SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The choice of Sally Jewell as the next Secretary of the Interior was strongly praised today by The Trust for Public Land.
"President Obama couldn't have made a better choice," said Will Rogers, President of The Trust for Public Land. "Sally Jewell understands the importance of connecting people to the land, from cities to the wilderness. As a leader in the outdoor industry, she has long recognized the importance of recreation and parks, for the health of our families and communities, and for the health of our economy."
"We recently gave Ms. Jewell our Land for People award and it was because throughout her career, as well as through her personal commitment, she has been a strong leader in protecting parks for people," Rogers said. "President Obama's American's Great Outdoors has highlighted the health and economic benefits of local parks and trails and has also supported land conservation and protection of key resources across the nation. Sally will be an excellent leader of this initiative for the next four years."
Founded in 1972, The Trust for Public Land is the leading nonprofit working to conserve land for people. Operating from more than 30 offices nationwide, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than three million acres from the inner city to the wilderness and helped generate more than $34 billion in public funds for conservation. Nearly ten million people live within a ten-minute walk of a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. Learn more at tpl.org (http://www.tpl.org/)
SOURCE The Trust For Public Land