Horse-riding Interior secretary mulls Everglades airboat ride

Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke, who rode a horse to his first day of work in March, could soon be riding an airboat in Florida’s Everglades. (Interior Dept. photo via The New York Times)

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke plans to visit the Everglades after being invited to tour the River of Grass by Florida’s two senators and most of the state’s U.S. House delegation.

The Everglades. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

“The Secretary believes the best way to learn about a location is with boots on the ground,” said Heather Swift, the Interior Department’s press secretary, after Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson and 23 House members sent a letter asking Zinke to visit the threatened subtropical ecosystem.

“He’s visited Utah, California, Wyoming, Montana, and several other locations and looks forward to seeing the Everglades and other Florida public lands. The Secretary is thankful for the warm invitation from the senators,” Swift said.

Zinke is a former Navy SEAL commander and Montana congressman who was tapped by President Donald Trump to head the Interior Department. True to his Big Sky Country heritage, Zinke rode a horse to work for his first day on the job.

Part-time Palm Beach resident Trump pledged during his campaign that “A Trump administration will also work alongside you to restore and protect the beautiful Everglades.”

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