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This Week at Interior April 11, 2014


April 11, 2014


The 75th anniversary of Marian Anderson's historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial; Washington DC's world famous cherry blossoms are hitting peak bloom under sunny skies and warm temperatures; Secretary Jewell releases Interior's Mitigation Strategy to balance the needs of conservation and development; with the 2014 wildfire season approaching the strategy to battle fire and protect property is unveiled; and residents near lands recently preserved as part of a national monument travel to Washington DC to say thanks.


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HI I’M NEIL KORNZE, I’M THE DIRECTOR OF THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT… AND YOU’RE WATCHING THIS WEEK AT INTERIOR.

 

THIS WEEK AT INTERIOR…

 

SECRETARY JEWELL ON HAND THIS WEEK TO HELP MARK THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF AN ICONIC MOMENT AT THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL… IT WAS EASTER SUNDAY IN 1939 WHEN WORLD FAMOUS SINGER MARIAN ANDERSON’S VOICE RANG OUT ACROSS THE NATIONAL MALL TO AN AUDIENCE OF MORE THAN 75-THOUSAND… ANDERSON, AN AFRICAN AMERICAN, HAD BEEN DENIED THE CHANCE TO SING AT DAR CONSTITUTION HALL… FIRST LADY ELEANOR ROOSEVELT AND THEN-INTERIOR SECRETARY HAROLD ICKES STEPPED IN, OFFERING UP THE STEPS OF THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL FOR A STAGE. AND IN THE PROCESS, CREATING A SINGULAR MOMENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY.

 

MY COUNTRY TIS OF THEE, SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY, OF THEE WE SING...

 

MARIAN ANDERSON’S STAND IN ON THIS OCCASION, 10-YEAR OLD SKY JABALI-RAINEY, ALSO WOWED THE 2014 CROWD.

 

FROM EVERY MOUNTAINSIDE, LET FREEDOM RING...

 

MUSICAL PERFORMANCES FROM LOCAL THIRD GRADERS, SOPRANO KARIN PALUDAN, AND THE 

WASHINGTON PERFORMING ARTS SOCIETY’S CHILDREN OF THE GOSPEL CHOIR ROUNDED OUT THE PROGRAM.

 

 

JUST STEPS AWAY FROM THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL THE WORLD FAMOUS CHERRY BLOSSOMS ARE MAKING THEIR LONG-AWAITED 2014 DEBUT THIS WEEK. THE 37-HUNDRED TREES AROUND THE TIDAL BASIN WERE A GIFT FROM THE PEOPLE OF JAPAN IN 1912. AND TODAY THEY’RE A GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING, BOTH IN TERMS OF SHEER BEAUTY, *AND* THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS FROM HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TOURISTS WHO TURN OUT TO SEE THEM. 

 

 

SECRETARY JEWELL RELEASED A NEW MITIGATION STRATEGY THIS WEEK, AIMED AT BALANCING THE NEEDS OF INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT WITH CONSERVATION OF NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES. JEWELL SAYS THE STRATEGY WILL HELP SHIFT FROM A“PROJECT BY PROJECT” APPROACH, TO MORE PREDICTABLE AND EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC LANDS.

 

WE CAN ACTUALLY THINK MORE HOLISTICALLY ABOUT LANDSCAPES. WHAT AREAS ARE TOO SPECIAL TO DEVELOP, WHAT AREAS HAVE HIGH DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL AND HOW CAN WE DECONFLICT THOSE SO THAT PEOPLE GO INTO THESE LANDSCAPES UNDERSTANDING HOW THEY CAN DEVELOP AND HOW THEY CAN MITIGATE, AND WE CAN MARRY THE TWO TOGETHER. IF WE WORK TOGETHER, IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE EITHER CONSERVATION OR DEVELOPMENT, WE CAN HAVE BOTH.

 

TO SEE THE ENTIRE MITIGATION STRATEGY CHECK OUT DOI.GOV.

 

WITH THE 2014 WILDFIRE SEASON FAST APPROACHING, SECRETARY JEWELL JOINED AGRICULTURE SECRETARY TOM VILSACK AND WHITE HOUSE COUNCIL ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACTING CHAIR MIKE BOOTS THIS WEEK TO RELEASE THE ADMINISTRATION’S NATIONAL COHESIVE WILDLAND FIRE MANAGEMENT STRATEGY. THAT STRATEGY WILL HELP COORDINATE FEDERAL, STATE, TRIBAL AND LOCAL PARTNERS IN AN EFFORT TO BETTER PROTECT 46-MILLION HOMES IN 70-THOUSAND COMMUNITIES THREATENED BY THE POSSIBILITY OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES. SECRETARY JEWELL SAYS THE STRATEGY RELIES ON A SCIENCE-BASED APPROACH TO MANAGING RISKS, AND OUTLINES NEW APPROACHES TO COORDINATE AND INTEGRATE EFFORTS TO RESTORE AND MAINTAIN HEALTHY LANDSCAPES, PREPARE COMMUNITIES FOR FIRE SEASON, AND BETTER ADDRESS THE NATION’S WILDLAND FIRE THREATS.  IN ADDITION TO THE STRATEGY, THE PRESIDENT’S FISCAL YEAR 2015 BUDGET, RELEASED IN MARCH, OUTLINES A NEW FRAMEWORK FOR FUNDING FIRE SUPPRESSION BY TREATING EXTREME FIRES LIKE OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS.

 

AND  GRATEFUL RESIDENTS LIVING NEAR THE THE NEWLY DESIGNATED POINT ARENA-STORNETTA PORTION OF THE CALIFORNIA COASTAL NATIONAL MONUMENT VISITED WASHINGTON.  THEY MADE THE TREK TO THE NATION’S CAPITOL TO EXPRESS THEIR GRATITUDE TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FOR THE ACTION THAT WILL ENSURE THE STUNNING NATURAL BEAUTY AND IMPORTANT HABITAT IN THE AREA WILL BE PRESERVED FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. THE DESIGNATION IS EXPECTED TO PROVIDE AN ECONOMIC SHOT IN THE ARM FOR THE AREA, WITH REVENUE GENERATED FROM INCREASED TOURISM AND OUTDOOR RECREATION. 

 

THAT’S THIS WEEK, AT INTERIOR.