AUSTIN  The Texas Public Policy Foundation applauds U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on his proposal to open or expand opportunities at 10 national wildlife refuges.
“The Foundation applauds the recent action of the Department of Interior in recognizing that public lands belong to the people,” said Rob Henneke, general counsel and director of the Center for the American Future at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. “Avid outdoorsmen and hunters best recognize the role that outdoor recreation plays in conservation. These national treasures were meant to be enjoyed in all respects by the people. While the federal government owns and manages these wilderness areas, they should remain accessible in all respects to the American public.”
More than 50 million Americans visit national wildlife refuges each year.
According to a USFWS survey, hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities contributed more than $144.7 billion to the economy.
For more information or to request an interview with Mr. Henneke, please contact Alicia Pierce at[email protected] or 512-472-2700.
The Honorable Robert Henneke is general counsel and director of the Center for the American Future at Texas Public Policy Foundation.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit free-market research institute based in Austin. The Texas Public Policy Foundation aims to advance a societal framework that effectively fosters human flourishing based upon cooperation and mutually beneficial exchange of ideas and speech.