Director's Order 219 had originally raised a furor among sportsmen, after outgoing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe issued it on Jan. 19, just before leaving office.
“Outdoor recreation is about both our heritage and our economy,” said Zinke, in a Department of the Interior news release. “Between hunting, fishing, motorized recreation, camping and more, the industry generates thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity. Over the past eight years, however, hunting, and recreation enthusiasts have seen trails closed and dramatic decreases in access to public lands across the board. It worries me to think about hunting and fishing becoming activities for the land-owning elite. This package of secretarial orders will expand access for outdoor enthusiasts and also make sure the community's voice is heard.”
NRA has praised Zinke for reversing the ammunition ban, which would have impacted all lands, waters and facilities managed by the USFWS.
NRAHLF.org has full coverage of Zinke's secretarial orders, as well as an official statement on the issues by Chris Cox, available here.