Press Release

Senate should not confirm Bernhardt

Wilderness Society urges Senate to reject Bernhardt nomination as Interior Secretary

WASHINGTON, February 4, 2019 ----  The Wilderness Society responded today to President Trump’s announcement that Acting Secretary David Bernhardt will be nominated as Secretary of the Interior.

Statement from Jamie Williams, Wilderness Society President:

“While Secretary Zinke distracted America with his Teddy Roosevelt ruse, David Bernhardt and his team kept land giveaways to the oil and gas industry moving and the public muzzled from objecting to their polluting agenda. At the helm of Interior, Bernhardt would further jeopardize our climate and communities across the country with his relentless mission to remove protections for land, water and wildlife.  We call on the Senate to reject this nomination.”


Michael Reinemer, [email protected], (202) 429-3949; Kate Mackay, [email protected], 602-571-2603

The Wilderness Society is the leading conservation organization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. Founded in 1935, and now with more than one million members and supporters, The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect 109 million acres of wilderness and to ensure sound management of our shared national lands. Visit