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  • Interior and Commerce Departments Restore Lands to the Native Hawaiian Community

    Interior and Commerce Departments Restore Lands to the Native Hawaiian Community | site |




    Transfer of Surplus Federal Land to the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust Could Provide Up To 400 New Homesteads for Native Hawaiian Families



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior press release dated: June 14, 2021) Washington - - As part of the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to honor relationships with Indigenous communities and uphold trust responsibilities, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves today announced the transfer of an 80-acre parcel of surplus federal property at the former NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center on O‘ahu for inclusion in the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust. The land has the potential to provide homesteads for 200 to 400 Native Hawaiian families. The lands are being transferred to the state of Hawaii’s Department of Hawaiian Home Lands ...
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  • U.S. Department of the Interior to Explore Offshore Wind Potential in the Gulf of Mexico

    U.S. Department of the Interior to Explore Offshore Wind Potential in the Gulf of Mexico | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior press release dated: June 8, 2021)

    Washington - - The Department of the Interior today announced its intent to assess potential opportunities to advance clean energy development on the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). This significant milestone is part of the Biden-Harris administration’s goal to create thousands of jobs through the deployment of 30 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind by 2030. “The Interior Department is committed to developing a robust and sustainable clean energy economy,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “We know that offshore wind development has the potential to create tens of thousands of good-paying, union jobs across the nation. This is an important first step to see what role the Gulf may play in this exciting frontier.” The Bureau of Ocean Energy
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  • U.S. Interior Secretary Haaland Promotes Outdoor Recreation, Designates Ten New National Recreation Trails

    U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Haaland Promotes Outdoor Recreation, Designates Ten New National Recreation Trails | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior press release dated: June 4, 2021)

    Washington - - In celebration of National Trails Day on June 5, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today announced 10 new national recreation trails in eight states, adding more than 160 miles to the National Trails System. The newly designated trails join a network of more than 1,300 existing national recreation trails, which can be found in every U.S. state. “As COVID-19 vaccination rates increase and our nation takes a collective and cautious sigh of relief, we need recreational resources now more than ever to strengthen physical, social and mental health across our country,” said Secretary Haaland. “National recreation trails boost local economies and provide communities with safe, equitable access to t
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  • U.S. Interior Department Initiates Next Steps for Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veterans Land Allotment Program Selections

    U.S. Interior Department Initiates Next Steps for Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veterans Land Allotment Program Selections | site |


    Agency Begins Tribal Consultation on Decisions to Open Additional Public Land to Selection


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior press release dated: May 11, 2021)

    Washington - - The Department of the Interior today announced next steps in the implementation of the Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veterans Land Allotment Program. While the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reviews the previous Administration’s broad Public Lands Orders (PLOs), the bureau will expedite and process veterans’ allotment applications across the area addressed by those orders. The Department will also conduct government-to-government consultations with federally recognized Alaska Tribes and Alaska Native Corporations to kick off BLM’s efforts to reconsider and correct defects identified in the decisio...
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  • USDA says Interior and Agriculture Departments Outline Wildland Fire Preparedness, Climate Resiliency Plans

    USDA says Interior and Agriculture Departments Outline Wildland Fire Preparedness, Climate Resiliency Plans | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] press release dated: May 13, 2021)

    Washington, May 13, 2021 - - Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today shared their vision for the Biden-Harris administration’s wildland fire preparedness and response, including supporting science and research into the effects of climate change on wildland fire.

    Secretaries Haaland and Vilsack outlined their goals for wildland fire management in a joint memo to wildland fire leadership. Paramount to this issue is promoting climate resiliency across landscapes and communities, modernizing the firefighter workforce while creating good jobs, and protecting the safety and long-term wellbeing of our wildland firefighters and incident responders. “With so little r
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  • Interior Department Welcomes Day One Executive Orders to Restore Public Lands and Waters, Combat Coronavirus

    Interior Department Welcomes Day One Executive Orders to Restore Public Lands and Waters, Combat Coronavirus | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior press release FACT SHEET dated: January 21, 2021)


    Washington, D.C. — Immediately following his inauguration, President Joe Biden signed Executive Orders that take critical first steps to address the climate crisis, create good union jobs, and advance environmental justice, while reversing the previous administration’s harmful policies.

    One of President Biden’s Executive Orders requires the Interior Department to conduct a review of the monument boundaries and conditions of the Grand Staircase-Escalante, Bears Ears, Northeast Canyons, and Seamounts Marine National Monuments. The order directs Interior, in consultation with other agencies and Tribal governments, to determine whether restoration of the monument boundaries and conditions would be
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  • U.S. Department of the Interior Announces Members of Biden-Harris Leadership Team

    U.S. Department of the Interior Announces Members of Biden-Harris Leadership Team | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior [DOI] press release dated: January 20, 2021)

