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TRCP Welcomes Nomination of Jewell as Interior Secretary

News for Immediate Release Feb. 06, 2013 Contact: Katie McKalip, 406-240-9262,

Current CEO of REI brings business expertise, financial savvy, engineering experience to helm of Interior Department, overseeing $12 billion annual budget.

WASHINGTON – The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership today welcomed the nomination of Sally Jewell, current chief executive of outdoor retailer REI, as secretary of the Department of the Interior. President Obama announced Jewell’s nomination this afternoon.

Jewell’s resume includes a dozen years with REI, two decades in banking and experience as an engineer for Mobil. If confirmed, Jewell will replace departing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who leaves his position at the end of March.

“We’re pleased with the choice of Sally Jewell as the new secretary of the Interior,” said TRCP President and CEO Whit Fosburgh. “Ms. Jewell understands firsthand that conservation equals jobs and how public lands fuel the recreation economy, including hunting and fishing. She knows that people need access to our lands and waters and that they demand a quality experience at those places.

“She also understands the nation’s conservation legacy and how it is threatened by misguided public lands policies,” continued Fosburgh, “such as the rampant expansion of oil and gas development in sensitive fish and wildlife habitats and shortsighted budget proposals to cut important conservation programs. Sportsmen and -women look forward to working with Ms. Jewell and her team to help restore and preserve America’s rich conservation legacy.”

Domestic energy development has become one of the most controversial subjects facing land managers today. With the push to harness the sun, wind and other forms of renewable energy, the necessity of balancing production of domestic energy with the needs of fish and wildlife – and continuing to support traditional sporting activities – will be even more critical.

Fosburgh also noted the exemplary work done by Salazar.

“Ken Salazar inherited a department that had veered far off track in terms of its stewardship of our public lands – a department where true multiple use had become subservient to resource extraction,” stated Fosburgh. “Through his oil and gas leasing reforms and other steps, Secretary Salazar began the process of restoring balance, a job that Sally Jewell is left to finish.

“In addition,” Fosburgh continued, “Secretary Salazar has been an unbridled champion of sensible renewable-energy development and strong conservation funding, an area where he has helped maintain the agency’s budget in a very difficult fiscal climate.” 

Jewell has been a spokesperson for the president’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative, which promotes and supports community-level conservation efforts and reconnects Americans to the outdoors, particularly through acquisition of public lands, access to both public and private lands and conservation of fish and wildlife habitat.

Her nomination also was applauded by the outdoor industry. Frank Hugelmeyer, president and CEO of the Outdoor Industry Association and a member of the TRCP board of directors, commended the decision.

“With the upcoming National Parks Centennial celebration in 2016 and the need for the nation to advance an economic vision for our nation’s public lands, Sally Jewell is uniquely qualified to serve as the next secretary of the Interior,” said Hugelmeyer. “Ms. Jewell recognizes that our nation’s natural resources supports the economy, local communities and the people whose lives depend on having access to quality places in the great outdoors. Treasury secretaries are chosen from the investment world, so it is appropriate that a secretary for the Interior would be nominated from the outdoor recreation business world.”

Activity related to hunting and fishing produces significant economic impact, and the sporting community is part of an outdoor recreation, natural resource conservation and historic preservation sector that generates more than $1 trillion for the U.S. economy every year. This sector also produces $107 billion in tax revenue annually and supports 9.4 million jobs. Learn more.

Read the TRCP 2013 Conservation Policy Agenda.

Inspired by the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, the TRCP is a coalition of organizations and grassroots partners working together to preserve the traditions of hunting and fishing.

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