A few weeks ago, we asked you to send us questions (link) for Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne–the head of the department that houses the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and manages almost 500 million acres of public land. Well, we got some answers for you.

On April 17th, Field & Stream, along with editors from Outdoor Life, SHOT Business, QUAD, Saltwater Sportsman, and Popular Science, sat down with the Secretary for a roundtable discussion. Topics ranged from invasive species, to multiple use issues on public lands. The sound files below are Secretary Kempthorne’s answers to questions on balancing energy exploration with habitat conservation, hunting in national parks, and managing wolf and grizzly populations. Click on a link to play the audio.

Kempthorne on balancing energy exploration with habitat conservation, part I

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Kempthorne on hunting in National Parks

Kempthorne on managing wolf and grizzly bear populations