Yesterday (Apr 10, 2013), the U.S. Senate confirmed Sally Jewell's nomination to head up the Department of Interior via an 87-11 voice vote.
The Senators that opposed her confirmation were Chambliss, Enzi, Rubio, Barrasso, McConnell, Vitter, Scott, Lee, Coburn, Fischer, and Johann.
She will be replacing the outgoing Ken Salazar who is moving back to Colorado.
During her confirmation hearing in March, Senators Barrasso and Lee expressed concerns about her position on OHV trail and road access to public lands.
Jewell will be the first "recreation" person confirmed as Secretary of the Interior. During her hearing last month, she stated a commitment to streamline the permitting process. Her efforts in that regard could be a plus for both motorized and non-motorized events held on BLM lands.
TPAC believes that a number of the more recreation-oriented federal land managers are optimistic at this point about having Jewell as their boss.
Last summer, Jewell, CEO of REI, was part of an outdoor industry coalition - which included representatives from the powersports industry - that helped launch the Western Governor's Association's report on the economic impact of outdoor recreation.
TPAC will be watching to see if that collaboration translates into her ability to work with diverse stakeholder groups as Secretary of the Interior.
Don Amador, Founder
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