News from DC is that Sally Jewell of REI will be nominated by President Obama to serve in his second term as Interior secretary. She would replace Ken Salazar who will be leaving the administration. As CEO of REI, she would take over at a very pivotal time for Yosemite. Major planning processes are now happening with the Merced River Plan and Tuolumne River Plan both out for review. Salazar has been “Yosemite friendly” and had an extended visit back in 2009. He attended Ranger Sheldon Johnson’s Buffalo Soldier performance then.
Ms. Jewell has a reputation as a conservationist and participated in America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, an Obama program designed to achieve lasting conservation of the country’s outdoor spaces. She has won several awards, including the 2009 Rachel Carson Award for Environmental Conservation from the Audubon Society, the Award for Public Service from the Woodrow Wilson Center and was also named a 2012 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Western Washington. In addition, she is a board member of several nonprofit environmental groups, including the National Parks Conservation Association.
Ms Jewell was a commercial banker for Washington Mutual prior to serving on the board of REI in 1996. She was named CEO in 2005.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, ‘What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?’” – Rachel Carson
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