Secretary Salazar Rededicates Lincoln Memorial
On Saturday, May 30, the Lincoln Memorial was rededicated in honor of President Abraham Lincoln's bicentennial year. The memorial was first dedicated in 1922. Secretary Salazar delivered the closing remarks of the dedication ceremony.
The U.S. Department of the Interior's performance and accountability report has been recognized by the Association of Government Accountants with the Certificate of Excellence in Accountability. In 2008 the department kept track of more than $20 billion. Dan Fletcher, the Interior Department's Director of Financial Management explains that while transparency may seem like a new buzzword, it has always played a role in Interior's accounting.
Salzar Retains Protection Rule for Polar Bears, Orders Monitoring
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today in a press teleconference that he will retain a special rule issued in December for protecting the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act, but will closely monitor the implementation of the rule to determine if additional measures are necessary to conserve and recover the polar bear and its habitat. This is audio of his opening remarks at today's teleconference.
Salazar Creates New Office of Youth, Reviews First 100 Days in Office
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar shared the accomplishments of the Department of the Interior's first 100 days under the Obama Administration in an all employee meeting. He spoke of progress made on all agenda items, the impact of investments Interior is making under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, and he announced the new Office of Youth, a department-wide effort to educate, engage and employ youth.
Salazar Moves to Withdraw 11th Hour Mountaintop Coal Mining Rule
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar held a press conference today to announce that he is directing the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to file a pleading with the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. requesting that the mountaintop coal mining "stream buffer zone rule" issued by the Bush Administration be vacated because it is legally defective. This is audio of his opening statement at today's announcement.
Secretary Salazar Welcomes Earth Day 2009
Secretary Salazar welcomes Earth Day 2009 and discusses the Department of the Interior's plans for a new energy frontier with forward-looking policies that help us protect our environment while powering a clean energy economy that will create millions of new jobs right here in America.
Interior to Invest $750 Million in Recovery Funds in the National Park Service
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced in a rooftop press conference Wednesday an investment of $750 million in the national park system under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, part of more than $3 billion the Interior Department is investing in the nation's economy under President Obama's recovery plan. In this podcast he is introduced by Dan Wenk, the acting Director of the National Park Service.
Congressman Raul Grijalva Open "Parks in Focus" Youth Photo Exhibit at Interior Museum
Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar was joined by Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva to welcome a new exhibit at the U.S. Department of the Interior Museum in Washington D.C. Monday, April 20. "Parks in Focus: Connecting Underserved Youth to Nature through Photography" is a program from the Morris K. Udall Foundation and Boys and Girls Club of America that introduces middle school students to the wonders nature by giving them cameras and sponsoring field trips to state and national parks.
Secretary Salazar Praises President's Signing of Omnibus Lands Bill
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar joined President Obama as he signed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009 at the White House on Monday. Among its many provisions, it makes official the National Landscape Conservation System.
Secretary Joins Australian Prime Minister and Secretary of Ag. to Laud Firefighters
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar joined Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at a ceremony Thursday where Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd thanked U.S. wildland firefighters for their assistance during recent devastating fires in the State of Victoria, Australia.
Secretary Salazar Kicks of Beginning of 2009 National Cherry Blossom Festival
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar joined with the National Park Service, the District of Columbia and a number of partners to mark the beginning of the 2009 National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrating the planting of the cherry trees in 1912 as a gift of friendship from Japan. The Festival runs from March 28 through April 12.
Secretary Salazar Holds Teleconference on Mt. Redoubt Volcano
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey briefed reporters on the latest conditions at Mount Redoubt Volcano. The volcano erupted explosively on Sunday March 22.
Report Shows Decline in Bird Populations
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar joined representatives from bird research and conservation organizations at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. Thursday to release the first ever comprehensive report on bird populations in the United States. The report, The U.S. State of Birds, was developed by a partnership among the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, state government wildlife agencies and non-governmental organizations. The full report can be viewed at http://www.stateofthebirds.org.
Secretary Salazar Affirms Decision to Delist Gray Wolves in Western Great Lakes and Parts of the Northern Rockies
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar held a "Pen and Pad" press conference in Washington D.C. Friday to announce that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will remove the gray wolf from the list of threatened and endangered species in the western Great Lakes, the northern Rocky Mountain states of Idaho and Montana and parts of Washington, Oregon and Utah. The gray wolf was originally listed in 1974.
President Obama, Secretary Salazar Lead Celebration of Interior's 160th Anniversary
President Barack Obama and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar marked the 160th Anniversary of the Department of the Interior today in a ceremony at the Yates Auditorium in the Main Interior Building. In addition to the 600 employees who packed the auditorium to watch the event, Department employees around the nation watched via satellite broadcast or listened via teleconference bridge. The Department was established on March 3, 1849.
Secretary Salazar Offers New Round of Oil Shale RD and D Leases
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that the Department of the Interior will offer a second round of research, development, and demonstration leases for oil shale in Colorado and Utah and withdraw the previous administration's proposal for expanded RD&D leases offered during the last week of the Bush administration.
Secretary Salazar Highlights Interior's Role in Nation's Smart Energy Grid
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar participated in an historic roundtable of top leaders today at a summit examining how development of renewable energy and energy efficiency in conjunction with a "National Clean Energy Smart Grid" is an economic, environmental and national security imperative. Secretary Salazar was joined by former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, energy entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens at the event.
Secretary Begins Implementation of $3 Billion for Interior Recovery Plan
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar held a media roundtable at the Department of the Interior in Washington D.C. to discuss how the department will swiftly and responsibly implement President Obama's economic recovery plan to help create jobs, generate economic activity in local communities, and renew our national parks, national wildlife refuges and other public lands and resources.
Secretary Salazar Discusses Clean Energy Summit with Energy Leaders
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar participated in a conference call on Wednesday, February 18 to discuss the summit agenda for an upcoming forum in Washington D.C. entitled "National Clean Energy Project: Building the New Economy." Also on the call with the Interior Secretary were; Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Energy Executive T. Boone Pickens and Center for American Progress Action Fund President John Podesta. In this Podcast, Secretary Salazar describes the role of the Interior Department in America's energy security.
Secretary Salazar Celebrates Lincoln's 200th in Memorial Speech
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Senator Richard Durbin today commemorated the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln at a ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial beginning a day of Lincoln bicentennial celebrations across the country in honor of our 16th president. Here are remarks of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.