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 to Join Birmingham Mayor William Bell, Sr. to Celebrate Land and Water Conservation Fund
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BIRMINGHAM, AL – On Wednesday, July 9, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join Birmingham Mayor William Bell, Sr., a member of the bipartisan coalition Mayors for Parks, to discuss the Land and Water Conservation Fund's impacts on cities like Birmingham in creating parks, playgrounds, trails and opportunities for anglers and sportsmen.
The visit is part of a series of events the Administration is holding across the country this week – from Alabama to Alaska – joining with local elected officials and stakeholders to underscore the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to support communities' conservation, outdoor recreation and clean water projects.
This morning, Secretary Jewell announced $43.38 million will be distributed from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to all 50 States, the Territories, and the District of Columbia for state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects. Alabama is set to receive $683,000 in Fiscal Year 2014; over the past 50 years, Alabama has leveraged over $66 million through Land and Water Conservation Fund on close-to-home recreation projects.
Over its 50 year history, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has played a vital role in boosting local economies in every state, but it is set to expire without action from Congress. President Obama has proposed to enact full, permanent funding as part of his 2015 budget request.
WHO: Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior William Bell, Sr., Mayor of Birmingham, AL
WHAT: To Highlight the Importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to America's Hunting, Fishing and Boating Heritage
WHEN: Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at 11:30 am CDT
WHERE: East Lake Park 116 84th Street Birmingham, AL 35206
RSVP: Credentialed members of the media interested in covering the announcement / event are encouraged to RSVP HERE by July 8, 2014, at 6:00 pm EDT.