The 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Wildfires times 11, and 99 very special years...
As part of their travel to Alaska, Secretary Jewell and Assistant Secretary Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn will join a GLACIER roundtable discussion and the ‘Rising Together’ reception, hosted by more than a dozen diverse community organizations, including the Alaska Federation of Natives.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today announced the appointments of 18 members to the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council, a group established in 2010 to advise the departments on wildlife conservation, habitat conservation and hunting.
We mourn three U.S. Forest Service firefighters, launch our National Seed Strategy, and find insecticides in U.S. streams.
The Department of the Interior has asked the Bureau of Reclamation to lead Interior’s independent assessment of factors that contributed to the August 5 Gold King Mine incident in Colorado. Interior was asked to conduct the assessment by the Environmental Protection Agency to review the cause of the incident and provide recommendations to prevent future incidents from occurring.
"My heart goes out to the families and fellow firefighters of these fallen heroes as we mourn their loss in service to others," U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said today on the tragic loss of three U.S. Forest Service firefighters near Twisp, Washington.
The National Seed Strategy outlines coordinated and focused research, as well as improvements in seed production and restoration technology to increase the availability of genetically appropriate, locally adapted seed. The research findings identified in the Strategy will inform the development of new management tools to aid in restoration planning and implementation.
The proposed Moab Master Leasing Plan exemplifies the thoughtful planning achieved through a robust collaborative process. In crafting the Moab MLP, the BLM brought together a diverse set of stakeholders, including local community members, industry representatives, recreation enthusiasts, tribes, and other interested parties from across the country; and worked closely with the National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and other state and local agencies in the planning process.
The strategy will help foster resilient and healthy landscapes important to wildlife and to our economy by guiding ecological restoration, especially for those lands -- such as sagebrush habitat -- damaged by large rangeland fires.
The National Fire Preparedness Level is raised to 5, as 60 large active wildfires burn across 13 states; Secretary Jewell travels to Ohio and Wisconsin as she renews her call for full and permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund; the latest listening session on the federal coal program; the Fish and Wildlife Service announces more than $3 million in grants to conserve native fish species and protect their habitats; Anchorage, Alaska and Salt Lake City, Utah join the "50 Citie
The National Weather Service today issued red flag and severe fire weather warnings for several states across the West, including many that are already experiencing fires. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today highlighted the importance of safety and public awareness as firefighters work to address the growing threat of catastrophic wildfires in drought-stricken areas of the West this year.
Without action from Congress, the highly successful Land and Water Conservation Fund is set to expire September 30. Jewell urged Congress to act swiftly to reauthorize the program and to pass President Obama’s proposal to guarantee permanent full funding of $900 million a year that is authorized under the law.
The RESTORE Council was created under the 2012 Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability Tourist Opportunities and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE Act), which directed the Council to dedicate 80 percent of all Clean Water Act penalties relating to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the fund it oversees. As a member on the Council, Interior was actively engaged in developing restoration proposals for the first draft of the Initial Funded Priorities List (FPL) of projects.
Through providing opportunities on public lands, the initiative seeks to foster the next generation of leaders and outdoor stewards in communities nationwide and help Interior reach its goal of hosting one million volunteers on public lands annually.