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New Green Roof Graces Department of the Interior Building

New Green Roof Graces Department of the Interior Building

WASHINGTON, DC, December 16, 2008 (ENS) – Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne Monday cut the ribbon opening a new green roof that has been planted on the third wing of the Main Interior Building in Washington. “What more suitable place for a green roof than the headquarters of America’s conservation department in Washington, DC?”…

Bush Adminstration Proposes Second Interagency Group for Bison

Bush Adminstration Proposes Second Interagency Group for Bison

WASHINGTON, DC, October 29, 2008 (ENS) – In the waning days of the Bush administration, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne Tuesday announced a plan to conserve bison, also called buffalo, with a second interagency group. He said the department will work with state, tribal and agricultural interests to promote cooperative conservation in bison management.…

Geothermal Development Planned for Western Public Lands

Geothermal Development Planned for Western Public Lands

PHOENIX, Arizona, October 22, 2008 (ENS) – More than 190 million acres of federal land in 12 western states will be opened for development of geothermal energy resources, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced today. “Geothermal energy will play a key role in powering America’s energy future,” Kempthorne said, “and 90 percent of our…

Feds Freeze Western Solar Power for Environmental Analysis

Feds Freeze Western Solar Power for Environmental Analysis

WASHINGTON, DC, June 27, 2008 (ENS) – The federal government is calling a halt to new applications for solar power developments on public land in six western states while the 125 applications now in the pipeline are evaluated. The evaluation of both current and future applications will depend on the results of an environmental impact…

New National Recreation Trails Open to Explorers

New National Recreation Trails Open to Explorers

WASHINGTON, DC, June 9, 2008 (ENS) – Hikers, cyclists, skaters, equestrians and paddlers will have more territory to explore this season. To mark the 40th anniversary of the National Trails System, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne has designated 24 trails in 16 states as new National Recreation Trails, adding more than 1,100 miles of…

Private Donations Enrich National Parks for 2016 Centennial

Private Donations Enrich National Parks for 2016 Centennial

WASHINGTON, DC, May 1, 2008 (ENS) – A new way of funding improvements has been introduced into the cash-starved National Park System. The private sector is now permitted to match federal funding of up to $100 million a year on specific projects benefiting the national parks between now and the 100th anniversary of the National…

Court Halts Yosemite National Park Construction Plans

Court Halts Yosemite National Park Construction Plans

PASEDENA, California, March 28, 2008 (ENS) – The National Park Service cannot proceed with more than $100 million in construction projects now on the drawing board for Yosemite National Park because the developments could illegally ruin the park’s sensitive ecosystem, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. Yosemite National Park covers nearly 1,200 square…

Bush Administration Sued Over Penguins Harmed by Warming

Bush Administration Sued Over Penguins Harmed by Warming

WASHINGTON, DC, March 1, 2008 (ENS) – Concerned that 10 penguin species are threatened by global warming, the Center for Biological Diversity filed suit against the Bush administration Friday for failing to take action to protect these penguin species threatened by global warming under the Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit, brought against Secretary of Interior…

Nevada Conservation Projects Receive $78 Million

Nevada Conservation Projects Receive $78 Million

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, February 21, 2008 (ENS) – Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne Wednesday approved $78.6 million for conservation, restoration and recreation projects in Nevada. During the ground breaking for a new visitor center at Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area, Kempthorne announced the funding initiatives, including $25 million for park improvements and $14.6…

Dam Upgrades Will Double Flood Protection for Sacramento

Dam Upgrades Will Double Flood Protection for Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, California, January 11, 2008 (ENS) – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Friday announced the start of a construction project that will double flood protection in most areas of the Sacramento region. The project includes improvements to Folsom Dam, located on the American River about 23 miles northeast…

California Red-Legged Frog Jumps into Court

California Red-Legged Frog Jumps into Court

SAN FRANCISCO, California, December 19, 2007 (ENS) – Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today in federal district court in San Francisco seeking to overturn a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reduce protected habitat for the California red-legged frog. The frog, dramatized in Mark Twain’s story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras…

Southeast Governors Speed Up Water Dispute Resolution

Southeast Governors Speed Up Water Dispute Resolution

From left: Alabama Governor Bob Riley, Florida Governor Charlie Crist, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, and Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. December 17, 2007 (Photo courtesy DOI) TALLAHASSEE, Florida, December 17, 2007 (ENS) – The governors of Florida, Georgia and Alabama and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne today agreed upon a revised schedule…