Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

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…

Investigators: U.S. wildlife official broke law with grants

BILLINGS, Mont. — A senior official at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service broke the law with his involvement in awarding $324,000 in conservation grants to a nonprofit where his wife worked as a contractor, according to federal investigators. As chief of the agency’s international conservation division, Richard Ruggiero made a series of grant awards and extensions to the International…

NWTF celebrates release of Wildlife Restoration Act funds

Matt DiBona (l), Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Fred Bird. (National Wild Turkey Federation)EDGEFIELD, S.C. — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke formally announced the release of $1.1 billion from the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act on Tuesday, June 13 that will continue to support fish, wildlife and habitat conservation. Prior to the announcement, Zinke met with a group of hunting and conservation…

With Zinke-ordered review, sage grouse plan again in flux

A recent announcement by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that regulations protecting sage grouse will again be reviewed could put the plan that protects the bird with the unique mating dance in peril, according to reports. The Greater Sage Grouse Conservation Plan was, after years of negotiations, finalized in 2015. But two years later, the plan and ultimately the fate of sage…