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Dept of Interior publishes a weekly video update. This week’s video covers vegetation shifts due to climate change, return of new bald eagles in San Clemente, and a new Botanic Garden in Pittsburgh, which is located near iron ore mines.

The DOI is quite a complicated US Government agency. It manages all federal land and national parks, Native American lands (in part), natural resources like forests and habitats, and, strangely, fossil fuel and natural resources extraction.


Saxon Switzerland National Park, Germany

Magic tree by mjagiellicz

Holy smokes.

Secretary Jewell personally welcomes back furloughed employees from Dept. of Interior.

70,000 Interior employees are back on the job, as national parks, wildlife refuges, public lands, energy bureaus, and BIA offices begin to re-open.

Hi Michael, Im a 22 yo student living in Istanbul Turkey. Im sure you know about whats happening over here for more than 3 months about Gezi Parkı. Any thoughts on that?
climateadaptation climateadaptation Said:

Hi colorlesscolor

Thanks for your note. I hadn’t heard about Gezi Park, actually. It seems there is a proposal to turn the park into a mall. And it seems there is a protest that is unfocused, leaderless, and has no clear demands. What is the goal? Who, exactly (by name), are the protestors protesting?


Other questions: Is turning parks into malls or other developments a regular occurrence in Turkey? Who “owns” the park, technically - the city, the country, a private person, a corporation?? Why wasn’t the public involved in the park management in the first place? For example, were any of the protestors on the review board that approved the mall plan? If not, why not?



I don’t know enough information to make a determination. But, if the city or the government body managing the park has the authority to turn parks into malls, then that is their prerogative. If the authority is corrupt, that is your prerogative to change it - not by protest, but by law. The pen (law) is always mightier than the sword (protest).


Elephant Poachers Poison Hundreds of Vultures to Evade Authorities

The ongoing slaughter of Africa’s elephants is at record levels.  The situation has gotten out of hand in many countries, especially those lacking the resources to fight the increase in demand for ivory from the Far East.

Poachers lace the discarded elephant carcass with cheap poisons to kill vultures in mass.  Why? Because vultures circling in the sky alert wildlife authorities to the location of poachers’ activities.

With wildlife authorities struggling to save the remaining tuskers, there has been little attention paid to the other casualties of elephant poaching.  In what is now becoming commonplace across the continent, poachers lace the discarded elephant carcass with cheap poisons to kill vultures in mass.  Why? Because vultures circling in the sky alert wildlife authorities to the location of poachers’ activities.  Vultures are highly specialized to locate carcasses quickly so as to avoid competition from larger mammalian predators. 

Poachers would prefer their nefarious activities to remain undetected to escape arrest.  So to a poacher capable of gunning down a 7-ton beast, poisoning several hundred vultures along the way is all in a days’ work.

Full story at NatGeo

Did some beach camping this weekend on Assateague Island National Park… Those hooligan horses are fat from raiding campsites in the night. Tri-pod dog is “Vedder.”

Several parks include climate education for visitors. Parks in Tennessee, Florida, Massachusetts, California, Tanzania, Oregon, Mexico, Netherlands, Alabama, and others. Good read.

Lion = 9
Hyena = 5
Elephant = 8
Rhinoceros = 5 (square mouth)
Rhinoceros = 8 (hook lipped)
Hippopotamus = 7
Warthog = 8
Zebra (common) = 15
Zebra (big) = 5
Giraffe = 7
Buffalo = 6
Elan (giant) = 1
Elan (common) = 5
Bushbuck =2 (East African)
Bushbuck = 1 (Ugandan)
Bushbuck = 3 (Nile)
Roan = 4
Oryx = 10
Wildebeest = 5
Hartebeest = 10 (Coke’s)
Hartebeest = 14 (Jackson’s)
Hartebeest = 1 (Ugandan)
Hartebeest = 8 (Nilotic)
Topi = 12
Waterbuck = 5 (common)
Waterbuck = 6 (singsing)
Python = 3
Kob = 10 (common)
Kob = 1 (Vaughan’s)
Kob = 3 (white eared)
Lechwe = 3 (saddlebacked)
Redbuck (bohor) = 10
Buck (Chanler’s) = 3
Impalla = 7
Gazelle (Granti) = 5
Gazelle (Robertsi) = 4
Gazelle (Notata) = 8
Gazelle = 11 (Thompson’s)
Gerenuk = 3
Klipspringer = 1
Oribi = 18
Duiker = 3
Steinbuck = 4
Dikdik = 1
Monkey = 1 (red ground)
Monkey = 5 (black and white ground)
Ostrich = 2
Bustard (Greater) = 4
Bustard (Lesser) = 1
Crane (kavirondo) = 2
Stork (whale head) = 1
Marabou = 1
Stork (saddle bill) = 2
Stork (ibis) = 1
Pelican= 5
Guinea fowl = 1
Crocodile = 1

Curious about what the Department of Interior does? Check out this 2 minute week’s update on projects from Latino Youth program in Utah and science based careers; land buy-back program to help tribal nations with self-governance; new study from USGS shows invasive Asian Carp may be more problematic in the Great Lakes than previously thought. 

(H)ealthy, resilient forests actually need fire to thrive.

That concept has been the centerpiece of U.S. forest fire policy for almost two decades now. The 1995 Wildland Fire Policy, which governs firefighting on public lands and wilderness areas, states: “Wildland fire, as a critical natural process, must be reintroduced into the ecosystem.” The policy (which does not, by the way, in any way prohibit fighting fires that threaten life or property) grew out of the modern views of ecologists, who today see that flames are as much a part of a forest as the trees. Firefighting, in the view of many of these ecologists, should focus on protecting homes, watersheds, and critical infrastructure. But blazes in more remote woodlands should be allowed to run their course — a policy that wastes less money on fighting fires that won’t hurt anyone, while making forests healthier overall.

Yet not everyone sees it that way. 

How much is fracking affecting fresh water supplies?
climateadaptation climateadaptation Said:

Hi themultifariousbibliophile

I have to defer to the EPA on this. See: 

In the meantime, be wary of the anti-fracking propaganda. The real action is with the new head of the DOI, Sally Jewell. Jewell (who was celebrated by enviros) is aggressively seeking to expand fracking and oil drilling on public, park, and conservation lands. She is an Obama pick, and former CEO of REI. She used to frack wells and is, in my view, one of the most dangerous leaders in the current administration.



“Roosevelt—listed in the manifest not with any ex-presidential status, but instead simply as bwana, Swahili for master—would chronicle the experience in African Game Trails (“the African wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist”).

The $100,000 trip, financed by the Smithsonian, Andrew Carnegie, and Roosevelt himself, would have cost about $2.34 million today, but the size of the quarry was so vast it was nearly priceless.”

An account of Teddy Roosevelt’s hunting trip. Also worth clicking is PBS’s profile of Roosevelt’s contribution to land and animal conservation in America.



On April 12, 2013, Sally Jewell was sworn in as the 51st Secretary of the Interior.

In nominating Jewell, President Obama said, “She is an expert on the energy and climate issues that are going to shape our future.  She is committed to building our nation-to-nation relationship with Indian Country.  She knows the link between conservation and good jobs.  She knows that there’s no contradiction between being good stewards of the land and our economic progress; that in fact, those two things need to go hand in hand.” 

As Secretary of the Interior, Jewell leads an agency with more than 70,000 employees. Interior serves as steward for approximately 20 percent of the nation’s lands, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, and other public lands; oversees the responsible development of conventional and renewable energy supplies on public lands and waters; is the largest supplier and manager of water in the 17 Western states; and upholds trust responsibilities to the 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

Prior to her confirmation, Jewell served in the private sector, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer of Recreation Equipment, Inc. (REI).

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Today marks the fourth anniversary of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 30, 2009.  This landmark legislation affected millions of acres of federal land across the United States and created new conservation designations for over 1.2 million acres of lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.  These included 4 national conservation areas, 1 national monument, 30 wilderness areas, 29 wild and scenic river segments, and 2 national scenic trails on BLM land.  The Omnibus also legislatively authorized the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System, codifying the role of this system of legislatively and presidentially protected lands within the Bureau’s multiple use mission.

Throughout the day, My Public Lands will feature National Conservation Lands created or expanded by this legislation.  For more on the National Conservation Lands, visit

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM