For Immediate Release:
Outdoor Industry Association
Outdoor Industry Association Applauds the Appointment of Sally Jewell as Next Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior
Boulder, Colo., April 10, 2013 — Outdoor Industry Association celebrates today the Senate’s formal confirmation of Sally Jewell to be the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
“The Department of the Interior needs a leader with a balanced vision for the future of the nation’s lands and waters, and Sally Jewell is that person,” said Frank Hugelmeyer, president and CEO of Outdoor Industry Association. “We thank Secretary Salazar for his leadership and thoughtful, balanced approach to managing our nation’s natural resources.”
The next four years mark three unprecedented milestones for the nation: The 50th anniversary of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and the Centennial celebration of the National Park System. Taken together, these milestones provide an opportunity for the administration and Congress to build a balanced legacy for the future of America’s public lands and waters.
With 500 million acres under its management, the Department of the Interior is poised to recognize outdoor recreation as a leading use of public lands that is reflected in the core mission of governmental agencies.
Secretary Jewell’s leadership experience as CEO, oil and gas engineer and financier uniquely positions her to lead and understand the opportunities and challenges facing the Department of the Interior, particularly as recreation lands are disproportionately targeted for budget cuts.
Nearly half of all Americans participate in outdoor activities, spending $646 billion on outdoor recreation every year, supporting more than 6.1 million sustainable American jobs and generating nearly $80 billion in federal, state and local tax revenue.
About Outdoor Industry Association
Based in Boulder, Colo., with offices in Washington, D.C., Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the leading trade association for the outdoor industry and the title sponsor of Outdoor Retailer. OIA supports the growth and success of more than 4,000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives, and retailers of outdoor recreation apparel, footwear, equipment and services. For more information, go to outdoorindustry.org or call 303.444.3353.