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USFWS photo: closeup of a tiger beetle

USFWS: Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Protect Threatened Puritan Tiger Beetle

WED, AUGUST 20, 2014, 09:17 AM EST

With an easement providing permanent protection on a Girl Scout camp in the Chesapeake Bay area, Girl Scouts are giving the federally threatened Puritan tiger beetle a strong boost toward recovery. Read More ( >

NPS Facebook photo: A seven-week old peregrine coming in to feed at the Park’s restoration site - captured by remote wildlife camera.

Web Reads: NPS: Successful Restoration of State-threatened Peregrine Continues in Shenandoah National Park

WED, AUGUST 20, 2014, 09:15 AM EST

Between early May and mid-July, Shenandoah National Park Natural Resources staff, along with its partners, has successfully restored nine peregrine falcons in the park. Read More ( >

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Critical Volcano and Earthquake Monitoring Recovered after Tropical Storm Iselle

WED, AUGUST 20, 2014, 09:06 AM EST

As of August 13, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory resumed monitoring volcanoes and earthquakes. HVO had been less than fully operational since the previous Friday morning after tropical storm Iselle directly hit the Island of Hawai‘i on August 7. Read More ( >

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Interior Auctions 80,000 Acres Offshore Maryland for Wind Energy Development, Advances President’s Climate Action Plan

WED, AUGUST 20, 2014, 08:55 AM EST

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management held the nation’s third competitive lease sale for renewable energy in federal waters, which offered nearly 80,000 acres offshore Maryland for potential wind energy development Read More ( >

Young USFWS volunteer dissecting a fish.

Web Reads: 'Play, Learn, Serve, Work': Lessons in Dedication and Dissection From a Young USFWS Volunteer

TUE, AUGUST 19, 2014, 01:20 PM EST

This summer, Lydia Lawrence served as an instructor’s aide for the Youth Fisheries Academy camp. She tells her story. We dare you not to smile while reading. Read More ( >

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Web Reads: BLM-Arizona: 'Built Telecom Tough'

TUE, AUGUST 19, 2014, 10:04 AM EST

Check out this video featuring BLM-Arizona telecommunications specialist Bobby Miller as he discusses the importance of his duties and the thrill of climbing towers. Read More ( >

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A Decade of Water Science: USGS Helps Assess Water Resources in Afghanistan

TUE, AUGUST 19, 2014, 09:22 AM EST

For the past decade, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey have shared their expertise with the Afghanistan Geological Survey in efforts to build an inventory of Afghanistan’s water resources. Read More ( >

Screenshot from DOI video: Secretary Jewell (seated among youth) watches volunteer teacher Kim at the botanic gardens in Pittsburgh

Web Reads: DOI Video: Day in the Life of Kim

TUE, AUGUST 19, 2014, 08:46 AM EST

Secretary Jewell recently spent time with Kim, a volunteer teacher who is using the botanic gardens in Pittsburgh as an outdoor classroom to connect urban youth to the great outdoors. Read More ( > photo: candles

National Parks to Waive Entrance Fees on August 25

MON, AUGUST 18, 2014, 08:50 AM EST

On August 25, 2014, the National Park Service turns 98 years old. To celebrate, NPS is waiving entrance fees and inviting everyone to join in the festivities taking place coast-to-coast. Read More ( > photo of offshore oil platform

BOEM to Modernize Financial Assurance and Risk Management to Better Address Potential Costs, Liability of Offshore Energy Development

MON, AUGUST 18, 2014, 08:42 AM EST

BOEM has issued an advanced notice of a proposed role on how to modernize its risk-management program and the bonding regulations governing oil and gas companies working offshore. Read More ( >

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BLM Issues Guidance on Uses of Railroads Rights-of-Way Land

MON, AUGUST 18, 2014, 08:28 AM EST

The Bureau of Land Management has issued guidance to its state and field offices on how to evaluate activities on thousands of miles of public land that was granted to railroad companies as rights–of-way under a 19th century law. Read More ( >


This Week at Interior August 15, 2014

FRI, AUGUST 15, 2014, 03:09 PM EST

One million dollars in additional funding for a San Diego wildlife refuge to engage new and diverse youth in the great outdoors; Secretary Jewell travels to California to meet with members of the interagency fire leadership team; more Watch Video >

USGS photo: Researcher collecting leachate from a manhole access point in an active landfill.

USGS: Pharmaceuticals and Other Chemicals Common in Landfill Waste

FRI, AUGUST 15, 2014, 09:07 AM EST

Pharmaceuticals, personal-care products, and other contaminants are widespread in water that has passed through landfill waste, according to this first-of-its-kind national assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey. Read More ( >

OESI Director of Operations James Pettigrew (right) discusses a point with BSEE Director Brian Salerno (center) and OESI Principal Investigator Dr. M. Sam Mannan (left).

