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This Week at Interior July 25, 2014

FRI, JULY 25, 2014, 04:53 PM EST

Secretary Jewell on Capitol Hill to call for full and permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund; USGS has a new Coastal Change Hazards Portal that lets users track coastline changes through the past, present, and future; more. Watch Video >


BLM photo of bikers traveling down an Oregon trail

Web Reads: BLM: Blazing a New Oregon Trail

FRI, JULY 25, 2014, 09:56 AM EST

Mountain bikers from all over the world ride these world-class trails built with help from local riders in Portland, Ore. Read the full story and check out the video here. Read More (tumblr.com) >


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Reclamation and Partners Release New Hydrologic Projections for Contiguous United States

FRI, JULY 25, 2014, 09:42 AM EST

The Bureau of Reclamation and its partners have released new hydrologic projections that will help local water managers answer questions about future climate, stream flow and water resources. Read More (usbr.gov) >


Bureau of Reclamation Facebook photo of Deputy Secretary Michael Connor's visit to Colorado.

Deputy Secretary Connor Announces Additional Funding for Colorado Projects Designed to Reduce Risk to Local Water Supplies from Wildland Fires

FRI, JULY 25, 2014, 08:46 AM EST

Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor visited northern Colorado to see firsthand the efforts to protect the Colorado-Big Thompson Project water system, and announce an additional $187,500 for Colorado-area projects. Read More (doi.gov) >


Landsat image: Russian Arctic Islands

USGS: Observing Earth Today and Tomorrow: A National Plan

THU, JULY 24, 2014, 11:58 AM EST

Three USGS programs rank in the top tier of a new plan to improve coordination of Earth-observation efforts among government agencies: Landsat; airborne-lidar mapping; and the USGS streamgage network. Read More (usgs.gov) >


Sage grouse. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM.

Bureau of Land Management Fire Program to Focus on Sage-Grouse Conservation

THU, JULY 24, 2014, 11:24 AM EST

As part of its collaborative efforts with states and other federal agencies to conserve sage-grouse habitat and that of more than 350 other wildlife species, BLM announced it is making protection of sage-grouse habitat a high natural-resource priority. Read More (blm.gov) >


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Interior Department Announces $2.5 million to Promote Tribal Control and Operation of BIE-Funded Schools

THU, JULY 24, 2014, 10:59 AM EST

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn announced that the Bureau of Indian Education will fund $2.5 million in Sovereignty in Indian Education competitive grants. Read More (doi.gov) >


Apollo moon buggy

USGS Science Feature: USGS Gave NASA the Right Stuff

TUE, JULY 22, 2014, 01:24 PM EST

July 20 marked the 45th anniversary of the day the world stood still and watched astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin land on the Moon. There is no question that the NASA-USGS partnership was crucial to the Apollo program’s accomplishments. Read More (usgs.gov) >


BOEM image: Research Vessel Pelican

BOEM: Gulf of Mexico Shipwreck Study Launches Second Expedition on the Research Vessel Pelican

TUE, JULY 22, 2014, 12:34 PM EST

A multi-disciplinary team of scientists launched the second expedition in the Gulf of Mexico to examine the effects of Deepwater Horizon spill-related oil and dispersant exposure on deepwater shipwrecks and their microbial communities. Read More (boem.gov) >


Leilani Sanchez, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wildlife inspector, talking to students about her role in USFWS.

Web Reads: USFWS: Connecting with Youth Through Conservation in New York City

TUE, JULY 22, 2014, 12:19 PM EST

Earlier this month, Latino youth leaders got a special look at Ellis Island and Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge thanks to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service partnership with the League of United Latin American Citizens. Read More (wordpress.com) >


Idaho teenagers check out Reclamation's AgriMet weather station.

Reclamation: Agrimet on Display at USDA's Twillight Crop Tour

MON, JULY 21, 2014, 09:26 AM EST

An Agrimet weather-data station was on display at USDA's Twilight Crop Tour in Twin Falls, Idaho. Irrigators use Agrimet data to fine tune their crop-water usage. AgriMet is funded by the Bureau of Reclamation, Bonneville Power Administration and others. Read More (usbr.gov) >


NPS photo from report: Hikers enjoying the Taggart Lake trail at Grand Teton National Park.

