Washington, April 16, 2021 — Today, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland issued two Secretarial Orders “to prioritize action on climate change throughout the Department and to restore transparency and integrity in the Department’s decision-making processes.” She also revoked Secretarial Orders issued during the previous administration found to be “inconsistent with the Department’s commitment to protect public health; conserve land, water, and wildlife; and elevate science.”

Among the Secretarial Orders that were revoked:

Statement by Kristen Miller, Conservation Director, Alaska Wilderness League:
“Today’s Secretarial Orders are another important step toward restoring scientific integrity, meaningful public process and the longstanding stewardship responsibilities for America’s public lands and waters at the Department of Interior. This is the type of bold and visionary leadership we need if we’re to effectively fight climate change, tackle the extinction crisis, and prioritize environmental justice and tribal consultation.
“We applaud the Secretary’s actions to ensure meaningful consultation and elevate strong science, especially around climate change, into decision-making across the department. And we thank the Secretary for reversing the Trump administration’s energy dominance agenda in the Arctic Ocean and the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, and look forward to working with her on a different management direction for the western Arctic that focuses on addressing the climate crisis and protecting its extraordinary wildlife habitat, biodiversity and cultural values.”

Alaska Wilderness League stands with, serves and supports the many people and organizations that believe in a sustainable future for Alaska. We honor and respect the cultures of Alaska Natives whose way of life remains deeply connected to the state’s land, waters, and wildlife. We believe that Alaska’s long-term economic future and subsistence traditions are inexorably tied to the health and sound stewardship of its natural resources, which support hunting, fishing, tourism and unrivaled outdoor experiences that are central to Alaskans’ quality of life. www.AlaskaWild.org