Photos: Penobscot River Restoration EventMON, 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.
Photos: America’s Great Outdoors BeachesTHU, 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.
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.
Photos: Fort Ord MonumentSAT, 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.
Photos: Secretary Salazar Expands Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic TrailWED, 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.
Photos: Law Enforcement Officer Memorial CeremonyMON, 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.
Photos: Approval of Major Natural Gas Project for Uinta BasinTUE, 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.
Photos: Enbridge Silver State North Solar ProjectMON, 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.
Photos: Rocky Mountain Greenway ProjectFRI, 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.
Photos: Crow Tribe-Montana Water Rights Compact Signing CeremonyFRI, 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.
Photos: National Press ClubTUE, 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.
Photos: White House Hispanic Community Action Summit and Cesar Chavez Legacy AwardsTHU, 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.
Photos: Salazar meets with local leaders in Nevada and California to boost travel and tourismWED, APRIL 4, 2012, 12:00 AM EST
Secretary Salazar met with Senator Harry Reid, Governor Brian Sandoval, and Chairman of BrandUSA Stephen J. Cloobeck, along with local business leaders, to discuss how to design and promote travel itineraries that will draw more visitors to Southern Nevada and encourage them to plan lengthier trips to the region. Later, Secretary Salazar joins U.S. Congresswoman Susan Davis and San Diego Zoo Global President Rick Gulley for a travel and tourism meeting at the San Diego Zoo in California.
Photos: Fort Berthold ReservationTUE, APRIL 3, 2012, 12:00 AM EST
Secretary Salazar, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple, Senators Conrad and Hoeven and Congressman Berg met with Chairman Tex G. Hall and other leaders of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, where a partnership with Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs has spurred oil production and generated massive increases in royalty revenues for the tribal government and individual land owners.
Photos: Oil and Gas Development in North DakotaMON, APRIL 2, 2012, 12:00 AM EST
Secretary Salazar toured oil and gas development operations on federal mineral estate in western North Dakota, where oil and gas production is rapidly expanding on federal, state, and private lands.
Accompanied by U.S. Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven, and Congressman Rick Berg, Secretary Salazar visited a drilling rig actively producing oil from federal resources; toured a crude oil production facility where oil is processed, stored, and transported via truck, rail and pipelines to refineries across the country; met with federal employees and heard about the work they are doing to safely expand domestic oil and gas production in the region; and toured private housing accommodations for workers from across the country who come to North Dakota for high-paying jobs.
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.