Ryan Zinke, Dept Interior (NPS, BLM, USFWS)

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Re: Ryan Zinke, Dept Interior (NPS, BLM, USFWS)

Post by Koda » February 1st, 2017, 10:46 am

ThePortlandeer wrote:Somewhat related to all this, while doing some research concerning HR 621 I happened upon a sportsmen website who also have taken issue with the proposed land distribution. I'm not a hunter (in fact I've opposed all forms of gun recreation and most hunting - a different conversation), but I signed the petition nonetheless. More than anything I was impressed by how organized they were from an advocacy standpoint. Maybe hunters in general have a more focused pursuit than hikers and better form lobby-like interests, but perhaps we need to add another forum here for organizing and pooling our collective interests to become a stronger voice...
however anyone feels about hunting and even sharing the woods with hunters, they are a huge group of people that have a long history of wildlife and habitat conservation and have a huge investment on keeping our public lands, public. Many of them are traditionally conservative, so its really important to include them in this cause and not alienate them because of differences and get them to write their representatives.... Which many of them already have...

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Re: Ryan Zinke, Dept Interior (NPS, BLM, USFWS)

Post by drm » February 1st, 2017, 2:14 pm

Indeed this is an issue where people across the political spectrum, at least some of them, can agree. But I also remember a couple years ago when there was a local issue (in Lyle) about public lands for hiking trails that somebody wrote a letter to the editor saying, in effect, that if people would just work hard and buy some land of their own, then they wouldn't need public land to recreate on. Anybody who thinks that way is bound to support privatizing public lands and I would hazard a guess that while maybe they would accept national parks, there is probably little room for compromise with that line of thought when it comes to most forms of public lands.

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Re: Ryan Zinke, Dept Interior (NPS, BLM, USFWS)

Post by Rand Man » February 1st, 2017, 3:21 pm

Regarding hunters, fishers, ..., keep in mind that 'sporstmen' are being used to justify bills like HR 2406. Zinke voted in favor of HR 2406, a bill that would "[open] America’s wilderness areas to motorized vehicles, road construction" according to Wilderness Society lawyers, and others.

If you are a hunter and want roads and cars in wilderness, so be it. If not, the extractive industries are co-opting your identity, as is the House Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus.

The group that came up with $646 billion dollar figure is the Outdoor Industry Association, or OIA. The OIA endorses Zinke, see their policy article by their government affairs manager, Jessica Wahl: "4 Reasons To Be Optimistic About the Zinke Nomination". Wahl quotes Zinke: "I'm specifically concerned with public access. I'm a hunter and fisherman." That is hoodwink code for roads and cars in wilderness. Also, while she chery-picks Zinke: "I fully recognize and appreciate that there are lands that deserve special recognition and are better managed under the John Muir model of wilderness, where man is more of an observer than an active participant.", she lost my trust by failing to quote what Zinke wrote next: "I also recognize that the preponderance of our federal holdings are better suited to be managed under the Pinchot model of multiple use using best practices, sustainable policies, and objective science.". Pinchot and Muir were enemies.

REI was a leader in drafting OIA's letter supporting Zinke.

HR 2406 Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act
https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-con ... -bill/2406

Wilderness Society on HR 2406:
http://wilderness.org/press-release/wil ... ct-hr-2406

House Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus
http://sportsmenslink.org/the-media-roo ... smens-pack

OIA $646 billion:
https://outdoorindustry.org/images/rese ... rt2012.pdf

OIA's Government Affairs Officer on Zinke:
https://outdoorindustry.org/article/4-r ... ion,policy

Zinke quotes:
http://www.energy.senate.gov/public/ind ... 9C40FB4C63

Muir versus Pinchot:
https://www.google.com/#q=muir+pinchot
http://vault.sierraclub.org/john_muir_e ... nchot.aspx

REI on Zinke:
http://blog.rei.com/news/100-ceos-unite ... lic-lands/

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Post by Rand Man » February 1st, 2017, 4:05 pm

... more about roads and cars in wilderness.

