November is Manatee Awareness Month; but no matter what time of year it is, manatees deserve to be celebrated. These amazing creatures fulfill a unique niche by serving as indicator species for ecosystems across the United States. Because of their reliance on the health of their habitat, manatees often act as a signal of their environment’s well-being. NOAA photo by Michael Buchanan.
Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Bureau of Reclamation, Arizona, California, Colorado, Press Release
In addition to drought contingency actions and updating the water agreement with Mexico, the agreements referenced in the Secretarial Order will maintain significant hydropower production and associated financial support for critical environmental programs, and they will help protect Indian treaty rights and recognized water rights.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, District of Columbia, Office of the Secretary, Photo Gallery
The Arctic Youth Ambassador program was established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Alaska Region, U.S. Department of the Interior, and U.S. Department of State in partnership with nonprofit partner Alaska Geographic. The ambassadors hail from Alaska and understand the Arctic, its people, and can explain it from a youth perspective for their peers across the United States and around the world.
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, North Carolina, Office of the Secretary, New Energy Frontier, Press Release
The Kitty Hawk lease area begins about 24 nautical miles from shore and extends 25.7 nautical miles in a general southeast direction. Its seaward extent ranges from 13.5 nautical miles in the north to .6 of a nautical mile in the south.
National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, District of Columbia, Office of the Secretary, Blog Post
Editor’s note: Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visited Baihuashan National Nature Reserve in 2015 for a signing ceremony promoting tourism and strengthening international partnership and collaboration between the U.S. and China. This is a blog authored in Chinese and English by our colleagues at the reserve (in conjunction with Interior) about how the ongoing collaboration is protecting and preserving one of China’s most rare species. 编者注：内政部长萨利·朱厄尔于2015年访问了百花山国家级自然保护区出席了签字仪式，推动中美双方的旅游业并加强国际合作伙伴关系。
Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Alabama, California, Press Release
Building on the Administration’s commitment to protecting places that are culturally and historically significant and that reflect the story of all Americans, President Obama today designated the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument in Birmingham, Ala., the Freedom Riders National Monument in Anniston, Ala. and the Reconstruction Era National Monument in Beaufort County, S.C. to honor historic sites in both states that played an important role in American civil rights history.
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Reclamation, California, District of Columbia, Media Advisory
The total funding authorized for these settlements is close to $3 billion, an enormous commitment that improves the quality of life for tribal members on several Indian reservations. Funds will help bring critical infrastructure to provide safe drinking water and support economic development activities for tribes, including hydroelectric power, agriculture improvements and water marketing.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, District of Columbia, Office of the Secretary, Native Americans, Blog Post
My name is Carter Price, I am of Aleut descent (the Aleuts are the indigenous people from the Aleutian Islands), and I’ve lived in Unalaska, Alaska for 18 years now. As I’ve grown older, I have been able to appreciate where I come from and what it means to be Aleut. Sharing my heritage is important to me, so it’s great that I get to share it with people as an Arctic Youth Ambassador. I was first introduced to the Arctic Youth Ambassadors by my friend Cade Emory Terada, who is also in the program.
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education, District of Columbia, Office of the Secretary, Press Release
The Scholarship Fund – funded in part by the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations and authorized by the Cobell Settlement – provides financial assistance through scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native students wishing to pursue post-secondary and graduate education and training.
National Park Service, Alaska, Arizona, California, Press Release
The National Historic Landmarks Program recognizes historic properties of exceptional value to the nation and promotes the preservation efforts of federal, state, and local agencies and Native American tribes, as well as those of private organizations and individuals.
Bureau of Land Management, District of Columbia, Office of the Secretary, America's Great Outdoors, Press Release
The review, based on hundreds of thousands of public comments and prompted by a Secretarial Order issued in 2016, examined concerns about the federal coal program that have been raised by the Government Accountability Office, the Interior Department’s Inspector General, Members of Congress and the public.
Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Montana, Office of the Secretary, Press Release
The Badger-Two Medicine is a 130,000 acre area, bounded by Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, and the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. This portion of the Rocky Mountain Front is considered sacred by the Blackfeet Tribe, and is part of a Traditional Cultural District. These characteristics caused Congress to legislatively withdraw the area from mineral development in 2006.
Bureau of Indian Affairs, District of Columbia, Office of the Secretary, Cobell / Land buyback, Blog Post
When the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) mailed its first set of purchase offers back in December 2013, to landowners with fractional land interests on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, it was hard to imagine the impact the Program would have across Indian Country. But, after reaching agreements with 41 tribes to cooperatively implement the Program, its progress has exceeded expectations.
National Park Service, New York, Office of the Secretary, Diversity, Press Release
The new park commemorates the work of the fearless Underground Railroad conductor during her later years in life, when she was an active proponent of women’s’ suffrage and other causes. The park is located at the site where Tubman lived and worshiped in Auburn, New York, caring for family members and other formerly enslaved people seeking safe haven in the North.