Secretarial Orders Ensure Interior Department Will Manage Public Lands, Waters for Benefit of All People, Wildlife

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A series of secretarial orders from the U.S. Department of the Interior will help ensure our public lands and waters are managed not only for the benefit of all people and wildlife, but also as a critical component of the nation’s transition to net-zero emissions. The National Wildlife Federation heralded the orders and pledged to work with Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and the Interior Department to ensure resource management decisions are guided by science and a respect for Indigenous communities, wildlife, hunters and anglers, outdoor recreation, and other users.

“With more than 25% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions originating on public lands and unrivaled opportunities to restore natural carbon sinks, responsibly deploy clean energy, and reduce existing emissions, the Department of the Interior has a mission-critical role in our nation’s transition to net-zero emissions,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “To accomplish this, we need to restore the balance of responsible energy development with the importance of restoring lands and waters, recovering wildlife, and supporting outdoor recreation. Rescinding the previous administration’s orders that encouraged unfettered drilling in ecologically and culturally sensitive areas and establishing a Climate Task Force will help ensure wise management of our natural resources for people and wildlife alike. These orders show that Secretary Haaland and President Biden are serious about fulfilling their promises on climate and working collaboratively with states and communities to conserve and restore our public lands and waters for future generations.”

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