Acting Interior Secretary Bernhardt Puts Public Land Sale/Disposal Back on the Table

Western Values Project Statement on Interior’s Faux Order on Public Access

After Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt issued a Secretarial Order on federal public lands disposal, Western Values Project Executive Director Chris Saeger issued the following statement:

Acting Secretary Bernhardt is only rolling out this measure now to paint a false picture of himself before his Senate confirmation hearing in a week. Make no mistake: He is one of the most anti-conservation nominees for Interior Secretary in American history. No amount of 11th-hour media stunts will change that.”


Donald Trump has said he “doesn’t like the idea” of transferring federal land to states because he wants “to keep the lands great, and you don’t know what the state is going to do.”

Former Interior Secretary Zinke opposed the sale/transfer/disposal of public lands.

Bernhardt issued a memo nixing a land disposal proposal in Utah.

Background on Interior Secretary nominee David Bernhardt’s conflicts and record.

DOI political appointees supportive of public land sale/transfer:

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