Department of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced this week that William Perry Pendley will be acting director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a move ranchers and others in the west where the majority of federal land exists see as a positive development.
Environmentalists are critical of Pendley’s appointment because of his belief public lands should be accessible to Americans, including for recreational and ranching purposes as well as oil, gas and mineral production.
According to his biography on Interior’s website Pendley, a native of Wyoming, is a Marine veteran, attorney and worked at DOI under President Ronald Reagan where he worked on minerals and economic policies. He was president of the Mountain States Legal Foundation for three decades.
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