Secretary Zinke Visits New Mexico and Nevada

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Over the course of our history, I think the monuments have been a great benefit to America.  So we have protected some of our greatest treasures.  The president through his executive order has asked me to look at, did the public get a view? Did...did the people get a voice?

These monuments are vastly different than monuments that we looked at in even the neighboring states.

Having a conversation with the governor shortly, uh, I’ve met with the proponents, I’ll meet with the opponents, uh, so I’m-I’m meeting all sides as I should.  I look at public access, traditional use, uh making sure there’s recreation opportunities, and we as American citizens, again, have public access and use, and can enjoy the land ‘for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.

But, no one loves public land more than I do, and I come it from a…I come at it from a perspective of Roosevelt, of making sure we honor multiple use, making sure local communities have a say, uh in the management of our federal lands around it, and to make sure we’re good stewards in perpetuity, and to make sure that we do it right.  No one wants these catastrophic fires.  No one wants to…make sure…have a use that is destructive to our lands, you know, long-term.

100 years from now we should look back and say, you know what? We did it right, uh, because I think we owe that, uh to not only today’s generation, but our children’s children.

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Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke visited the states of New Mexico and Nevada as part of the National Monument Review.  He toured the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument by air, foot, and vehicle.  Zinke also met with numerous stakeholders including a veterans' group, several Indian tribes, ranchers, and local elected officials.