Interior Secretary Sally Jewell lays out conservation strategy during National Press Club speech

National Press Club

Sec. Jewell says Obama administration will step up to protect public lands if Congress fails to act.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced her first Secretarial Order and outlined the next few years of protecting America’s wild places today in an appearance before the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Sec. Jewell renewed calls for protecting areas that are “too special to develop," such as Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (we certainly agree on that one), and urged balanced approaches to conservation and energy development in others, like the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.

In addition to her strong calls for conservation and protection of public lands Sec. Jewell also laid out an ambitious agenda for reconnecting Americans, especially youth or "Millenials," to the outdoors.  

The Wilderness Society applauds the Secretary’s commitment to environmental education, stewardship and health and wellness. We look forward to working with the Administration to outline specific efforts across the country that develop and support of these issues. 

WATCH: Sec. Jewell's speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The Wilderness Society was there, and live-tweeted the event. Highlights below: