The Department of the Interior has a new leader.  Former U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT) was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on March 1, becoming the nation’s 52nd Secretary of the Interior.

The very next day – his first day in office – Secretary Zinke arrived on horseback and held his first meeting with external partners – a collection of sportsmen and parks and recreation advocates.  Several members of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) played key roles in that meeting.

Secretary Zinke reaffirmed his strong commitment to providing access to the country’s public lands and waters for all Americans, taking immediate and decisive action by signing two Secretarial Orders and promising swift action on many top issues.  Zinke also stressed the need for cooperation between the public and private sectors to ensure that people continue to enjoy world-classopportunities for healthy, active outdoor fun on public lands and waters.

“Secretary Zinke proved on day one his commitment to greater recreation access on our public lands with his actions and comments,” said Derrick Crandall, President of the American Recreation Coalition.  “This nation has led the world on parks and conservation matters for well over 100 years.  And we are excited that the nation’s new Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, has the passion, the vision and the energy to continue this leadership from this important post.  After talking with him, you can’t mistake his pride in our outdoors legacy and his passion for keeping future Americans active in the outdoors.  He will unite and grow the advocacy for America’s Great Outdoors.”