Over 300 groups on Monday called on the Senate to reject President Donald Trump\u0026#039;s pick to\u0026nbsp;manage nation\u0026#039;s public lands, pointing to William Perry Pendley\u0026#039;s decades-long public record of extremist views and actions as evidence he is \u0022abjectly unfit\u0022 to hold the office.The demand from the civil rights, environmental, tribal, and immigrant advocacy groups came in a letter to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.\u0022William Perry Pendley comes from the ideological fringes of society and is a racist with values that are deeply out of touch with the mainstream, including selling the very lands he\u0026#039;s charged with managing. He\u0026#039;s the worst possible person you could conjure to be a leading steward of our shared public lands,\u0022 Dan Hartinger, National Monuments Campaign director\u0026nbsp;at The Wilderness Society, said in a Monday statement.Trump is seeking to make Pendley director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an agency within the Interior Department. The president made the formal announcement in June, though Pendley has\u0026nbsp;been serving—to the outrage of progressive groups—as acting director of BLM since July 2019.\u0022His inflammatory rhetoric and actions opposing virtually all issues of social justice and diversity including targeting native communities, immigrants, the LGBTQ community, and people of color should alone be disqualifying for anyone seeking the responsibility of managing a taxpayer-funded agency with a diverse workforce,\u0022 the groups including Defenders of Wildlife, Indigenous Women Rising, NAACP, and United We Dream wrote.\u0022Yet, Mr. Pendley adds to these disqualifications with radical anti-conservation positions, a deeply held belief antithetical to the agency\u0026#039;s mission that public lands should be privatized, virtually unprecedented conflicts of interest and ethical issues, a history of supporting anti-government extremists, and a track record of dismantling the very agency he is tasked with managing,\u0022 the letter adds.3) Pendley has cheered on any policy that would turn our wildest lands into mining, drilling and development sites when these places must be protected for future generations. He’s also called the Endangered Species Act \u0022a joke.\u0022 pic.twitter.com/3HFURjPN8N— The Wilderness Society (@Wilderness) October 10, 2019The groups reference a number of \u0022troubling views and actions\u0022 that include Pendley\u0026#039;s \u0022radical anti-science and anti-conservation positions\u0022 such as his repeated denials of \u0022basic science,\u0022 repeated calls for the selloff of public lands, and belittling of environmental laws including the Endangered Species Act.Pendley has \u0022unprecedented conflicts of interest and a documented history of ethical lapses,\u0022 the letter adds, citing a \u002217-page recusal list that touches on nearly every aspect of the agency\u0026#039;s mission with a particular focus on clients engaged in extractive activities on federal lands.\u0022Additional concerns stem from Pendley\u0026#039;s \u0022history of sympathizing with anti-government and anti-public lands extremists [that] undermines the safety of the employees he is responsible for managing and his tenure with the agency has been marked with a historic dismantling of its staff.\u0022Further disqualifying actions include \u0022Pendley\u0026#039;s long history of inflammatory statements and opposition to diversity efforts,\u0022 the groups wrote, referencing his mocking of Indigenous religious beliefs, dismissal of environmental justice as an \u0022imaginary issue,\u0022 and comparison of undocumented immigrants to cancer.\u0022When a nominee is clearly unfit for a position, it is the Senate\u0026#039;s constitutional and moral duty to reject the nomination. Mr. Pendley is profoundly unfit to lead the BLM in any capacity and the Senate must swiftly and unequivocally reject his nomination,\u0022 the letter says.Given Pendley\u0026#039;s background, the decision lawmakers must make is clear, says Hilary Shelton, senior VP for policy and advocacy and director of the Washington Bureau of NAACP.\u0022The Senate faces a moral choice: confirm a bigoted and divisive extremist or stand in solidarity with the American people who want our government and our public lands accessible to all,\u0022 she said. \u0022We oppose Pendley\u0026#039;s nomination and call on our elected officials to reject him immediately.\u0022The committee has not yet scheduled a hearing on Pendley\u0026#039;s nomination.