February 8, 2013, Golden, CO—Yesterday the White House announced the nomination of REI Chief Sally Jewell as the next Secretary of the Interior. The American Alpine Club (AAC) applauds the nomination of Jewell as a good choice for America. We would like to acknowledge the significance of this nomination to the climbing and mountaineering community. The AAC advocates for opportunities to climb on American public lands and the importance of protecting the places we climb. Jewell has a strong track record in both protecting public land and getting more Americans—including our youth—outdoors. We look forward to collaborating with her to protect even more public lands and encourage even more citizens to get outdoors, climb, and conserve the places we love.
“We at the American Alpine Club are extremely pleased to see a climber like Sally Jewell be nominated for Secretary of the Interior,” said Executive Director Phil Powers. “Climbers are a diverse group with wide-ranging backgrounds and politics, but there is one thing we all agree on—we must protect the public lands where we find our crags and mountains.”
The AAC would also like to take this opportunity to express our thanks to outgoing Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar for his successful term leading the department. In particular, his important contribution of launching America’s Great Outdoors initiative did much to elevate the significance of recreation and conservation of public lands in our country.
About The American Alpine Club
The American Alpine Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides knowledge and inspiration, conservation and advocacy, and logistical support for the climbing community. The AAC advocates for American climbers domestically and around the world; provides grants and volunteer opportunities to protect and conserve the places we climb; hosts local and national climbing festivals and events; publishes two of the world’s most sought-after climbing annuals, The American Alpine Journal and Accidents in North American Mountaineering; cares for the world’s leading climbing library and country’s leading mountaineering museum; manages the Hueco Rock Ranch, New River Gorge Climbers’ Campground, and Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch as part of a larger lodging network for climbers; and annually gives $80,000+ toward climbing, conservation, and research grants to adventurers who travel the world. Learn about additional programs and become a member at americanalpineclub.org.