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Office of the Secretary, Land and Water Conservation Fund, Energy, Press Release
workers stand in front coal operations machinery
11/30/2017

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced today that Interior’s disbursements from mineral and energy production on Federal and American Indian lands and offshore areas totaled $7.11 billion in Fiscal Year 2017, an increase of nearly $1 billion over the previous year.

Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Reclamation, California, Office of the Secretary, Press Release
Secretary Zinke sits at a table and signs a paper as six other men in suits gather around.
11/29/2017

The Agreement quantifies the water rights claims for the Pechanga Band in Southern California’s Temecula Valley, which had been pending in an adjudication dating back to the 1950s; resolves potential liability for both the United States and other parties; and establishes a cooperative and efficient water management regime involving Pechanga and local agencies.

National Park Service, Puerto Rico, Office of the Secretary, Hurricane Maria, Press Release
A stone wall and guardhouse on a historic fortress overlook the ocean with a rainbow in the distance over the water.
11/21/2017

The National Park Service is an important tourism factor in Puerto Rico, generating more than $100 million in economic activity every year for the island. In 2016, more than 1.4 million people visited NPS sites in Puerto Rico, spurring more than $85 million in visitor spending.

National Park Service, District of Columbia, Virginia, Office of the Secretary, Press Release
The large memorial statue portrays four men in uniforms and helmets raising a flag under a cloudy night sky.
11/21/2017

The names and dates of principal U.S. Marine Corps campaigns and battles are engraved at the base of the Marine Corps War Memorial as well as the Corps motto, “Semper Fidelis,” which means “always faithful” in Latin.

National Park Service, Virgin Islands, Office of the Secretary, Hurricane Maria, Press Release
Secretary Zinke and Governor Mapp wear suits and pose for a photo in a wood paneled office.
11/20/2017

The National Park Service is an important economic engine in the U.S. Virgin Islands, attracting more than a half a million visitors in 2016 and supporting 900 jobs in the community. Visitors spent $70 million and helped support $34 million in labor and more than $90 million in economic output.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, District of Columbia, Office of the Secretary, Conservation, Press Release
Two adult and two baby elephant stand in a small water pool on a grassy plain.
11/20/2017

Secretary Zinke issued the statement on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recent decision to allow the import of elephant hunting trophies from two African nations.

Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Idaho, Oregon, Press Release
Workers in hard hats and safety gear climb on tall metal towers as a crane moves another metal section into place.
11/17/2017

The Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project will provide additional electrical capacity between the Pacific Northwest and the Intermountain West regions.

Bureau of Reclamation, District of Columbia, Office of the Secretary, Secretary Zinke, Press Release
Brenda Burman is a white woman with brown hair smiling for the camera while standing in a grassy field.
11/17/2017

Today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Brenda Burman as the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner.

National Park Service, Virgin Islands, Office of the Secretary, Hurricane Maria, Press Release
Governor Mapp and Secretary Zinke wearing suits and standing next to each other in a wood paneled office.
11/16/2017

The Secretary and Governor Mapp discussed many topics and concerns regarding hurricane relief, such as the re-opening of Virgin Islands National Park on the Island of St. John. Governor Mapp outlined the robust recovery effort taking place, and gave first hand accounts of how the Virgin Islands are clearing debris, restoring power, and opening schools.

National Park Service, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Office of the Secretary, Press Release
The large bronze Liberty Bell is displayed in a small room with the large brick Independence Hall visible through a window behind it.
11/15/2017

The commission was established by Congress last year to coordinate and facilitate activities in 2026 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States. 

Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Geological Survey, District of Columbia, Office of the Secretary, Press Release
Dr. Tim Petty is a white man with brown hair wearing a suit and eye glasses and standing in an office next to an American flag.
11/14/2017

The Assistant Secretary for Water and Science is responsible for overseeing the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico, Office of the Secretary, Conservation, Press Release
A landscape view of a shallow rocky canyon dotted with trees and shrubs under a sunset sky.
11/13/2017

The 16,000-acre Sabinoso was previously wholly surrounded by non-federal land, making it inaccessible to the general public. However, a donation of 3,595 acres (formerly known as the Rimrock Rose Ranch) that are adjacent to Sabinoso Wilderness was accepted by the Secretary and is now public.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, District of Columbia, Office of the Secretary, Secretary Zinke, Press Release
Secretary Zinke wearing a coat and a ballcap stands by a volunteer at the black wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
11/9/2017

The four veterans join Zinke's Chief of Staff, several senior appointees, and more than 11,000 veterans who are career civil servants​ at the Department​.​ 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, District of Columbia, Office of the Secretary, Conservation, Press Release
Secretary Zinke wears a suit and stands near a podium talking to a room of other men in suits.
11/8/2017

The Council will advise the Secretary of the Interior on the benefits that international recreational hunting has on foreign wildlife and habitat conservation, anti-poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking programs, and other ways in which international hunting benefits human populations in these areas.

District of Columbia, Office of the Secretary, America's Great Outdoors, Press Release
Secretary Zinke in casual clothes stepping out of a large RV.
11/7/2017

The Committee will advise the Secretary of the Interior on public-private partnerships across all public lands, with the goal of expanding access to and improving infrastructure on public lands and waterways.