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January 26, 2011
Adrienne Bartlewitz 703-648-4304
Clarice Nassif Ransom 703-648-4299

Science Earns Prominent Focus in the Department of the Interior’s New Five-Year Strategic Plan

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RESTON, Va. — Science earned a prominent focus as one of five goals outlined in the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) new strategic plan for fiscal years 2011 – 2016 unveiled today.

The plan provides a framework that the Department will use to focus its efforts and guide investments and the allocation of resources.

"This new strategic plan ensures science has its rightful place as a primary source for the Interior Department's decision making process,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is the Department’s main science organization; USGS Director Marcia McNutt serves as the science advisor to the Secretary of the Interior.

“The Department of the Interior has set a new high mark for integrating science into decision making by giving research such a prominent focus in the new DOI Strategic Plan,” said McNutt. “I am grateful to Secretary Salazar for once again demonstrating his strong commitment to use science as an essential component in natural resource management.”

In addition to providing a scientific foundation for decision making, the strategic plan includes goals to provide natural and cultural resource protection and experiences; sustainably manage energy, water and natural resources; advance government-to-government relationships with Indian Nations and honor commitments to insular areas; and build a 21st century Department of the Interior.

The plan can be accessed at

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