Announcement of Sally Jewell Nomination for Interior Applauded by Conservationists

Press Release – Announcement of Sally Jewell Nomination for Interior Applauded by Conservationists

February 6, 2013 – The Conservation Lands Foundation applauds the Obama Administration’s nomination of Sally Jewell to be the next Secretary of the Interior.

“We are very pleased with the nomination of Sally Jewell.  She has been a talented and effective business leader and passionate advocate for the outdoors,” stated Brian O’Donnell, Executive Director of the Conservation Lands Foundation. “Our public lands will be well managed by Jewell, who has long been a leader in engaging the business community in conservation.”

Jewell is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) based in Kent, Washington.  Trained as an engineer, Jewell has broad private sector experience in energy and finance, having worked for as an engineer for Mobil Oil Corporation and then spending nearly twenty years in commercial banking.

As a businesswoman and conservationist, Jewell has a keen understanding of the economic benefits of the outdoor-recreation industry to America’s economy which supports 6.5 million jobs and contributes $289 billion annually in retail sales and services nationally. Throughout her career Jewell has demonstrated a commitment to conservation. She was a key contributor to the establishment and implementation of the President’s America’s Great Outdoors program.

Under Ms. Jewell’s leadership, REI supported the proposal to designate Fort Ord in Monterey, CA as a national monument. Designated in April 2012, the Fort Ord National Monument represented the most recent expansion of the National Conservation Lands, honoring our country’s military heritage, while permanently protecting wildlife habitat and open space for outdoor recreation.

The National Conservation Lands encompass 28 million acres administered by the Bureau of Land Management. They include Native American cultural sites, the rivers that Lewis and Clark explored and vast undeveloped mountain ranges. Encompassing 17 National Monuments, 16 National Conservation Areas and hundreds of Wilderness Areas, the National Conservation Lands have joined the ranks of our National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges as places that protect our nation’s natural, cultural and scientific treasures.

“The Interior department is responsible for safeguarding our nation’s natural heritage.  We are confident that Sally Jewell is the right person for the job,” commented O’Donnell.

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