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This Week at Interior November 8, 2013


November 8, 2013


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Hi this is Tim Bergling, videographer for the Secretary, and proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps. You're watching This Week at Interior.

 

THIS WEEK, AT INTERIOR…

 

AMERICA’S NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES MEAN BIG BUSINESS… THAT’S THE ESSENCE OF A NEW REPORT RELEASED THIS WEEK BY SECRETARY JEWELL AND THE U-S FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE.. A REPORT THAT SHOWS WILDLIFE REFUGES PUMP TWO-POINT-FOUR BILLION DOLLARS INTO LOCAL ECONOMIES, AND SUPPORT MORE THAN 35-THOUSAND JOBS. THE SECRETARY HIGHLIGHTED THE REPORT’S RELEASE WITH A VISIT TO THE MINNESOTA VALLEY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE… THE SECRETARY CALLS THE NATION’S 561 REFUGES THE WORLD’S GREATEST NETWORK OF LANDS DEDICATED TO WILDLIFE CONSERVATION… BUT ALSO NOTED THE BANG THEY GET FOR THEIR BUCK.

 

Basically in a real simplified way for every dollar spent in the National Wildlife Refuse System through the Fish and Wildlife Service it returns five dollars, just in economic activity, and that's not looking at what it returns to our children, what it returns to our ecosystems, not just what you see on the surface but what lives with us in the country that makes us America the beautiful. And what we're doing right here in the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is a great illustration of America the beautiful right in an urban area. 

 

FORTY SIX MILLION VISITORS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND AROUND THE GLOBE FLOCK TO THE REFUGES annually, SUPPORTING LOCAL RESTAURANTS, HOTELS, AND OTHER BUSINESSES. 

THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE SYSTEM IS THE LARGEST NETWORK OF LANDS SET ASIDE FOR WILDLIFE.. WITH AT LEAST ONE REFUGE IN EACH OF THE 50 STATES, TOGETHER THEY NUMBER MORE THAN 150-MILLION ACRES.

 

AFTER LEAVING MINNESOTA THE SECRETARY HEADED FOR CALIFORNIA, TO LAUNCH HER INITIATIVE TO GET A NEW GENERATION INVOLVED WITH PUBLIC LANDS THROUGH EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, AND VOLUNTEER WORK. IN SAN FRANCISCO THE SECRETARY KICKED OFF THE PUBLIC-PRIVATE INITIATIVE 

TO EXPAND OPPORTUNITIES FOR MILLION OF YOUNG PEOPLE, AND JOINED LOCAL CONSERVATION CORPS MEMBERS FOR A SERVICE PROJECT AT THE GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA.

 

SHE ALSO VISITED THE MENLO PARK CAMPUS FOR A BRIEFING ON THE GROUNDBREAKING RESEARCH THAT USGS IS CONDUCTING...SECRETARY JEWELL WAS BRIEFED ON SCIENCE RELATED TO GEOTHERMAL ENERGY, VOLCANO HAZARDS, AND THE ELWHA RIVER RESTORATION PROJECT...AS WELL AS THE EARTHQUAKE EARLY WARNING SYSTEM THAT USGS IS DEVELOPING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE STATE AND UNIVERSITIES TO USE EXISTING SEISMIC NETWORKS TO DETECT EARTHQUAKES SO THAT A WARNING CAN BE SENT BEFORE THE DESTRUCTIVE SEISMIC WAVES ARRIVE. THE WARNINGS WILL ALLOW PEOPLE TO TAKE PROTECTIVE ACTION AND TRIGGER AUTOMATIC RESPONSES TO SAFEGUARD CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE.

 

THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IS ONE OF THE INTERIOR AGENCIES THROWING OPEN THEIR GATES THIS VETERANS DAY WEEKEND… THE PARK SERVICE IS JOINING FISH AND WILDLIFE, THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, AND THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION, TO CELEBRATE THE NATION’S MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WITH FREE ADMISSION TO ALL U.S. PUBLIC LANDS NOVEMBER 9TH, 10TH, AND 11TH. 

 

AND SECRETARY JEWELL GAVE A SHOUT OUT TO INTERIOR EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE SERVED, OR ARE SERVING, IN UNIFORM. IN A RECORDED MESSAGE THE SECRETARY SAID VETERANS AT EVERY LEVEL OF INTERIOR PROVIDE GREAT JOB SKILLS THAT SPELL SUCCESS.

 

We’re ready to help those in the Reserves and the National Guard transition out and back in to our work force. We’re committed to working with veterans’ families, bringing youth into the outdoors, and helping to shape the Department of the Interior for the future with the great commitment that our veterans have down at every level. So thank you very much and I hope you all join me in celebrating our veterans as we come up on the Veterans Day.

 

THAT’S THIS WEEK, AT INTERIOR.