Photos: Energy Development off the AtlanticWED, MARCH 28, 2012, 12:00 AM EST
As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Tommy P. Beaudreau announced that Interior is taking steps to assess the conventional and renewable energy resource potential in the Mid- and South Atlantic. The draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, released for public comment, will help inform future decisions about whether, and if so where, leasing would be appropriate in these areas.
Photos: 100th Anniversary of Cherry Blossom Tree Planting CeremonyTUE, MARCH 27, 2012, 12:00 AM EST
Secretary Salazar joined First Lady Michelle Obama and the Ambassador of Japan to the United States Ichiro Fujisaki for the 1912 Cherry Blossom Tree planting re-enactment ceremony along the Tidal Basin. 2012 marks the 100th anniversary since the United States received 3,000 Cherry Blossom trees as a gift from Japan symbolizing the friendship between the two countries.
Photos: Department of Labor Hall of Honor Induction and Auditorium RenamingMON, MARCH 26, 2012, 12:00 AM EST
Secretary Salazar participated in two events highlighting the role American Latinos have played in shaping our history. Salazar joined Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to honor the contributions of farm workers with the induction of the Pioneers of the Farm Worker Movement into the Labor Hall of Honor. As part of the ceremony, the Department of Labor’s auditorium was re-named to the Cesar Chavez Memorial Auditorium. Later, Salazar addressed the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities 17th Annual Capitol Forum.
Photos: Independence National Historical ParkTHU, MARCH 15, 2012, 12:00 AM EST
Secretary Salazar spoke at a town hall with local tourism and business leaders in Philadelphia to emphasize the importance of international tourism to economic growth and job creation. The visit coincided with the 40th anniversary of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s World Heritage Convention, an international treaty that seeks to recognize and protect the world’s most significant places, such as Independence Hall, for future generations.
Photos: 68th Department of the Interior Honor Awards ConvocationWED, MARCH 7, 2012, 12:00 AM EST
Photos from the 68th Department of the Interior Honor Awards Convocation at which 44 awards were presented to Department of the Interior employees and volunteers selected for their service to the department and to the nation.
Photos: Chattahoochee River Water Trail in GeorgiaSUN, FEBRUARY 26, 2012, 12:00 AM EST
From Chattahoochee River NRA, "America's First National Water Trail"
Photos: Ecological Forestry in Western OregonTUE, FEBRUARY 21, 2012, 12:00 AM EST
During a visit to one of three ecological forestry pilot projects in Oregon, Secretary Salazar announced that the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management will apply ecological forestry principles on a broader landscape to restore forest health and to provide sustainable timber harvests for local mills and the communities who rely on the timber industry for jobs and economic strength.
Photos: Transboundary Agreement SigningMON, FEBRUARY 20, 2012, 12:00 AM EST
Secretary Salazar joined Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mexican Minister of Foreign Relations Patricia Espinosa, and Mexican Minister of Energy Jordy Herrera in Los Cabos, Mexico at the signing of an agreement on the exploration and development of oil and natural gas reservoirs along the United States’ and Mexico’s maritime boundary in the Gulf of Mexico.
Photos: Ohio Manufacturing FacilitiesTUE, FEBRUARY 14, 2012, 12:00 AM EST
Secretary Salazar visited two manufacturing facilities in Ohio that are helping to power the nation’s growing energy economy. The plants, which employ American workers to manufacture products and components used in oil and gas production and to fabricate wind towers, underscore the President’s call for an economy driven by American energy, American skills and innovation, and American manufacturing.
Photo of the WeekFRI, FEBRUARY 3, 2012, 12:00 AM EST
Secretary Salazar, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, the National Park Service and the Trust for the National Mall hosted a lighting ceremony to celebrate the installation of energy-efficient LED lights on the Mall. The LED lights, donated by OSRAM SYLVANIA and installed pro bono by Pepco, the electric utility that serves Washington, D.C., will reduce lighting energy use for the streetlamps by up to 65 percent.
Photos: Mid-Atlantic Offshore Wind AnnouncementTHU, FEBRUARY 2, 2012, 12:00 AM EST
Secretary Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Tommy P. Beaudreau announced that the department’s renewable energy initiative has cleared an important environmental review, allowing Interior to move forward with the process for wind energy lease sales off Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Delaware.
Photos: Richmond National Battlefield ParkWED, FEBRUARY 1, 2012, 12:00 AM EST
Secretary Salazar announced a 385-acre expansion of Richmond National Battlefield Park to enhance tourism and create new jobs for Virginia. The announcement coincides with the National Park Service’s 150th anniversary commemoration of the Civil War and comes as part of the Obama administration’s effort to significantly boost tourism and travel in the United States.
Photo of the WeekFRI, JANUARY 20, 2012, 12:00 AM EST
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized a rule that would ban the importation and interstate transportation of four nonnative constrictor snakes that threaten the Everglades and other sensitive ecosystems across the United States.
The final rule – which incorporates public comments, economic analysis, and environmental assessment – lists the Burmese python, the yellow anaconda, and the northern and southern African pythons as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act in order to restrict their spread in the wild in the United States. It is expected to publish in the Federal Register in the coming days.
Photos: Washington Monument RestorationTHU, JANUARY 19, 2012, 12:00 AM EST
Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis announced a $7.5 million donation from philanthropist David M. Rubenstein to partially fund the restoration of the Washington Monument from the damage caused by the August 23, 2011 earthquake.
AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS: Salazar Designates the Trujillo Homesteads as a National Historic LandmarkTUE, JANUARY 3, 2012, 12:00 AM EST
WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the designation of the Trujillo Homesteads – an early Latino settlement in Colorado’s San Luis Valley that holds a high potential to yield archaeological information addressing nationally significant research questions about ethnicity and race on the western frontier – as a National Historic Landmark. The designation comes as part of the Department’s efforts to expand the story of the American Latino within the National Park System. Read More >>
Photo of the WeekFRI, DECEMBER 16, 2011, 12:00 AM EST
The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced that its Western Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale 218, held in New Orleans, attracted $337,688,341in high bids and included 20 companies submitting 241 bids on 191 tracts comprising over a million acres offshore Texas. The sum of all bids received totaled $712,725,998. This announcement is consistent with steps President Obama announced in May 2011 to expand domestic oil and gas production safely and responsibly.
Photos: Tribal Consultation PolicyTHU, DECEMBER 1, 2011, 12:00 AM EST
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar signs a Secretarial order implementing the Department’s Tribal Consultation Policy. The event was attended by American Indian and Alaska Native leaders from around the Nation.
Photo of the WeekTHU, NOVEMBER 10, 2011, 12:00 AM EST
On Friday, November 10, 2011, The artist Christo gave two original collages from his upcoming "Over The River" project to the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Christo visited the museum with Secretary Salazar to announce the gift.
Earlier in the week, the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management approved his "Over The River" installation. Christo plans to suspend silvery fabric panels for 5.9 miles above the Arkansas River in southern Colorado.
Photos: DOI Veterans Day ProgramTHU, NOVEMBER 10, 2011, 12:00 AM EST
On November 10th, the Department of the Interior held its annual Veterans Day Program in the Sidney Yates Auditorium. Joe Beimfohr, a Fish and Wildlife employee and wounded warrior shared his story.
Photo of the WeekFRI, OCTOBER 28, 2011, 12:00 AM EST
On Thursday, October 27, Secretary Salazar and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced an agreement formally establishing a partnership between the National Park Service and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to coordinate park management and connect urban communities, and especially young people, with the natural beauty and history of the region. The announcement took place during a signing ceremony this afternoon at Jamaica Bay with officials from the National Park Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.