In October 2013, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell unveiled her road map for public lands conservation. One year later, we take a look at her accomplishments thus far and opportunities for the Interior Department over these final years of the Obama administration.
“A Progress Report Sec Jewell’s Agenda for Balance” outlines how far the agency has come under Secretary Jewell’s leadership on her five core conservation goals:
- Protecting lands with high recreational, cultural, and ecological values.
- Ensuring oil and gas development is done responsibly.
- Addressing climate change.
- Mitigating development impacts and manage public lands at a landscape scale.
- Harnessing America’s great outdoors as an economic engine.
There remain multiple opportunities for Secretary Jewell and the Interior Department to fulfill her agenda and cement President Barack Obama’s environmental legacy. Especially in the face of congressional inaction – a situation that is unlikely to change after the November elections – Secretary Jewell needs to continue using her authorities and be a vocal leader to move the needle on climate, energy, and conservation policy.
This follows on a previous report – “Secretary Jewell’s Year of Action: Her Predecessors and a Path Forward in 2014” – where the Center for Western Priorities examined Secretary Jewell’s path for success.