Secretary of the Interior Show Support to Sportsmen on Day One

On his first day on the job, Secretary Ryan Zinke signed two orders that help out sportsmen in a big way. These orders expand access to public lands and increase hunting, fishing, and recreation opportunities nationwide. Representatives from most of the major conservation groups were on hand for the signing.

The Boone and Crockett Club broke down each order and shows how it helps conservation and American sportsmen.

Secretarial Order 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.

Secretarial Order 3346 overturns the recent ban 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.

“Outdoor recreation is about both our heritage and our economy. Between hunting, fishing, motorized recreation, camping and more, the industry generates thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity,” said Zinke. “Over the past eight years however, hunting, and recreation enthusiasts have seen trails closed and dramatic decreases in access to public lands across the board. It worries me to think about hunting and fishing becoming activities for the land-owning elite. This package of secretarial orders will expand access for outdoor enthusiasts and also make sure the community’s voice is heard.”

He is off to a strong start and hopefully will continue to protect our rights and the lands we hunt, fish, and recreate on.

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