Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Idaho farmer-rancher sworn in as Trump presidential assistant

Layne Bangerter was sworn in shortly after noon in Washington, D.C., as special assistant to President Donald Trump. Bangerter, 54, a Melba farmer and rancher who helped Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo craft a bill to protect wilderness and ranching in Owyhee County, has been working on President Trump’s transition. He is working on the Trump program to reform the Environmental Protection Agency, said Bangerter’s friend Phil Hardy, who was at the ceremony. Bangerter headed the Trump campaign in Idaho that carried the state in a landslide. He served as an adviser to Donald Trump Jr. on western natural resource issues and traveled with Trump Jr. and Vice President Mike Pence during the campaign. He worked for Crapo for 13 years, helping him pass the Owyhee Public Land Management Act. He worked with ranchers, local officials, conservationists, hunters and anglers, motorized recreation groups, outfitters and others to hammer out the details of the bill that protected 500,000 acres of wilderness, more than 300 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers, and allowed ranchers to keep their operations viable...more 

More info on Bangerter:

 He also worked with Crapo on forest issues, the delisting of wolves, salmon and water issues. Before joining Crapo’s staff, Bangerter worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services agency as a supervisory wildlife biologist.

 Somehow I'm not picking up the scent of a 'swamp drainer' here.

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/letters-from-the-west/article127929824.html#storylink=cpy

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