Collaborative track record and experience on land and water management make him ideal partner to balance development and conservation of natural resources
Arlington, VAFebruary 28, 2014
Following Michael Connor’s unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate as the new Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior on Thursday, The Nature Conservancy joined the chorus of approval and congratulations.
Managing Director of Public Policy Lynn Scarlett responded to the announcement on behalf of the Conservancy:
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the appointment and bipartisan confirmation of Michael Connor to this position, which is so important to conservation work across the country. I have had the pleasure of working with Mike in the past, and my interactions with him, combined with his impressive accomplishments at the Bureau of Reclamation, leave no doubt in my mind that he will be a great champion for nature on behalf of the American people. My colleagues and I look forward to working with Mike, especially as we collaborate with Interior on its implementation of Secretary Jewell’s order to expand and improve landscape-level mitigation practices on federal lands. We offer Mike heartfelt congratulations on his confirmation.”
Connor’s previous work at the Department of the Interior as Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation included leading efforts to promote sustainable water use in the West and measure the impacts of climate change. Both causes are of leading concern to The Nature Conservancy as the effects of climate change continue to intensify and western states continue to suffer extreme drought conditions.
“Such a highly qualified and pragmatic person filling the role of Deputy Secretary could not have come at a better time,” Scarlett concluded.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.