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).
Secretarial Order No. 3289: Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change on America's Water, Land, and Other Natural and Cultural Resources
With his signing of Secretarial Order No. 3289 on Sept. 14, 2009, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar launched a climate-change-response strategy large and bold enough for us to meet these challenges. His order provides us with the framework to coordinate efforts among our Interior bureaus and to integrate our science and management expertise with that of our partners.
Two initiatives – DOI Climate Science Centers and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives – form the cornerstones of this integrated approach to climate-change science and adaptation. Each has a distinct science and resource-management role but also shares complementary capacities and capabilities. This strategy will serve the Department's land, fish, wildlife, water, marine, tribal, and cultural heritage managers, as well as for our federal, state, local, Tribal, NGO, private landowner, and other stakeholder partners.
On June 3, 2011, as required by the Federal Agency Climate Change Adaptation Planning Implementing Instructions, the Department also released a statement reiterating our continued commitment to addressing the impacts climate change may have on our operations and assets through adaptation planning.