Ryan Zinke

Some Steamboat Springs, Colorado residents are welcoming the Interior Department Secretary with a protest Friday evening.  Ryan Zinke is the keynote speaker at the Steamboat Institute’s annual ‘Freedom Conference,’ a private event.

A year and a half into the Trump presidency and several federal land agencies do not have directors—

including the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Former land managers say the lack of leadership has grave consequences for the future of public lands.


 


U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spoke on the radio show Voices of Montana Wednesday.
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A federal watchdog group is looking into U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s family land deal with an oil executive. But Zinke is calling the controversy fake news.

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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the agency is turning its attention to investing in infrastructure, especially in the national parks. Zinke said during a brief stop in Billings, Interior has spent a lot of time on energy development, including renewables, and now it’s time to change focus.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks with the press.
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U.S Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke explained the abrupt departure of Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk on the radio show Montana Talks Wednesday. The incoming superintendent is military veteran Cameron Sholly.

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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s visit to Montana brought news that the federal government was paying its full share of money to local governments help offset their property taxes losses because there’s federal lands within their jurisdictions.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is under fire by House Democrats for a land deal in his hometown of Whitefish, Montana.
U.S. Interior Department

Ranking U.S. House Democrats are calling for an ethics investigation into Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. They want to know more about a land deal between Zinke’s family foundation and a real estate project with ties to the oil and gas giant Halliburton.


U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks with the press.
U.S. Department of the Interior

A federal watchdog group said the U.S. Interior Department didn’t give an adequate reason for cancelling a study on the health impacts of coal mining last year.

A lot of people may not have heard of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, or that it’s in jeopardy.

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The Trump administration is forcing the head of Yellowstone National Park out of his job. Dan Wenk said the National Park Service will replace him with a new superintendent this August.

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