Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
REI president and CEO Sally Jewell nominated for Interior secretary
Rep. Bishop’s own links to ‘special interest groups’
Republican U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, chair of the House Sub-committtee on Public Lands, has reservations about the nomination of Sally Jewell as secretary of the Department of Interior because of REI’s links to “special-interest groups” with a “radical political agenda” [“REI chief: outsider pick for Interior secretary,” page one, Feb. 7].
He’s a tea-party darling. Nuff’ Said?
--Dave Olson, North Bend
Jewell nomination is positive for Washington state and the nation
President Obama’s decision to nominate Sally Jewell to be our next secretary of the Interior is a big win for Washington and for our country.
Jewell’s diverse background provides a unique and balanced approach to stewardship. She understands the perspective of the private sector in regards to resource management and appreciates the urgent need to protect our natural resources for future generations.
I know she’ll draw the important connection between youth, education, parks and public lands to make hands-on learning in the great outdoors a national priority. While national parks are only part of her charge, they make up 84 million acres in the United States. Just imagine the possibilities for learning if every Seattle student had the opportunity to experience the wonder and science of nature in Olympic National Park or the North Cascades.
The quality of our public lands is dependent on the quality of our engagement and the education of our youth and their families. We can’t expect the next generation to understand the complexities of society and the environment without experiencing it firsthand. Under Jewell’s leadership, our parks and public lands play an important role in the education, civic engagement and stewardship of our nation.
--Stephen Streufert, Pacific Northwest director, NatureBridge in Olympic National Park, Seattle