With Interior Secretary Salazar’s retirement from his post in the next month or so, we have been hoping for his legacy to include designation of the BLM properties in the San Juan Islands (yes, this includes ‘our” Patos Island) as a National Monument.
For years we have been hoping for long term protection of these lands, and for months now we have been crossing our eyes, ears, and thumbs that our dream would soon become a reality. Now we have a second chance if Secretary Salazar does not act before he leaves office. It looks like President Obama will be nominating REI (Recreational Equipment Incorporated) CEO, Sally Jewell, to be the incoming Secretary of the Interior. From what I have read, Sally Jewell is the ultimate outdoor woman and advocate for conservation of public lands.
REI is a legendary outdoor company in the Pacific Northwest. The company is based in Washington State and is member owned. Here are the details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/REI
At this point we are not giving up on Secretary Salazar, but it is nice to also see the future looking so promising as well!
- From West Seattle to the White House: Sally Jewell of REI nominated to be Interior Secretary (westseattleblog.com)