NPS: Visitor Spending in National Park Gateways Has Big Impact on Economy

MON, JULY 21, 2014, 07:54 AM EST

National park visitors contributed $26.5 billion to the nation’s economy and supported almost 240,000 jobs in 2013, according to a peer-reviewed report released by National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis. Read More (nps.gov) >


USFWS photo: Coral Reef

USFWS: New Database Helps Save a Marine Biologist's Coral Reef Work

FRI, JULY 18, 2014, 11:50 AM EST

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's ServCat database is helping to preserve and share the work of former employees, including a retired Service biologist, who is one of the Refuge System’s foremost experts in coral reef ecosystems. Read More (fws.gov) >


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This Week at Interior July 18, 2014

FRI, JULY 18, 2014, 11:20 AM EST

Philanthropist David Rubenstein donates more than $12 million to help restore Arlington House, a memorial to George Washington and the home of Robert E. Lee; a new report show national parks continue to be economic engines for local communities; more. Watch Video >


Wikipedia Commons Image: Cloud Computing

In the News: Interior Gets Green Light for Drupal Consolidation Initiative

FRI, JULY 18, 2014, 10:02 AM EST

Federal Computer News is reporting that that the Department of the Interior is moving forward with its plans to consolidate nine content-management platforms into one, built on a Drupal-based platform in the cloud. Read More (com) >


Key NPS and NPF officials standing by David M. Rubenstein at Arlington House.

NPS: Major Gift Made to Restore Arlington House

FRI, JULY 18, 2014, 08:59 AM EST

The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation announced businessman and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein has donated $12.35 million to restore and improve access to Arlington House, located within the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. Read More (nps.gov) >


1933 photo of the groundbreaking ceremony at Grand Coulee Dam

Web Reads: Reclamation Looks Back at a Man-Made Marvel: Grand Coulee Dam

FRI, JULY 18, 2014, 08:32 AM EST

The Bureau of Reclamation shares some history in this post about the massive Grand Coulee Dam: On July 16, 1933, about 5,000 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony marking the beginning of construction at Grand Coulee Dam. ... (includes video.) Read More (facebook.com) >


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Interior Department Achieves Another Milestone for Offshore Commercial Wind Energy Development in New Jersey

THU, JULY 17, 2014, 12:11 PM EST

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Acting Director Walter Cruickshank today announced the proposed sale of leases for nearly 344,000 acres offshore New Jersey for commercial wind energy leasing. Read More (doi.gov) >


Coastal Change

Science Brings Clarity to Shifting Shores

WED, JULY 16, 2014, 02:49 PM EST

A new online tool that interactively serves up past, present and future coastal hazards can help communities improve their resilience. Read More (usgs.gov) >


Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn

Secretary Jewell Announces New Tribal Climate Resilience Program

WED, JULY 16, 2014, 01:31 PM EST

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn today announced the Administration has dedicated nearly $10 million this year to help tribes prepare for climate change through adaptation and mitigation. Read More (doi.gov) >


USFWS biologist Jeramie Strickland talking to

USFWS: Chicago's 'Fishin' Buddies' Students Search for Box Turtles at Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

WED, JULY 16, 2014, 09:01 AM EST

Students with the Chicago-based 'Fishin' Buddies' Student Conservation Conference visited Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge to learn about the refuge and career paths with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Read More (fws.gov) >


NPS photo: condor chick's mother (#9) in Zion National Park
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NPS-Zion National Park: Biologists Catch First Glimpse of Condor Chick in Utah

WED, JULY 16, 2014, 08:17 AM EST

It’s official: Biologists from several agencies and groups have documented the first sighting of endangered California condors raising a chick in Zion National Park in Utah. Read More (nps.gov) >


USGS image: global geologic map of Mars

USGS Science Feature: A New View of the Red Planet

TUE, JULY 15, 2014, 01:22 PM EST

Get ready, because now you can explore the most comprehensive representation of Mars with a new global geologic map created by the U.S. Geological Survey. Read More (usgs.gov) >


Workers at Minidoka Spillway

Reclamation Story and Video: A Spillway Rises — Progress of the Minidoka Spillway Replacement Project

TUE, JULY 15, 2014, 11:13 AM EST

Reclamation is in the third season of a four-year effort to replace the century-old Minidoka Dam. The new structure will feature a shorter overflow spillway and a series of large gates to accommodate irrigation deliveries and flood control. Read More (usbr.gov) >


Photo from bsee.gov: oil-spill-response exercise in Norway.