OIA, the nonprofit that supports Zinke and that came up with the $646 billion dollar figure, 990 tax forms:

http://990finder.foundationcenter.org/9 ... r+industry

The non-profit's total revenue was $6.5 million in 2014, the most recent year available. One third of that, $2.1 million dollars, went to salaries and compensation. The base compensation of their CEO, Frank Hugelmeyer, was $300,000 (on par with the Wilderness Society CEO).

Hugelmeyer is now President of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, or RVIA.

https://www.google.com/#q=Frank+Hugelmeyer

http://www.rvia.org/?ESID=preleases&PRID=1698&SR=71
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Post by miah66 » February 1st, 2017, 4:21 pm

Rand Man wrote:The base compensation of their CEO, Frank Hugelmeyer, was $300 million (on par with the Wilderness Society CEO).
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Re: Ryan Zinke, Dept Interior (NPS, BLM, USFWS)

Post by Rand Man » February 1st, 2017, 4:24 pm

you are right, my bad. also corrected RIVA to RVIA.

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Post by Rand Man » February 1st, 2017, 4:28 pm

RVIA "unwaveringly supports" Zinke.

http://www.rvia.org/UniPop.cfm?v=2&OID=8305&CC=41888

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Post by Rand Man » February 1st, 2017, 7:06 pm

Wilderness Society's new (10 hrs ago per google) press release on Zinke:

http://wilderness.org/teddy-roosevelt-c ... ixed-score


Sierra Club's primer on Zinke:
http://www.sierraclub.org/lay-of-the-la ... nke-primer
Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune:
http://content.sierraclub.org/press-rel ... -roosevelt
https://www.google.com/#q=zinke+site:sierraclub.org

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Re: Ryan Zinke, Dept Interior (NPS, BLM, USFWS)

Post by Water » February 2nd, 2017, 11:45 am

I'd have to dig but I believe OIA is the consortium behind the NWFP/Fee Demo(n) program. If not them directly, whatever their predecessor lobbying group was.
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Re: Ryan Zinke, Dept Interior (NPS, BLM, USFWS)

Post by Rand Man » February 2nd, 2017, 11:19 pm

Yeah, I'm not sure OIA (and similar) is one to partner with. Also, I find their $646 billion figure is inflated 12 times over the goverment's figure of $51 billion, of which $13 billion and 220,000 jobs are attributable to USFS lands.

This is from a NYT article back on Dec 16th, 2016, which further indicates that Zinke (and Trump) are not interested in selling off public lands (in contrast to mainstream Republicans):
[Trump] was so taken with Mr. Zinke during their meeting on Monday at Trump Tower that he offered him the position. Mr. Trump’s son Donald Jr. quashed a competing candidate, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington State, because of her support for selling off public land, a senior Republican official said.

Mr. Trump’s defiant selection of Mr. Zinke, 55, dismayed Republicans in the capital and raised suspicions about how reliable an ally he will be for the party. Even as Mr. Trump has installed party stalwarts in a few cabinet departments, he has repeatedly shrugged off the requests of Republicans who have asked for help reinforcing their power in Congress.

Full article:
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/16/us/p ... binet.html
Another NYT article, this one detailing Zinke's 'lack of judgment' issues during his military career:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/16/us/p ... -seal.html

Zinke strongly and repeatedly favors increasing access for sportsmen. Given the locally controversial National Monument designations such as Gold Butte, it's seems likely Zinkle would support reversals of the designations.
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/loc ... /97379270/
http://www.economist.com/news/united-st ... s-so-bears

My impression was that creation of a new National Monument entails a new designation on existing federal lands, so the term 'land grab' doesn't make sense, as it does for eminent domain actions (railroads, pipelines, ...)

Lastly, during his Senate confirmation hearings (link above) for DOI Secretary, Zinke was asked about forest management. Zinke replied by ridiculing current practice as being "management by fire", the implication being that he would sign off on logging as a means to prevent forest fires. He'd likely support "Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act" bills, such as S2286 from 2015, which calls for logging to prevent catastrophic wildfires (in the name of protecting endangered species). Specific wording calls for logging in inventoried roadless areas and wilderness study areas ... [snark]increased access for sportsmen[/snark].
https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-con ... -bill/2286

Post-lastly, a great article with depth and some numbers I haven't seen elsewhere:
http://www.theverge.com/2017/2/2/144869 ... nvironment

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