This Week at Interior June 21, 2019

This Week at Interior June 21, 2019


This Week, at Interior Fighting wildfire by taking away its fuel…
that’s part of the multifaceted strategy being deployed by Interior’s Office of Wildland
Fire for the 2019 fire season. On Capitol Hill, Director Jeff Rupert told
lawmakers about the considerable efforts taken last year to combat wildfires on more than
a million acres of land and that they would be deploying an arsenal of firefighting personnel,
aviation assets, and other technologies — such as drones — to protect communities in or
around fire-prone areas of the country this year. Find out more at doi.gov/wildlandfire. Secretary Bernhardt this week announced 78-million
dollars in funding for wetlands conservation projects and National Wildlife Refuges. The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission
approved the funding, which will help conserve or restore more than 205-thousand acres of
wetlands and associated habitats, home to waterfowl and other birds across 22 states. Get the full story at doi.gov. The Secretary also proclaimed this week as
National Pollinator Week. Without pollinators — hummingbirds, bats,
bees, beetles, butterflies and flies — the world would have to do without chocolate,
coffee and many fruits and vegetables. You can find the proclamation at doi.gov. Twelve Mexican wolf are pups now being raised
by surrogate wild wolf parents… that comes after successful efforts to introduce them
into existing wolf litters in Arizona and New Mexico. It’s all part of an effort to restore the
rare gray wolf subspecies to its former range and increase genetic diversity in the wild
population. Get details at fws.gov The Bureau of Land Management wants to help
you map out your next adventure… BLM has released a series of interactive online
maps designed to promote rock-climbing and other recreational activities on BLM-managed
lands. Explore some of the best sites at blm.gov A solemn remembrance this week of the “D-Day
of the Pacific,” the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Saipan. Wreaths were laid at the National World War
II Memorial to honor the 71,000 Marines and Soldiers who landed on the island, the more
than 35-hundred killed and the more than 10-thousand who were wounded. (Sounds of drumming) A stirring celebration this week of the end
of slavery in the United States at Interior’s Yates Auditorium. Juneteenth marks the 19th of June, 1865, when
Union forces in Texas set enslaved African Americans free following the Civil War…the
date has since become a holiday in 45 states and the District of Columbia. June is National Oceans Month…from Cape
Cod to Cape Canaveral, and from Golden Gate to the Great Lakes, Americans are heading
out this summer to enjoy beaches and other coastal lands managed by Interior and its
bureaus. President Trump has proclaimed Oceans Month
as a time to recognize the importance of the oceans to our economy, energy, environment
and national security. Check out doi.gov/oceans. And our Social Media Picture of the Week,
this glimpse of the “golden hour” at Everglades National Park. Everglades is home to astounding biodiversity,
boasting over 1.5 million acres that stretch over the southern part of Florida. Make sure you follow us on Facebook, Instagram,
and Twitter. That’s This Week, at Interior.


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