BSEE Researcher Attends International Oil Spill Response Seminar and Exercise in Norway

TUE, JULY 15, 2014, 10:43 AM EST

Late last month the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s Kristi McKinney traveled to Bergen, Norway, to participate in the annual international seminar hosted by the Norwegian Oil Spill Control Association. Read More (bsee.gov) >


NPS.gov image of logo for D.C. Parks Rx Program

NPS: Doctor Tells Patients to Take a Hike — Congressman Sarbanes, Director Jarvis Visit Innovative Park Rx Health Clinic

TUE, JULY 15, 2014, 10:22 AM EST

Congressman Sarbanes joined National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis and D.C. Park Prescriptions, or Park Rx, champion Dr. Zarr to learn about an innovative program in which doctors prescribe time in nature to help treat chronic diseases such as obesity. Read More (nps.gov) >


Image from DOI Museum's online murals tour: William Gropper's

Web Reads: Delta Sky Magazine Recommends Interior's Murals Tour to D.C. Travelers

TUE, JULY 15, 2014, 08:38 AM EST

In its profile of Washington, D.C., Delta Sky Magazine is recommending that travelers to D.C. explore the city's art by reserving a spot in the Department of the Interior Museum's Murals Tour. Read More (delta.com) >


Community youth wearing seabird costumes

USFWS: Alaska Refuges Join with Neighbors to Offer Camps for Youth

TUE, JULY 15, 2014, 08:17 AM EST

For 20 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife's national wildlife refuges in Alaska have worked alongside local communities to provide science and culture summer camps for rural youth. For 2014, they are planning 14 camps to serve more than 100 communities. Read More (fws.gov) >


Sun rising along the coast

DOI Video: This Week at Interior July 11, 2014

TUE, JULY 15, 2014, 08:13 AM EST

This Week features an in-depth look at how the Land and Water Conservation Fund helps support outdoor recreation, local conservation, and clean water projects across the country. Watch Video >


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Department of the Interior’s Activities Generate $360 Billion in Annual Economic Activity, Support 2 Million Jobs, New Report Reveals

TUE, JULY 15, 2014, 08:10 AM EST

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell capped off a weeklong series of events discussing the President’s vision for full, permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund by releasing a report showing Interior's contributions to the economy. Read More (doi.gov) >


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This Week at Interior July 11, 2014

FRI, JULY 11, 2014, 04:31 PM EST

An in depth look at how the Land and Water Conservation Fund helps support outdoor recreation, local conservation, and clean water projects across the country. Watch Video >


photos of a condor, panda and sea cow.

USGS Science Feature: Supercomputers Map Out Super Endangered Species - In 3-D

THU, JULY 10, 2014, 01:47 PM EST

Seeking new ways to study elusive species like pandas, condors, and sea cows, USGS ecologists are looking up in the sky and down into the sea - and into the third dimension. Read More (usgs.gov) >


BLM photo: Canyons of the Ancients

Web Reads: BLM Acquires Parcel Within Canyons of Ancients National Monument

THU, JULY 10, 2014, 01:34 PM EST

With Land and Water Conservation Fund appropriations, the BLM this spring completed purchase of the 800-acre Alexander/Yellow Jacket Canyon parcel within the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, a part of the National Conservation Lands. Read More (tumblr.com) >


BSEE Director Brian Salerno

BSEE Science and Technology Challenge Brings 'Offshore' to the Classroom

THU, JULY 10, 2014, 12:24 PM EST

In support of Secretary Jewell's youth initiative, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement is putting together a Science and Technology Challenge as a way to bring "offshore" to the classroom. Read more in BSEE Director Brian Salerno's blog. Read More (bsee.gov) >


Secretary Sally Jewell

Secretary Jewell Announces Historic Expansion of Richmond National Battlefield Park Utilizing Land and Water Conservation Fund

THU, JULY 10, 2014, 11:47 AM EST

Secretary Sally Jewell today announced that $400,000 in Land and Water Conservation Funds will be used to acquire and preserve an additional 285 acres of hallowed grounds on the Gaines Mill battlefield at Richmond National Battlefield Park. Read More (interior.gov) >


Young visitor recoiling from a snake held by a refuge biologist.

