A New Secretary and a New National Park

Yesterday was historic as the Senate confirmed the first Native American Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland!  When she was nominated she tweeted, “A voice like mine has never been a Cabinet secretary or at the head of the Department of Interior. Growing up in my mother’s Pueblo household made me fierce. I’ll be fierce for all of us, our planet, and all of our protected land.”  We also commend to you the newest treasure that Secretary Haaland will oversee.  In its final bill of 2020, Congress created New River Gorge National Park and Preserve — the country’s 63rd national park.  Previously a “national river,” the area located about 300 miles from Washington, D.C. has spectacular hikes and rock climbing.  It also attracts more than one million visitors annually who spend more than $60 million in nearby communities and that supports 846 jobs locally.  It’s so close — hopefully, the new Secretary will get to visit our newest crown jewel soon!

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