BSEE Director Salerno Addresses Ocean Energy Safety Institute

FRI, AUGUST 15, 2014, 08:45 AM EST

BSEE Director Brian Salerno this week delivered the keynote address at the Ocean Energy Safety Institute's Forum on eliminating barriers to data sharing and solutions. Read More ( >

NPS photo: Park staff and members of the Americus/Sumter County Boys and Girls Club who participated in the Healthy You, Healthy Community Program.

NPS-Jimmy Carter NHS: Grant Fosters Community Health

FRI, AUGUST 15, 2014, 08:24 AM EST

The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site received an America's Best Idea Grant from the National Park Foundation to support the "Healthy You, Healthy Community Program" this summer. Read More ( >

USFWS photo: wildfire at Entiat National Fish Hatchery

Web Reads: Behind the Flames: How the USFWS' Entiat National Fish Hatchery Took on the Mills Canyon Fire

THU, AUGUST 14, 2014, 12:37 PM EST

With wildfire threatening, Entiat National Fish Hatchery worked tirelessly to support firefighters. As the hatchery manager said, “Most days of the year, growing healthy fish is our primary job. During a fire, protecting human health is our primary job.” Read More ( >

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Interior Announces New Chief Information Officer

THU, AUGUST 14, 2014, 08:14 AM EST

The U.S. Department of the Interior on August 13 announced that it has selected Sylvia Burns as its new Chief Information Officer. Burns has been acting CIO since March 2014. Read More ( >

Group photo of Secretary Jewell and youth at the event

Secretary Jewell Announces Additional $1 Million to Fund Urban Engagement Efforts at Southern California Wildlife Refuges

THU, AUGUST 14, 2014, 07:42 AM EST

Secretary Sally Jewell announced that the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex will receive an additional $1 million in funding to reach new audiences and engage Southern California urban communities and youth in conservation and outdoor recreation. Read More ( >

USFWS photo: Group fishing in Anacostia River

USFWS Open Spaces Blog: Commitment to Environmental Justice Leads Service to Study Anacostia River Fishing

WED, AUGUST 13, 2014, 10:03 AM EST

As part of its commitment to Environmental Justice, USFWS is studying the patterns of urban anglers and fish contaminants in the Anacostia River.About 17,000 people eat fish they catch out of the river each year, but the watershed contains toxic hotspots. Read More ( >

OSMRE Twitter photo: Jewell (third from right) and Pizarchik (far right) at ribbon-cutting ceremony for event.

In the News: Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Opens, Aims to Showcase Region's Natural History

WED, AUGUST 13, 2014, 09:43 AM EST

In case you missed it, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran a story on August 2 about Secretary Sally Jewell and OSMRE Director Joseph Pizarchik attending the official public opening of Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Read More ( >

BLM-Calif Facebook page photo: Secretary Jewell talking to the BLM Folsom Lake Veterans Crew

Secretary Jewell Visits California Wildland Fire Operations Center

WED, AUGUST 13, 2014, 08:33 AM EST

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visited the Northern California Geographic Area Coordination Center in Redding, Calif., where she met with Interagency fire leadership team members and BLM and Forest Service employees and toured fuels-management projects. Read More ( >

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In the News: Three USGS Scientists Honored as Fellows of the Ecological Society of America

TUE, AUGUST 12, 2014, 12:14 PM EST

The U.S. Geological Survey is celebrating the achievements of three noted scientists who have been recognized as 2014 Ecological Society of America fellows for making exceptional contributions to a broad array of ecological fields. Read More ( >

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BSEE: Assistant Secretary Janice Schneider Wraps Up Visit to the Gulf of Mexico Region

TUE, AUGUST 12, 2014, 12:06 PM EST

Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Janice Schneider traveled to New Orleans, La., last week to meet with BSEE and BOEM employees, visit offshore facilities, and speak at the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Technical Symposium Read More ( >

USFWS photo of Secretary Jewell, USFWS Director Ashe and others meeting with members of YALI at the Department of the Interior.

