It’s fair to say that many of us in the fly-fishing realm had higher hopes for Montanan Ryan Zinke as he took the helm at the Department of the Interior. Well, for various reasons, it didn’t work out. Here’s what Backcountry Hunters and Anglers’ president and CEO Land Tawney had to say about Zinke’s recent resignation:
“Ryan Zinke came to the Interior Department with an ambitious vision for overseeing the nation’s great natural resources, but he ultimately broke his contract with the Americans people. His actions – such as undermining the federal Antiquities Act, diminishing good faith collaborative successes in sage grouse management, and pushing resource exploitation at the expense of conservation – eroded public goodwill.
“Our American public lands and waters are valuable beyond measure. Sportsmen and women have a special stake in enjoying them, conserving them and defending them. We do not want industrial interests dictating their management, and we will not stand for an administration that values the priorities of big business and a few deep pocketed individuals over the will of the citizenry.”