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Irene Hirano Inouye and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

Signing Ceremony for Kīlauea Point Lighthouse in Hawai'i to be Renamed in Honor of Senator Daniel Inouye

TUE, APRIL 9, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the renaming of the Kīlauea Point Lighthouse on the island of Kaua’i in Hawai'i in honor of the late Senator Daniel Inouye. The action is in recognition of his distinguished career and longtime support of conservation in Hawai'i and, in particular, the Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. A formal ceremony to dedicate the Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse will be held at the lighthouse on May 4, 2013. Read More >

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New Castle Court House at First State National Monument

President Obama Designates Five New National Monuments

MON, MARCH 25, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama today signed proclamations establishing five new national monuments, using his authority under the Antiquities Act, which celebrate our nation’s rich history and natural heritage. The monuments, located in Delaware, Maryland, New Mexico, Ohio and Washington, help tell the story of significant people and extraordinary events in American history, as well as protect unique natural resources for the benefit of all Americans. Read More >

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President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama wave during inauguration festivities.

Scenes from the 57th Presidential Inauguration

MON, JANUARY 21, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

President Barack Obama was sworn-in for his second term Jan. 20, with a public celebration and a repeat of his oath of office on Jan. 21.

The National Park Service has been at the center of planning presidential inaugurations for more than 70 years. The NPS is responsible for the care, maintenance and preservation of some of the most important locations used during inaugurations, from the National Mall to the inaugural Parade route to the site of the Presidential reviewing stand. Two National Parks- President's Park and the National Mall and Memorial Parks- play a role in the event.

The NPS also works in a support role to the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) , the Armed Forces Inaugural Committe (AFIC) and the Joint Congressional Committe on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC).

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Secretary Salazar at Water Signing Ceremony

Secretary Salazar Joins U.S. and Mexico Delegations for Historic Colorado River Water Agreement Ceremony

TUE, NOVEMBER 20, 2012, 12:00 AM EST

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today joined U.S. and Mexico delegations in San Diego, California, at an official signing ceremony of Minute 319 to the 1944 Treaty with Mexico – an historic binational agreement to guide future management of the Colorado River through 2017. 

As part of the ongoing dialogue on Colorado River issues, delegations from the United States and Mexico have been working over the past three years to reach an agreement on a set of cooperative measures for management for the next five years. Salazar joined principals to the agreement from the seven Colorado River Basin states, representatives from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. IBWC Commissioner Edward Drusina, Mexico IBWC Commissioner Roberto F. Salmon, and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor to commemorate the effort.

Signed by all parties today, Minute 319 becomes effective immediately. Many of the projects and programs outlined in the agreement will be implemented through the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, Lower Colorado Region. The Lower Colorado Region manages the final 688 miles of the Colorado River on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior.

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César E. Chávez National Monument

Photos: César E. Chávez National Monument

MON, OCTOBER 8, 2012, 12:00 AM EST

Secretary Salazar joined President Obama for the establishment of the César E. Chávez National Monument at Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz in Keene, California, Chávez’ home and the headquarters of the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) since the early 1970s when Chávez was its president.

The National Park Service will manage the new national monument as the 398th unit of the National Park System in cooperation with the National Chávez Center. In consultation with the UFW, the César Chávez Foundation and members of César Chávez’ family, the Center donated properties at La Paz, including the Chávez home where Helen Chávez will continue to reside, the Memorial Garden where César Chávez is buried, and Visitor Center, to the federal government. Once the land was donated to the federal government, President Obama used the Antiquities Act to create the César E. Chávez National Monument.

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Secretary Salazar on Sept. 13 joins students at the University of Colorado at Boulder for a group photo.

Photos: Center of the American West and Public Lands Foundation Symposium

THU, SEPTEMBER 13, 2012, 12:00 AM EST

Secretary Salazar offered remarks at the Center of the American West and Public Lands Foundation Symposium where he discussed Interior’s work to stand up a renewable energy economy and to expand safe and responsible domestic energy production on our nation’s public lands.

