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Secretary of the Interior Jewell and Senator Tester to speak March 14 at MSU

March 7, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Senator Jon Tester will discuss a range of issues related to conservation, public lands and natural resources in the Rocky Mountain West at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 14. In order to accommodate more people, the location of the event has been changed to Gaines Hall 101 on the Montana State University campus.

The lecture, sponsored by the Burton K. Wheeler Center at MSU, is free and open to the public. Tickets are required and available at or by calling (406) 994-0336. The location change made approximately 75 more tickets available, according to Eric Austin, director of the Wheeler Center.

Jewell was sworn in as the 51st Secretary of the Interior in April 2013. As secretary, she leads an agency that has more than 70,000 employees, and the Department of the Interior serves as steward for approximately 20 percent of the nation’s lands. As Secretary of the Interior, Jewell has launched a national initiative to inspire millions of young people to play, learn, serve and work outdoors. She has also expanded opportunities for renewable energy development in states such as Nevada and California. Prior to her confirmation, Jewell served in the private sector, most recently as president and CEO of Recreation Equipment, Inc. (REI).

Tester is the senior U.S. Senator from Montana and a third-generation farmer and former schoolteacher. Tester has hosted numerous Small Business Opportunity Workshops across Montana for business owners and entrepreneurs. He also advocates for responsible energy development, sportsmen’s issues, clean air and water, Indian nations, women’s access to health care and quality health care for veterans.

For nearly 40 years, the Burton K. Wheeler Center has worked to provide opportunities for Montanans to explore and engage in discussions of important policy topics. Previous Wheeler Center lectures have featured John Snow, Lynn Cheney and Brian Schweitzer.

For more information on the Wheeler Center, visit

Contact: Burton K. Wheeler Center, (406) 994-0336