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Directory of Technical Assistance for Land Revitalization

8.0  U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)

The DOI is the nation's principal conservation agency. DOI's mission is to protect America's treasures for future generations, provide access to our nation's natural and cultural heritage, offer recreation opportunities, honor our trust responsibilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives and our responsibilities to island communities, conduct scientific research, provide wise stewardship of energy and mineral resources, foster sound use of land and water resources, and conserve and protect fish and wildlife. DOI is made up of more than 8 major bureaus and offices, of which the NPS and the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) support the Brownfields programs.

The NPS preserves the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world. The NPS provides technical assistance for planning, assessment, and conservation in urban areas that are focused toward state and local governments and community-based organizations. The NPS assists state and local governments in acquisition of surplus federal lands and offers financial and technical assistance for community revitalization for Brownfields Showcase Communities.

OSM has participated in the Brownfields Initiative by providing training and support to OSM/VISTA volunteers and authorizing grant applications for Brownfields pilots in coal impacted watersheds, as mine-scarred lands are recognized as brownfields.

The remainder of this section provides profiles for the following DOI-related organizations:

8.1 National Park Service
8.2 Office of Surface Mining

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