Senate OK’s Sally Jewell as Interior Secretary

April 10, 2013 by · Comments Off on Senate OK’s Sally Jewell as Interior Secretary 

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The Senate has confirmed Sally Jewell, CEO of outdoor retailer Recreational Equipment Inc., as interior secretary, The Associated Press reported.

Jewell will oversee more than 500 million acres of national parks and other public lands, and more than 1 billion acres offshore. The lands are used for energy development, mining, recreation and other purposes. The department also provides services to 566 federally recognized Indian tribes.

The Senate approved her nomination, 87-11.

A lifelong outdoors enthusiast, the 57-year-old Jewell previously worked as a petroleum engineer and banker. She also served on the board of the National Parks Conservation Association, an advocacy group that works to protect and enhance national parks.

President Barack Obama’s nominated Jewell last month to replace outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who announced his departure in January. Jewell is from Seattle.


ARC Applauds Jewell Nomination to Interior

February 6, 2013 by · Comments Off on ARC Applauds Jewell Nomination to Interior 

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The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) has endorsed President Obama’s nomination today (Feb. 6) of Sally Jewell as the new secretary of the interior, succeeding Ken Salazar.

In a statement, ARC stated, “The recreation community is delighted by the President’s nomination of Sally Jewell to lead national conservation and recreation efforts as secretary of the interior. Sally is widely respected for her intelligence, her passion and her leadership skills. She has invested heavily with her time as a leader on the America’s Great Outdoors initiative, has supported use of the outdoors as a tool for better health and for stronger, sustainable communities. And she has worked actively through REI, through recreation industry organizations and personally to connect younger, more urban and ethnically diverse Americans to our share legacy of parks, forests, refuges and other outdoor treasures.”

Jewell is CEO of Recreational Equipment (REI).

The choice of Jewell, who began her career as an engineer for Mobil Oil and worked as a commercial banker before heading a nearly $2 billion outdoors equipment company, represents an unconventional choice for a post usually reserved for career politicians from the West, the Washington Post reported.

But while she boasts less public policy experience than other candidates who had been under consideration, Jewell, who will have to be confirmed by the Senate, has earned national recognition for her management skills and support for outdoor recreation and habitat conservation.

In 2011 Jewell introduced Obama at the White House conference on “America’s Great Outdoor Initiative,” noting that the $289 billion outdoor-recreation industry supports 6.5 million jobs.

Jewell  would take over at a time when many conservationists are pressing Obama to take bolder action on land conservation. Salazar devoted much of his tenure to both promoting renewable energy on public land and managing the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

There has been concern from some that she lacks the political experience and broad knowledge of the issues confronting the sprawling department. Its responsibilities include management of public lands; oil, gas and timber production; fish and wildlife; tribal lands; and federal policy on places such as Guam, the Northern Marianas and Samoa.