Web Reads: USFWS Open Spaces Blog: African Leaders, Youth Engage with U.S. on Illegal Wildlife Trafficking at U.S.-Africa Leaders' Summit

TUE, AUGUST 12, 2014, 09:28 AM EST

Recognizing illegal wildlife trade is a global challenge, African and U.S. leaders, including participants from President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative Network, took a stance against illegal wildlife trade at the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit. Read More ( >

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USGS Science at Ecological Society of America's Conference: From Climate Change to Fire, Drought, and Wind Energy

TUE, AUGUST 12, 2014, 09:04 AM EST

From climate change to wind energy effects on birds and bats to wildlife disease, U.S. Geological Survey research will be presented at the annual Ecological Society of America meetings from August 10 to 14, 2014, in Sacramento. Calif. Read More ( >


Secretary Jewell Announces Milestone for Commercial Wind Energy Development Offshore North Carolina

MON, AUGUST 11, 2014, 02:27 PM EST

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced today that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has defined three Wind Energy Areas offshore North Carolina, which total approximately 307,590 acres, for potential commercial wind energy development. Read More ( >

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Web Reads: BLM: Rich Heritage, Bright Futures: Paiute Youth Celebrated at Camp Kwiyamuntsi

MON, AUGUST 11, 2014, 09:37 AM EST

For four days in August, the Bureau of Land Management Utah and sister agencies partnered with the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah to host outdoor fun and learning for native youth at Camp Kwiyamuntsi. Read More ( >

Photo from release: Middle Rio Grande. Credit: Don J. Usner.

Secretary Jewell Announces Completion of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, First Urban Refuge in Southwest

MON, AUGUST 11, 2014, 09:06 AM EST

Secretary Jewell on August 8 announced that federal, state and local partners and conservation groups supported by the LWCF have made it possible to acquire the lands needed to complete the 570-acre Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico Read More ( >

Photo courtesy of USPP Officer Jeff Geibel: Stonewall at work in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

In the News: Horse Channel Blog - Over the Fence: Stonewall (U.S. Park Police Horse)

MON, AUGUST 11, 2014, 07:56 AM EST

Meet Stonewall, the U.S. Park Police horse who patrols the streets and parks of Washington, D.C., in this Horse Channel blog by Kitson Jazynka. Read More ( >

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Historic U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit Features Signature Panel Dialogue on Wildlife Trafficking

MON, AUGUST 11, 2014, 07:46 AM EST

Secretary Sally Jewell on August 4 hosted a discussion with key African leaders, U.S. Government officials, the National Advisory Council and others to discuss strategies to Ccmbat the transnational problem of wildlife trafficking Read More ( >

Reclamation photo of youth at C.A.S.T. for Kids event

Reclamation: C.A.S.T. Event Brings Out Best at Prineville Reservoir

MON, AUGUST 11, 2014, 07:43 AM EST

The scene at this year's C.A.S.T. for Kids event at Prineville Reservoir could have been taken from a movie, as scores of family members and volunteers shouted good luck to a special group of kids headed out for day of fishing. Read More ( >

USFWS image of two bison standing in a field.

USFWS Director's Blog: Optimism: The Heart of Conservation Past, Present and Future

MON, AUGUST 11, 2014, 07:11 AM EST

Recognizing hard truths facing us as conservationists does not require us to abandon our optimism. Quite the contrary, we need to retain our optimism and use it to make the greatest possible difference for wildlife and natural systems. Read More ( >


This Week at Interior August 8, 2014

FRI, AUGUST 8, 2014, 05:28 PM EST

Secretary Jewell on the road again to mark the 50th anniversary of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and make the case for its full and permanent funding; wildlife trafficking one of the top agenda items at a summit in Washington DC; more. Watch Video >


This Week at Interior August 1, 2014

FRI, AUGUST 1, 2014, 03:44 PM EST

Interior joins forces with the AFL-CIO's Union Sportsmen Alliance on projects to renew, rebuild, and restore the nation's public lands; the grand opening of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, which is situated near abandoned mines; more. Watch Video >

BLM photo: Fire retardant drop on the Bodie Fire.

BLM-California Leads Interagency Effort to Protect Sage-Grouse Habitat During Bodie Fire

FRI, AUGUST 1, 2014, 11:39 AM EST

Firefighting efforts on the Bodie Fire got an extra boost when the BLM Bishop Field Office in California coordinated an interagency effort to help protect this critical resource. Read More ( > image of Secretary Jewell walking a trail with students

In the News: Washington Post's In the Loop: Background Check: Interior Secretary Sally Jewell

FRI, AUGUST 1, 2014, 10:46 AM EST

You may know about Secretary Sally Jewell's youth initiative or that her favorite office is one without walls. But did you know she likes to cut up jigsaw puzzles and isn't a big fan of TV? Read The Washington Post's In the Loop interview of Jewell here. Read More ( >

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USFWS: A Profile in Courage at Cape Romain Refuge

FRI, AUGUST 1, 2014, 09:56 AM EST

What is likely a Confederate vessel brought to the Union by a slave and captained by that same (now former) slave is found off the South Carolina refuge. Read More ( >

