On June 6, 2017, REI Co-op CEO Jerry Stritzke submitted the next to U.S. Secretary of the Inside Ryan Zinke relating to the review of 27 national monuments.
Expensive Secretary Zinke,
The individuals of america share equally within the possession of our nationwide public lands. We’re united by a deep love for our parks, forests, mountains, prairies, deserts and waterways. This connection, and sense of possession, is one thing that units this nation other than the remainder of the world. Public lands preserve America wholesome, vibrant and related to our outside passions. They’re additionally the grounding drive for our outside recreation economic system, offering over 7 million sustainable jobs.
I consider you share this view of public lands. And in a couple of quick days, your advice to the president will decide their future.
One month in the past, you requested the American public to share ideas about our nationwide monuments—locations that presidents from each events have protected for greater than 100 years, due to the imaginative and prescient of Teddy Roosevelt.
Your invitation has succeeded in unleashing an unprecedented groundswell of affection for our public lands. A whole bunch of hundreds have written feedback. Much more have joined the dialog via social media. Our staff have appealed to you en masse to guard the inspiration of their livelihoods.
Thanks for giving residents an opportunity to lift their collective voice. From rural cities to city facilities, the clear, overwhelming majority of American individuals need our public lands protected. Via REI’s personal awareness-raising, greater than 10,000 individuals—together with members and staff—have submitted feedback supporting public lands and nationwide monuments, and need them untouched. Teddy Roosevelt and people who have adopted his inspiration could be proud.
This assist can’t be ignored.
For financial, environmental, leisure and historic causes, individuals all over the place need their youngsters to have the identical experiences and alternative they’ve loved. The Division of the Inside now has a rock-solid case for constructing on and investing in our nationwide public lands infrastructure even additional. You’ve license to finish this dialogue about preserving monuments. To maneuver the dialog into methods we are able to fund the big backlog in upkeep, handle wildfires and allow extra People to entry these superb locations.
I write because the chief government of REI and somebody who works daily with outside companies massive and small, rural and concrete. This trade employs hundreds of thousands of People and generates $887 billion in shopper spending yearly, a determine that dwarfs what shoppers spend on gasoline, automobiles or prescription drugs. It gives almost $125 billion in tax income.
I’m asking you to comply with your coronary heart and your head. Take heed to the individuals who love the outside. Tread within the footsteps of the leaders who created our nationwide public lands. Leaders that each you and I like. Builders with imaginative and prescient and dedication, impressed to make America a rustic the place everybody can pursue their outside passions, the place the various and sometimes immeasurable advantages of public lands usually are not loved by the few, however by the various.
Please be part of us in our united efforts to go away our public lands stronger, for generations to return.
President & Chief Govt Officer