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The Department of the Interior (DOI) is the nation’s principal conservation agency. Interior is a large, decentralized agency with over 67,000 employees and 180,000 volunteers located at approximately 2,400 operating locations across the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, and freely associated states.


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Secretary Zinke Announces $94.3 Million to States for Parks and Outdoor Recreation through Land...

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced that $94.3 million will be distributed for outdoor recreation and conservation projects to the 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is funded through offshore oil and gas leasing. These funds are awarded through federal matching grants that leverage public and private investment in America’s state and local public parks.

Interior Announces $62 Million Construction Contract on Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project

The Department of the Interior announced today that the Bureau of Reclamation is awarding a construction contract of almost $62 million for part of the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project in New Mexico to increase the supply of clean drinking water to surrounding communities.

Secretary Zinke and Colorado Senator Gardner Announce more than $50 Million for National Parks...

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Colorado Senator Cory Gardner announced today that the National Park Service is teaming up with partners across the nation to distribute nearly $50 million in high priority maintenance and infrastructure projects at 42 parks in 29 states. Congress provided $20 million for the projects as part of the Centennial Challenge program which will be matched by $33 million from more than 50 park partners to improve trails, restore buildings, and increase visitor access to parks.

Share Interior Announces $13.3 Million for Improvements to Local Parks and Recreation in 22...

The U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service announced today $13.3 million through the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) program to assist 22 cities in 17 states with projects to plan, build, and enhance parks and other outdoor recreation facilities in underserved communities.

Secretary Zinke, Senators, and Local Officials Announce Rural Communities to Receive Record $465 Million...

While meeting with local, state and federal officials in Nevada today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that more than 1,900 local governments around the country will receive $464.6 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for 2017. Nevada has more federally-owned land than any other state (as a percentage) and will receive $26,184,790

Share Interior Expands Information Sharing Initiative to Prevent Drone Incursions over Wildland Fires

Building on recent initiatives to prevent privately operated Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) from interfering with Federal, state, and local wildland firefighting activity, the Department of the Interior announced today that it is expanding and enhancing its wildfire location data-sharing program for 2017.

Share Secretary Zinke Announces $23.6 Million for Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects and Studies

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced that the Bureau of Reclamation awarded $23,619,391 to communities in seven states for planning, designing and constructing

Interior Secretary Announces Vincent DeVito As Counselor for Energy Policy

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced the appointment of Vincent DeVito to serve as Counselor to the Secretary for Energy Policy to strengthen and better coordinate the Department's vast energy portfolio. DeVito will advise the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Chief of Staff and Assistant Secretaries on all aspects of energy policy and ensure policy coordination among the nine bureaus with energy responsibilities within the Department.

Secretary Zinke Takes Immediate Action to Advance American Energy Independence

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed two secretarial orders to advance American energy independence. The Secretary’s orders foster responsible development of coal, oil, gas, and renewable energy on federal and Tribal lands and initiate review of agency actions directed by President Trump’s executive order entitled “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth.”

Secretary Zinke Statement in Support of President Trump’s American Energy Executive Order

President Donald J. Trump, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Scott Pruitt, and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced a bold American energy Executive Order that will put our nation on track to full and dominant American energy independence.

DOI Announces $3.74 Million to 12 States for Species Recovery

The Department of the Interior today announced that through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS)  Cooperative Recovery Initiative (CRI) more than $3.74 million is being committed to nine projects across 12 states to help recover some of the nation’s most at-risk species on or near national wildlife refuges.

Interior Department Auctions Over 122,000 Acres Offshore Kitty Hawk, North Carolina for Wind Energy...

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Acting Director Walter Cruickshank today announced the completion of the nation’s seventh competitive lease sale for renewable wind energy in federal waters. A Wind Energy Area of 122,405 acres offshore Kitty Hawk, North Carolina received the high bid of $9,066,650 from Avangrid Renewables, LLC, the provisional winner.

President Trump Requests $11.6 Billion for Interior Department’s FY 2018 Budget

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced President Trump’s $11.6 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget blueprint request for the Department of the Interior. The budget meets the Department's core mission while also saving taxpayers $1.5 billion or 12 percent reduction from the FY 2017 Annualized Continuing Resolution level.

Interior Department to Auction 122,000 Acres Offshore North Carolina for Wind Energy Development

Furthering President Obama’s comprehensive Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Acting Director Walter Cruickshank today announced that 122,405 acres offshore Kitty Hawk, North Carolina will be offered in a commercial wind lease sale on March 16, 2017.

Deputy Secretary Connor Announces Land Buy-Back Program Sales Exceed $1 Billion

As part of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s nationwide tour to highlight the progress that has been made during the last eight years to restore the nation-to-nation relationship with Native Americans and Alaska Natives, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael L. Connor joined leaders of the Navajo Nation today to announce that sales from the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) have exceeded $1 billion.

