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Clockwise from top right: Denise Bickler (Employee of the Year); Antonio Gutierrez (Outstanding New Employee); and Arnold Baca (Supervisor of the Year).

Interior Business Center Recognizes Annual Award-winning Employees for 2014

FRI, JANUARY 30, 2015, 09:37 AM EST

Interior Business Center Director Joe Ward on Jan. 20 recognized the following IBC employees as annual-award winners for 2014: Denise Bickler (Employee of the Year); Arnold Baca (Supervisor of the Year); and Antonio Gutierrez (Outstanding New Employee). Read More (doi.gov) >


BIA photo: Prescribed fire in foreground; Devils Island Light Station in background.

NPS: Prescribed Fire Restores Cultural Landscape at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

FRI, JANUARY 30, 2015, 08:34 AM EST

The National Park Service is sharing fire-success stories from parks nationwide. Here, firefighters from Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the BIA Great Lakes Agency partner to conduct a prescribed fire at Devils Island Light Station in Wisconsin. Read More (nps.gov) >


A pond and river valley within the Brooks Range of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

USFWS: President Obama Deserves Our Thanks for Supporting Arctic Wilderness

FRI, JANUARY 30, 2015, 07:43 AM EST

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe applauds President Obama for recommending that Congress add nearly 12.3 million acres of refuge land to the National Wilderness Preservation System. Read More (fws.gov) >


Squadron of Biplane Spectators badge, currently the highest recognition award, is given to volunteers who submit more than 6,000 points.

USGS: Citizen Scientists Submit More Than 100,000 Map Points

THU, JANUARY 29, 2015, 01:15 PM EST

The USGS' crowd-sourcing map project, The National Map Corps, has reached a milestone. In less than two years, volunteer cartographers have submitted more than 100,000 map points, significantly helping USGS' efforts to provide accurate maps to the public. Read More (usgs.gov) >


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 >


Reclamation Facebook photo of employee at information booth featuring banner to promote upcoming water challenge/prize competitions.

Reclamation's Research and Development Office to Hold Nationwide Prize Competition

THU, JANUARY 29, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking the public's ideas to help it solve some of the most critical water and water-related-resource problems facing the nation. This spring, its R&D office will head to challenge.gov to run prize competitions for solutions. Read More (usbr.gov) >


Queen Mother Amelia Boynton Robinson with LindseyLunsford DOI/VISTA

DOI/VISTA Celebrates MLK Day with 'Queen Mother of the Civil Rights Movement'

WED, JANUARY 28, 2015, 01:47 PM EST

DOI/VISTA Lindsay Lunsford, serving at the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, had the incredible opportunity to meet the "Queen Mother of the Civil Rights Movement," Amelia Boynton Robinson. Read More >


Brent Lawrence, public affairs officer, USFWS.

Web Reads: USFWS: Ducks Unlimited Profiles Public Affairs Officer

WED, JANUARY 28, 2015, 10:33 AM EST

Brent Lawrence, public affairs officer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Pacific Region in Portland, Ore., chats with Ducks Unlimited about hunting and more. Read More (tumblr.com) >


Band marching in the Rose Parade

NPS: Everything's Coming up Roses for 2016 Centennial

TUE, JANUARY 27, 2015, 02:22 PM EST

The National Park Service and Tournament of Roses Association are partnering to kick off the NPS' centennial with the 2016 Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. The theme for the parade, "Find Your Adventure," is a nod to the upcoming "Find Your Park" campaign. Read More >


Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaking to BLM officials, oil and gas industry representatives, and others during her visit to the Carlsbad Field Office

BLM: Secretary Jewell, Director Kornze Visit Carlsbad Field Office to Discuss Reducing Methane Emissions on Public Lands

TUE, JANUARY 27, 2015, 09:05 AM EST

Interior Secretary Jewell and BLM Director Kornze visited oil and gas fields in New Mexico and met with industry officials to discuss approaches to reducing wasteful venting, flaring, and leaking of natural gas (methane) from wells on public lands. Read More >


Headquarters and Visitor Center at Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge – La Crosse District, Wisconsin - one of the projects winning a Federal Energy and Water Management Award

Department of the Interior Wins Three Federal Energy and Water Management Awards

TUE, JANUARY 27, 2015, 08:11 AM EST

The Department of the Interior has won recognition from the Department of Energy for its energy- and water-conservation efforts, earning three 2014 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. Read More >


Pleistocene snail

USFWS Programs, Partners Join Together to Save Iowa Pleistocene Snail

MON, JANUARY 26, 2015, 01:45 PM EST

Ready. Set. Search! The snail technicians are on an ecological treasure hunt to find the elusive and federally protected Iowa Pleistocene snail. Their goal: to recover the snail, a species reminiscent of another age. Read More (fws.gov) >


A boy correctly matches a rubber animal track with the picture of a beaver.

BLM Introduces Military Families to Alaskan Wildlife, Recreation Opportunities

MON, JANUARY 26, 2015, 12:39 PM EST

Bottles of scat, baggies of fur, and a bundle of moose browse enticed children of all ages to learn more about Alaskan animals at the first-ever Winter Resouce Fair held recently on Joint Base Elmendorf and Richardson in Anchorage. Read More >


Logo for Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial

NPS: Rocky Mountain National Park Turns 100

MON, JANUARY 26, 2015, 08:36 AM EST

On Jan. 26, 1915, 120 ago today, President Woodrow Wilson signed the legislation creating Rocky Mountain National Park. A series of events between now and this coming September will mark the centennial. 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 (fws.gov) >


BOEM Facebook photos of California sea-mapping project

Web Reads: BOEM: What does a California's Seafloor Neighborhood Really Look Like?

FRI, JANUARY 23, 2015, 11:21 AM EST

USGS scientists recently visited BOEM Pacific regional offices to discuss progress on the California Seafloor Mapping Program. The visionary offshore mapping and "groundtruthing" effortt helps scientists refine their interpretation of seafloor habitats. Read More (facebook.com) >


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BLM Firefighter Awarded Carnegie Medal for Heroism

FRI, JANUARY 23, 2015, 09:40 AM EST

BLM firefighter Justin Hanley was recently awarded the Carnegie Medal for Heroism for saving two young girls from drowning in the Yellowstone River. The medal recognizes those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while trying to save others. Read More >


Lighthouse at Pond Island National Wildlife Refuge in Maine.

USFWS: Small Is Good

THU, JANUARY 22, 2015, 02:28 PM EST

Small places always have mattered to the National Wildlife Refuge System. Here are the 10 smallest national wildlife refuges. Read More (fws.gov) >


Secretary Jewell alongside volunteers, cleaning up debris at the park.

NPS-Anacostia Park: More Than 400 Volunteers Join Secretary Jewell, Director Jarvis, Other Leaders for MLK Day of Service Project at Park

THU, JANUARY 22, 2015, 12:49 PM EST

More than 400 volunteers joined Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis and other leaders for this year's National Day of Service project at Anacostia Park. In all, the group collected more than 3.5 tons of trash. Read More >


Photos of the five-person crew that Reclamation hired through the Northwest Youth Corps working at Lake Cascade in Idaho.

Reclamation Looks Back at Pacific Northwest Region's Youth Activities in 2014

THU, JANUARY 22, 2015, 08:59 AM EST

In 2014, the Bureau of Reclamation's Pacific Northwest Region organized and co-sponsored several events for young people ages 5 to 25. Its goal: to inspire young people to play, learn, serve and work on public lands. Read More (usbr.gov) >


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