NWF: Salazar Took Steps Toward Restoring Conservation Focus

Opportunities to Define Legacy Loom Ahead of March Departure

01-16-2013 // Judith Kohler
Bison leaving trailer at Fort Peck, MT

Ken Salazar, secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior, announced his resignation today.

Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation said today:

"Ken Salazar has been a champion of conservation during his tenure as Interior secretary and America’s sportsmen and women, conservationists, and all recreation enthusiasts have him to thank for leading us into a new era of large landscape conservation and stewardship in the face of climate change. He took important steps toward restoring balance to offshore and onshore energy development in the wake of the BP oil disaster and extractive energy practices that jeopardized fish and wildlife habitat, air and water quality on public lands across the West. He has established a blueprint for renewable energy production on public lands that is leading to ambitious new solar, wind and other renewable energy projects across the country. 

"Under Secretary Salazar’s leadership, bison have been restored to tribal lands and millions of acres of public lands have been afforded additional protections. Secretary Salazar played a key role in passage of the RESTORE Act and has helped set the stage for what could be the largest environmental restoration effort in American history.

"As Salazar prepares to return to his home in Colorado, it would be a fitting addition to his legacy for Interior to keep pushing ahead with promised oil and gas leasing reforms and laying the groundwork for finalizing oil shale and hydraulic fracturing regulations, improving protections for our waters, protecting our unique landscapes and finalizing a new fish, wildlife and plants climate adaptation strategy."

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