Secretary Jewell Celebrates Milestones for Smart Western Water Management

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael L. Connor today celebrated milestones for two collaborative efforts the Interior Department has spearheaded to help secure sustainable water supplies for future generations.  They made the announcements at the Colorado River Water Users Association meeting in Las Vegas

Share Secretary Jewell Announces Milestones to Spur Renewable Energy and Transmission in the West

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and create clean energy jobs, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced new steps with Western states to encourage the development of renewable power, efficiently deliver that electricity to market, and meet growing consumer demands for clean energy

Interior Department Announces Final Rule to Reduce Methane Emissions & Wasted Gas on Public,...

As part of the Interior Department’s reform agenda to create a cleaner and more sustainable energy future, and in furtherance of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced the Methane and Waste Prevention Rule – a final rule that will reduce the wasteful release of natural gas into the atmosphere from oil and gas operations on public and Indian lands.

Interior Department Finalizes Rule Providing a Foundation for the Future of BLM’s Renewable Energy...

Advancing the President’s Climate Action Plan to create jobs, cut carbon pollution and develop clean domestic energy, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) finalized its rule governing solar and wind energy development on public lands. The rule strengthens existing policies and creates a new leasing program that will support renewable energy development through competitive leasing processes and incentives to encourage development in suitable areas.

Interior Department Releases 2016 Status Report for Land Buy-Back Program, Will Consult with Indian...

The U.S. Department of the Interior today released the 2016 Status Report for the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program), which highlights the steps taken to date to strengthen tribal sovereignty, consolidate fractional interests, and provide new opportunities to Native American communities.

Interior Initiates Process to Protect Important Lands Near Joshua Tree National Park

U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael L. Connor approved the first step in an effort to transfer public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management in Riverside County to the National Park Service. The proposed transfer would involve lands that were part of the Joshua Tree National Monument when it was originally designated in 1936. This transfer would provide contiguous management of important lands and resources in the Eagle Mountain area next to Joshua Tree National Park.

Interior and USDA Officials Announce New Partnerships to Support Water Management and Conservation in...

Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael L. Connor and Deputy Under Secretary for U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources and Environment Ann Mills today concluded a two-day visit to the Yakima River Basin where they met with local stakeholders, including the Yakama Nation, to assess progress on several projects associated with the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan

Obama Administration Exceeds Ambitious Goal to Restore 500,000 Acres of Tribal Homelands

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. “Larry” Roberts today announced that the Obama Administration has exceeded its goal of placing half a million acres of tribal homelands into trust for federally recognized tribes.

Interior, USDA Announce More Than $47 Million in Investments for Water Conservation, Energy Efficiency,...

The U.S. Departments of Interior and Agriculture today announced more than $47 million in investments to help water districts and producers on private working lands better conserve water resources. The funds include $15 million in USDA funds and $32.6 million from the Bureau of Reclamation for local projects to improve water and energy efficiency and provide a strengthened federal response to ongoing and potential drought across 13 states in the West.

Deputy Secretary Mike Connor Tours Horicon Marsh, Highlights Importance of Land and Water Conservation...

Deputy Secretary of the Interior Mike Connor made a special visit to Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin today to learn more about the importance of the federally protected Horicon Marsh and the neighboring state lands and waters.

On Earth Day, Secretary Jewell Celebrates Next Phase of Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Project

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today, as part of Earth Day celebrations, announced the next phase of bridging to the Tamiami Trail, an ongoing project which provides ecological restoration benefits to Everglades National Park and the central Everglades in Florida. The new trail will raise a two-and-a-half mile section of U.S. Highway 41 in the South Florida region and is the latest milestone in the Obama Administration’s efforts to conserve the Everglades’ historic and iconic wildlife habitat and water flows.

Interior, State of California Announce Innovative Strategy for Renewable Energy and Conservation on Public...

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird today announced the final environmental review of an innovative landscape-scale blueprint to support renewable energy development and conservation on 10 million acres of federal public lands, managed by the Bureau of Land Management in the California desert.

MSHA awards $8.4M in state grants in 47 states

The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration has awarded $8,441,000 in grant funding to 47 states and the Navajo Nation to reduce mining accidents, injuries and illnesses by supporting safety and health training courses and other programs.

Secretary Salazar Announces Milestone on McCoy Solar Energy Project, Caps Strong Year for Renewable...

WASHINGTON, DC - December 21, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above strategy to expand domestic energy production, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the McCoy Solar Energy Project, a proposed 750-megawatt facility in Riverside County that would be one of the largest solar energy projects on public lands in the California desert.

Former Treasurer of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Pleads Guilty to $1.9 Billion Fraud Scheme...

WASHINGTON, DC - February 24, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Desiree Brown, the former treasurer of a private mortgage lending company, Taylor, Bean & Whitaker (TBW), pleaded guilty today to conspiring to commit bank, wire and securities fraud for her role in a more than $1.9 billion fraud scheme that contributed to the failures of Colonial Bank and TBW.

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