A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Summary: House Committee Action on the Fiscal Year 2006 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill
The House Appropriations Committee reported the fiscal year 2006 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriation Bill on May 10, 2005. House floor action is expected to take place on May 19.
For all programs funded in the bill, the House Committee recommends $26.16 billion, $434.8 million or 1.7 percent above the President's budget request of $25.7 billion.
For Department of the Interior programs, the Committee bill provides $9.81 billion in regular 2006 appropriations. This is $26.6 million or 0.3 percent more than the President's budget and $55.5 million or 0.6 percent above the 2005 enacted level, excluding emergency fire and disaster supplementals.