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This Week at Interior February 20, 2015

FRI, FEBRUARY 20, 2015, 02:18 PM EST

President Obama designates three new national monuments, and launches his "Every Kid in a Park" initiative; Secretary Jewell travels to Alaska to meet with communities threatened by climate change; and it's really big news for a small Oregon fish. Watch Video >

Large group of kids sitting in the snow as they listen to IDFG staff.

BLM-Idaho: Skiing to Learn - Salmon Field Office Takes it Outside to Show Kids How Animals Adapt

FRI, FEBRUARY 20, 2015, 02:02 PM EST

On Feb. 10, the BLM Salmon Field Office in Idaho, along with multiple partners, took the majority of seventh-graders in Lemhi County skiing and snowshoeing. This winter trip is in its third year as part of the BLM’s Hands on the Land program. Read More >

Clockwise: Pullman Administration Building, Pullman National Monument; proclamation for monument, President Obama signing proclamation as key officials watch.

NPS: President Launches Kids in Park Initiative, Creates Sites

FRI, FEBRUARY 20, 2015, 08:33 AM EST

President Obama yesterday launched "Every Kid in a Park," an initiative that will provide fourth-graders and their families with free admission to public lands for a year. He also announced three new national monuments, two of which NPS will administer. Read More >

Red swirling rock formations against a blue sky at Coyote Buttes.

BLM Celebrates 15th Anniversary of National Conservation Lands with 'Takeover' of Interior's Instagram

THU, FEBRUARY 19, 2015, 12:35 PM EST

On Feb. 17, the Department of the Interior handed over the keys to its popular @USInterior Instagram account to the Bureau of Land Management. During the one-day Instagram takeover, the BLM showcased some of the public lands it manages in the Southwest. Read More >

BOEM's Greg Sanders wearing a hard hat.

BOEM Employee Spotlight: Wildlife Biologist Greg Sanders

THU, FEBRUARY 19, 2015, 10:11 AM EST

My dive buddy and I were on our own for the first time. ... The water was cold and a murky when a dark shape started moving around us at the very edge of our visibility. We backed up against a rock and contemplated our escape to the surface. ... Read More >

Lenticular clouds over the Grand Teton

NPS-Grand Teton National Park: Cloud Display Captivates Park Visitors

TUE, FEBRUARY 17, 2015, 11:01 AM EST

A relatively rare display of lenticular clouds over the Teton Range last Thursday captivated park staff and visitors alike with their graceful and continuously changing shape. Read More >

Text: BLM National Conservation Lands 15th anniversary; image: California Coastal National Monument

Web Reads: BLM: Top 15 Places on National Conservation Lands for Night Sky Viewing

TUE, FEBRUARY 17, 2015, 08:57 AM EST

2015 marks 15 years for the National Landscape Conservation System, or National Conservation Lands; and to celebrate, BLM's NCL social-media team once again took over BLM's national social-media accounts -- this time to highlight the top 15 night skies. Read More ( >


Valentine's Day 2015

FRI, FEBRUARY 13, 2015, 05:14 PM EST

The sweetest Valentine’s Day video you will watch all day! Every year thousands get engaged and married on America’s public lands -- making these special places part of their love story. Watch Video >

Actor playing Frederick Douglass and an event at the park in 2012.

Help National Park Service Celebrate Life, Legacy of Frederick Douglass, Feb. 13-14

FRI, FEBRUARY 13, 2015, 12:22 PM EST

The National Park Service is celebrating the 197th birthday of Frederick Douglass Feb. 13-14, with events at Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, the Anacostia Arts Center, the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, and more. Read More >

USFWS Valentine's Day ecard: Two Roseate Spoonbills

USFWS: Say Happy Valentine's Day with a Wild eCard

FRI, FEBRUARY 13, 2015, 10:25 AM EST

Flowers and chocolates? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a better idea. Express your conservation love this Valentine’s Day by sending one of the Refuge System’s eCards Read More ( >

USGS image of The National Map

Web Reads: USGS: The Lake

FRI, FEBRUARY 13, 2015, 10:14 AM EST

Today is Friday the 13th, an unlucky day for some and the name of a horror franchise centered around "Camp Crystal Lake." But which of the 172 lakes with this name served as the location for the movie? Explore it using USGS' The National Map Viewer here. Read More ( >


This Week at Interior February 12, 2015

THU, FEBRUARY 12, 2015, 05:23 PM EST

Secretary Jewell flips the switch on the largest solar farm on U.S. public lands; Secretary Jewell kicks off the Administration's Native Youth Listening Tour at two Arizona elementary schools; more. Watch Video >

Screenshot from NPS video: Fee Free Admission to Your National Parks

NPS: Visit Your National Parks for Free This Presidents' Day Weekend

WED, FEBRUARY 11, 2015, 10:07 AM EST

All 405 national parks will provide free admission to everyone Feb. 14-16, 2015, to honor our nation's leaders and their accomplishments. So make an executive decision to visit a national park this Presidents Day weekend! Read More ( >

USFWS scientist Paul Bakke standing beside a new streambed.

