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This Week at Interior May 2, 2014


May 2, 2014


Secretary Jewell's youth initiative takes her to St. Paul Minnesota, where an agreement is signed with the National League of Cities and the YMCA to get young people involved with nature; the first glimpses of the stunning images from the 2013 Share the Experience photo contest; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service completes a Hurricane Sandy restoration project along the Delaware Bay in New Jersey; the U.S. Senate confirms Janice Schneider to be the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management; and Washington's Lake Sammamish is selected as one of eight pilot partnerships under the Fish and Wildlife Service's Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative. 


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THIS WEEK, AT INTERIOR...

 

AS PART OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR’S AMBITIOUS YOUTH INITIATIVE TO INSPIRE MILLIONS OF YOUNG AMERICANS AND VETERANS TO PLAY, LEARN, SERVE AND WORK IN THE OUTDOORS, SECRETARY JEWELL WAS IN ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, THIS WEEK TO SIGN AN AGREEMENT WITH THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES AND THE YMCA OF THE USA TO LEVERAGE RESOURCES AND COORDINATE EFFORTS TO HELP BRIDGE THE GROWING DISCONNECT BETWEEN YOUNG PEOPLE AND NATURE.

 

WITH EXPERTISE IN ALL FOUR PILLARS OF THE YOUTH INITIATIVE AND IMPORTANT CONNECTIONS TO YOUNG PEOPLE IN CITIES ACROSS THE NATION, THE Y AND THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES WILL PROVIDE A GREAT BOOST TO THE DEPARTMENT’S EFFORTS.  FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE INITIATIVE, CHECK OUT DOI.GOV/YOUTH

 

WE GOT OUR FIRST GLIMPSE AT THE STUNNING IMAGES FROM THE 2013 SHARE THE EXPERIENCE PHOTO CONTEST THIS WEEK.  COURTNEY KOTEWA WON THE GRAND PRIZE WITH THE IMAGE SHE CAPTURED USING HER SMART PHONE DURING A FAMILY OUTING AT PICTURED ROCKS NATIONAL LAKESHORE IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN. COURTNEY’S PHOTO WILL GO ON THE COVER OF THE 2015 AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL PASS, WHICH PROVIDES ACCESS TO ALL OF AMERICA’S FEDERALLY MANAGED PUBLIC LANDS. YOU CAN SEE THE FULL LIST OF WINNERS, AND ENTER THE 2014 CONTEST, BY VISITING SHARETHEEXPERIENCE.ORG.

 

THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK THAT THEY HAVE COMPLETED WORK ON A $1.65 MILLION HURRICANE SANDY PROJECT TO RESTORE SEVERAL BEACHES ALONG THE DELAWARE BAY IN NEW JERSEY. THE PROJECT REPAIRED STORM SURGE AND EROSION DAMAGE AND IS THE FIRST OF THE SERVICE'S 31 COASTAL RESILIENCE PROJECTS COMPLETED AS PART OF THE DISASTER RELIEF SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2013. THE PROJECT WAS COMPLETED IN TIME FOR THE ANNUAL HORSESHOE CRAB SPAWNING, WHEN THOUSANDS OF HORSESHOE CRABS ARRIVE ONSHORE TO LAY THEIR EGGS.

 

THE SENATE THIS WEEK CONFIRMED JANICE SCHNEIDER TO BE THE NEXT ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR LAND AND MINERALS MANAGEMENT. SECRETARY JEWELL COMMENDED THE CONFIRMATION, SAYING SCHNEIDER WILL BRING A BALANCED APPROACH TO MANAGING OUR PUBLIC LANDS AND HER EXPERTISE IN NATURAL RESOURCES, ENERGY DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY WILL ENABLE THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT TO CONTINUE TO SAFELY AND RESPONSIBLY EXPAND AMERICA’S CONVENTIONAL AND RENEWABLE ENERGY EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE ENERGY STRATEGY.

 

NEW PHOTOS AND VIDEO FROM SECRETARY JEWELL’S VISIT TO WASHINGTON STATE LAST WEEK, WHERE SHE JOINED LOCAL CONSERVATION LEADERS TO ANNOUNCE THAT LAKE SAMMAMISH HAS BEEN SELECTED AS ONE OF EIGHT PILOT PARTNERSHIPS NATIONWIDE UNDER THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE’S URBAN WILDLIFE REFUGE INITIATIVE. THE PARTNERSHIP WILL HELP CONNECT PEOPLE IN THE SEATTLE METRO-AREA TO THE GREAT OUTDOORS AND, IN PARTICULAR, EFFORTS TO RESTORE KOKANEE SALMON RUNS IN THE LAKE SAMMAMISH WATERSHED.

 

STUDENTS FROM CAMPBELL HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL JOINED THE SECRETARY IN RELEASING KOKANEE SALMON FRY INTO THE EBRIGHT CREEK. THE RECENT RESTORATION AND FISH PASSAGE PROJECTS AT THE TRIBUTARY OF LAKE SAMMAMISH HAVE MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR THE KOKANEE TO CALL THIS PLACE HOME ONCE AGAIN. 

 

THAT’S THIS WEEK AT INTERIOR.