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Jewell Calls for Balance In Land Management

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell spoke to the National Press Club last week about public lands issues; focusing on the importance of funding for the agency to maintain stewardship of the lands it manages. Jewell also lamented the money – and access – that was lost on public lands because of the government shutdown.  Jewell says balanced management between multiple use and recreation needs to be important in that management.  She spoke of how some drilling companies are using new technologies that minimize construction and road-building – something Wyoming has seen firsthand.  Jewell explains, “Some of the new techniques that are being used actually reduce the amount of footprint on the surface acreage, in order to recover oil and gas from a much larger area. So, this is an important tool.”  Adam Cramer with the Outdoor Alliance was on hand in the audience when Jewell made her comments.  He applauds the Secretary’s comments saying, “She totally gets it in terms of the social value of being outside, but also the aspects of the outdoors that also drive our economy: oil and gas development, but also the recreation economy.” Cramer notes that Secretary Jewell also gave support  to fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund – which pays for parks and public lands access in Wyoming.

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