USFWS: Refuge Rangers Fight Myths about Creepy Crawlies and Other Wildlife

WED, JULY 9, 2014, 08:29 AM EST

Rangers on national wildlife refuges bump up against a few fears. Today's visitors tend to live more indoor lives than past generations and fears of nature are flourishing – in all ages. To help anxious visitors, refuge staffers have some proven tactics. Read More (fws.gov) >


BLM-Oregon photo: visitor looking out over the Sandy River

Web Reads: BLM Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the LWCF

WED, JULY 9, 2014, 08:10 AM EST

As a part of Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell’s events to underscore the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, BLM Director Neil Kornze celebrated the 50th anniversary of the LWCF at the Sandy Ridge Trailhead in Oregon. Read More (tumblr.com) >


Secretary Jewell speaking from behind a lectern.

Secretary Jewell Announces $43 Million to States for Parks, Outdoor Recreation through Land Water Conservation Fund

TUE, JULY 8, 2014, 12:17 PM EST

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today joined Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, co-chair of the bipartisan coalition of Mayors for Parks, to announce that $43.38 million will be distributed from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to all 50 states. ... Read More (doi.gov) >


BLM grazing permittees and their granddaughter kneeling beside a mammoth tusk they found on BLM-administered lands in New Mexico.

Web Reads: BLM: Mammoth Tusk Found by Grazing Permittees in New Mexico

TUE, JULY 8, 2014, 08:03 AM EST

Tom and Sissy Olney, Bureau of Land Management grazing permittees in New Mexico, recently reported that a possible mammoth tusk was eroding out of an arroyo bank on BLM land within their grazing allotment. Read More (tumblr.com) >


Ranger in Alaska talking to visitor in foreground; mountains partially covered in snow in background

National Park Service Report Confirms Climate Change in National Parks

MON, JULY 7, 2014, 08:57 AM EST

A new report authored by the National Park Service confirms that climate change is happening in America’s national parks, and in some cases in rapid and concerning ways. Read More (nps.gov) >


Acting Commissioner of Reclamation Lowell Pimley

Reclamation: Q&A with Acting Commissioner Lowell Pimley

MON, JULY 7, 2014, 08:18 AM EST

Acting Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation Lowell Pimley provides the first in a series of podcasts. In this question-and-answer session he answers the question - how has the mission of Reclamation changed over the years? Read More (usbr.gov) >


Aerial view of New Jersey coastline

BOEM, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Form Partnership for Coastal Restoration

MON, JULY 7, 2014, 08:13 AM EST

BOEM announced an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to use Outer Continental Shelf sand to complete construction of the ongoing Storm Damage Reduction project on Long Beach Island, N.J. Read More (boem.gov) >


Scientist from the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory teaching international scientists how to set up GPS monitoring.

USGS: Training International Volcano Scientists and Saving Lives Worldwide

MON, JULY 7, 2014, 08:05 AM EST

Scientists and technicians who work at volcano observatories in 11 countries visited the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory to learn techniques for monitoring active volcanoes. Read More (usgs.gov) >


BLM-DOE map: Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone

BLM Auction Yields $5.8 Million in Competitive Bids for Nevada's Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone

MON, JULY 7, 2014, 07:56 AM EST

The Bureau of Land Management held a competitive auction for renewable energy on public lands in the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone in Clark County, Nevada. The auction generated $5,835,000 in high bids. Read More (blm.gov) >


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DOI Video: This Week at Interior - July 3, 2014

MON, JULY 7, 2014, 07:29 AM EST

The Bureau of Land Management hosts an auction for renewable energy on public lands in Nevada's Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone; a new report outlines a cooperative effort to restore the bison to its ecological and cultural role; Yosemite turns 150; more. Watch Video >


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This Week at Interior July 3, 2014

THU, JULY 3, 2014, 11:56 AM EST

The Bureau of Land Management hosts an auction for renewable energy on public lands in Nevada's Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone; a new report outlines a cooperative effort to restore the bison to its ecological and cultural role; Yosemite turns 150; more. Watch Video >


Little blue heron holding a crayfish in its mouth.

