While all the divisive political news was swallowing the airwaves and headlines, Ryan Zinke was confirmed as Secretary of the Interior on March 1. The next day, he rode a horse to his first day at work. He will be in charge of the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management.
The former Montana Congressman calls himself a Teddy Roosevelt Republican. It turns out that Pres Roosevelt was also a horse rider. But Roosevelt didn’t have to deal with climate change – which Zinke says is real. [I don’t want to say “believe in climate change”. It’s not a religion.]
Will he protect our public lands? Well, he did say clearly that our public lands are not for sale. So what do I hope he does?
Like the drawing on the right says:
- Invest in our National Parks
- Fund the maintenance backlog
- Hire more permanent rangers
- Protect our future generation (of trees and mountains)
- and get out to our parks
I designed the card and my talented friend, Mica, drew the card. I then created postcards which I’m giving away to anyone who is willing to send them to their representatives. You can download your card here.