Zinke

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  1. Guthook

    Guthook Senior Refuge Member

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    Zinke put out a mandate to open up some federal lands to public hunting. Would this effect federal wetlands in our region?

    Washington, DC - In a ground-breaking move, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued an order today that directs the overseers of millions of acres of Federal lands to come up with plans to expand access for hunters and fishermen.
     
  2. harrism31

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    Zinke has a lot of work to do. He isn't the poster-boy for hunters that anglers he was espoused to be. He promised to stand up for us sportsman yet he is advocating the shrinking of public land monuments. Let us not get blinded by the small things and hold him accountable to his promises.
     
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  3. Guthook

    Guthook Senior Refuge Member

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    Maybe so but as of today, 248,000 acres of wetlands, all said, 377 of the 566 refuges will open to one type of hunting. Expected to pass and be in place for this season. The hope is that the refuges use by more people will draw more appreciation and eventually build a volunteer system to maintain these places because the budgets are being cut year after year. I see it as a use it or lose it. The refuges are not being maintained and volunteers will need to be summoned to curb invasive species before the ecosystems become unfavorable to waterfowl. Back to the raw fact that if we do not offer more access and youth involvement the sport will be diminished by the 97% of the population that do not hunt!!
     
  4. Guthook

    Guthook Senior Refuge Member

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    WASHINGTON – The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, today approved $23.8 million in grants for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners to conserve or restore almost 135,000 acres of wetland and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds in 17 states throughout the United States. The announcement was made by Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, who led today's meeting on behalf of Secretary Zinke.
     

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