The purpose of this memorandum is to manage and conserve federal land, natural resources and administration of programs related to Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and territorial affairs of the US.
Over this year, 2018, I have signed an agreement with the Alaska Native King Cove Native Corp. to build a life-saving road between the Native village and the nearby all-weather airport in Cold Bay that will begin a process identifying land of equal value needed for a single lane, restricted-access road. I have also approved the Shawnee Tribe’s application to put 102.98 acres of land in Guymon, Texas County, Oklahoma, into federal Indian trust status for gaming. We have also announced Paul Daniel Smith as a new Deputy Director of the National Park Service who will lead more than 20,000 employees. Moreover, we’ve announced the creation of the Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council, intended to provide advice about thr creation of policies of wildlife and habitat conservation. I announced the development of the National OCS Program for 2019-2024, which proposes to make over 90 percent total acreage and 98 percent of recoverable oil and gas resources in federal offshore areas for future development.
I propose that we reorganize DOI for the next 100 years by reorganizing the department that is based in 13 areas across the country. There shall be interior “regional leaders” that should head and coordinate each to reshape the system so it will be based on ecosystems, watersheds and science allowing Interior to better manage resources. This will promote working collectively, such as permitting recreation and environmental studies within an ecosystem, which will also require our scientists to research. DOI should also consider relocating some bureaus in the western states to improve quality of service. The American taxpayer will save money long-term, although there will be an initial cost to any relocation.