Secretary Zinke Good for Sheep Industry
March 31, 2017
On Tuesday, recently confirmed Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior Ryan Zinke addressed the livestock grazing industry during the annual American Sheep Industry and Public Lands Council’s legislative conference. Secretary Zinke said the agency hasn’t been the best neighbor, but he will be holding the agency accountable and will restore trust in the department.
“We’re going to manage our properties just like you (ranchers) would manage your private lands,” said Zinke. “Washington, D.C., needs to understand that we work for the people, not the other way around.”
Prior to his confirmation to lead the Department of Interior, Zinke served as Montana’s at-large Representative in the U.S. House. Montana Wool Growers Association President Dave McEwen, along with a contingent of sheep producers from the West, were able to join PLC for the Secretary’s speech and questions.
“Secretary Zinke is a breath of fresh air that the Interior Department needed,” said McEwen. “He was refreshingly informed on all the issues that were thrown at him and provided insight into his future plans for the department. With Teddy Roosevelt as his inspiration, Secretary Zinke assured us that we can all look forward to management going back to the local level, for lands to be managed for balanced multi-use and to restore the trust between the people and the government.”
ASI looks forward to working with Zinke and the Department of Interior to address continuing issues with the Endangered Species Act, wolf and grizzly predation, and domestic and wild sheep conflict resolution on Bureau of Land Management grazing allotments.