Zinke Cancels Remainder Of Montana Visit

Mar 10, 2017

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signs an executive order on his first day to expand access to public lands.
Credit Tami Heilemann, Dept of Interior

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke cancelled the remainder of his trip back to Montana.

Zinke was originally scheduled to address a joint session of the Montana Legislature Monday, March 13, 2017. He was also scheduled to visit the BLM’s field office in Lewistown and the BLM’s Regional Headquarters in Billings the next day.

The U.S. Interior Department issued a press release announcing Zinke had to cancel the remainder of his trip in Montana due to a schedule change.  A call to Zinke’s spokeswoman was not immediately returned.

Zinke was in western Montana today, March 10, 2017. He received a tribal blessing from the Blackfeet Nation in Glacier National Park. Zinke also met with Glacier’s Superintendent to talk about the park’s maintenance backlog.

Last year, Glacier was among the national parks to break attendance records. The National Park Service celebrated its 100th anniversary last year.

Zinke resigned as Montana's lone member of the U.S. House March 1, 2017 to be sworn in as the 52nd U.S. Interior Secretary.