A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
A Strategy for Improving the Mitigation Policies and Practices of The Department of the Interior: On April 10, 2014, Secretary Jewell released "A Strategy for Improving the Mitigation Policies and Practices of The Department of the Interior," developed by the Energy and Climate Task Force to implement mitigation policies and practices at the Department that can more effectively encourage infrastructure development while protecting natural and cultural resources. The report, co-authored by the Director of the Office of Policy Analysis, outlines four priority areas of ongoing and future work, including geospatial assessments, landscape-level strategies, compensatory mitigation programs, and monitoring and evaluation. The strategy also identifies near-term actions that the Department will take to put the report's recommendations into practice. Full Report|Press Release|Video
2012 Economic Report: On July 29, 2013 the Department released the 2012 Economic Contributions Report, a project led by the Office of Policy Analysis. The report concluded that in fiscal year 2012 the Department's wide range of recreational, conservation, energy, land and water management programs and activities supported more than 2 million American jobs and contributed about $211 billion in value added to the Nation's economy. Executive Summary | Full FY 2012 Report | Press Release
Managing for the Future in a Rapidly Changing Arctic: On April 4, 2013 the Interagency Working Group on Coordination of Domestic Energy Development and Permitting in Alaska, chaired by the Department of the Interior, released a report to the President, Managing for the Future in a Rapidly Changing Arctic. The report, co-authored by the Director of the Office of Policy Analysis, calls for an integrated management strategy and highlights the need for a coordinated approach – termed “Integrated Arctic Management”– that uses the best available science to integrate cultural, environmental and economic factors in decision-making about development and conservation. Executive Summary | Full Report | Press Release | Video
Wildland Fire Literature Review: In June 2012, the Office of Policy Analysis released a report titled Wildland Fire Management Program Benefit-Cost Analysis - A Review of Relevant Literature. Wildland fire policy is an important issue at Interior. The Office of Wildland Fire develops department-wide policies, and four Interior bureaus have relevant management responsibilities: BIA, BLM, FWS, and NPS. This report provides background information on six key topics: policy, budget trends, measuring performance, the role of economic analysis, wildland fire models, and data availability. Full Report
2012 Report on Unused Oil and Gas Leases: In response to a March 2011 request from President Obama to the Department of the Interior, the Office of Policy Analysis collected data and reported on oil and gas leasing and production for Federal onshore and offshore areas.An updated version of the original report is now available.The report concludes that the Department offered substantial acreage for potential oil and gas development in 2009, 2010 and 2011 that was not subsequently leased by bidding parties. In addition, for areas that are under lease, there are ten of millions of acres sitting idle - that is, not undergoing exploration, development or production. 2012 Press Release | 2012 Report | 2011 Press Release | 2011 Report
U.S. Oil and Gas Statistics: The Department of the Interior's Office of Policy Analysis compiles statistics on U.S. oil and natural gas production and consumption. The document includes statistics from Federal onshore and offshore oil production as well as total U.S. and Federal natural gas production. The data include statistics on revenues (royalties, bonus bids, rents) generated for oil, gas and coal production. 2012 Fact Sheet on Oil & Gas Statistics