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 Congressman Pastor, Mayor Stanton to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Land and Water Conservation Fund
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Visit to Phoenix will highlight innovative program's role in strengthening local economies and establishing urban parks and outdoor recreation areas
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PHOENIX, AZ – On Saturday, August 9, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join U.S. Congressman Ed Pastor, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, a member of the bipartisan coalition Mayors for Parks, and state and local officials at South Mountain Park to highlight the positive economic impacts and conservation successes of the Land and Water Conservation Fund for urban parks, outdoor recreation and healthy economies in communities across the country.
Over the past 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has served as one of the most effective tools for conservation, outdoor recreation and economic growth in local communities; however, it is set to expire next year without action from Congress. The program has re-invested a small portion of revenues from offshore oil and gas development into projects in all 50 states and U.S. territories, creating community parks and trails and protecting clean water sources.
South Mountain Park is the largest municipal park in the United States and is also a model urban park, providing recreational opportunities for the 1.5 million residents of Phoenix. South Mountain was one of the first projects in Arizona to receive funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund when it was supported with a grant in 1966. The Secretary and Mayor will also tour Encanto Park in the morning.
The Arizona visit is the last stop in a series of events Jewell is holding across the country this week with local elected officials and stakeholders to support President Obama's budget proposal to fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
WHO: Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ed Pastor, U.S. Representative for Arizona Greg Stanton, Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, and Member of the Mayors for Parks Coalition Local Stakeholders and Community Partners
WHAT: Event to Highlight Land and Water Conservation Fund's Contributions to Urban Parks, Outdoor Recreation and Healthy Economies
WHEN: Saturday, August 9, 2014 9:45 am MST – Media check-in 10:00 am MST – Press conference followed by brief media availability
WHERE: South Mountain Park Visitor Center 10919 S. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85042
RSVP: Credentialed members of the media interested in covering the event are encouraged to RSVP HERE by August 8, 2014, at 6:00 pm MST.