One of President Obama’s top cabinet members wrapped up a tour of Alaska on Tuesday.
Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell ended her visit to the state with a discussion at the Alaska Pacific University.
During her trip across the state, she went to the North Slope and the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska to talk about development and public lands management. She also went to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
At the beginning of her visit, she headed to King Cove with Senator Lisa Murkowski, (R-AK), to address the need for a road built through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge to connect residents to cold bay's all-weather airport.
Jewell says some people are inappropriately making it a humans-versus-wildlife issue.
“I think there have been efforts to talk about a trade-off between human safety and wildlife and the reality is,” said Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell. “I think we want both and so I understand the interest on both sides.
“It's difficult, and I don't think that's a reasonable trade-off - I think we need to look for solutions that address both.”
It was her first trip to the state as Interior secretary, but Jewell says she's been coming to the state for more than 30 years and learns something new each time.
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