Statement on Sally Jewell’s Nomination as Secretary of the Interior

For Immediate Release                                                                                            
February 6, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Today’s news reports indicate that Sally Jewell, CEO of REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.), will be President Obama’s pick to replace outgoing Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. Prior to leading REI, Jewell worked in the banking and oil industries.

In the past, Sally Jewell has been a vocal advocate of Service and Conservation Corps. In 2009, Ms. Jewell testified before the House Committee on Natural Resources in support of the Public Lands Service Corps Act. Sitting on a panel with two former Corpsmembers she said, “The young people represented up here and the organizations they represent…  the amount of work that they do is nothing short of amazing.” Of the Public Lands Service Corps Act, she said, “We have a dearth of diversity on our public lands, our public lands are not represented by the people who represent this country, and we have parks, public lands and open spaces that are desperately in need of help, and so this bill represents a trifecta of opportunity to solve this.”

Mary Ellen Ardouny, President and CEO of The Corps Network, commented that “Given her previous support for Corps, The Corps Network believes that Sally Jewell is the ideal person to implement the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps as envisioned and promoted by Secretary Ken Salazar throughout his term.”

Earlier this year, eight federal departments and agencies, including the Department of Interior, the Department of Labor, and the Environmental Protection Agency, announced the formal creation of a National Council to coordinate the establishment of a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC): “a national collaborative effort to put America’s youth and returning veterans to work protecting, restoring and enhancing America’s great outdoors.” This follows the work of a Federal Advisory Committee that provided recommendations to the Departments of Interior and Agriculture on how to create and implement this program. Representatives from The Corps Network served on the Committee.

About The Corps Network

Established in 1985, The Corps Network is the voice of the nation's 151 Service and Conservation Corps. Currently operating in every state and the District of Columbia, Corps annually enroll more than 30,000 young men and women in service. Corps annually mobilize approximately 289,000 additional community volunteers who in conjunction with Corpsmembers generate 13.5 million hours of service every year. For more information visit www.corpsnetwork.org

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