Ryan Zinke Sworn in as 52nd Secretary of the Interior

March 2, 2017

Photo of Secretary Zinke Fishing

Photo Credit: Scott Wilson

March 1, 2017, Ryan K. Zinke was confirmed and sworn in as the 52nd Secretary of the Interior. The Secretary has expressed a clear commitment to protect America’s natural treasures—a win for wildlife and conservation.

"I am honored and humbled to serve Montana and America as Secretary of the Interior. I shall faithfully uphold Teddy Roosevelt’s belief that our treasured public lands are ‘for the benefit and enjoyment of the people’ and will work tirelessly to ensure our public lands are managed and preserved in a way that benefits all Americans for generations to come. This means responsible natural resource development, increased access for recreation and sportsmen, and conservation that makes the land more valuable for our children’s children. Importantly, our sovereign Indian Nations and territories must have the respect and freedom they deserve."

Secretary Ryan K. Zinke


by Veronica Davison / SFWO External Affairs