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This Week at Interior September 22, 2023
News and headlines from Interior, September 22, 2023
President’s Investing in America Agenda Provides Resources for Tribal Nations to Address Legacy Pollution
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Orphaned Wells, Orphaned Wells Program, Press Release
The Department of the Interior today announced nearly $40 million in a first phase of funding through President Biden’s Investing in America agenda to help Tribal communities plug and remediate orphaned oil and gas wells across Indian Country.
Biden-Harris Administration, Tribes Reach Historic Agreement Supporting Efforts to Restore Healthy and Abundant Salmon Populations to Upper Columbia River Basin
Secretary Deb Haaland, Conservation, Press Release
The Biden-Harris administration today announced a historic agreement to support Tribally led efforts to restore healthy and abundant salmon populations in the Upper Columbia River Basin.
Secretary Haaland Announces $15 Million Commitment to Support Indian Youth Service Corps through President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda
Secretary Deb Haaland, Conservation, Press Release
During Climate Week 2023, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today announced a $15 million commitment through President Biden’s Investing in America agenda to the Indian Youth Service Corps (IYSC) and other programs supporting the next generation of conservation and climate stewards.
Biden-Harris Administration Releases Roadmap to Accelerate Offshore Wind Transmission and Improve Grid Resilience and Reliability
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Energy, Press Release
As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, a key pillar of Bidenomics, today the Departments of the Interior and Energy released An Action Plan for Offshore Wind Transmission Development in the U.S. Atlantic Region, a set of bold actions that will catalyze offshore wind energy, strengthen the domestic supply chain, and create good-paying, union jobs.
Secretary Haaland Applauds Designation of Ancient Earthworks in Ohio as the Nation’s 25th World Heritage Site
National Park Service, Secretary Deb Haaland, Press Release
Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today applauded the decision by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to include on the World Heritage List Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, a group of eight ancient earthwork sites in southern Ohio.
Interior Department Takes Steps to Protect Sacred, Sensitive Lands in New Mexico
Bureau of Land Management, District of Columbia, New Mexico, Conservation, Press Release
Interior today announced a proposal by the Bureau of Land Management to protect more than 4,000 acres within the Placitas area in Sandoval County, New Mexico, to safeguard sacred Tribal lands, boost important local recreation opportunities, and support wildlife habitat connectivity.
Board on Geographic Names Completes Renaming of Mount Evans
Colorado, Press Release
The Department of the Interior today announced the Board on Geographic Names (BGN) has voted on the final replacement name for Mount Evans in Colorado.
This Week at Interior September 15, 2023
News and headlines from Interior, September 15, 2023
Interior Department Announces More Than $40.6 Million for Collaborative Efforts to Conserve America’s Most Imperiled Species
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, America the Beautiful, Land and Water Conservation Fund, Press Release
The Department of the Interior today announced more than $40.6 million in grants through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to 10 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands to support land acquisition and conservation planning projects on over 7,200 acres of habitat for 65 listed and at-risk species through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (CESCF).
Interior Department Announces More Than $50.6 Million for Wetland Conservation Projects and National Wildlife Refuges
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Conservation, Press Release
The Department of the Interior today announced that more than $50.6 million in funding has been approved by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, providing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners the ability to help conserve, restore or enhance more than 106,600 acres of wetlands and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds across the United States.
Biden-Harris Administration Report Outlines Reforms Needed to Promote Responsible Mining on Public Lands
District of Columbia, Energy, Press Release
The Biden-Harris administration’s Department of the Interior-led Interagency Working Group on Mining Laws, Regulations, and Permitting (IWG) today released its final report containing recommendations to reform and improve the way mining is conducted on U.S. public lands.
Interior Department Announces First Indian Youth Service Corps Grant Awards
District of Columbia, Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs, Secretary Deb Haaland, Youth, Press Release
The Department of the Interior today announced nearly $3.5 million in 2023 Indian Youth Service Corps (IYSC) grants to eight projects involving more than 20 Tribes and Tribal organizations.
Statement from the Department of the Interior on a Pelly Certification
District of Columbia, Secretary Deb Haaland, Press Release
Under the Pelly Amendment to the Fishermen’s Protective Act of 1967, when the Secretary of the Interior finds that “nationals of a foreign country . . . are engaging in trade or taking which diminishes the effectiveness of any international program for endangered or threatened species,” such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Secretary must certify that fact to the President.
Interior Department Pledges Support for Employing National Guard Members, Reservists and Veterans
Tennessee, Policy Management and Budget, Press Release
The Department of the Interior and Department of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program have signed a Statement of Support honoring our commitment to being an employer of choice for our nation's guardsmen, reservists, veterans and their families.
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