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Bureau of Reclamation, California, Oregon, Office of the Secretary, Press Release
Officials gather to sign the agreement by the Klamath River
2/2/2016

Today, the States of Oregon and California, PacifiCorp and the federal government – through the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Commerce – announced an agreement-in-principle to move forward with amending the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement.

U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska, California, Hawaii, Press Release
Workers inspect damage to a concrete wall after a 1989 California earthquake
2/2/2016

President Obama signed an Executive Order  to institute seismic provisions for federal buildings, reflecting scientists’ current understanding of where strong shaking is likely to occur and do damage. The purpose of the Order is to reduce post-earthquake losses to affected communities and ensure federal assets are available to help with recoveries.

National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Office of the Secretary, Press Release
Elephants in an African Wildlife Refuge
1/29/2016

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, co-chair of President Obama’s Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking, concluded an official visit to Africa this week with a final stop in South Africa where she met with senior government officials to discuss ways the United States and the African country can work together to combat the world’s growing illegal trade in wildlife that is driving several species toward extinction. 

National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Office of the Secretary, Press Release
Secretary Jewell visits Nairobi National Park in Kenya
1/28/2016

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, co-chair of President Obama’s Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking, concluded an official visit to Kenya after formalizing new partnerships in the global fight to combat the illegal trade in wildlife that is driving several species towards extinction.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of the Secretary, Conservation, Press Release
Secretary Jewell rides through a forest reserve in Gabon
1/25/2016

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, co-chair of President Obama’s Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking, concluded an official visit to Gabon where she met with senior government officials to discuss ways the United States and the African country can work together to combat the world’s growing illegal wildlife trade.

Bureau of Indian Affairs, New Mexico, Office of the Secretary, Native Americans, Press Release
Secretary Jewell shakes hands with a Native American at the Pueblo of Isleta
1/15/2016

ISLETA PUEBLO, N.M. – As part of President Obama’s goal of placing half a million acres of tribal homelands into trust for the benefit of tribal nations, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that the Bureau of Indian Affairs has placed 89,978 acres of land into trust status for the Pueblo of Isleta. 

Bureau of Land Management, Office of Surface Mining, Office of the Secretary, Climate Change, Press Release
Secretary Jewell stands at a podium next to an American flag
1/15/2016

Secretary Sally Jewell announced today that the Interior Department will launch a comprehensive review to identify and evaluate potential reforms to the federal coal program in order to ensure that it is properly structured to provide a fair return to taxpayers and reflect its impacts on the environment, while continuing to help meet our energy needs. 

Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education, Arizona, Office of the Secretary, Press Release
Secretary Jewell meets with Native American students in Arizona.
1/14/2016

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell today announced $45 million to build the last previously identified Bureau of Indian Education school construction projects. The schools slated to receive funding are the final two of 14 identified in 2004 by the Bush Administration as requiring the greatest need for replacement construction but never received Congressional funding.

Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, Arizona, Office of the Secretary, Press Release
View from above of the Glen Canyon Dam.
1/8/2016

PAGE, Ariz. – The U.S. Department of the Interior today released a proposed framework for adaptively managing Glen Canyon Dam over the next 20 years with the goal of creating certainty and predictability for power and water users while protecting environmental and cultural resources in Grand Canyon National Park and the Colorado River ecosystem. 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida, Office of the Secretary, Conservation, Press Release
A manatee swims in the ocean.
1/7/2016

MIAMI, Fla. – As a result of significant improvements in its population and habitat conditions and reductions in direct threats, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today that the West Indian manatee is proposed to be downlisted from endangered to threatened status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Office of the Secretary, Conservation, Youth, Youth (Jewell Initiative), Press Release
Youth dig holes to plant trees on public lands.
1/7/2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Interior today welcomed a $100,000 donation from outdoor manufacturer, Thule, in support of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC), an ongoing national effort to engage the next generation of outdoor stewards by training and employing thousands of America’s young people and veterans to protect, restore, and enhance our nation’s public lands and waters. 

Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education, New Mexico, Cobell / Land buyback, Press Release
Secretary Jewell with Native American students
1/6/2016

To date, the Buy-Back Program has paid more than $730 million to individual landowners and restored the equivalent of nearly 1.5 million acres of land to tribal governments.

Oregon, Office of the Secretary, Conservation, Native Americans, Press Release
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell standing in front of a Klamath River tributary
12/21/2015

While the KBRA will terminate due to the lack of congressional authorization, we still believe the future of the basin lies with negotiated agreements.

U.S. Geological Survey, Office of the Secretary, Science, Press Release
Secretary Jewell stands with USGS Director Suzette Kimball (far right), USGS geologist Patrick Barnard and USGS Western States Chief of Communications Justin Pressfield (far left)
12/18/2015

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Suzette M. Kimball as Director of the U.S. Geological Survey, the Nation’s chief earth science agency.

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