U.S. Department of Interior

Secretary Jewell Continues Nationwide Tour Highlighting Nation’s Progress on Conservation, Energy and Tribal Issues

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Deputy Secretary Mike Connor and other senior Interior Administration officials will continue on their nationwide tour to highlight progress the nation has made during the last eight years to: protect our nation’s lands, waters and wildlife; restore the nation-to-nation relationship with Native Americans and Alaska Natives; engage the next generation; and invest in sound science to inform decisions related to energy development, conservation and our changing climate.

Tuesday, December 13 
Building a Sustainable Energy Future

Secretary Jewell will announce new steps to support renewable energy, both on public lands and offshore waters. Over the past eight years, Interior has established an enduring renewable energy program and permitted 60 wind, solar and geothermal projects that, when built, could power five million American homes.

Wednesday, December 14
Taking Action on Climate Change (San Francisco, Calif.)

Secretary Jewell will deliver keynote remarks at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting in San Francisco. Secretary Jewell will discuss the critical role that science has played in the President’s historic Climate Action Plan and offer thoughts on continued need for transparent, independent and sound science to guide policy in the next administration.

Ensuring Healthy Watersheds (Las Vegas, Nev.)

Secretary Jewell and Deputy Secretary Connor will attend the annual Colorado River Water Users Association Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada where they will discuss how Interior is meeting the water challenges of our time by pursuing new, creative ideas and solutions that address the effects of climate change on water resources, improve drought resiliency and long-term water management strategies, and help to ensure stable and secure water supplies for future generations. Secretary Jewell will make an important announcement regarding Glen Canyon Dam.

Thursday, December 15
Engaging the Next Generation (Austin, Texas)

Secretary Jewell will make a major announcement in Austin related to the Interior Department’s efforts to inspire millions of kids to play, learn, serve and work outdoors. Through investing in opportunities to get young people outside, Interior is bridging the growing disconnect between kids and nature and engaging the next generation to be stewards of our land, water and wildlife.

Friday, December 16
Protecting America’s Natural Heritage (Grand Teton National Park, Wyo.)

Secretary Jewell will join Wyoming Governor Matt Mead to celebrate the purchase and permanent protection of a 640-are parcel of Wyoming School Trust Land within Grand Teton National Park. Ownership of the land was transferred today to the National Park Service and was made possible through a public-private partnership involving the Department of the Interior, Grand Teton National Park Foundation and National Park Foundation. The purchase price, half of which came through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, was split equally between the Department of the Interior and the non-federal partners. The lands acquired are integral to the park and are highly valued for their scenic and resource values, providing key habitat for wildlife such as elk, bison, pronghorn, moose, deer, grizzly bears, wolves and sage grouse. Efforts by the Department of the Interior to acquire the property have been ongoing for many years.

Additional logistical details will be provided in the coming days.

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