NWF Interior Nominee a Strong Voice for America's Great Outdoors
Sally Jewell Nominated as Head of the Interior Department
President Barack Obama will nominate Sally Jewell, chief executive officer of Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), to head the Interior Department, as first reported by the Washington Post.
Jim Lyon, vice president for conservation policy at the National Wildlife Federation, said today:
“Sally Jewell is a business leader who knows that conserving America’s natural resources is fundamentally linked to a healthy and strong economy. Outdoor recreation contributes $646 billion to America’s economy and delivers $49 billion in tax revenue annually, but faces a critical challenge as Washington considers even more cuts to conservation programs on top of steep cuts already made.
“Hunters, anglers, hikers, kayakers, bird watchers and all who value and cherish the outdoors and wildlife will benefit from her first hand understanding of Americans’ passion for protecting our natural treasures. The National Wildlife Federation is proud to have partnered with REI through Be Out There activities like the Great American Backyard Campout and Hike & Seek, as well as through the launch of the Outdoor Alliance for Kids, ensuring that this and future generations of children have opportunities to stay connected to the natural world.
“We believe Ms. Jewell is positioned to continue tackling some of the great challenges of our time, from confronting the growing impacts of climate change to preserving our wildlife heritage. She’ll also be called on to protect the interests of outdoor enthusiasts while balancing development of America’s emerging clean energy industry on public lands and waters and the increasingly voracious demands of oil and gas drillers.”