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AGENCY NEWS On October 31 Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell addressed a gathering at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. She used the opportunity to speak about the Administration’s vision for conservation and how it will strengthen our economy and ensure that we pass along our nation’s rich legacy to the next generation – a path forward that includes balanced infrastructure and energy development, conservation and engaging youth on our public lands. Highlights from her remarks regarding engaging the next generation with support from the private sector included the following: Today, I’m pleased to announce an ambitious initiative at Interior that we’ll undertake to inspire millions of young people to play, learn, serve and work outdoors. First, we are going to develop or enhance partnerships in 50 cities to create opportunities for outdoor recreation for more than ten million young people by 2017. With nearly 80 percent of our population living in cities – places where open spaces are few and far between – expanding our urban parks and partnerships is critical. Second, we’re going to use the nation’s best natural classrooms – our public lands – to provide educational opportunities to at least ten million of the nation’s K through 12 students annually Third, we are setting a goal of engaging one million volunteers in support of public lands by 2017, effectively tripling the numbers we have now. Having served on many trail crews, I know that volunteering can establish a life-long connection to our natural resources. By ramping up the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, Interior, USDA and other agencies in the federal family will work with Americorp, the Student Conservation Association; sand other groups across the country to give many more young people and veterans these inspirational opportunities. And finally, to develop the next generation of stewards of our public lands and our own skilled and diverse workforce, Interior and other federal land management agencies will provide 100,000 work and training opportunities to young people over the next four years There’s no doubt that these goals are ambitious – especially in these tight budget times. In order to make these happen, we are going to prioritize our budgets, build off successful programs and work in partnership with schools, non-profit organizations and communities to leverage existing resources. We will also work with corporate and non-profit organizations to raise an additional $20 million over four years to support these youth work and training opportunities From my experience in the private sector, I know that there are many organizations and individuals that want to see our lands protected and the next generation engaged. We will work together to make these goals a reality. You may view the speech in its entirety as well as read the full text as prepared for delivery here. President Obama has announced his intention to nominate Rhea S. Suh as Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Suh would oversee and coordinate policy decisions for the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. National Park Service A striking photograph of American Lotus at dawn in the Great Plains is the top winner in the 2013 National Natural Landmarks Program Photo Contest. Kenneth M. Highfill of Lawrence, KS captured the image at the Baker University Wetlands, designated a National Natural Landmark in 1969 as an example of undisturbed wetland prairie. More than 260 species of birds and more than 430 species of plants have been recorded at the site, including the American Lotus flowers captured in Highfill’s winning photograph. The 10th annual contest drew 88 images representing 71 different National Natural Landmark sites across 31 states and Puerto Rico. Second place went to Eric Grimm of San Diego, CA for his photo of a

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