By Sarah Krueger, Public Lands Programs Manager
|Official White House Photo by Pete Souza|
On February 7, President Obama nominated one of our very own as the next Secretary of the Interior. Sally Jewell, chief executive at REI, is named to lead the department that oversees the stewardship of hundreds of millions of acres of public lands. The Mountaineers is proud to support Sally Jewell’s nomination. Sally, who learned to climb with The Mountaineers as a teenager, is a Peak Society member and serves on our Advisory Council. “As an active hiker, paddler and climber, Sally is well-versed in the value of outdoor recreation and the importance of our public lands,” remarked Martinique Grigg, Mountaineers Executive Director, “we are proud of Sally’s rise to this important post and look forward to working with her to protect public lands and encourage more Americans – young and old - to get outdoors.”
The Mountaineers would like to thank outgoing Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar for his important contributions to recreation and conservation initiatives on our public lands in particular his work on the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative.