Interior Secretary Zinke – Semper Fi Sir

In case any of you missed his entrance into his new Interior Secretary position.

What a grand statement he made not only to his country but to his home state.


Interesting facts about the position he is now taking over:

Responsibilities and Authorities
The Secretary of the Interior has administrative responsibility for coordinating federal policy in the territories of American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the responsibility to administer and oversee U.S. federal assistance provided to the Freely Associated States of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau under the Compacts of Free Association. The Office of Insular Affairs executes these responsibilities on behalf of the Secretary.

Mission Statement: The Department of the Interior protects and manages the Nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage; provides scientific and other information about those resources; and honors its trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities.

Key Focus Areas in Strategic Plan (Current Model)
Celebrating and Enhancing America’s Great Outdoors.
Strengthening Tribal Nations.
Powering Our Future and Responsible Use of Our Resources.
Engaging the Next Generation.
Ensuring Healthy Watersheds and Sustainable, Secure Water Supplies.
Building a Landscape-Level Understanding of Our Resources.

USA Public Lands: Today, DOI manages the Nation’s public lands and minerals, including providing access to more than 500 million acres of public lands, 700 million acres of subsurface minerals, and 1.7 billion acres of the Outer Continental Shelf. The DOI is the steward of 20 percent of the Nation’s lands, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, and public lands; manages resources that supply 23 percent of the Nation’s energy; supplies and manages water in the 17 Western States and supplies 17 percent of theNation’s hydropower energy; and upholds Federal trust responsibilities to 566 federally recognized Indian tribes and Alaska Natives. The DOI is responsible for migratory bird and wildlife conservation; historic preservation; endangered species conservation; surface-mined lands protection and restoration; mapping, geological, hydrological, and biological science for the Nation; and financial and technical assistance for the insular areas.

Day One: Secretary Zinke Signs Orders to Expand Access to Public Lands

WASHINGTON – Today, on his first day on duty, Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued two secretarial orders which expand access to public lands and increase hunting, fishing, and recreation opportunities nationwide. These orders deliver on promises made by both President Donald J. Trump and Secretary Zinke to expand access to America’s public lands. The action was hailed by representatives from sportsmen, conservation, and recreation organizations.

“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.”

The two secretarial orders include:

Secretarial Order No. 3346 overturns the recent ban of 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.

Secretarial Order No. 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.


Personally, this is the first time in a very long time that I was excited about the next Secretary of Interior.  I worked for several years in a state park system and absolutely loved it.  But it did not blind me to the greed, abuse, and misuse of our most precious assets by foreign and domestic interests thinking of their bloated bellies rather than the future. It also pointed out just how far out of touch our citizens generally are about the beauty and interrelated place we call our home. Without these vast expanses of fertile soil, water, and ecosystems, our country would be no different than hundreds of other countries.  It has been the understanding, independent nature, and determined effort of our citizens that created awareness, and found some ways to perserve our lands for tomorrow. Yet this is not a condemnation for economic outlook and growth.  This is a time and place where we have to bring together the needs of humans, the needs of habitats, and the rights of all as the precious interwoven fabric covering our earth in order to ensure its survival.  

This is not about a contrived meme called “climate change” or “global warming” or “earth changes”. It is about the real and urgent need for humans to understand what most real outdoorsmen and women already know — You carefully and respectfully walk through the forest to absorb its lesson but leave nothing behind to disturb its impact on others.

His ride to the office not only shows the character of the man but the strength and true grit of the American people to not buckle to any challenge.  It is also a reminder that the independent spirit, caring, hope, and love of the outdoors is not lost even in a noisy, hectic world; but it must be preserved and husbanded carefully.

I hope every person gets an opportunity to enjoy the lands of this great country.  Travel across the world is great but that which is close to home should be priority.  We can not love and understand what we have if we have not spent time one-on-one visiting our resources.


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4 Responses to Interior Secretary Zinke – Semper Fi Sir

  1. Shar says:

    Thanks Uriel good article. I didn’t know what the job entailed. It was awesome when he rode to the job first day. Very impressive person. Excellent pick by Trump.

    • Uriel says:

      Your welcome. I am always curious and had no idea how extensive the position either. Had he simply walked into office dressed in a suit I doubt I would have checked. Interesting don’t you think how bold moves tend to open up more discussion and thoughts. Rather like someone else we know lol.

  2. Terry says:

    Very impressive entrance. And great commentary Uriel.