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Secretary Zinke Names Land Transfer Proponent as Acting Director of the Bureau of Land Management

NOVEMBER 16, 2017

DENVER—Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced today that he named Brian Steed as acting director of the Bureau of Land Management, replacing career BLM staffer Mike Nedd. Before being appointed to the BLM, Steed served as chief of staff for Representative Chris Stewart (R-UT). Representative Stewart has consistently pushed for transferring American public lands to states, even co-founding a congressional caucus to push land transfer legislation.

The Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala:

“Secretary Zinke has just promoted a champion of disposing America’s public lands into state and private hands. Brian Steed is a proud opponent of America’s parks, wilderness, and public lands. Secretary Zinke likes to remind anyone who will listen that he’s against transferring public lands—but he’s filling Interior with individuals who want to do exactly that. Secretary Zinke’s actions speak far louder than his words.”


Under Steed’s guidance as chief of staff, Representative Chris Stewart co-founded the Federal Lands Action Group, a caucus specifically aiming to transfer national public lands to cities and states, and introduced legislation to gut our national monuments law.

In 2016, Steed provided an endorsement of transferring public lands while speaking alongside American Lands Council co-founder Demar Dahl. The American Lands Council is a Utah-based group that advocates for disposing of public lands into state and private hands.

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