Conservation Lands Foundation’s statement from executive director Brian Sybert following today’s vote by the U.S. Senate confirming Congresswoman Deb Haaland of New Mexico as the next Secretary of the Interior:

“Conservation Lands Foundation and our community-based partners across the West are inspired by the Senate’s confirmation of Congresswoman Deb Haaland as the next Secretary of the Interior. Secretary Haaland is an enrolled member of the Laguna Pueblo and brings welcome experience to find common ground through public lands.

“Secretary Haaland is the person the country needs to lead the agency that protects our nation’s diverse cultural and natural heritage, restores and stewards our public lands, ensures access to the outdoors for all Americans, honors the sovereignty of Tribal nations, supports economic opportunities in rural communities, and safeguards wildlife and wild places for future generations to enjoy.

“We look forward to supporting Secretary Haaland’s leadership and our common goals in every way we can and in every community across the west where we work.”

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