USFWS: Paul Bakke Brings Magic of Moving Water Back to Seattle Neighborhood Where He Grew Up

MON, FEBRUARY 9, 2015, 07:24 AM EST

When U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service scienntist Paul Bakke was growing up in Seattle, his parents told him to stay away from the neighborhood’s polluted creek. Now he is helping restore a part of the creek into a salmon-spawning stream. Read More ( >


This Week at Interior February 6, 2015

FRI, FEBRUARY 6, 2015, 03:20 PM EST

President Obama unveils his fiscal year 2016 budget, which includes $13.2 billion to fund the Department of the Interior and its core missions. Watch Video >

Children and adults walking along a wooden boardwalk in a national wildlife refuge.

USFWS: Where Do You Find Refuge?

TUE, FEBRUARY 3, 2015, 08:42 AM EST

More and more our lives are filled with computers, social media and smart phones that seem to dictate our daily activities. So, how we reconnect with the world around us? Here's one journey that begins, and continues, on a national wildlife refuge. Read More >


This Week at Interior January 30, 2015

FRI, JANUARY 30, 2015, 11:45 AM EST

President Obama says he'll ask Congress to expand protections for Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; Interior invites public comment on a draft 5-year plan for offshore oil and gas development; more. Watch Video >

BLM's mascot, Seymour Antelope, standing in front of a giant football at Super Bowl XLIX Central in downtown Phoenix, Ariz.

BLM Highlighting America's National Conservation Lands During Super Bowl XLIX

THU, JANUARY 29, 2015, 11:36 AM EST

The BLM is excited to be a part of activities surrounding this year's Superbowl. If you're in Arizona, stop by their interactive showcase to learn about National Conservation Lands or tour Agua Fria National Monument; if not, follow them on social media. Read More >

 A visitor does some skiing at a Kenai National Wildlife Refuge cabin. Credit: USFWS

USFWS: Ready for an Adventure?

FRI, JANUARY 23, 2015, 02:23 PM EST

Low-cost cabins ($45 a night) at beautiful Kodiak or Kenai National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska are now available for rent. But don’t delay. The cabins typically book up as soon as they become available online. Read More ( >

Bald eagle in flight

USFWS: Winter is Prime Time for Viewing Eagles on National Wildlife Refuges

MON, JANUARY 12, 2015, 10:51 AM EST

Few birds match America’s majestic bald eagle for inspiring awe, and winter is prime viewing season for these incredible raptors, which often are more visible against the backdrop of the season’s sparse landscape. Read More ( >

Visitors riding on a horse-drawn red sleigh in the snow at National Elk Refuge in Wyoming.

USFWS: Where to Ski, Tromp or Glide This Winter at a National Wildlife Refuge

TUE, DECEMBER 30, 2014, 08:40 AM EST

Wander a real winter wonderland. Find thrills exploring scenic nature trails by snowshoe, ski or sled at a national wildlife refuge. Some refuges lend you the equipment free! Here are some refuges made to order for snowy fun. Read More ( >

Sun beaming across snow-covered mountains.

Web Reads: BLM Kicks Off Its Winter Bucket List Series

MON, DECEMBER 22, 2014, 09:03 AM EST

Each day this winter, the BLM on social media will feature a location ready-made for everyone’s bucket list - for spectacular winter scenery, unique features, and events. First up: Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area in Oregon. Read More ( >

NPS graphic of a geyser

NPS: Yellowstone Geyser Eruption Predictions Now Available on Your Smartphone, Tablet

WED, DECEMBER 17, 2014, 01:38 PM EST

You can now discover the natural wonder of the most famous geyser of all, Old Faithful, and other geysers with a free National Park Service app that you can use during your visit to Yellowstone National Park and at home. Read More ( >

Students at Fire Island National Seashore using a magnifying glass to examine grains of sand on a beach.

NPS: A Coastal Classroom: Reaching the Next Generation of Park Stewards

TUE, OCTOBER 21, 2014, 10:41 AM EST

New York metropolitan-area educators participating in Fire Island National Seashore's Oct. 15 educators' workshop discovered how to use place-based learning to teach students about their local environment. Read More ( >

Photos of BLM paleo intern Hannah Cowan at a dinosaur excavation i Utah.

Web Reads: BLM Paleo Intern Joins Excavation of Prehistoric Predator in Utah

TUE, OCTOBER 21, 2014, 09:25 AM EST

In recognition of National Fossil Day, the Bureau of Land Management featured BLM paleo intern Hannah Cowan's story about the time she spent working on at dinosaur excavation at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah. Read More ( >

BLM-Utah Facebook photos of Abby Kirsten and her trip to Utah

Web Reads: BLM: City Light to Desert Hikes - How Utah Changed My Life

THU, OCTOBER 16, 2014, 07:56 AM EST

Born-and-bred city girl Abby Kirstein had always pictured spending her life among the busy streets and noisy neighborhoods that filled her childhood, but her recent seasonal experience at BLM's Price Field Office in Utah has forever changed that vision. Read More ( >

