U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will visit Awendaw Wednesday morning to inspect an effort to conserve almost 4,000 acres of longleaf pine forest.

Jewell, a Washington native who was sworn in as the 51st Interior Secretary in April, will tour the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and host a 10 a.m. discussion with property owners, conservationists and others involved in longleaf pine forest across the Southeast.

Her visit comes about a month after she spoke to the National Press Club about the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to bring about collaborative conservation —one that leverages public and private partnerships.

She is expected to meet with Michael Oetker, Deputy Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Raye Nilius, project leader with the South Carolina Lowcountry Refuges Complex.

Jewell leads an agency that employs more than 70,000 and manages about 20 percent of the nation’s lands, including national parks and national wildlife refuges. The agency is also the largest supplier of water in the 17 western states.

Before her appointment, she worked as President and Chief Executive Officer of Recreation Equipment, Inc. and also as a commercial banker.

Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.