Statement on the Committee Vote on the Nomination of David J. Hayes as Deputy Secretary of the Interior

Mar 18, 2009

By Wilderness Society President William H. Meadows

"I am very pleased that the Committee is considering the nomination of David J. Hayes as Deputy Secretary of the Interior. David served with distinction as the deputy to Secretary Babbitt, playing a significant role in stewardship decisions involving California’s redwoods, the Colorado River, and scores of other areas. David’s ability to bring together diverse groups to get things done, both during his years at Interior and while working in the private sector, is well recognized. He has consistently demonstrated vision, experience, and a commitment to protecting our natural legacy for future generations.

"I urge the Committee to favorably report today on Mr. Hayes’s nomination. We look forward to his confirmation and to working with him and the Interior Secretary to manage our great American treasures."