Department of the Interior

Trump nominates Bernhardt as Interior secretary

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has announced his nomination of acting secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to take over the department officially. Bernhardt has led the Interior Department on an interim basis since former Secretary Ryan Zinke resigned over ethics questions in January. Bernhardt is an avid sportsman with experience managing fish and wildlife resources from both a federal…

State parks, outdoor recreation get $100 million distribution

WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Wednesday, Sept. 19 a $100 million distribution from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to all 50 States, the Territories, and the District of Columbia for state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects. LWCF funds are non-taxpayer dollars derived from Outer Continental Shelf lease revenues and are awarded through federal matching grants…

Interior moves to lift restrictions on controversial hunting methods in Alaska

Under the proposed changes, hunters would also be allowed to hunt black bears with dogs.WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is moving to reverse Obama-era rules barring hunters on some public lands in Alaska from baiting brown bears with bacon and doughnuts and using spotlights to shoot mother black bears and cubs hibernating in their dens. The National Park Service issued…

Zinke supports restoration of grizzlies in North Cascades

SEATTLE — The federal government intends to restore grizzly bears in the remote North Cascade Mountains of Washington state, a goal that represents “the American conservation ethic come to life,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Friday. Zinke made the announcement during a visit to North Cascades National Park’s headquarters in Sedro-Woolley, about 75 miles north of Seattle. The Department of…