Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.
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.
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
This summer a land protection celebration hosted by Buzzards Bay Coalition in Fairhaven, Massachusetts brought together federal, state, and local government to celebrate a partnership that has protected more than 400 acres of beaches, salt marshes, forests, fields, and coastal farmland. The parcel will connect to Nasketucket Bay State Reservation and provide additional public shoreline access.
On May 15, 2015 Mark Huston, Deputy Director, Office of Restoration and Damage Assessment, Office of the Secretary served as a guest speaker as part of School Without Walls Industry Workshop Series. Mr. Huston presented on his college experience, career field, and career path. Twelfth grade students enrolled in an internship course attended the session. LaToya Grant is the school’s Industry Workshop Series and Internship coordinator.
On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon Macondo oil well drilling platform started the largest offshore marine oil spill in U.S. history, releasing millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, over a period of eighty-seven days.
The O'Shaughnessy Seawall at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California is getting a face-lift after nearly a century of holding back the sand and sea at Ocean Beach. Funding for this project comes from the 2007 Cosco Busan settlement.
On March 27, 2015, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, Kristen Sarri, visited Overland Pond Park in southwest Denver to promote DOI's 50 Cities Initiative.
2014 was another big year for restoration projects funded through the Cosco Busan oil spill settlement. Over $15 million, allocated to over 50 projects, was at work enhancing and restoring beaches and habitat around the Bay Area.
On January 23, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice approved the "Settlement Agreement among the United States Department of the Interior, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; Honeywell International Inc.; and Amphenol Corporation."
On December 6, 2013, the federal and State natural trustees opened a 60-Day public comment period for the Draft Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Draft Early Restoration Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement.
On November 21, U.S. Department of Justice opened a 30-day public comment period on a proposed settlement for natural resource damages arising from a November 2011 release of oil from Suncor Energy facility near Commerce City, Colorado.
On October 31, 2013, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the final Restoration Plan for natural resources injured by hazardous substances releases from two Superfund sites along Quinnipiac River in Southington, Hartford County, central Connecticut.
On October 2, the federal and State natural resource trustees settled natural resource damage claims arising from hazardous substances releases from the Ciba-Geigy Corp. NPL site in McIntosh, Washington County, southwestern Alabama.
On September 24, the federal, State and Tribal natural resource trustees released the publicly-reviewed, final Restoration Plan to restore natural resources injured by hazardous substances releases into Lower Duwamish River, King County, Washington.