USFWS: Enjoy Great Recreation and Events at a National Wildlife Refuge

THU, JULY 3, 2014, 11:09 AM EST

Chill. Summer’s a great time to discover what national wildlife refuges have to offer. Enjoy splendid kayaking or fishing. Try a guided hike or a bird walk. Or choose from a host of other family-friendly events. Come away wowed. Read More (fws.gov) >


BLM employee Iris Picat in foreground; mountains in background. Text:

Web Reads: BLM-My Public Lands Blog: 'Discover Wilderness'

THU, JULY 3, 2014, 09:34 AM EST

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act this year, a group of BLM-Utah employees set out to discover wilderness on a unique backpacking trip in southwestern Utah. Check out BLMer Iris Picat's journal post about the trip here. Read More (tumblr.com) >


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Interior to Auction Nearly 80,000 Acres Offshore Maryland for Wind Energy Development

THU, JULY 3, 2014, 08:52 AM EST

Secretary Sally Jewell, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and BOEM Acting Director Walter Cruickshank announced that nearly 80,000 acres offshore Maryland will be offered for commercial wind energy development in an August 19, 2014 competitive lease sale. Read More (doi.gov) >


NPS rangers and others riding through a grove of sequoias on horseback.

NPS: Yosemite Anniversary Celebrated with Groundbreaking for Landmark Project to Protect the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

WED, JULY 2, 2014, 08:52 AM EST

Under a towering canopy of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, thousands joined the National Park Service in celebrating the 150th anniversary of Yosemite. Read More (nps.gov) >


Refuge volunteer Steve Gifford's photo of a bobcat at Pakota River NWR.

USFWS: Volunteer Captures the Essence Of Patoka River Refuge

WED, JULY 2, 2014, 08:33 AM EST

A close encounter with this bobcat awed Steve Gifford, a standout volunteer at Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge in Indiana, and gave him a gorgeous subject to photograph. (Story includes video.) Read More (fws.gov) >


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Interior Transfers Nearly $3 Million from Land Buy-Back Program to Cobell Education Scholarship Fund

WED, JULY 2, 2014, 07:40 AM EST

The Department of the Interior announced that $2.9 million has been transferred to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund. Read More (doi.gov) >


Group photo of the Reclamation employee-volunteers at Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam Fire Brigade Focuses on 'Protecting, Rescuing Facility Workers'

TUE, JULY 1, 2014, 10:46 AM EST

"We are trained to combat combustible, flammable liquids and gases, live electrical, combustible metals." That purposeful statement explains why a dedicated group of employee-volunteers spent four days in mid-June at the Hoover Dam running safety drills. Read More (usbr.gov) >


Bison standing in the snow at Yellowstone

Interior Department Releases Report on Bison Management, Reaffirming Commitment to Work With States, Tribes and Other Partners

TUE, JULY 1, 2014, 09:11 AM EST

DOI released a comprehensive report on bison conservation and management that reaffirms the commitment to work with states, tribes and other partners to promote the restoration of bison to appropriate and well-managed levels on public and tribal lands. Read More (doi.gov) >


NPS Facebook photo of signing ceremony at Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C.

Hagerman Fossil Beds Establishes First Sister Park Relationship in Africa

MON, JUNE 30, 2014, 08:33 AM EST

On June 27, at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in D.C., officials from the National Park Service and Kenya's Wildlife Service and National Museums of Kenya signed a sister park agreement to promote international cooperation and collaboration. Read More (nps.gov) >


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Web Reads: BLM Eastern States Office Connects American Heroes with Public Lands

MON, JUNE 30, 2014, 08:03 AM EST

On June 21, 2014, the Bureau of Land Management's Eastern States Office hosted more than 300 veterans and their families for an exciting day of recreational and educational activities at the Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area in Lorton, Va. Read More (tumblr.com) >


Secretary Sally Jewell

DOI News Blog: The Great American Backyard Campout

MON, JUNE 30, 2014, 07:59 AM EST

Some of my fondest childhood memories are camping out in the backyard with my friends, climbing trees, having “teddy bear picnics” in a secret place under the bushes, and whittling sticks to toast marshmallows. Read More (doi.gov) >


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DOI Video: This Week at Interior - June 27, 2014

MON, JUNE 30, 2014, 07:08 AM EST

A 30-year recovery effort brings the wood stork back from the brink of extinction; the strongest U.S. earthquake in more than a decade rocks the Aleutian Islands Alaska; Poverty Point Louisiana is designated a World Heritage Site; more. Watch Video >


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This Week at Interior June 27, 2014

FRI, JUNE 27, 2014, 03:21 PM EST

A 30-year recovery effort brings the wood stork back from the brink of extinction; the strongest U.S. earthquake in more than a decade rocks the Aleutian Islands Alaska; Poverty Point Louisiana is designated a World Heritage Site; more. Watch Video >


