U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 271
The Department of the Interior celebrates its birthday
On Sunday, March 3, the Department of the Interior, BLM's "parent" agency, celebrated its 158th birthday. Above, Secretary Kempthorne cuts a huge anniversary cake with long-serving employee Nancy Appler -- with 42 years of service -- and a new Interior employee, Colleen Stegner, with one day on the job. You can see more photos from the event at the Department of the Interior website.
Some California connections:
Created by an Act of Congress (30th Congress, Session II, Chapter 108) from authorities previously assigned to the Secretaries of State, Treasury, and War, the new agency had an auspicious legislative beginning:
"An Act to establish the Home Department...Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That, from and after passage of this act, there shall be created a new executive department of the United States, to be called the Department of the Interior..."
By another Act of Congress (August 24, 1912), the Department was given an official seal: a male buffalo with the head and body in a left position, standing on a prairie, with mountains and a rising sun in the background, enclosed within two concentric circles, having the words "U.S. Department of the Interior" and the date "March 3, 1849" inscribed in the top and bottom arcs within these circles:
The first Secretary of the Interior was Thomas Ewing of Ohio.
For more information on its history, see the "DOI History" on the Department of the Interior website.
The National Park Service also hosts an online book about "The Department of Everything Else."
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