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 Make Major Announcement Related to Richmond National Battlefield Park
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Will Highlight Role of Land and Water Conservation Fund to Historic Preservation
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RICHMOND, VA – On Thursday, July 10, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join Richmond National Battlefield Park Superintendent David Ruth, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward and Civil War Trust President James Lighthizer for a major announcement related to the long-term preservation of a key Civil War battlefield. Jewell will also highlight the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund in ensuring the preservation of historic sites across the country.
Thursday's 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, clean water and historic preservation projects.
Earlier this week, 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. 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 Molly Ward, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources James Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President David Ruth, Richmond National Battlefield Park Superintendent
WHAT: To Highlight the Importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to Protecting America's Historic Heritage