Secretary of Interior to visit Cape Romain

Interior Secretary Sally Jewel (AP Photo/Dan Joling, File)

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.

Comments { }

Postandcourier.com is pleased to offer readers the enhanced ability to comment on stories. We expect our readers to engage in lively, yet civil discourse. Postandcourier.com does not edit user submitted statements and we cannot promise that readers will not occasionally find offensive or inaccurate comments posted in the comments area. Responsibility for the statements posted lies with the person submitting the comment, not postandcourier.com. If you find a comment that is objectionable, please click "report abuse" and we will review it for possible removal. Please be reminded, however, that in accordance with our Terms of Use and federal law, we are under no obligation to remove any third party comments posted on our website. Read our full Terms and Conditions.