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This Week at Interior August 9, 2013


August 9, 2013


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I'm Dan Ashe, Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and you're watching This Week at Interior.

 

THIS WEEK… AT INTERIOR…

 

SECRETARY JEWELL WAS IN NORTH DAKOTA THIS WEEK, WHERE SHE TOURED OIL AND GAS FACILITIES IN THE STATE’S BAKKEN REGION, CALLING THEM A *PERFECT* EXAMPLE OF HOW NEW AND IMPROVED TECHNOLOGY IS ENABLING US TO TAP PREVIOUSLY INACCESSIBLE, OR UNKNOWN ENERGY RESOURCES… THAT CREATES JOBS, AND DECREASES U-S DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL. 

AS PART OF THE PRESIDENT'S CLIMATE ACTION PLAN, THE SECRETARY ALSO INSPECTED NEW TECHNOLOGIES BEING USED BY SOME COMPANIES IN THE REGION, TO CAPTURE NATURAL GAS AND REDUCE METHAN EMISSIONS.

 

THE SECRETARY’S NORTH DAKOTA TOUR INCLUDED A STOP AT THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK, TO TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANT ROLE THE PARK PLAYS IN OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AND BOOSTING THE LOCAL ECONOMY.

 

LATER, AFTER A MEETING WITH THE NEW *BAKKEN FEDERAL EXECUTIVE GROUP* TO TALK ABOUT THE CHALLENGES OF RAPID OIL AND GAS DEVELOPMENT IN THE REGION… IT WAS OFF TO WYOMING, AND A VISIT TO GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK…THAT’S WHERE SECRETARY JEWELL ANNOUNCED A NEW PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP, TO RENOVATE THE PARK’S POPULAR JENNY LAKE AREA. THE *INSPIRING JOURNEYS CAMPAIGN* LOOKS TO SECURE 16-MILLION DOLLARS… 13-MILLION OF THAT FROM PRIVATE DONATIONS. GRAND TETON WELCOMED 2-POINT-7 MILLION VISITORS LAST YEAR, VISITORS WHO PUMPED 436-MILLION INTO THE LOCAL ECONOMY… SUPPORTING NEARLY 64-HUNDRED JOBS.

 

THE SECRETARY WAS LATER JOINED IN WYOMING BY EDUCATION SECRETARY ARNE DUNCAN, TO DISCUSS EXPANDING AND IMPROVING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR NATIVE AMERICAN YOUTH AT THE *WYOMING NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATION CONFERENCE* AT CENTRAL WYOMING COLLEGE… THEN IT WAS TIME TO VISIT WITH TRIBAL YOUTH, PLAYING BASKETBALL AT SAINT STEPHENS INDIAN SCHOOL, AND HONORING STUDENT EXCELLENCE AT THE ARAPAHOE SCHOOL.

 

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THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE THIS WEEK ANNOUNCED THAT MORE THAN 645-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANTS WILL BE GOING TO INDIAN TRIBES, ALASKA NATIVE AND NATIVE HAWAIIAN GROUPS… PARK SERVICE DIRECTOR JONATHAN JARVIS SAYS THE GRANTS WILL BE USED TO HELP PRESERVE THE RICH HERITAGE OF HUMAN EXPERIENCE, FROM ARCHITECTURAL AND INTELLECTUAL ACHEIVEMENTS, TO CULTURAL IDENTITIES… THE GRANT APPROPRIATIONS ARE PROVIDED BY CONGRESS AND FUNDED WITH REVENUE FROM FEDERAL OIL LEASES ON THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF. 

 

AND THERE’S STILL TIME TO TAKE PART IN OUR *SUMMER IN AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS PROJECT,* WHICH FEATURES PICTURES LIKE THIS ONE SENT IN BY *ADAM SCHALLAU*… A VIVID LIGHTNING STORM ON THE SOUTH RIM OF THE GRAND CANYON. SHOW US WHAT YOU’VE BEEN UP TO THIS SUMMER ON AMERICA’S PUBLIC LANDS… SEND US YOUR PHOTOS TO NEWMEDIA AT I-O-S DOT D-O-I DOT GOV.

THAT’S THIS WEEK, AT INTERIOR.