet on Wednesday after the Senate voted to confirm his Interior Secretary nominee Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT).

The final tally was 68-31, with 16 Democrats voting in his favor.

Zinke, a former Navy SEAL, has served as a representative of Montana since 2015. The self-described “conservative conservationist” is expected to get to work rolling back Obama’s climate change agenda.


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Fight on over Bears Ears monument in Utah

Dept. of INTERIOR, Federal gov & land grabs, State gov


Deseret News.com

SALT LAKE CITY — Angry Utah leaders are vowing to do everything within their power to unravel President Barack Obama’s Wednesday designation of a new national monument in Utah.

They say they will call on the Trump administration to reverse the proclamation, file a lawsuit or if nothing else, shrink the size of the 1.35-million-acre Bears Ears Monument with congressional legislation and wipe away any last bit of funding.

Despite the fist shaking from critics, Christy Goldfuss, managing director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, said the Obama administration does not fear the backlash in Utah and added there’s no belief that an attempt to rescind the proclamation will prove successful.

“No presidents have actually undone a monument by a (previous) president,” she said, adding that there is no provision in the Antiquities that expressly would allow that action.

Goldfuss actually made the official announcement of the monument designation in an embargoed teleconference with reporters 60 minutes before it went public.

The designation was sought by the leaders of five Native American tribes and a coalition of environmental and conservation groups, much to the dismay of San Juan County leaders and Utah’s top elected officials.

Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, said just because rescinding a monument hasn’t been done, doesn’t mean it can’t be done. There’s no precedent, he stressed.

“As Utahns, we will use every tool at our disposal to do the right thing,” he said. “As Utahns, we will fight to right this wrong.”

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, called the designation an “arrogant act by lame a duck president” that will not stand.

“I will work tirelessly with Congress and the incoming Trump administration to honor the will of the people and undo this designation.”



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Hammond Family Benefit Dinner/Silent Auction January 7, 2017 @ 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Agriculture, Dept. of INTERIOR, Federal gov & land grabs

Hammond Family Benefit Dinner/Silent Auction

Benefit dinner and silent auction for the Hammond Family. They have given so much to our community, so here is our chance to give back to them in their time of need.

Come enjoy good food, good company and help raise money to help out good people.

Beef dinner with all the fixins!

Silent auction for items donated from around the country. If you would like to donate an item, please email hammondbenefit@gmail.com with details.

$25 per person kids under 12 free

Tickets can be purchased with cash or through PayPal.. Once purchased your tickets will be emailed to you. Tickets are limited to 325 sold.



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Oops, new decision on Secretary of Dept. of Interior — even better!


PNP comment:  Trump picks Ryan Zinke former seal commander as Secty of Interior!!!  He serves with Tom McClintock and Doug LaMalfa on House Natural Resource Committee. So, he already knows about the fraud on the Klamath dam scam. — Editor Liz Bowen


President-elect Donald Trump intends to pick Montana Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke as secretary of the Interior, multiple sources confirmed Tuesday evening to Fox News.

Zinke is a first-term House member and a former Navy SEAL commander.

Neither the Trump transition team nor Zinke has made a public statement. But Zinke reportedly has accepted the offer.

He was purportedly in the running with Washington Rep. Kathy McMorris Rogers, who met at least twice with Trump, a fellow Republican, in recent days.

McMorris Rogers has made no official statement either. But she posted a message late Tuesday on her Facebook page that suggested she will remain on Capitol Hill as part of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s leadership team.

“It was an honor to be invited to spend time with the President-elect, and I’m energized more than ever to continue leading in Congress as we think big, reimagine this government, and put people back at the center of it,” McMorris Rogers wrote.

Zinke was an early Trump supporter and serves on the House’s Natural Resources Committee. He met Monday with Trump in New York.

Fox News’ John Roberts contributed to this report.

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Trump’s pick for Interior Secretary wants to sell off public lands


PNP comment: This article is so left-leaning that I decided to use it to announce President-elect Trump’s fabulous pick to replace crazy Sally Jewell. Under the Constitution, when the Western states made their treaties with the federal guvernmunt, the feds were expected to relinquish control of federally-managed lands to the states. After the Civil War, this was not done and that is why there is so much anger in the Western states. Each state deserves to manage its own lands and multiple-use of public lands is the denominator for a robust economy and protecting the environment. All the reasons this article doesn’t like McMorris Rodgers are the same reasons I am thrilled, especially if Al Gore gave her an ‘F’ !!!! Have fun picking apart this lying piece of manure called journalism! –– Editor Liz Bowen

Think Progress

By   Samantha Page

Rep. McMorris Rodgers’ nomination is more bad news in an administration that will be terrible on climate.

Another climate-denying nominee will be named Friday for a key environmental position in the Trump administration, multiple sources are reporting.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) will likely be tapped to lead the Department of the Interior, which oversees all of the U.S. public lands, including forest management, the Parks Service, and fossil fuel extraction.

McMorris Rodgers is strongly in favor of developing the United States’ fossil fuel resources. She has also opposed federal ownership of public lands and voted to make it more difficult for the president to create national monuments. McMorris Rodgers is the author of a bill that would have directed the Department of the Interior to sell off federal lands in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming.

The selection is not surprising, in what is shaping up to be the most anti-environmental administration — Republican or Democrat — in modern times. The Interior Department transition team has been led by Doug Domenech, the director of a pro-fossil fuels project at the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation.

McMorris Rodgers has repeatedly expressed her support for oil. She supports expanding offshore drilling, voted for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and voted against raising the royalty rates for oil and gas that comes from public lands.

The Department of the Interior includes the Bureau of Offshore Energy Management, which permits offshore drilling and renewable energy. A proposed plan to include parts of the Atlantic in the bureau’s five-year plan was scrapped earlier this year after community opposition. If confirmed under the Trump administration, McMorris Rodgers will have a key role in shaping the next plan.

On the League of Conservation Voters scorecard, which tracks environmental votes in Congress, McMorris Rodgers has a lifetime score of 4 percent. Her 2015 score was zero. While she has not gone on the record about climate change often, a 2008 list of reasons she is glad she is a Republican included “We believe Al Gore deserves an ‘F’ in science and an ‘A’ in creative writing.”

McMorris Rodgers spent much of 2011 tweeting about high gas prices, which she blamed on Obama and the EPA. McMorris Rodgers plainly equates more drilling with lower gas prices, at one point tweeting a FoxNews story about Shell’s decision not to drill in the Arctic, after the company was found not to have adequately calculated its environmental impact.


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