The following is a statement from Defenders of Wildlife president and CEO Jamie Rappaport Clark on President Obama’s decision to nominate Neil Kornze as director of the Bureau of Land Management:
“We at Defenders are glad to see President Obama continue to choose conservation-focused individuals to lead our wildlife agencies. Neil Kornze’s effort to promote responsible energy development and avoid damaging vulnerable wildlife habitat shows that he is committed to preserving our precious natural heritage. Kornze’s approach is just what we need from the Bureau of Land Management: thoughtful consideration and planning that recognizes the value of protecting wild places.”
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