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Secretary Salazar stands with Vice President Joe Biden at the Flight 93 Memorial.

Photos: September 11th observance at the Flight 93 National Memorial

TUE, SEPTEMBER 11, 2012, 12:00 AM EST

Secretary Salazar joined Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday, September 11 to deliver the keynote remarks at the annual September 11th observance at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA.

At 10:03 a.m. – the moment Flight 93 crashed – the names of the passengers and crew members were read and Bells of Remembrance were rung by members of the Families of Flight 93 and community members who assisted in the aftermath of 9/11. The ceremony also included a wreath laying at the Wall of Names.

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Secretary Salazar and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg

Photos: Cooperative Management Agreement for Jamaica Bay

TUE, JULY 17, 2012, 12:00 AM EST

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg signed an unprecedented agreement between the National Park Service and the City of New York Department of Parks of Recreation – spelling out ways the two agencies will cooperatively manage 10,000 acres of federal and city-owned parks in and around Jamaica Bay to promote visitation, education programs, scientific research and opportunities for outdoor recreation.

By allowing the National Park Service and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to work on each other’s property, comingle resources and undertake joint planning, this innovative new partnership will serve to better connect urban communities to the natural beauty and history of Gateway National Recreation Area and adjacent city park lands.

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Secretary Salazar speaking at the Penobscot River Restoration Event

Photos: Penobscot River Restoration Event

MON, JUNE 11, 2012, 12:00 AM EST

On Monday, June 11, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar participated in a ceremony to begin removal of the Great Works Dam on the Penobscot River in Maine – a major step toward enabling the river to flow freely from Old Town to the Gulf of Maine for the first time in generations.

Later, Salazar held a press conference at the L.L. Bean Flagship Store in Freeport, Maine. Along with the National Park Foundation, the official non-profit of America’s national parks, and L.L. Bean, Salazar will provide an update on the year-long Million Moment Mission. A celebration of the company’s 100-year anniversary, L.L. Bean has committed $1 million to the National Park Foundation’s “America’s Best Idea” program in support of efforts to increase children’s opportunities to spend time outdoors.

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Tent on Dry Tortugas National Park

Photos: America’s Great Outdoors Beaches

THU, JUNE 7, 2012, 12:00 AM EST

President Obama has declared June as National Oceans Month. This photo gallery highlights just a few of America’s “best beaches” that are found on Interior lands as millions of travelers plan their summer vacations. These lands include 85  marine and coastal parklands,  180 marine and coastal wildlife refuges, and 1,100 miles of the California coast administered by Interior agencies. In addition to beautiful scenery, these areas help local tourist economies.  In 2010, coastal national park units alone contributed an estimated $3.5 Billion to local economies, while refuges contributed at least $900 million.

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Secretary Salazar at the signing ceremony to establish the National Blueways Initiative and name the first National Blueway.

Photos: Secretary Salazar Names the Connecticut River Watershed as the Nation's First National Blueway.

THU, MAY 24, 2012, 12:00 AM EST

Secretary Salazar signed a Secretarial Order establishing a National Blueways System and announced that the 410-mile-long Connecticut River and its 7.2 million-acre watershed will be the first National Blueway— covering areas of Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Joined at Riverside Park in Hartford by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal; U.S. Rep. John Larson;
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Terrence “Rock” Salt; Friends of the Silvio O. Conte Refuge Chairman Patrick Comins and other members of the conservation and business communities, Secretary Salazar said that partnerships along the Connecticut River provide an example for the rest of the nation.

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Secretary Salazar and BLM Director Bob Abbey

Photos: Fort Ord Monument

SAT, MAY 19, 2012, 12:00 AM EST

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar joined by federal and local officials, including White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley and Director of the Bureau of Land Management Bob Abbey, to officially dedicate the 14,560-acre Fort Ord National Monument. The Secretary was also joined by Rep. Sam Farr; Garrison Commander Col. Joel J. Clark; and Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes. Nearly 400 community members and military veterans also participated in the ceremony.

