By Ben Geman - 03/07/13 03:59 PM EST
Jewell praised what she called the wisdom of multiple congresses and presidents in protecting "crown jewels" in the nation’s forests, seashores, parks, rivers and other areas.
But she also vowed commitment to a “balanced” approach to the job at Interior, which oversees vast amounts of public lands located largely in western states.
Jewell said she backs President Obama’s often repeated vow of support for an “all of the above” energy strategy that develops both fossil fuels and renewable energy.
“Public lands are also huge economic engines. Through energy development, through grazing, logging, tourism and outdoor recreation, our lands and waters power our economy and create jobs. Balance is absolutely critical,” Jewell said.
Jewell also worked in commercial banking and the oil industry before taking over REI, the outdoor gear giant.