According to a recent press release, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, has signed two secretarial orders allegedly designed to increase access to public land. Their key focus is on developing opportunities for outdoor recreation in public areas, as well as on public waterways.

Cited in the press release was the massive outdoor recreation industry in the US, which produces roughly 2% of the national GDP and is rapidly growing – even faster than the US economy as a whole.

The first order, Secretarial Order 3366 will require certain bureaus to (1) create a plan that expands current outdoor recreation in compliance with applicable laws, (2) work to streamline permitting for guides and outfitters, and (3) “improve contracting processes for recreation-specific concessioners.” It will also (4) call for certain bureau heads to appoint a full-time employee to oversee recreational opportunities.

The second order, Secretarial Order 3365, creates a position called “Senior National Advisor to the Secretary of Recreation,” a role that entails coordinating the recreational policy in the U.S. Department of the Interior. Rick May, the current Senior Advisor to the Secretary, will fill this role. In making this appointment, Zinke cited May’s leadership experience as a Navy SEAL as a key factor. May also has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management.

What are your thoughts on these moves? Let us know in the comments. If you’d like to read the specific details of each order, they’re linked below.

– Secretarial Order 3366Secretarial Order 3365

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