Secretary Bernhardt Signs Order For Public Lands Bill

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Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has signed Secretarial Order 3374 to establish a task force to facilitate and prioritize the implementation of S. 47, known as the Dingell Act.

The recently signed-into-law Dingell Act consists of more than 100 separate bills that were introduced by 50 Senators and House members.

The bill also contains provisions to advance or protect America’s hunting heritage.  Some of these provisions were elements of the Sportsmen’s Heritage & Recreational Enhancement Act, or SHARE Act, that SCI and many hunting groups worked to enact in successive Congresses since February 2012.

Secretarial Order 3374 establishes a task force to ensure the timely and coordinated implementation of the Dingell Act and consistency among all offices and Bureaus within the Department of the Interior,” said a March 28 press release.

 “We are taking a concrete step to ensure the Department efficiently and fully implements the most comprehensive public lands management legislation in a decade,” Bernhardt said. “We will continue to work to strike the proper balance for land and resources management, increase access for hunting, fishing, and recreation, and create economic prosperity while protecting and preserving America’s treasures.”

Secretarial Order 3374 lays out timeframes for the task force to identify actionable steps and milestones, create an implementation plan for the Dingell Act and manage a tracking database to ensure the Department meets all timelines laid out in the bipartisan public lands bill.

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