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DOI-CSC: New Report Predicts Creation of 'Megalopolis' in Southeast United States

WED, JULY 30, 2014, 09:19 AM EST

Researchers from the Department of the Interior’s Southeast Climate Science Center and North Carolina State University have found from a new study that urban areas in the Southeast U.S. may double in size in the next 45 years. Read More ( >

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In the News: NPS: Acadia National Park is America's Favorite Place

WED, JULY 30, 2014, 09:02 AM EST

Acadia National Park has been named "America’s Favorite Place" by ABC's Good Morning America based on a nationwide poll of viewers. GMA asked viewers to nominate their favorite place in America in an online poll earlier this month. Read More ( >

DOI Facebook photo from event: from left, Richard Trumka, chairman of the board, Union Sportsmen's Alliance; Secretary Sally Jewell; and Fred Myers, executive director, USA. Photo by Emily Beyer, DOI.

Web Reads: New Interior-Union Sportsmen's Alliance Agreement Pairs 'Work Boots on the Ground' Program with Shovel-Ready Projects on DOI-Managed Public Lands

WED, JULY 30, 2014, 08:20 AM EST

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Union Sportsmen's Alliance representatives last night signed an agreement to pair the USA's “Work Boots on the Ground” volunteer program with shovel-ready projects on NPS-, USFWS-, and BLM-managed public lands. Read More ( >

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Interior Department and AFL-CIO’s Union Sportsmen’s Alliance to Sign Agreement to Restore Parks and Other Public Lands

TUE, JULY 29, 2014, 01:15 PM EST

Secretary Sally Jewell and the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) will sign an agreement today that will pair the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance all-volunteer “Work Boots on the Ground” program with shovel-ready projects on public lands. Read More ( >

Before and after photos showing restoration of wetlands habitat.

Web Reads: USFWS-Pacific Region: Behind the Flames: Partners' Habitat Project Helps Fight Watermelon Hill Fire

TUE, JULY 29, 2014, 11:36 AM EST

When U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife program started work on a wetland restoration project on Dave and Meg Losey's property near Cheaney, Wash., little did they know it would be instrumental in stopping a raging wildfire. Read More ( >

Group photo of C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let's Move participants in Yakima, Wash.

Reclamation: C.A.S.T. for Kids Event/Let's Move Event a Hit in Yakima

TUE, JULY 29, 2014, 11:01 AM EST

At Sarg Hubbard Pond in Yakima, Wash., 18 excited participants registered for "Catch a Special Thrill," better known as C.A.S.T./Let's Move Outside event. Not all of the participants caught the "big one," but they all left with plenty of stories to tell! Read More ( >

Aftermath of Hurricane Mitch

USGS Science Feature: Mapping Disaster - A Global Community Helps from Space

TUE, JULY 29, 2014, 09:56 AM EST

USGS assists the global community by helping provide prompt satellite imagery after major disasters to help save lives around the world. Read More ( >

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BSEE Completes Deployment Exercise in Gulf of Mexico

MON, JULY 28, 2014, 09:35 AM EST

BSEE initiated a day-long unannounced drill involving Murphy Exploration and Production Company this week. The exercise tested Murphy’s ability to respond to a simulated spill event in accordance with its Oil Spill Response Plan. Read More ( >

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Interior Extends Comment Period on Proposed Federal Acknowledgment Reform

MON, JULY 28, 2014, 09:23 AM EST

Due to significant interest, Interior is extending the public-comment period and holding additional tribal consultations and public meetings on proposed regulations to reform the process by which it formally and officially recognizes Indian tribes. Read More ( >

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Web Reads: BLM Green Jobs Lead to Green Careers

MON, JULY 28, 2014, 09:15 AM EST

The BLM’s Office of Recruitment and Retention Programs proudly introduces the 14 interns participating in this summer’s BLM Direct Hire Authority for Resource Assistant Internship Program. Read More ( >


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 ( >

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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 ( >

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 ( >

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 ( >

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 ( >

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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 ( >

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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 ( >

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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 ( >

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 ( >

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 ( >

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 ( >

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 ( >


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 >

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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 ( >

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 ( >

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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 ( >

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 ( >

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 ( >

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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 ( >

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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 ( >

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 ( >

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 ( >

Photo from 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 ( > 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 ( >

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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 ( >

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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 ( >

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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 ( >


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 ( >

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 ( >

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 ( >

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 ( >

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 ( >

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 ( >

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 ( >

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 ( >

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 ( >

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 ( >

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 ( >

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 ( >

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 ( >

Screenshot from DOI video: mountain scene

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 >

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 ( >

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 ( >

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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 ( >

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 ( >

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 ( >

Logo for Buy-Back program

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 ( >