    Washington, D.C — The Department of the Interior today announced key members of agency leadership who will advance the Biden-Harris administration’s agenda to build back better and address the four intersecting challenges of our time: COVID-19, economic recovery, racial equity, and climate change. “With today’s announcement, President Biden is delivering on his commitment to build teams that exude talent and experience, and look like America,” said Jennifer Van der Heide, incoming Chief of Staff. “We look forward to working with the dedicated civil servants at the Department to fulfill Interior’s missions, advance President Biden’s vision to honor our nation-to-nation relationship with Tribes and uphold the trust and treaty responsibilities to them, ad...
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  • U.S. Department of the Interior Seeks to Increase Broadband Access, Reduce Wildfire Hazards Across Rural Communities

    U.S. Department of the Interior Seeks to Increase Broadband Access, Reduce Wildfire Hazards Across Rural Communities | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior press release dated: January 11, 2021)

    Grand Junction, Colo -- Today, the Department of the Interior announced three new actions by the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service to aggressively increase broadband internet access in rural communities and reduce wildfire risks. Deputy Secretary Katharine MacGregor made the announcement at the Bureau of Land Management headquarters in Grand Junction, Colorado. “High-speed internet connectivity is essential for education, economic opportunity, health and public safety – especially as we continue to respond to the challenges of COVID-19,” said Deputy Secretary MacGregor. “Facilitating greater broadband access and reducing wildfire risks for the benefit of ...
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  • U.S. Department of the Interior says Wrigley Field Designated as a National Historic Landmark

    U.S. Department of the Interior says Wrigley Field Designated as a National Historic Landmark | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior press release: November 19, 2020)

    WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt designated Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, as a National Historic Landmark, recognizing the significant role the ballpark has played in the city of Chicago and the history of professional sports.

    National Historic Landmarks are buildings, sites, districts, structures, and objects that have been determined by the Secretary of the Interior to be nationally significant in American history and culture.








    “The historical...
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  • U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary’s Order Increases Flexibility and Empowers States

    U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary’s Order Increases Flexibility and Empowers States to Support Healthy Active Communities with Unprecedented LWCF Funding | site |


    (Novemner 13, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Department of the Interior published the following information: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, US Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt established criteria to invest unprecedented funding in state and local communities that will enhance recreation and conservation, and he outlined the steps Interior is taking to implement the Trump Administration’s historic Great American Outdoors Act, the greatest conservation funding law in US history. “Under the leadership of President Trump, Interior is hard at work to implement this landmark legislation and to be stewards of the money Congress has entrusted us to manage,” said Secretary Bernhardt. “These actions ensure land acquisitions will increase recreation opportunities, enhance conservation benefits a...
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  • Interior Reduces Wildfire Risks on More Than 1.4 Million Acres of Federal Land in 2019

    U.S. Department of the Interior Reduces Wildfire Risks on More Than 1.4 Million Acres of Federal Land in 2019| site |


    Largest Fuel Reduction in 10 Years (January 8, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of the Interior {DOI) published (today) the following information: WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of the Interior announced it had doubled and nearly tripled targets set by President Donald Trump for vegetative treatments to reduce wildfire risk in Fiscal Year 2019, marking the largest fuel load reduction in a decade. The announcement comes as the land management agencies with wildland fire programs—the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—report their end-of-year accomplishments and begin preparations for the next fire year. “These accomplishments reflect the Department’s commitment to the President’s goals for reducing wildfire risk and protecting our communities and resources,...
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  • U.S. Department of the Interior Applauds Trump Administration's Establishment of Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Native Task Force

    U.S. Department of the Interior Applauds Trump Administration's Establishment of Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Native Task Force| site |




    (November 26, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) published (today, November 26, 2019) the following information:

    WASHINGTON -Today, President Donald Trump signed Executive Order (Order), establishing the Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives (Task Force), which will be co-chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and Attorney General William P. Barr.





    Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian



    “President Trump has brought this issue out of the shadows and into the light -- focusing on public safety, justice and economic strength in previously forgotten American Indian and Alaska Native communities,” said Secretary Bernhardt. “At the Department...
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  • U.S. Department of the Interior - - - What they are saying: Energy Revenue and Disbursement Receives Support

    U.S. Department of the Interior - - - What they are saying: Energy Revenue and Disbursement Receives Support| site |



    (October 25, 2019) - - Today (October 25, 2019), the U.S. Department of the Interior published the following information:

    Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced on Bloomberg that the Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) disbursed $11.69 billion in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 from energy production on federal and American Indian-owned lands and offshore areas. This represents a $2.76 billion increase in comparison to FY 2018, and is nearly double the disbursements allocated at the end of the previous Administration of $6.23 billion for FY 2016.




