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This Week at Interior April 5, 2013


April 5, 2013


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THIS WEEK, AT INTERIOR…

 

SECRETARY SALAZAR COMPLETED HIS COAST-TO-COAST TOUR OF THE NEWEST NATIONAL MONUMENTS DESIGNATED LAST WEEK BY PRESIDENT OBAMA. MONDAY THE SECRETARY JOINED LOCAL, TRIBAL, AND FEDERAL LEADERS TO DEDICATE THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT, MADE UP OF MORE THAN 450 ISLANDS, ROCKS, AND PINNACLES IN THE NORTHERN REACHES OF WASHINGTON’S PUGET SOUND. THE SECRETARY SAID THE DESIGNATION ENSURES A TREASURED LANDSCAPE WILL BE CONSERVED FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS TO ENJOY.

 

TUESDAY THE SECRETARY WAS IN WILBERFORCE OHIO TO CELEBRATE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CHARLES YOUNG BUFFALO SOLDIERS NATIONAL MONUMENT… THE SITE COMMEMORATES COLONEL YOUNG, A DISTINGUISHED AFRICAN AMERICAN ARMY OFFICER OF THE LATE 19TH AND EARLY 20TH CENTURIES… SALAZAR SAID THE SITE TELLS THE STORY OF A PIONEERING MILITARY LEADER, AND MARKS AN IMPORTANT CHAPTER IN OUR NATION’S STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS. THE YOUNG MONUMENT IS THE NATION’S 401ST NATIONAL PARK.

 

A NEW REPORT OUT THIS WEEK ON THE RAPID CHANGES IN THE ARCTIC… THE INTERAGENCY REPORT COMMISSIONED BY THE PRESIDENT CALLS FOR AN INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT STRATEGY IN THE REGION… IT ALSO HIGHLIGHTS THE NEED FOR A COORDINATED APPROACH USING THE BEST AVAILABLE SCIENCE TO CONSIDER CULTURAL, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND ECONOMIC FACTORS IN DECISION MAKING ABOUT DEVELOPMENT, AND CONSERVATION.

 

Let’s get the science in one place. And Chapter Two of this report lays out, I think, more clearly than anywhere else I have seen, how rapidly the climate is changing in Alaska. Issues of temperature rise, of permafrost melt, of ice reduction, of coastal erosion, are all happening much more rapidly as you get near the poles, the impact of climate change becomes more pronounced. We’re seeing it in Alaska in a major way.  This report chronicles that change.

 

YOU CAN VIEW THE ARTIC REPORT AT WWW.DOI.GOV.

 

IT WAS A FINAL WEBCHAT THIS WEEK FOR SECRETARY SALAZAR AS HE PREPARES TO STEP DOWN. THE SECRETARY TOOK QUESTIONS ON A WIDE RANGE OF TOPICS, OFFERED SOME ADVICE TO HIS SUCCESSOR, AND TOOK A LOOK BACK AT HIS OWN EXPERIENCES OF THE LAST FOUR YEARS.

 

My advice to Sally would be to enjoy the job. It is a joyful journey, a joyful place. And the things that we get to do here at the Department of the Interior, that a Secretary of the Interior gets to do are unparalleled. We get to see the world…for me, exploring the Everglades, and the Arctic, the Arctic Seas, and the rivers of Washington State, and Acadia in Maine and all the great places that I’ve gotten to see and people I’ve gotten to work with. It is truly a joyful journey for me it has been a very joyful chapter of my life and I expect that Secretary-designate Jewell will have the same kind of joyful journey.

 

SPEAKING OF JOURNEYS, THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE THIS WEEK SAID THAT MORE THAN 282 MILLION PEOPLE VISITED AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS IN 20-12, AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 3-MILLION OVER 20-11, AND THE SIXTH HIGHEST TOTAL IN PARK SERVICE HISTORY. THE NUMBER ONE LOCATION ON THE LIST? THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY THAT RUNS 469 MILES BETWEEN THE SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK IN VIRGINIA, AND THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA. THAT PARKWAY LOGGED MORE THAN 15-MILLION VISITORS LAST YEAR.

 

AND VISITORS COMING TO SEE THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN WASHINGTON D-C THIS WEEK HAD TO BE PATIENT JUST A FEW MORE DAYS. THE PEAK BLOOM DATE WAS PUSHED BACK ONE MORE TIME, THANKS TO AN EARLY SPRING CHILL THAT JUST WON’T LET GO. THE WORLD FAMOUS BLOSSOMS WERE SET TO HIT THEIR PEAK BETWEEN APRIL 6TH AND APRIL 8TH. THE PARK SERVICE SAYS VARIATION IN THE PEAK DATES ISN’T UNUSUAL… THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS HAVE BLOOMED AS EARLY AS MARCH 15TH IN 1990, AND AS LATE AS APRIL 18TH IN 1958.

 

THAT’S THIS WEEK, AT INTERIOR.