Sally Jewell

The Great American Backyard Campout

FRI, JUNE 27, 2014, 01:50 PM EST

Some of my fondest childhood memories are camping out in the backyard with my friends, climbing trees, having “teddy bear picnics” in a secret place under the bushes, and whittling sticks to toast marshmallows. Thanks to the Great American Backyard Read More >


NPS Facebook photo of Director Jarvis presenting 2013 Harry Yount Award to Tom Betts

Outstanding Park Ranger, Volunteers, and Former Director Receive Top Awards from the National Park Service and National Park Foundation

FRI, JUNE 27, 2014, 08:39 AM EST

Being a park ranger comes naturally for Tom Betts - you could even say it is in his blood. As the son of a park ranger, Betts literally and figuratively grew up honing his outdoor skills in national parks. Read More (nps.gov) >


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Secretary Jewell Statement on the Senate Confirmation of Vincent Logan as Special Trustee for American Indians

FRI, JUNE 27, 2014, 08:20 AM EST

Secretary Sally Jewell released the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed Vincent G. Logan to serve as Special Trustee for American Indians: Read More (doi.gov) >


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Secretary Jewell Statement on the Senate Confirmation of Esther Puakela Kia’aina as Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas

FRI, JUNE 27, 2014, 08:17 AM EST

Secretary Sally Jewell released the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed Esther Puakela Kia’aina to serve as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas: Read More (doi.gov) >


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Secretary Jewell Announces Conservation Success Story in Down-listing of Wood Stork

FRI, JUNE 27, 2014, 08:12 AM EST

Secretary Sally Jewell announced the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is down-listing the wood stork from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act, reflecting a highly successful conservation and recovery effort spanning three decades. Read More (doi.gov) >


BSEE's Paul Meyer

BSEE Participates in International Arctic Oil Spill Response and Research Forum

THU, JUNE 26, 2014, 09:28 AM EST

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement's Paul Meyer this month participated in Environment Canada’s 37th Arctic Marine Oilspill Program Technical Conference on Environmental Contamination and Response. Read More (bsee.gov) >


USGS diagram of the terrestrial ecosystems and major carbon pools covered in the assessment

USGS Science Feature: Biological Sequestration: Helping Balance the Carbon Cycle

THU, JUNE 26, 2014, 07:54 AM EST

The U.S. Geological Survey releases an assessment of biologic carbon sequestration for the eastern United States. Read More (usgs.gov) >


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Carbon Storage in U.S. Eastern Ecosystems Helps Counter Greenhouse Gas Emissions Contributing to Climate Change

THU, JUNE 26, 2014, 07:16 AM EST

On the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, Secretary Sally Jewell releases a new report showing that forests, wetlands and farms in the eastern United States naturally store 300 million tons of carbon a year. ... Read More (doi.gov) >


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Web Reads: BLM-Colorado: Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and Southwest Conservation Corps Offer Veterans Path to BLM Fire Program

WED, JUNE 25, 2014, 09:46 AM EST

Two conservation corps programs in Colorado offer veterans and youth a path into the BLM's fire program by providing the necessary skills and experience. Read stories about veterans in the BLM's Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit here. Read More (tumblr.com) >


USFWS employee holding a butterfly

Web Reads: USFWS: A Butterfly Back From The Brink

WED, JUNE 25, 2014, 09:21 AM EST

The release of eight Schaus’ swallowtail butterflies back into the wild at Biscayne National Park in Florida on June 8 is brings hope for a species that only two years ago was seemingly on the brink of extinction. Read More (tumblr.com) >


Photos from the Reclamation-hosted C.A.S.T. for Kids event

Web Reads: Reclamation Hosts C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let's Move Outside Event at Lake Shasta

TUE, JUNE 24, 2014, 09:53 AM EST

The Bureau of Reclamation hosted a C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let’s Move Outside event at Lake Shasta in California, with fishing and boating events for children with a wide range of special needs. Read More (facebook.com) >


BSEE Director Brian Salerno

BSEE Director Salerno Blogs About Leading Cause of Fatal Injuries Offshore

TUE, JUNE 24, 2014, 09:38 AM EST

According to reports, what is the leading cause of fatal injuries offshore? Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director Brian Salerno addresses the topic in this week's Director's Corner. Read More (bsee.gov) >


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USGS: Magnitude 7.9 Earthquake in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska

