Trump Administration Disburses More than $8 Billion from 2020 Energy Production

30% increase in comparison to 2016 WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced today that Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) disbursed $8.08 billion in Fiscal Year 2020 from energy production on offshore areas and federal and American Indian lands. Despite this year’s pandemic, this still represents an increase of approximately 30%… Continue reading Trump Administration Disburses More than $8 Billion from 2020 Energy Production

Trump Administration’s Interior Supports $336 Billion in Economic Activity and 1.9 Million Jobs

200,000 more jobs supported and $82 billion increase in economic output compared to FY 2016 WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt released the Department of the Interior’s Economic Report for Fiscal Year 2019, highlighting the Department’s economic contributions that arise from managing Federal lands and waters and making investments that conserve… Continue reading Trump Administration’s Interior Supports $336 Billion in Economic Activity and 1.9 Million Jobs

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

Secretary of the Interior Highlights Importance of Sportfishing Industry During Florida Visit

Secretary Bernhardt and U.S. House of Representatives Member Neal Dunn (R-Fla.) tour Florida-based Half Hitch in Panama City Alexandria, VA – June 22, 2020 – On Wednesday, June 17, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and Rep. Neal Dunn (R-Fla.) visited Half Hitch in Panama City, Fla. The visit with the Florida-based tackle shop, an American Sportfishing… Continue reading Secretary of the Interior Highlights Importance of Sportfishing Industry During Florida Visit

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