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NPS Director Jon Jarvis speaking at Sandy Point State Park in Maryland

Photos: Secretary Salazar Expands Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

WED, MAY 16, 2012, 12:00 AM EST

Joined by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and other leaders in a ceremony at Sandy Point State Park, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar designated four water trails as new historic connecting components of the existing Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

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A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Guard Member plays a trumpet at the Law Enforcement Office Memorial Ceremony

Photos: Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Ceremony

MON, MAY 14, 2012, 12:00 AM EST

On Monday, May 14, 2012, the Department will host a law enforcement officer memorial ceremony in Yates Auditorium at the Stuart Udall Department of the Interior Building. The ceremony is a time to give thanks to the 4,000 law enforcement officers who serve in the Department of the Interior and to pay special tribute to the 139 DOI officers that have died in the line of duty since the Department’s founding in 1849.

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Secretary Salazar and BLM Director Bob Abbey

Photos: Approval of Major Natural Gas Project for Uinta Basin

TUE, MAY 8, 2012, 12:00 AM EST

In support of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, and the Obama administration’s goal of continuing to expand responsible oil and gas production, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar approved a major natural gas project in Utah’s Uinta Basin that could develop more than 3,600 new wells over the next decade, while safeguarding air quality and assuring the protection of critical wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation values. The project will support up to 4,300 jobs during development.

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Secretary Salazar and President, Enbridge, Inc. Al Monaco “flipped the switch” on the Enbridge Silver State North solar project.

Photos: Enbridge Silver State North Solar Project

MON, MAY 7, 2012, 12:00 AM EST

Secretary Salazar visited the Enbridge Silver State North Solar Project in Nevada where he “flipped the switch” on the first large-scale solar energy project located on U.S. public lands to deliver power to American consumers.

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Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Sign

Photos: Rocky Mountain Greenway Project

FRI, MAY 4, 2012, 12:00 AM EST

Secretary Salazar and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper formalized an agreement to implement conservation and recreation projects throughout the Denver and Front Range metropolitan area.

The agreement, signed today at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, establishes a 10-person steering committee to implement the Rocky Mountain Greenway Project – a federal, state, local and stakeholder partnership to create uninterrupted trails/transportation linkages connecting the Denver metro area’s trail systems, the three National Wildlife Refuges in the metro region, Rocky Mountain National Park, and community trails systems in between.

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Crow Tribe-Montana Water Rights Compact Signing Ceremony

Photos: Crow Tribe-Montana Water Rights Compact Signing Ceremony

FRI, APRIL 27, 2012, 12:00 AM EST

Secretary Salazar joined Crow Tribe Apsáalooke Nation Chairman Cedric Black Eagle and Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer for the signing of a Crow Tribe-Montana Water Rights Compact. The compact seeks to resolve more than three decades of controversy, ensure safe drinking water for the reservation, and provide for the rehabilitation of the Crow Irrigation Project.

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Secretary Salazar speaking at the National Press Club

Photos: National Press Club

TUE, APRIL 24, 2012, 12:00 AM EST

Secretary Salazar spoke to the National Press Club on President Obama’s “all of the above” strategy for domestic energy development, including the expansion of domestic oil and gas production, and initiatives to harness renewable and alternative energy sources.

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Secretary Salazar speaking at the White House Hispanic Community Action Summit

Photos: White House Hispanic Community Action Summit and Cesar Chavez Legacy Awards

THU, APRIL 5, 2012, 12:00 AM EST

Secretary Salazar, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and dozens of White House and Cabinet officials joined Los Angeles area leaders, educators, business owners and state and local elected officials to identify and address issues important to the Hispanic community and the nation at the White House Hispanic community action summit.

Later, Secretary Salazar attended the 12th Annual Cesar Chavez Legacy Awards in Los Angeles, CA.

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