Interior: Planning for the Next 100 Years

Interior: Planning for the Next 100 Years

Hi, I’m Secretary Ryan Zinke, and I’m
honored to lead the Department of the Interior as the principal steward of our public lands. I’m an admirer of President Teddy Roosevelt,
and just over a hundred years ago, it was his vision to place millions of acres of public
lands under federal protection “for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.” He and other great visionaries, such as John
Wesley Powell and Gifford Pinchot, are responsible for creating the American Conservation Ethic
that we revere today. As a result of their leadership, our parks,
wildlife refuges, monuments, wildernesses, and other managed public lands and waters
stand as the world’s gold standard for public access and resource management based on science
and best practices. Today, our public lands face new challenges. Last year, our parks were host to over 330
million visitors and Interior lands overall saw over one half a billion visitors. Visitations to our monuments, battlefields,
and campgrounds is at an all-time record, straining infrastructure and accommodations. Increased use of wildlife refuges and national
recreation areas continue to place new demands on our law enforcement and management plans. Some parks, like Yosemite and Yellowstone,
are already at capacity and are in jeopardy of the time honored “American Park Experience.” An increase in visitors at our parks should
be cause for celebration, not alarm. As someone who grew up right next to Glacier
National Park in Montana, I believe visiting our National Parks is a rite of passage for
Americans of all ages. These experiences are what bind us together
as one American people, under one American flag. As Roosevelt had the courage over a hundred
years ago to look to the future, it’s time that we have the same courage and ask ourselves
“how can we meet the future demands of our public lands and be the best stewards in the
next century?” Taking inspiration from Powell’s concept
of watersheds, we’re looking at reshaping our current bureau-based regional system of
management and moving to a system based on ecosystems, watersheds, and science – rather
than the current state or regional boundaries. This concept will allow Interior and other
participating agencies to address concerns using a system level approach to better manage
important resources such as watersheds, trail systems, infrastructure requirements, and
recreational access, and wildlife corridors…because you know, wildlife doesn’t always stay on
federal land. This change will require the bureaus within
the Department of Interior to work more closely together on key management decisions and have
a formalized structure for multi-department, state, tribal coordination, and consultation. You know working together at Interior is nothing
new We do it today at our joint firefighting center in Boise, Idaho and we have shared
offices in multiple locations across the country. It’s important to maintain the traditions
and uniforms of the different bureaus, but better integration at the ecosystem level,
for such missions as NEPA, permits, habitats, and recreation, is what we need to do, to
be better stewards in the next century. It’s likely that many administrative functions
such as budget, personnel, and legal will see little if any change at all, but how we
operate and work together within an ecosystem will be more joint and more collaborative
in approach. To make it work, it also will require giving
more flexibility, resources, and decision-making authority to the frontline superintendents
and managers so the right action can be quickly made, without excessive paperwork and burdensome
administrative requirements. It will require our scientists to reside in
the field doing research and not in the office writing grant proposals asking permission
to do research. Our focus will be better field management
by delivering the front line the assets they need to make better decisions. I’m excited at the opportunity to be innovative
and start the discussion of how to transform Interior for a better future. While initiated by me, it will be developed
and implemented by experts just like you on the front line. Now is the time to be transformative since
16-percent of Interior personnel today is retirement age. In five years, nearly 40-percent of Interior
will be. As our Interior professionals retire, I think
we owe it to our new and existing team members to provide transparent career progression,
greater promotion and educational opportunities, and the highest level of job satisfaction. My goal is simple: make working at Interior
the best job in government be a trusted steward of our greatest treasures. I look forward to working with each of you
and hearing your valued ideas. Thank you, God bless, and God bless America. (Music swells, ends)

15 thoughts on “Interior: Planning for the Next 100 Years

  1. Disarm, audit, then DISMANTLE the BLM! Keep your corrupt federal bureaucracy off of OUR STATES LANDS! STOP funding scientists to support your agendas! STOP selling OUR mineral rights to FOREIGN COUNTRIES, COMPANIES, AND INVESTORS!
    We the people have done less damage to lands and wildlife in all the years we have been in existence than your corrupt bureaucracy has done in the last 100 years. WE DONT NEED YOU TO MANAGE OUR PUBLIC LANDS!!
    The department of interior? INTERIOR? How about lets restrict that word to mean "downtown DC"

  2. Does this mean your going to give Hammond back his cattle. Even the ones the BLM burned to death. I would never trust any government agency murdering American people for profit. Fuck fusion one sideways. Murders. Lavoy didn't have to die. Because he was doing his patriotic duty and standing for the Constitution.

  3. Secretary Zinke, I applaud you in efforts to restore our Republic and in restoring our Constitution, returning ownership back to the American people, per Constitutional Mandate.
    Distressing & concerning, that Natural Resources Chairman Bishop stated, yesterday, the Bureau of Land Management OWNED public lands, which is NOT enshrined in our Constitution.
    Alarming, a congressman would violate his Oath of Office.

    Given the atrocities committed by BLM on Bundy Ranch grazing land, as noted by activist Judge Navarro, bent on secret court hearings, violating almost every granted civil rights afforded an American, was forced to concede Brady violations so egregarious, such as: withholding esculpatory evidence, non-violent assesment reports, BLM grenade launchers, BLM snipers, BLM police dogs, BLM militarized equipment, 2 "Kill Lists"; rained down holy hell on American citizens & much more. Why was AG Steve Myhre embedded with the BLM at their IC camp in 2014? There's video! What say you?

  4. Mr. Zinke, you asked for my valued ideas and I believe this is a valuable question. If our federal land is so important, valued, and storied, then why would we sell some of it off to private enterprises?

  5. Criminal fuck . I do not consent to your tyranny nor do I need permission to access public land . They only believe in your access to fee area's . Why do you think they always end with Federal land . The Government owns nothing and shouldn't say Federal land ,it is public land. Return our land to local people where the stewards are accountable to local voters . This guy is a fucking propagandists ,don't buy his bullshit .

  6. Ban the UN! We are NOT subject to their laws and governmental system! We are a sovereign nation, You are a traitorous bunch of snakes. #lockthemup

  7. Zinke, yet another sleazy/immoral/unethical Idiot hire, by the Idiot sleazy/immoral/unethical/Idiot, Trump who just stepped down.

  8. My Grandma Chew Took me to the White House when I was age 10 where JFK jr was BORN. it has rooms of different Colors. then The WHITE MAN stole Her TWO ACRES OF LAND at : 880 ÄTZ ROAD in family for FORTY YEARS FOR the IN FORCE treaty with a IRAQ
    before they MURDERED me in 3 acres of HOSPITAL land : 880 AIRPORT BLVD 
    are SCALPED heads with hair plugs worth more to INDIANS ?

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