WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators should seek key commitments from Interior Secretary Nominee David Bernhardt to ensure he will steward and safeguard our wildlife, public lands, clean water and air, and natural resources for generations to come. Bernhardt’s nomination will go before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this week.
“Secretaries of the Interior have a sacred obligation to preserve and protect our incredible wildlife, public lands, and natural resources for future generations,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “David Bernhardt’s confirmation hearing this week offers the American people an opportunity to hear firsthand from the nominee on how he will restore balance to the Department’s actions, including prioritizing the recovery of the thousands of vulnerable wildlife species, protecting treasured landscapes across the nation, upholding Tribal obligations and responsibilities, preventing oil spills off our coasts, and restoring robust public input into decision-making. We urge senators from both sides of the aisle to attend this week’s hearing and ask serious questions about the stewardship of the public lands, waters, and wildlife that are the birthright of all Americans .”
O’Mara encouraged Senators to ask a series of questions on topics including:
Public Lands Conservation & Tribes
O’Mara recently wrote a column for the Washington Post about the lessons of Zinke’s tenure and his legacy at the Interior Department.
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