Media reports Wednesday are saying President-elect Trump is expected to name Congressman Ryan Zinke to lead the federal Department of Interior.
The Department of the Interior oversees the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service, both of which have a significant presence in Pennsylvania, including the Allegheny National Forest and more than two dozen national parks and recreation areas in Pennsylvania.
Importantly for Pennsylvania, Interior also houses the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement that oversees the regulation of active mines and the reclamation of old mines under the federal Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund.
It also houses the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which sets federal policy for endangered and threatened species, and the U.S. Geological Survey which not only is concerned about rocks, but also conducts a variety of other research on water resource issues.
The Allegheny National Forest, the largest block of federal land in the state, is unique in some ways because the federal does not own the oil and gas and mineral rights there, private landowners do.
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