TUE, JUNE 24, 2014, 09:17 AM EST

The U.S. Geological Survey is providing up-to-date information on the magnitude 7.9 earthquake that struck the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, on June 23, 2014. Read More (usgs.gov) >


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Secretary Jewell Applauds Designation of Poverty Point in Louisiana as Nation’s 22nd World Heritage Site

TUE, JUNE 24, 2014, 07:48 AM EST

Secretary Sally Jewell applauded the World Heritage Committee's decision to inscribe the prehistoric Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point, a State Historic Site and National Monument in Louisiana, as a World Heritage Site. Read More (doi.gov) >


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Spring 2014 Edition of Reclamation's 'The Knowledge Stream' Now Online

MON, JUNE 23, 2014, 12:11 PM EST

The Bureau of Reclamation's Research and Development Program is sharing its latest findings and highlighting innovation around Reclamation in the Spring 2014 edition of "The Knowledge Stream." Read More (usbr.gov) >


HECHO image of family fishing in Nevada

USFWS Director's Blog: Latinos Help Make Conservation Happen

MON, JUNE 23, 2014, 10:11 AM EST

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is actively seeking input from and engagement by Latinos and other nontraditional stakeholders to help the Service make better conservation decisions. Read USFWS Director Dan Ashe's latest blog to learn more. Read More (fws.gov) >


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This Week at Interior June 20, 2014

FRI, JUNE 20, 2014, 04:11 PM EST

Secretary Jewell announces $102 million in coastal resilience grants aimed at helping communities protect themselves from severe storms; the Secretary announces the nation's largest offshore wind energy area available for commercial development; more. Watch Video >


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USDA Announces Landmark Commitment to Improve Sage-Grouse Habitat

FRI, JUNE 20, 2014, 12:44 PM EST

Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a ground-breaking commitment from the USDA to accelerate and focus conservation efforts that will benefit ranchers and the distinct population of greater sage-grouse population that lives along the Nevada-California border. Read More (doi.gov) >


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Milestone Cleared for First Marine Hydrokinetic Research Lease Offshore the West Coast

FRI, JUNE 20, 2014, 09:20 AM EST

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced it has reached an important step in the leasing process for the nation’s first grid-connected facility in federal waters to test commercial-scale wave-energy devices. Read More (boem.gov) >


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dotGov Notes: Bureau of Reclamation Celebrates its 112th Birthday

THU, JUNE 19, 2014, 09:55 AM EST

The Bureau of Reclamation celebrated its 112th birthday this week. On June 17, 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Reclamation Act into law. Learn more about the bureau's history here. Read More (facebook.com) >


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Interior Considers Procedures to Reestablish a Government-to-Government Relationship with the Native Hawaiian Community

THU, JUNE 19, 2014, 09:18 AM EST

The Department of the Interior announced a first step to consider reestablishing a government-to-government relationship between the United States and the Native Hawaiian community. Read More (doi.gov) >


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Once Thought Locally Extinct, Endangered Razorback Suckers Discovered Spawning in Grand Canyon National Park

THU, JUNE 19, 2014, 09:06 AM EST

The Department of the Interior announced that researchers recently discovered Razorback suckers (Xyrauchen texanus), an endangered fish species, spawning in the lower Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park. Read More (doi.gov) >


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Interior Announces Improved Valuation Method for Oil Produced on American Indian Land

THU, JUNE 19, 2014, 08:41 AM EST

Secretary Sally Jewell announced that the Department of the Interior is proposing a set of common sense regulations for valuing oil produced on American Indian leases. Read More (doi.gov) >


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Secretary Jewell Announces $436.9 Million in PILT Payments to Support Vital Services in Rural Communities

WED, JUNE 18, 2014, 08:25 AM EST

Secretary Sally Jewell announced that about 1,900 local governments around the country are receiving a total of $436.9 million under the 2014 Payments in Lieu of Taxes program. Read More (doi.gov) >


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Secretary Jewell, Governor Patrick Announced the Nation’s Largest Offshore Wind Energy Area Available for Commercial Development

WED, JUNE 18, 2014, 08:18 AM EST

Secretary Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Acting Director Walter Cruickshank joined Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to announce more than 742,000 acres offshore Massachusetts will be available for commercial wind energy leasing. Read More (doi.gov) >


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BSEE Partners with Texas A&M to Train International Group of Oil Spill Responders at Ohmsett

