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This Week at Interior August 15, 2014


August 15, 2014


One million dollars in additional funding for a San Diego wildlife refuge, winner of a nationwide competition to engage new and diverse youth in the great outdoors; Secretary Jewell travels to California to meet with members of the interagency fire leadership team, as that state battles wildfires and an epic drought; the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announces three areas of the coast of North Carolina for possible wind energy development; the Secretary joins the Energy Secretary in New Mexico for stakeholder input for the Quadrennial Energy Review; and Interior has a new Chief Information Officer.  


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THIS WEEK AT INTERIOR…

 

ONE MILLION DOLLARS IN ADDITIONAL FUNDING ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK FOR THE SAN DIEGO NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE COMPLEX… SAN DIEGO TOOK THE TOP SPOT IN A NATIONWIDE COMPETITION LAUNCHED IN MARCH TO HELP ENGAGE NEW AND DIVERSE YOUTH IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS.

 

WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY IN A PLACE LIKE THIS TO HAVE A CONNECTION WHERE KIDS DON’T HAVE TO GO FAR. THEY CAN COME JUST REALLY ACROSS THE STREET FROM SOME OF THEIR SCHOOLS, AND BE RIGHT IN A WILDLIFE REFUGE.

 

PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING TO CARE ABOUT THE OUTDOORS...PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING TO LOOK FOR CAREERS IN THE OUTDOORS...PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING TO BECOME ACTIVE CITIZENS WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE PLANET AND THE FUTURE.

 

SECRETARY JEWELL SAYS HELPING KIDS FEEL WELCOME ON PUBLIC LANDS AT A YOUNG AGE CAN SPARK A PASSION TO BE GOOD STEWARDS OF NATURE THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME.

 

AS WILDFIRE SEASON AND AN EPIC DROUGHT CONTINUE IN THE GOLDEN STATE, THE SECRETARY STOPPED IN REDDING CALIFORNIA TO MEET WITH MEMBERS OF THE INTERAGENCY FIRE LEADERSHIP TEAM… SHE ALSO MET WITH EMPLOYEES OF THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION, THE U-S FOREST SERVICE AND CALFIRE. NEARLY A DOZEN SIGNIFICANT WILDFIRES ARE NOW BLAZING IN CALIFORNIA, CURRENTLY UNDER A STATE OF EMERGENCY. THE SECRETARY PRAISED THE FIREFIGHTERS’ COORDINATION AND PROFESSIONALISM… SHE ALSO REITERATED HER SUPPORT FOR THE PRESIDENT’S BUDGET PROPOSAL, WHICH SHE SAYS PROVIDES BETTER FLEXIBILITY DURING PEAK FIRE SEASON, WITHOUT ADDING TO THE DEFICIT OR FORCING CUTBACKS IN OTHER PROGRAMS LIKE FOREST AND RANGELAND RESTORATION.

 

THE BUREAU OF OCEAN ENERGY MANAGEMENT THIS WEEK ANNOUNCED THAT THREE AREAS OFF THE COAST OF NORTH CAROLINA HAVE BEEN DEFINED FOR POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL WIND ENERGY DEVELOPMENT. TOGETHER THE SITES TOTAL MORE THAN 300-THOUSAND ACRES.. IT’S ALL PART OF THE PRESIDENT’S CLIMATE ACTION PLAN TO CREATE AMERICAN JOBS, DEVELOP DOMESTIC CLEAN ENERGY SOURCES, AND CUT CARBON POLLUTION. THE POTENTIAL SITES OFF THE NORTH CAROLINA COAST JOIN A GROWING LIST OF SITES ALREADY IN WIND ENERGY DEVELOPMENT PHASES, FROM NEW ENGLAND TO THE MID ATLANTIC. 

 

THE SECRETARY THIS WEEK ALSO JOINED ENERGY SECRETARY ERNEST MONIZ IN SANTE FE, NEW MEXICO, TO RECEIVE STAKEHOLDER INPUT TO THE QUADRENNIAL ENERGY REVIEW, AN ADMINISTRATION-WIDE EFFORT TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING KEY INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDED FOR TRANSMISSION, STORAGE AND DISTRIBUTION OF ENERGY.  THE SANTA FE MEETING EXAMINED STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL ENERGY ISSUES.

 

AND INTERIOR HAS A NEW CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER THIS WEEK, WITH THE SELECTION OF SYLVIA BURNS. BURNS HAD BEEN ACTING CIO SINCE MARCH OF THIS YEAR.

 

THAT’S THIS WEEK, AT INTERIOR.