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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Rolling Out the Red Carpet for the BLM

They rolled into the parking lot of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s headquarters by the van full. Approximately 35 employees of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) came to Missoula, Montana, for some senior executive leadership meetings. The group, which included BLM Director Neil Kornze, Department of Interior (DOI) Deputy Assistant Secretary Jim Lyons and DOI Assistant Secretary Janice Schneider, spent approximately 90 minutes at RMEF for an informal yet informational reception.

Following some social mingling among themselves and with a handful of RMEF employees, Kornze emphasized the importance of BLM’s relationship with RMEF.

“They have just crossed the incredible mark of a billion dollars of conservation work and over $100 million of that has been in partnership with us,” said Kornze. (His complete remarks are below.)

RMEF Vice President of Lands and Conservation Blake Henning offered a Power Point presentation highlighting RMEF’s mission, accomplishments and the cooperative BLM-RMEF work carried out across a number of different states. BLM staffers also asked questions, provided comments and then enjoyed a tour of RMEF headquarters. 

Neil Kornze comments:

BLM Director Neil Kornze
Sportsmen represent and take a very important and role in the environmental debate. They are for use. They are for conservation. They understand the importance of economics that roll with all these things. They’re for good management so we appreciate the role they play in all our planning efforts. Blake (Henning) and I got to know each other in a very frank conservation in my first couple of months where something wasn’t working. They came and we had an honest conversation and those are the kind of relationships that we really value. 

They have just crossed the incredible mark of a billion dollars of conservation work and over $100 million of that has been in partnership with us. One of the specific things that I really love that they’re pushing is recreational access through the Land and Water Conservation Fund. We got a three-year extension of that authorization recently. We need to do more. There are great leaders like RMEF, like Senator (Martin) Heinrich from New Mexico that are really pushing on making sure that money is used for access and public lands that are locked up or otherwise would not be accessible to the public.

So much work is going on here. We appreciate the partnership. Thanks for having us.


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