UPDATED 9:55 AM PT — Monday, March 25, 2019
The Trump administration is working to improve conservation efforts in regards to federal lands, while increasing public access.
Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt recently signed secretarial order 3373 to give Americans a bigger say in how U.S. acreage is controlled. The order pertains to the Bureau of Land Management, which oversees the sale and utilization of government grounds.
It will now be required to take into full consideration the effects of potential land sales and how it will impact the public before pursuing transactions. This is due in part to some private buyers purchasing land, which leaves only a small strip of connecting areas for hunting and fishing among other activities.
Bernhardt’s move has received heavy praise from prominent conservation groups. This could play in the secretary’s favor as his presidential nomination as the agency’s permanent secretary undergoes consideration this week. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is set to conduct his confirmation hearing on Thursday.