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).
U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
9/20/2011 – President Barack Obama at the launch of the Open Government Partnership in New York for the United Nations 66th General Assembly, where he announced that the U.S. was committed to implementing the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).
As part of the U.S. National Action Plan for the Open Government Partnership, the U.S. is committing to implementing EITI, which requires governments to publicly disclose their revenues from oil, gas, and mining assets, and for companies to make parallel disclosures regarding payments. By signing onto the global standard that EITI sets, the U.S. Government can help ensure that American taxpayers are receiving every dollar due for the extraction of these valuable public resources.
The National Action Plan states, "The Administration has already made important strides in reforming the management of our natural resources….Signing onto the EITI initiative will further these objectives by creating additional 'sunshine' for the process of collecting revenues from natural resource extraction….and enhancing the accountability and transparency of our revenue collection efforts."
White House BLOG - Sunshine Week: In Celebration of Transparency (March 14, 2013)
Press Release - U.S. Department of the Interior Hosts First Meeting of the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Multi-Stakeholder Group (February 14, 2013)
DOI News: USEITI Advisory Committee First Meeting (1/29/13)
Secretary Salazar Appoints Members to the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Committee (12/21/12)