Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020
WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of the Interior celebrates the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump signing into law the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (P.L. 116-9). The Dingell Act is the single most important public lands management law to be passed in over a decade. The Act:
“When President Donald Trump signed this conservation bill into law, he furthered his indelible legacy of balancing natural resources conservation and responsibly expanding recreation opportunities on our public lands,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. “I am proud that the Department of the Interior and its bureaus have worked exhaustively this past year to meet our goals for implementing this historic public lands law for the American people.”
Soon after the bill was signed into law, Secretary Bernhardt signed Secretary’s Order 3374 establishing a task force to prioritize the implementation of the Dingell Act and ensure consistency among all offices and bureaus within the Department. Secretary Bernhardt’s Order required actionable steps be taken and an implementation plan created to make sure the Department met all timelines laid out by President Trump.
The Department is entrusted with stewarding more than 500 million acres of our Nation’s Federal lands and natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future generations of Americans. By virtue of President Trump signing the Dingell Act into law a year ago, the Department has furthered its conservation stewardship mission and trust to the American people in fulfilling the merits of this law.