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).
DOINews: Mount Rainier National Park: Secretary Salazar Visits Park Staff
Secretary Ken Salazar joins more than 70 Mount Rainier National Park employees and volunteers for a group photo on August 14, 2012. While at Mount Rainier, Salazar shared words of encouragement and support with park staff, who lost five co-workers this year. Photo by Chris Roundtree, NPS.
On Tuesday, August 14, Secretary Ken Salazar visited Mount Rainier National Park staff and shared words of encouragement and support in light of this year's loss of five co-workers – park ranger Margaret Anderson and climbing ranger Nick Hall through line-of-duty deaths, and custodial worker Roy Watters, engineering equipment operator Doug Chappell and seasonal trails laborer Ted Cox from illnesses or off-duty accidents.
Salazar spoke on the importance of public service and the nobility of the mission carried out by National Park Service employees and volunteers on behalf of the nation.
Following the employee meeting, Salazar met with approximately 25 local tourism and community leaders and other park partners to discuss the economic benefits of national parks and the importance of local partnerships.
Salazar took time for a photo op with the 70-plus employees and volunteers, with Mount Rainier shining in the distance.
By: Donna Rahier, Mount Rainier National Park, NPS; and Randy King, Mount Rainier National Park, NPS