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DC Employees Earthquake Update

WED, AUGUST 24, 2011
By Rhea Suh, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget

Inspectors have found no structural damage that would indicate a hazardous condition for employees in either the MIB/Udall or South Interior Building. Read More >

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Quake - DC Area Employee Update

TUE, AUGUST 23, 2011
By Rhea Suh, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget

The Main and South Interior Buildings will remain closed to business tomorrow, August 24th, 2011. All DOI employees who work in satellite offices in the DC metro region should report to duty unless otherwise instructed. Read More >

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The Economic Power of Outdoor Recreation

MON, AUGUST 22, 2011
By Ken Salazar

Hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation contribute an estimated $730 billion to the U.S. economy each year. And one in twenty U.S. jobs are in the recreation economy – more than there are doctors, lawyers, or teachers. Read More >

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The Health of Our Lands and Waters and the Health of Our Economy

THU, AUGUST 18, 2011
By Secretary Ken Salazar and Nancy Sutley

Smart, community-led conservation presents a tremendous opportunity to improve quality of life across America, and to build and grow local jobs in industries like recreation and tourism. Read More >

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A Historic Step Toward True Trust Reform

FRI, JUNE 24, 2011
By Ken Salazar

A historic court action on June 20 signaled the beginning of a new era in the U.S. Government’s relations with American Indian communities. Read More >

Blythe Solar Power Project Groundbreaking

Investing in America’s New Energy Frontier

FRI, JUNE 17, 2011
By Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior

"California Governor Jerry Brown, BLM Director Bob Abbey and I participated in a groundbreaking ceremony this morning for ... the world’s largest solar energy project to be built on public lands." Read More >

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A Business Response to America's New Energy Frontier

FRI, JUNE 17, 2011
By Jim Shipley, Blythe Area Chamber of Commerce

"As a business owner and the head of the Blythe Area Chamber of Commerce, I am excited about the new jobs and economic opportunities that will come with the Blythe Solar Power Project, which will be the largest of its kind when completed." Read More >

Larry Echo Hawk planting with children

Planting the “Three Sisters” with the First Lady Michelle Obama

WED, JUNE 8, 2011
By Larry Echo Hawk

At Indian Affairs, we are actively involved with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! in Indian Country initiative and inspired to help achieve the goal of solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. Read More >

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Connecting Communities to the Great Outdoors: National Trails Day

FRI, JUNE 3, 2011
By David J. Hayes

This Saturday, Americans of all ages will get outside and explore the network of existing trails winding through our cities and linking up our country. Read More >

Let's Move! in Indian Country

Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk Blog for Let’s Move! in Indian Country

FRI, MAY 27, 2011
By Larry Echo Hawk

It was an honor to be a part of the Let’s Move! in Indian Country launch on the Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin. I saw first-hand that the tribal community and youth are eager to counter the troubling issues of obesity in their community. Read More >

Secretary Salazar

Simpler, Smarter, and More Cost-effective: Regulation Reforms at Interior

THU, MAY 26, 2011

As part of President Obama’s call for an innovative, balanced and cost-efficient federal regulatory culture in the 21st century, the Interior Department has launched several initiatives that can significantly reduce administrative expenses... Read More >

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Bureau of Land Management in Utah Sets Record with Seven New Species of Dinosaur in 2010

TUE, DECEMBER 21, 2010
By Bureau: Bureau of Land Management

They have been extinct for millions of years, but Utah dinosaurs are having a record breaking year On Dec. 15, BLM, Utah Geological Survey, and Temple University announced the naming of the seventh dinosaur from BLM-Utah in 2010. Read More >

Natural Gas Extraction on Public Lands

Live Webcast: Forum on Natural Gas Hydraulic Fracturing on Public Lands

TUE, NOVEMBER 30, 2010

On Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 1-4:30 pm, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will host a forum entitled Natural Gas Hydraulic Fracturing on Public Lands: A Forum Hosted by the Department of the Interior. Read More >

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A Thanksgiving Message from Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar

THU, NOVEMBER 25, 2010
By Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar

As we look forward to a Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family... Read More >

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Veterans Day - Free access to National Parks

THU, NOVEMBER 11, 2010

As we mark Veterans Day, I'm pleased to announce that The Department of the Interior is offering free access to our national parks today as a thank you to our nation’s service men and women. Read More >

Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes

U.S. Launches Initiatives to Share Climate Science Data


"To tackle the challenges facing our planet ... we must have comprehensive and integrated scientific data about the Earth and how it is changing." - David Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Read More >

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President Obama Proclaims September 25th as National Public Lands Day


President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation encouraging all Americans to celebrate our nation's 17th annual National Public Lands Day as a day of service. Read More >

A Phoenix Marine diver emerges from the Ellis Island ferry slip during an inspection of the Ellis Island seawall under the watchful eye of another Phoenix employee. The company is inspecting the different areas around the island where the seawall is damaged prior to beginning the repair/rehabilitation process as part of the ARRA contract.  NPS Photo

Interior Department’s American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Projects in National Spotlight from East to West

By R.E. Tull

A new report from Vice President Joe Biden, “100 Recovery Act Projects that are Changing America,” highlights the Interior Department's investments at Ellis Island and the Grand Canyon. Read More >

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Gordon Felt, President, Families of Flight 93.

Secretary Salazar Honors Heroes at Flight 93 Memorial


Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on Saturday joined First Lady Michelle Obama and others in honoring the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93 and all of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11. Read More >

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Interior’s Sustainability Plan Seeks to Lessen Department’s Carbon Footprint and Meet Energy Goals


The Department of the Interior today released a Sustainability Plan that outlines Department-wide goals and strategies to meet or exceed environmental and energy performance requirements as directed by President Barack Obama. Read More >