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The President's Policy on Mitigation: It May Be Confusing, But it Is a Step Forward

Ann Morgan | Posted 11.13.2015 | Green
Ann Morgan

Last week President Obama ordered five federal agencies to ensure that development on national public lands results in a net benefit, or at a minimum no net loss, of land, water, wildlife and other ecological resources.

Pop Culture's Secret Weapon? The Department of the Interior

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 10.19.2015 | Entertainment
National Trust for Historic Preservation

What do Grammy Award-winning band U2, famed cartoon character Yogi Bear, and biographical drama Wild all have in common? The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI).

Native Hawaiians Could Have Their Own Government Soon

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

Native Hawaiians have not had a formal government since the Kingdom of Hawaii was overthrown in 1893 by a group of American businessmen, wit...

The Oyster War: Part 3 -- Scientific Misconduct

Corey S. Goodman | Posted 08.31.2015 | Science
Corey S. Goodman

It is indeed a long and complicated story, but Brennan continues to get it wrong. Scientific misconduct is the intentional misrepresentation of facts. Did the Park Service intentionally misrepresent its own facts? Brennan says no. You be the judge.

The Oyster War: Part 2 -- Fiction As Fact

Corey S. Goodman | Posted 08.26.2015 | Science
Corey S. Goodman

Several weeks ago, I posted a short review of the new book "The Oyster War" by Summer Brennan focusing on several important factual errors in her account. Since the book was published, book reviews and interviews with the author show the repetition of false narratives that are not driven by facts.

The Oyster War: A Parallel Universe

Corey S. Goodman | Posted 08.12.2015 | Books
Corey S. Goodman

The book "The Oyster War" by Summer Brennan is subtitled "The True Story..." If only it were.

Soda Mountain Not Right for Solar

David Scott | Posted 05.21.2015 | Green
David Scott

We can do better. Millions of acres of low-conservation-value lands better suited to development have been identified by state agencies, federal agencies, and NGOs. The Department of the Interior has an opportunity in the next few weeks to act with wisdom by rejecting this project and preserving Soda Mountain's desert wonders for generations to come.

All National Parks Are Free This Weekend!

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 04.15.2015 | Green

Now that spring has officially sprung, it's high time to go on an adventure. The Department of the Interior's rapidly growing Instagram account ha...

10 Incredible Spring Photos From The Dept. Of The Interior's Instagram

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 04.15.2015 | Green

Winter was brutal, but thankfully, we're (mostly) done with the cold. Cue spring! The Department of the Interior's rapidly growing Instagram accoun...

The Best Night Sky Photos From The Dept. Of The Interior's Instagram

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 12.31.2014 | Green

We already know the Department of the Interior's Instagram game is on point, but these gorgeous shots of the night sky are something else. The agen...

Grand Canyon Workers Allege Abuses

AP | FELICIA FONSECA | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Federal investigators are looking into allegations of discrimination, retaliation and a sexually hostile work environment in...

The Evolution of Rep. Leonard Lance: Environmentalist to Climate Change Denier

Roger Witherspoon | Posted 10.22.2014 | Green
Roger Witherspoon

To environmental activists, their dramatically changing relationship with Congressman Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) is baffling.

Feds Must Lead on Lead

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 08.10.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Each year, an estimated 10 to 20 million birds and other animals -- from more than 130 species -- die from lead poisoning, either by ingesting lead shot or fragments directly or by feeding on prey contaminated with fragments of lead ammunition.

Celebrating the Diverse AAPI Experience: 2014 AAPI Heritage Month

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

This month, community and government leaders will join to celebrate and re-dedicate themselves to the ongoing work of improving the well-being of the AAPI community. Together, we will reflect on the theme of "I Am Beyond" -- a theme that captures the depth, breadth, and dignity of the AAPI experience.

On Our First Ever World Wildlife Day, Let's Put an End to Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

John Kerry | Posted 05.03.2014 | Green
John Kerry

You can do your part too. Do not buy suspicious goods. Do not buy ivory -- even small trinkets or jewelry. Turn down the offer to buy that tiger skin rug. Reject the shark fin soup. We can make a difference for ourselves, and for generations to come.

There's More Good News For The Arctic

Ted Danson | Posted 02.26.2014 | Green
Ted Danson

Alaska has already seen more than its fair share of oil disasters, and drilling in the Arctic will inevitably bring another spill. We ask you, do we really need another Exxon Valdez?

Interior Secretary Jewell Announces Strong Conservation Agenda

Mark Tercek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

'Mitigation' is not mysterious. It simply means taking reasonable steps to avoid harm to our natural resources, reducing that harm as much as possible if it can't be avoided and compensating for any harm that remains.

Let's Be "Smart From the Start" With Solar, Wind on Public Lands

Ann Morgan | Posted 12.30.2013 | Green
Ann Morgan

They're part of what define America's outdoor heritage and fuel our outdoor recreation economy, responsible for about 6.1 million jobs and $646 billion in spending yearly. These same lands, however, also provide some of the best wind and solar resources our county has to offer.

When Nature Breaks

Abree Murch | Posted 09.25.2013 | College
Abree Murch

Over the next twenty-four hours, I learned that you've never experienced a thunderstorm until you've camped through one.

PHOTOS: Interior Department's Fantastic Instagram Account

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 07.22.2013 | Travel

Looking for a mini vacation? How about a quick tour of America's most stunning outdoor vistas, for free? Thanks to an impressively well curated In...

Protecting the Places We Climb

Phil Powers | Posted 07.22.2013 | Green
Phil Powers

Outdoor recreation employs 6.1 million Americans, and the sector is growing about 5 percent annually. Conservation and access for recreation, including climbing, biking, hiking, and fishing make this economic impact possible.

Telling the Whole Story of America

Sec. Ken Salazar | Posted 06.11.2013 | Green
Sec. Ken Salazar

When I took office, too few national historic landmarks focused on the lives of women, Asian Americans, African Americans, Latinos or other diverse communities that make up the fabric of our nation.

Obama Naming New Cabinet Post

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's choice for interior secretary is a lifelong outdoors enthusiast who likes to bike, ski and climb mountains...

Secretary Salazar -- A Legacy of Land Conservation

Mark Starr | Posted 03.24.2013 | Green
Mark Starr

Secretary Ken Salazar has announced his retirement, bringing an end to his tenure at the Interior Department. I'm grateful to Secretary Salazar for his leadership in conserving America's lands and for protecting special places that pay tribute to our military heritage.

Bureau of Incompetence

Tim Giago | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Tim Giago

My award for gross incompetence goes to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and they still hold that first place honor after more than 33 years of my reporting. The sad thing is that their incompetence has hurt so many impoverished American Indians. The BIA's place in the Hall of Shame is assured.