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Thursday
Mar122015

Preservation and Public Service

      Map of expanded Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries Credit: NOAA

Today was a great win for preservation and public service!

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is expanding the boundaries of Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary (CBNMS) and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS) to an area north and west of their current boundaries. NOAA is also revising the corresponding sanctuary terms of designation and management plans.

The expansion increases the Gulf of the Farallones from approximately 1,282 square miles to approximately 3,295 square miles, and Cordell Bank from approximately 529 square miles to approximately 1,286 square miles. The expansion will help to protect the region's marine and coastal habitats, biological resources and special ecological features.

According to the White House Blog, "NOAA’s action today reflects President Obama’s strong commitment to protecting our oceans and coasts. The ocean provides food, jobs, and opportunities for tourism and recreation for Americans all over the country. But the ocean is in trouble, facing serious threats from carbon pollution to overfishing. That’s why the President has taken action throughout his Administration to promote marine conservation and give Americans a voice in protecting areas of the sea that matter most to them."

In addition, today the U.S. Department of the Interior is launching a new volunteer network — thanks to a $5 million grant from American Express — that will triple the number of volunteers at national parks and bring the Department one step closer to 1 million volunteers a year on America's public lands.

According to the 50 Cities Initiative announcement, Secretary Jewell first outlined the goals of the youth initiative in a speech at the National Press Club in October 2013 where she emphasized the need to bridge the growing disconnect between young people and the great outdoors.

The program will roll out in 25 cities in 2015—starting today with New York City and continuing with the announcement of ten more cities in the following days (New York City, Miami, Atlanta, Boston, Washington, DC, Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Francisco, St. Louis, and St. Paul). The remaining cities will be announced later this year and in 2016. For more information on the youth initiative, visit www.doi.gov/youth.