This week Interior Secretary Deb Haaland met with Tribal leaders, elected officials, and ordinary citizens in New Mexico to talk about priorities for the agency as it tries to restore balance to public lands management and help communities adapt to a clean energy future. It's so refreshing to see the agency reach out to hear from the people who live, work and recreate on these lands.
Last month Haaland held a forum to consider ways to reform oil and gas development so that our public lands can more effectively provide healthy wildlife habitat, clean air and water, and expanded opportunities for hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation. The forum included Tribal leaders, industry officials, conservationists, labor advocates and environmental justice experts.
The Interior Department also wants to hear from ordinary Americans about how they'd like to see public lands managed so they will thrive for future generations. After four years of an administration that tried to cut out public participation, this is our chance to speak up! Won't you join me in letting the Department of Interior know your thoughts on balanced, sustainable public lands management.
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