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).
Secretary Jewell, Director Ashe to Make Announcement at San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex
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Visit Highlights Connecting Urban Communities and Youth in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation
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SAN DIEGO, CA – On Wednesday, August 13, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe and state and local officials to make an exciting announcement regarding the San Diego National Wildlife Complex in Southern California. The event will focus on reaching new audiences and engaging Southern California's urban communities and youth in conservation and outdoor recreation.
The San Diego Complex includes the San Diego Bay, San Diego, Seal Beach and Tijuana Slough NWRs, protecting over 16,000 acres of a rich diversity of native species and their habitats in the midst of a highly urbanized coastal environment.
Last October, the Department launched an ambitious youth initiative to inspire millions of veterans and young people to play, learn, serve and work outdoors. President Obama strongly supported the initiative by proposing $50.6 million for Interior youth programs in his 2015 budget.
WHO: Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dan Ashe, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Andrew Yuen, Project Leader, San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex Jim Janney, Imperial Beach Mayor Elected officials, local businesses and community groups
WHEN: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:45 a.m. PDT – Media Check-In 11:00 a.m. PDT – Event Begins
WHERE: San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge Habitat Heroes Outdoor Classroom 505 12th St. Imperial Beach, CA 91932
RSVP: Credentialed members of the media interested in covering the event are encouraged to RSVP HERE by August 12, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. PDT.