With a nod towards the symbiosis of economy and conservation, President Barak Obama has nominated Sally Jewell, a leader in the outdoor industry and CEO of Recreational Equipment Incorporated, for the position of Interior Secretary. AFFTA President Benjamin Bulis is enthusiastic, stating that Jewell’s nomination “signals a continued and hopefully increased focus on the outdoor recreation economy which is so vital to our members and the American people.”
Read more in the press release below.
AFFTA Statement on the Nomination of Sally Jewell to be Interior Secretary
For immediate release – 2/6/2013
Statement from Benjamin Bulis, president, American Fly Fishing Trade Association:
“We applaud the nomination of outdoor recreation industry leader, Sally Jewell. She is an excellent choice who understands the critical formula of healthy habitat creating recreational opportunity that drives economic activity.
She has been a strong advocate for the America’s Great Outdoors initiative and her first hand knowledge of the importance of the recreation economy to American jobs underscores her support for having adequate conservation funding and access to the outdoors on equal ground with other uses of our public lands and waters.
We look forward to working with her on other stewardship challenges to fish habitat such as energy development and water use.
The choice of Sally Jewell signals a continued and hopefully increased focus on the outdoor recreation economy which is so vital to our members and the American people.”
AFFTA’s mission is to promote the sustained growth of the fly fishing industry. We work to grow consumer demand for fly fishing goods and services, enhance the growth and professionalism of fly-fishing businesses, and support the protection, enhancement and restoration of fish and fish habitat.