    WHAT THEY ARE SAYING


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    Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski: “I’m glad that revenues from development on federal lands in Alaska are coming in to support our state. I hope
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  • U.S. Department of the Interior says Energy Revenues and Disbursements Soar Under the Trump Administration

    U.S. Department of the Interior says Energy Revenues and Disbursements Soar Under the Trump Administration | site |


    Revenues and Disbursements Nearly Double FY 2016 Totals


    (October 24, 2019) - - Today (October 24, 2019), the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) published the following information: WASHINGTON –– U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced today that the Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) disbursed $11.69 billion in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 from energy production on federal and American Indian-owned lands and offshore areas. This represents a $2.76 billion increase in comparison to FY 2018, and is nearly double the disbursements allocated at the end of the previous Administration at $6.23 billion for FY 2016. States received $2.44 billion in disbursements, and more than $1 billion was disbursed to American Indian Tribes and individual Indian mineral owners. In addition, $1.76 bill
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  • U.S. Department of the Interior Proposes Region-Wide Oil and Gas Lease Sale for Gulf of Mexico

    U.S. Department of the Interior Proposes Region-Wide Oil and Gas Lease Sale for Gulf of Mexico| site |


    (October 7, 2019) - - Today (October 7, 2019), the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) published the following information: WASHINGTON - In support of the Administration’s America-First Offshore Energy Strategy, Department of the Interior’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Casey Hammond and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Acting Director Dr. Walter Cruickshank today announced that BOEM proposes to offer approximately 78 million acres for a region-wide lease sale scheduled for March 2020. The sale would include all available unleased areas in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico that are not subject to Congressional moratorium. “Offshore energy development is about furthering America’s energy security, ensuring fair market value to the taxpayers, and producing domestic energy in an environmentally responsible manner,” ...
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    Interior and Commerce Departments Restore Lands to the Native Hawaiian Community
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    Interior and Commerce Departments Restore Lands to the Native Hawaiian Community | site |




    Transfer of Surplus Federal Land to the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust Could Provide Up To 400 New Homesteads for Native Hawaiian Families



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior press release dated: June 14, 2021) Washington - - As part of the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to honor relationships with Indigenous communities and uphold trust responsibilities, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves today announced the transfer of an 80-acre parcel of surplus federal property at the former NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center on O‘ahu for inclusion in the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust. The land has the potential to provide homesteads for 200 to 400 Native Hawaiian families. The lands are being transferred to the state of Hawaii’s Department of Hawaiian Home Lands ...
    06-19-2021, 03:07 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of the Interior to Explore Offshore Wind Potential in the Gulf of Mexico
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    U.S. Department of the Interior to Explore Offshore Wind Potential in the Gulf of Mexico | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior press release dated: June 8, 2021)

    Washington - - The Department of the Interior today announced its intent to assess potential opportunities to advance clean energy development on the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). This significant milestone is part of the Biden-Harris administration’s goal to create thousands of jobs through the deployment of 30 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind by 2030. “The Interior Department is committed to developing a robust and sustainable clean energy economy,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “We know that offshore wind development has the potential to create tens of thousands of good-paying, union jobs across the nation. This is an important first step to see what role the Gulf may play in this exciting frontier.” The Bureau of Ocean Energy
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    06-10-2021, 07:51 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Interior Secretary Haaland Promotes Outdoor Recreation, Designates Ten New National Recreation Trails
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Haaland Promotes Outdoor Recreation, Designates Ten New National Recreation Trails | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior press release dated: June 4, 2021)

    Washington - - In celebration of National Trails Day on June 5, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today announced 10 new national recreation trails in eight states, adding more than 160 miles to the National Trails System. The newly designated trails join a network of more than 1,300 existing national recreation trails, which can be found in every U.S. state. “As COVID-19 vaccination rates increase and our nation takes a collective and cautious sigh of relief, we need recreational resources now more than ever to strengthen physical, social and mental health across our country,” said Secretary Haaland. “National recreation trails boost local economies and provide communities with safe, equitable access to t
    ...
    06-09-2021, 06:30 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Interior Department Initiates Next Steps for Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veterans Land Allotment Program Selections
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Interior Department Initiates Next Steps for Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veterans Land Allotment Program Selections | site |


    Agency Begins Tribal Consultation on Decisions to Open Additional Public Land to Selection


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior press release dated: May 11, 2021)

    Washington - - The Department of the Interior today announced next steps in the implementation of the Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veterans Land Allotment Program. While the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reviews the previous Administration’s broad Public Lands Orders (PLOs), the bureau will expedite and process veterans’ allotment applications across the area addressed by those orders. The Department will also conduct government-to-government consultations with federally recognized Alaska Tribes and Alaska Native Corporations to kick off BLM’s efforts to reconsider and correct defects identified in the decisio...
    05-20-2021, 07:07 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    USDA says Interior and Agriculture Departments Outline Wildland Fire Preparedness, Climate Resiliency Plans
    by Staff Reporter 1
    USDA says Interior and Agriculture Departments Outline Wildland Fire Preparedness, Climate Resiliency Plans | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] press release dated: May 13, 2021)

    Washington, May 13, 2021 - - Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today shared their vision for the Biden-Harris administration’s wildland fire preparedness and response, including supporting science and research into the effects of climate change on wildland fire.

    Secretaries Haaland and Vilsack outlined their goals for wildland fire management in a joint memo to wildland fire leadership. Paramount to this issue is promoting climate resiliency across landscapes and communities, modernizing the firefighter workforce while creating good jobs, and protecting the safety and long-term wellbeing of our wildland firefighters and incident responders. “With so little r
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    05-19-2021, 05:44 AM

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