WSF Sees Welcome Turning Point in Representative Zinke as Interior Secretary

December 22, 2016
posted in: Conservation, News

Bozeman, Montana – December 22, 2016: The Wild Sheep Foundation, the international leader in the conservation and restoration of wild sheep, applauds President-elect Donald Trump's announcement of U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) to become Secretary of the Department of the Interior.
"Congressman Zinke has pointed the way on how the country can keep its federal lands estate, our national birthright, and also deal with the frustrations of land management policies long in need of improvement.  He has said it will take a strong conservation ethic and a rigorous science-based management program and we agree.  We agree also that these guiding lights have been dimmed by endless litigation and political gridlock.  We know firsthand of many other problems in sharing the use of these public lands.  We will work with the new secretary to bring about a new day,” said Gray N. Thornton, President & CEO.
“We applaud the recognition and emphasis on the leadership of hunter/conservationists in the development of the new administration.  This will bring to the public’s attention the work, skill, and commitment that hunters have dedicated to wildlife ever since Theodore Roosevelt made conservation a national priority” Thornton added.
The Wild Sheep Foundation, formerly the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep (FNAWS,) was founded in 1977 by wild sheep conservationists and enthusiasts. WSF’s Mission is to enhance wild sheep populations, promote scientific wildlife management, and educate the public and youth on sustainable use and the conservation benefits of hunting while promoting the interests of the hunter. With a membership of more than 6,700 worldwide and a Chapter and Affiliate network in North America and Europe, WSF is the premier advocate for wild sheep, other mountain wildlife, their habitat, and their conservation. Since forming in 1977, the Wild Sheep Foundation and its chapters and affiliates have raised and expended more than $110 million on conservation, education and conservation advocacy programs in North America, Europe and Asia towards its Purpose to “Put and Keep Wild Sheep On the Mountain”™. These and other efforts have resulted in a three-fold increase in bighorn sheep populations in North America from their historic 1950-60s lows of ~25,000 to ~85,000 today. WSF, our Chapters and Affiliates and agencies partners are also working together to ensure thinhorn sheep thrive in their northern mountain realms for generations to enjoy.

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