Trump Administration Proposes Downlisting of Red-Cockaded Woodpecker Under Endangered Species Act

FORT BENNING, Georgia – U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Fort Benning Garrison Commander, Col. Matthew Scalia, were joined by public and private representatives today to celebrate the proposed downlisting of the red-cockaded woodpecker from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In the Southeast, no… Continue reading Trump Administration Proposes Downlisting of Red-Cockaded Woodpecker Under Endangered Species Act

Trump Administration Announces More Than $130 Million in Public-Private Funding for Wetland Conservation Projects

WASHINGTON – The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt, approved more than $130 million in funding for various wetland conservation projects.   The 2020 North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants will be used to ensure waterfowl and other birds are protected throughout their life cycles. Of the projects approved,… Continue reading Trump Administration Announces More Than $130 Million in Public-Private Funding for Wetland Conservation Projects

Secretary Bernhardt Signs Order Creating the Bureau of Trust Funds Administration

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt signed Secretary’s Order 3384 (Order) establishing the Bureau of Trust Funds Administration (BTFA). The BTFA will report to the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Tara Katuk Sweeney and assume responsibility for financial operations functions currently performed by the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians (OST) effective October 1,… Continue reading Secretary Bernhardt Signs Order Creating the Bureau of Trust Funds Administration

Secretary Bernhardt Takes Action to Implement the Greatest Conservation Funding Law in US History

Nearly $20 billion to be invested over the next 10 years WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt established the Great American Outdoors Act Coordination and Implementation Task Force to implement the Department of the Interior’s portion of the Great American Outdoors Act, which was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump last… Continue reading Secretary Bernhardt Takes Action to Implement the Greatest Conservation Funding Law in US History

Secretary Bernhardt Designates Fee Free Day for Public Lands to Commemorate President Trump’s Signing of the Great American Outdoors Act

WASHINGTON – Today, President Donald J. Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law, which will significantly help address the historically underfunded, multi-billion-dollar deferred maintenance backlog at our national parks and public lands. In celebration of this historic achievement, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced that entrance fees paid by visitors coming to… Continue reading Secretary Bernhardt Designates Fee Free Day for Public Lands to Commemorate President Trump’s Signing of the Great American Outdoors Act

Interior Distributes More Than $514 Million to Communities, Supports Critical Local Services

1,900 local governments received Payments in Lieu of Taxes WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced today that more than 1,900 local governments around the country will receive $514.7 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for 2020. “This year’s distribution of $514.7 million to more than 1,900 counties will help… Continue reading Interior Distributes More Than $514 Million to Communities, Supports Critical Local Services

Secretary Bernhardt Designates John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park as African American Civil Rights Network Site

WASHINGTON – At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt has designated the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park as an official member of the African American Civil Rights Network (AACRN), formally recognizing the historical and national significance of the tragic Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 and Dr. John Hope Franklin’s work to advance… Continue reading Secretary Bernhardt Designates John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park as African American Civil Rights Network Site

National Park Visitor Spending Generates Economic Impact of More Than $41 Billion

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt today announced the annual economic benefit of national parks to the U.S. and local economies. In 2019, visitor spending in communities near national parks resulted in a $41.7 billion benefit to the nation’s economy and supported 340,500 jobs. Visitor spending increased by $800 million from 2018… Continue reading National Park Visitor Spending Generates Economic Impact of More Than $41 Billion

The Association Commends the Department of the Interior’s Historic Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities

Washington D.C. (April 9, 2020)- The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies applauds this week’s announcement by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt of the Administration’s significant efforts to increase recreational access on public lands. The new proposed rule would expand hunting and fishing opportunities to Americans by opening 2.3 million acres to public access and… Continue reading The Association Commends the Department of the Interior’s Historic Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities