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Report: REI chief executive Sally Jewell to head Interior Department

from The Washington Post

Recreational Equipment Inc. chief executive Sally Jewell will be nominated to head the U.S. Department of Interior. Jewell — who will have to be confirmed by the Senate — has earned national recognition for her management skills and support for outdoor recreation and habitat conservation. In 2011, Jewell spoke at the White House conference on "America's Great Outdoor Initiative," noting that the $289 billion outdoor recreation industry supports 6.5 million jobs. Some key outdoor recreation leaders say the appointment appears to be "good news" because of Jewell's private sector experience and support for tourism on public lands. more

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