The National Cattlemen's Beef Association came out in support of President-elect George W. Bush’s selection of Gale Norton for Secretary of the Interior.

NCBA said the Colorado attorney’s experience in state government – she was Attorney General in Colorado for eight years – will serve beef producers.

"Norton, a Colorado attorney, has a history of working together with diverse groups to develop consensus. This will be critical as cattle producers urge action on policy that supports science-based decisions on natural resource use, includes local and state decision-making rather than top-down mandates from Washington, ensures multiple use of federal lands including grazing, and protects private property rights,” the organization said in a release.

"For the past eight years, the cattle industry has worked with an administration that has often exerted the heavy hand of government to implement an anti-grazing and anti-multiple use agenda. As pressures from suburbanization and threats against traditional land uses have mounted, family ranches have been sold into development. When this happens, everybody loses: open space and riparian areas are lost, wildlife loses critical habitat, the cattle industry loses producers, and generations of the heritage and history of a family ranch are lost.”