Friday, November 8, 2013

A Man for Our Times

We're happy to join the chorus of folks endorsing Neil Kornze as the new director of the Bureau of Land Managment. Neil has a giant task ahead of him: balancing the needs of wildlife, hunters & anglers, energy development and agricultural users. 



Issues such as Mule Deer declines, potential listing of Sage Grouse due to energy development & sage brush conversion as well as emerging issues such proper permitting of renewable energy development mean our public lands are under more pressure than ever when it comes to balancing multiple use. It's going to take a steady hand and steely temperment to ensure that our public land heritage can be passed down to the next generation. It's no small task. We are optimistic that with Neil's leadership, that balancing act can be accomplished. 

Here's what folks are saying about it: 
In a recent speech, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell made a strong case for the economic and social significance of our nation’s public lands. Hunters and anglers couldn’t agree more. We applaud attention to the need to ensure balance and responsible energy development of the land. We will continue to urge Jewell and the new BLM director to make good on promises on leasing reforms and other policies to achieve that balance,” said Ed Arnett, director of TRCP’s Partnership Center for Responsible Energy Development.

“During his time on Capitol Hill and in recent years at the BLM, Neil has demonstrated a pragmatic, solutions-oriented approach to public lands challenges,” said Trout Unlimited President and CEO Chris Wood.  “Neil has the perfect balance of a deep appreciation for the conservation value of public lands, and the role they play in providing goods and services that drive local economies.  As a native of a Nevada mining town, Neil is deeply rooted in the West. His background has prepared him well to step in and lead the nation’s largest public land management agency.”

1 comment:

  1. Access might get a little easier with Neil Kornze, I look forward to him working his magic in this area. Especially in Southwestern Montana.

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