Effective with the new Trump Administration, SAlay Jewell was replaced by Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Interior. Jewell served under President Obama. One major accomplishment was the renaming of Mt McKinley in Alaska to Denali. That is the classic native American name for the largest US peak.
Of note – she was previously the CEO of REI. No word on what she’ll be doing now.
Mr Zinke is a gun advocate, as you can see form the photo. He played football at U of Oregon and was a Navy Seal for over 20 years, reaching the rank of Commander. Recently he was a US Representative from Montana.
He’s publicly said said that humans “influence” climate change, but did not acknowledge that human activity is the dominant cause of climate change.
In his first week of work, he’s removed regulations that had barred the use of lead bullets and lead fishing tackle on national wildlife refuges. Hmmm Lead is very bad for birds who injest it while eating prey.
Did you know that we are now up to 417 national parks? Well NPS week is coming up, so you can hug a tree via free admission on April 15, 16, 22, and 23. This includes Yosemite.
Crews continue to work on the damaged 120 and 41 highways.
Be sure to register for the lottery. Plenty of time – thru the end of March.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “When a good time turns around . You will never live it down. No one gets away (Until they whip it). I say whip it – Whip it good!” – DEVO
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome