Exit Memo: Department of the Interior
The Department of the Interior has a vast and varied portfolio. We are stewards of 20 percent of the nation’s lands, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, and other public lands that belong to all Americans. We provide access to public lands and offshore waters for renewable and conventional energy; uphold federal trust responsibilities to Native Americans and Alaska Natives; and are the largest supplier and manager of water in the 17 western states. We are responsible for migratory wildlife and endangered species conservation; historic preservation; surface-mined lands protection and restoration; mapping, geological, hydrological, and biological science for the nation; and financial and technical assistance for the insular areas in the Pacific and the Caribbean.
In short, at the Department, we have both the ability and the moral imperative to positively impact the American economy, communities and, ultimately, the well-being of our planet.