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U.S. Department of the Interior • @usinterior

Protecting America’s Great Outdoors and Powering Our Future. This is the official account for the Department.

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Awareness Week and these otters are excited to celebrate! Approximately 90 percent of the world’s sea otters live in coastal Alaska, they have the thickest fur of any animal with up to 1 million hair follicles per square inch, and are one of the few mammals that use tools. What’

National Park -- our nation’s 2nd ! On this day in 1890, Sequoia National Park was established to protect sequoia trees, which are some of the largest and oldest trees in the world. 🌲🌲 From rolling foothills to immense forests to sheer granite peaks rising above lush meadows and broad lake basins, this park continues to astound

are brilliant, but short lived. At and Preserve, the tundra and forests shine in deep reds and vibrant yellows. Already, winter’s blanket of white snow is beginning to cover the landscape and only the most resilient wildlife will remain active. Photo by Michel Hersen (

. Located in central , the Deschutes Wild and Scenic River is a playground for outdoor recreation with ruggedly beautiful scenery for hiking, biking and whitewater rafting, and is a renowned sport fishery for steelhead, brown trout and native rainbow trout.

colors. Soon, public lands across the country will transform into a tapestry of red, orange and gold. Where is your favorite place to go leaf-peeping? Here’s a breathtaking shot from a previous at in . Photo by N. Lewis,

National Park ( ) in has received its first snow of the season today. The tops of the valley walls got a little dusting while several inches of snow fell in . It sure is gorgeous! Photo by Service.

in . Sunlit peaks stand starkly against a dark, foreboding sky as strikes in the distance -- creating an electric moment of color. Photo by Ben Hilgert (

at Morris Wetland Management District in . The district includes 245 waterfowl production areas -- small parcels of and grasslands -- scattered over 52,007 total acres in an eight-county area. Established to restore and protect habitat for prairie wildlife and provide places for public recreation, visitors to can view wildlife, hunt, fish, take pictures

Volcanoes National Park. The astounding power of nature can be easy seen at lava lakes, surface flows and the Kamokuna ocean entry, where is streaming out into the Pacific, creating huge clouds of gas and steam. The lava entering the ocean is beginning to rebuild a large delta,