TUE, JUNE 17, 2014, 10:22 AM EST

In partnership with Texas A&M, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement trained a group of international oil-spill responders at Ohmsett, BSEE's National Oil Spill Response Research Facility. Read More (bsee.gov) >


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USGS Science Feature: 'The Buzz on Native Bees'

TUE, JUNE 17, 2014, 09:58 AM EST

It’s National Pollinator Week; and ecosystems – whether agricultural, urban, or natural – depend on pollinators, great and small. USGS and federal partners are studying native bees and their behaviors. Get "The Buzz on Native Bees" here. Read More (usgs.gov) >


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Secretary Jewell Announces 102 Million in Coastal Resilience Grants to Help Atlantic Coast Communities Protect Themselves from Future Storms

MON, JUNE 16, 2014, 01:23 PM EST

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced $102.7 million in competitive matching grants to support 54 projects along the Atlantic coast. Read More (doi.gov) >


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Web Reads: BOEM Wins Two National Association of Government Communicator Awards

MON, JUNE 16, 2014, 09:06 AM EST

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has won two National Association of Government Communicator Awards: an "Award of Excellence" for the BOEM Ocean Science Journal and an award in the "Branding/Re-branding" award category. Read BOEM's post on Facebook. Read More (facebook.com) >


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dotGov Notes: President Obama Speaks at the the Cannon Ball Flag Day Celebration at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota

MON, JUNE 16, 2014, 08:49 AM EST

President Obama delivers remarks at the Cannon Ball Flag Day Celebration at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. View the White House video and transcript of his remarks here. Watch Video >


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Assistant Secretary Washburn Announces New Initiative to Hire More American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans to Work for Indian Affairs

MON, JUNE 16, 2014, 08:29 AM EST

Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn announced the implementation of a new initiative to hire more American Indian and Alaska Native veterans to work for Indian Affairs. Read More (bia.gov) >


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Secretary Jewell Announces First Step in Robust and Open Public Process to Develop a Proposed Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2017-2022

FRI, JUNE 13, 2014, 12:22 PM EST

Secretary Sally Jewell and Acting Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Walter Cruickshank today announced the first step in a robust public engagement process to develop the next schedule of potential offshore oil and gas lease sales. Read More (doi.gov) >


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This Week at Interior June 13, 2014

FRI, JUNE 13, 2014, 11:59 AM EST

The official launch of the NPS LGBT Heritage theme study; Secretary Jewell attends the Western Governors' Association meeting, where she signs an agreement to boost tourism, and announces $20 million in water and energy efficiency projects; more. Watch Video >


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AmeriCorps' Youth Travel to Alaska to Help the BLM's Glennallen Field Office Keep Public Lands Beautiful

FRI, JUNE 13, 2014, 11:09 AM EST

Americorps' volunteers traveled to Alaska to help the BLM's Glennallen Field Office keep public lands beautiful by removing trash and clearing brush. Read about their journey here. Read More (blm.gov) >


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BSEE Director Salerno Speaks at 2014 Capital Hill Ocean Week

WED, JUNE 11, 2014, 10:36 AM EST

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director Brian Salerno participated in a panel discussion on offshore energy at the 2014 Capital Hill Ocean Week in Washington, D.C. Read More (bsee.gov) >


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Renewing a Partnership to Promote Tourism and Create Jobs in the West

MON, JUNE 9, 2014, 12:02 PM EST

Over the years, the Department of the Interior has worked closely with the Western States Tourism Policy Council, a consortium of 13 state tourism offices, to promote tourism throughout the West as a way of spurring economic growth and supporting jobs in Read More >


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Loss of Coastal Wetlands Continues

FRI, JUNE 6, 2014, 03:08 PM EST

New report shares status and trends for coastal wetlands. Read More (fws.gov) >


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Nutrient Concentrations Affecting the Gulf of Mexico

FRI, JUNE 6, 2014, 03:06 PM EST

USGS is tracking nutrient concentrations in America’s estuaries. Read More (usgs.gov) >


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SCUBA Diving Research Internship at NPS

FRI, JUNE 6, 2014, 03:02 PM EST

Research Interns Learn About Managing Submerged Resources. Read More (usgs.gov) >


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Endangered Species Act Turns 40

FRI, JUNE 6, 2014, 02:59 PM EST

Important Law for Protecting Endangered Marine Species. Read More (fws.gov) >