USFWS photo of kids jumping on the banks of the Selawik River in Alaska and waving towels that show the blue goose, symbol of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

USFWS: Celebrate Your Nature! National Wildlife Refuge Week

THU, OCTOBER 9, 2014, 08:13 AM EST

USFWS invites America to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week (Oct. 12-18) by visiting a wildlife refuge. While you enjoy the fishing or hiking or just the tranquility, learn how wildlife refuges conserve your wildlife heritage and enrich your life. Read More ( >

BLM My Public Lands Blog image: artist-in-residence poster of mountain scene

Web Reads: BLM Selects 2013 Artist-in-Residence Poster; Hosts 13 Artists in Residence, from Alaska to Colorado

WED, OCTOBER 8, 2014, 02:19 PM EST

Artists notice things that others may miss and create new ways to perceive the world. The Bureau of Land Management encourages participants in its Artist-in-Residence program to use these skills in depicting the variety of resources on BLM-managed lands. Read More ( >

Photos from Reclamation's National Public Lands Day event in Laughlin, Nev.

Reclamation's Lower Colorado Region Highlights Outdoor Recreation, Education at Public Lands Day Event in Nevada

WED, OCTOBER 8, 2014, 01:36 PM EST

More than 350 people enjoyed a sunny, breezy National Public Lands Day near Laughlin, Nev., on Saturday, Sept. 27. Informational booths, learning activities, hikes, and stewardship projects highlighted the day’s events. Read More ( >

USFWS-NWR webcam photo of a black bear

USFWS: Wildlife Selfies!

WED, OCTOBER 8, 2014, 09:12 AM EST

Wildlife selfies? Yes, that’s right! The USFWS Southwest Region has a new interactive webpage that you will find both captivating and educational. Read More ( >

BLM My Public Land Tumblr blog photos from condor-release event.

Web Reads: BLM Employees, Partners, Volunteers Brave Storms, Experience Annual NPLD Condor Release

FRI, OCTOBER 3, 2014, 09:48 AM EST

On National Public Lands Day, the BLM, The Peregrine Fund and partners released three California condors in BLM-managed Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. The condors were hatched and raised as part of The Peregrine Fund’s captive-breeding program. Read More ( >

One of the winning photos from BLM's Nevada 150 photo contest: Desert landscape at night

Web Reads: BLM-Nevada: Home for 150 Years

TUE, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014, 11:15 AM EST

The Bureau of Land Management shares winning photos from its Nevada 150 photo contest and "Home for 150 Years" - a BLM My Public Lands Magazine article in which Nevadans share some favorite memories of their first 150 years of statehood. Read More ( >

Fall foliage at Table Rocks Wilderness

Web Reads: BLM Thanks Volunteers for National Public Lands Day, Shares Favorite Photos of Fall Foliage on Public Lands

MON, SEPTEMBER 29, 2014, 09:14 AM EST

The Bureau of Land Management on its My Public Lands Tumblr blog, thanks volunteers for joining them in their efforts to care of America's public lands and shares its favorite photos of fall foliage on BLM-managed lands. Read More ( >

Screenshot from DOI video of Secretary Jewell's travels to California to highlight renewable energy.

Web Reads: DOI Video: This Week at Interior - September 26, 2018

FRI, SEPTEMBER 26, 2014, 01:51 PM EST

Secretary Jewell's travels to Western states highlight Interior initiatives; President Obama signs a bill to resume sales of the Tiger Stamp; FWS announces 2014 federal Duck Stamp contest winner; public lands are having a fee free day Saturday, Sept. 27. Read More ( >

NPS photo: Ranger leading a hike at Indian Dunes National Lakeshore,

NPS: Find Wellness in a Park Near You!

WED, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014, 10:09 AM EST

Wellness Week, Sept. 13-19, 2014, is a great time to get outside, enjoy time with family and friends, and give yourself the gift of better health by enjoying time in a park near you. Read More ( >

Photo from NPS News Release: Aerial view of the

NPS: Living Flag Makes History at Fort McHenry National Monument

WED, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014, 08:52 AM EST

In a spectacular show of red, white and blue at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, more than 6,600 Maryland students, teachers and chaperons created the largest 15 stars and 15 stripes Star-Spangled Banner Living Flag ever assembled. Read More ( >

Screenshot of NPS' photos from 98th birthday celebration.

NPS: National Park Service Birthday Marked by Successful Social Media Posts

WED, SEPTEMBER 3, 2014, 07:48 AM EST

The National Park Service turned 98 years old on August 25, and parks and programs took to social media to celebrate in NPS' largest social-media campaign to date. Read about it and view the photos in the News and Notes section of The Morning Report. Read More ( >

2012 Photo by Bob Wick, BLM, of Burning Man Festival

Web Reads: BLM-My Public Lands Blog: Burning Man Festival Underway

MON, AUGUST 25, 2014, 08:46 AM EST

Did you know that the popular arts festival BURNING MAN occurs on BLM public lands in Northwest Nevada? Each year, tens of thousands of people travel to the Black Rock Desert Playa to participate in this unique community event. Read More ( >