The proposed state non-game wildlife grants mark a real first in national conservation history,.. Never before has Washington offered a dedicated source of federal funding to the states for them to tailor programs benefiting all wildlife.
It's a very tough situation,.. We've got two, three more weeks, maybe a month of fire season, and the weather prognosis is not very good.
This is sacred ground,.. Americans come here to learn of their past... Their heritage. It is our obligation... To honor this sacred landscape by preserving it.
Mistakes began with the preparation of the prescribed fire plan,.. Had those calculations been properly done, there would have been a larger background personnel and support (team on hand).
With those mistakes embedded in it, the process began with the agency and participants behind the curve.
The study process was able to point us toward a balance, based on good science and broad consultation,.. Whenever a balance is struck there are going to be those who will be displeased.
We've got to do something to make these folks whole
I think what he will be remembered for most in history is the way he connected with regular people and brought the mystery and beauty of oceans into our personal lives
In recent years the Forest Service and land management agencies have been burning about 2 to 2 1/2 million acres a year with prescribed fires
Every successful prescribed fire is a blow for safety in surrounding communities and for forest health. These forests are made safer by periodic fires -- a natural part of the evolution, growth and maintenance of healthy forests
I think the people will- who advocate having a step back and read those public opinion polls on the front page of the newspapers all over this country saying public supports restoration in restoration of the Everglades, protection of the parks and the creation of monuments.
Well, I think breathing life into the Endangered Species Act, taking those wolves back into Yellowstone, restoring the salmon in the rivers of the Pacific Northwest.
Look, I think by the time my case was over and other ones, everybody on both sides of the aisle in Congress said we can't run a government by this kind of process and they repealed the law and that's good.
They haul you up there for, you know, week after week in this kind of star chamber proceeding. Then at the end of it they say, well, we found nothing, but now it's time for special counsel.
We had kind of a rocky start, but I spent a lot of time working with the President and handing him statistics and showing him what we were doing as we went along and kind of saying to him, you know, this is really important.