Installed as Acting Director or the Bureau of Land Management without Senate confirmation, William Perry Pendley and his extremist views are a direct threat to hunters, anglers, and public lands. Throughout his career he has advocated for the sale or privatization of public lands and fought against the very agency he works within.
His numerous conflicts of interests and unbalanced views on how public lands should be managed are an affront to Western values. After constant public outcry, the Trump Administration decided to withdraw it's nomination of Pendley to head the BLM. Most recently, a federal court determined that Pendley had served illegally during his appointment as Acting Director, putting into question the legality of all decisions made while he led the agency.
Unfortunately, Pendley's out of touch views on public lands will remain a driving factor of BLM policy unless he is removed from the agency. Stand up for our public lands by signing the petition below, urging our elected officials to call for the removal of Pendley.
Dear Senator Tester, Senator Daines, and Congressman Gianforte,
The Bureau of Land Management – which manages 250 million acres of public land across the West and 700 million acres of subsurface mineral rights– has been without a Director since January 2017. Instead, the agency has been managed by a string of temporary assignments.
William Perry Pendley has directly and clearly advocated for the sale of federal public lands. This radical idea is anathema to Western values and would destroy hunting opportunity, outdoor recreation, and family ranches.
As an activist lawyer for his entire career, Pendley fought for decades against the ideals of public lands and the multiple-use mission of the agency he now directs. He presently has multiple conflicts-of-interest with lawsuits involving the Interior Department. He also advocated moving the BLM headquarters to his home state of Colorado, which will reduce the BLM’s ability to work with other agencies and Congress.
Due to the public outcry of hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts across the nation, the Trump administration has withdrawn their nomination of Pendley to head the BLM and a federal court found that Pendley's string of temporary appointments to lead the agency were in fact illegal. Despite this ruling, he still continues to serve in a leadership position within the agency. Pendley's history and numerous conflicts of interest make him unfit to serve in an agency that oversees management of our nation's public lands. We, the undersigned hunters, anglers and other conservationists, ask you to call for the immediate removal of William Perry Pendley from the Bureau of Land Management.
The Montana Wildlife Federation is Montana’s oldest, largest and most effective conservation organization. Since 1936, we’ve led efforts to protect Montana’s abundant fish and wildlife, our natural lands and waters, and public access for hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation.
Over the years, MWF has secured some of the Treasure State’s most important conservation victories, including the best stream access law in the West, a ban on confined wildlife farms, and protection of some of Montana’s most important wildlands.