"Interior: Zinke Yields To States On Fish And Wildlife"

"Individual states will wield more clout over fish and wildlife on about 780,000 square miles of Interior Department land nationwide under a new policy outlined by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

In a move that's welcomed by Western conservatives but worries environmentalists, Zinke has directed Interior agencies to draft new action plans consistent with the states' "fundamental responsibility" for fish and wildlife management.

"The department recognizes states as the first-line authorities for fish and wildlife management and hereby expresses its commitment to defer to the states in this regard, except as otherwise required by federal law," Zinke wrote in a two-page memo yesterday."

Michael Doyle reports for Greenwire September 11, 2018.

Source: Greenwire, 09/12/2018