News for Immediate Release
March 15, 2021
Contact: Katie McKalip, 406-240-9262, [email protected]
MISSOULA, Mont. – After a Senate vote late Monday afternoon confirming Rep. Deb Haaland as secretary of the Department of the Interior, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers President and CEO Land Tawney offered the following reaction:
“Backcountry Hunters & Anglers looks forward to working with Secretary Haaland to conserve and improve fish and wildlife habitat and access to the vast expanses of public lands now under her purview,” Tawney said. “She has opened communications with a wide breadth of interests within the hunting and fishing community and is herself a hunter and angler – and her community has a long relationship with wildlife and wild places.
“Secretary Haaland’s track record advocating for public lands and waters and fish and wildlife in the House of Representatives has prepared her for the management challenges and opportunities ahead,” continued Tawney. “With the need to ensure robust implementation of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, restore the integrity of science-based management, support national monuments, and expand our national wildlife refuge system to create more opportunities for hunting and fishing, Secretary Haaland takes up the reins at Interior at a crucial time.”
Tawney concluded: “This is an historic moment for Interior and an important time to seize the opportunities before us while raising innovative ideas and bringing a culture of serving back to the leadership positions of all bureaus under the department.”
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