Sally Jewell, a businesswoman with a diverse background ranging from the energy and banking sectors to running Recreational Equipment, Inc., was confirmed Wednesday by the U.S. Senate as the 51st secretary of the Interior.
Ms. Jewell was confirmed with a vote of 87-11. She succeeds outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who early this year announced his intention to retire.
“The National Parks Conservation Association applauds the bipartisan support and confirmation of Sally Jewell as Secretary of the Department of the Interior," Tom Kiernan, NPCA's president and CEO, said in a prepared statement. "Her business expertise and passion for the outdoors, recreation and conservation foretells her success as Secretary of the Interior. As the National Park Service approaches its centennial in 2016, we look forward to working with Secretary Jewell to serve our country and help ensure our national parks and public lands are preserved, protected, and more accessible for future generations to enjoy.”
At the Natural Resources Defense Council, President Frances Beinecke said Ms. Jewell won't have the luxury of time to grow into the job.
"Now her work begins. At the top of the list are critical issues such as safeguarding the Arctic Ocean from the dangers of offshore drilling; protecting America’s public lands from destructive fossil fuel extraction practices; continuing to smartly develop renewable energy on public lands and protecting endangered species such as the gray wolf," said Ms. Beinecke.
“Ultimately, her primary mission is clear: to conserve and safeguard America’s incomparable natural heritage for future generations. We look forward to working with her to do just that.”