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 Release Biological Carbon Storage Assessment for Eastern United States
Office of the Secretary
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the one-year anniversary of the President's Climate Action Plan, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on Wednesday will release the results of a comprehensive assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) of biological carbon storage and sequestration by ecosystems in the eastern United States.
Using data from the assessment, the USGS tomorrow will also unveil a new web tool that will allow users to see the land carbon storage and change in ecosystems between 2005 and 2050 in the lower 48 states.
This groundbreaking assessment estimates the natural carbon storage capacities of ecosystems now and in the future. The research conducted by USGS scientists confirms the important role that our natural landscapes play in absorbing carbon and counteracting harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
Biological carbon sequestration is the process by which carbon dioxide (CO2) is removed from the atmosphere and stored as carbon in vegetation, soils and sediment.
The teleconference is open to credentialed media representatives by calling 1-800-857-9714 and entering passcode: INTERIOR.
WHO: Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Suzette Kimball, Acting Director of the USGS Bradley Reed, Associate Program Coordinator, USGS Climate and Land Use Program
WHAT: Release of New USGS Carbon Storage Assessment for Eastern U.S.
WHEN: June 25, 2014, at 1:00 pm EDT
MEDIA: Credentialed members of the media can participate in the press teleconference by calling 1-800-857-9714 and entering passcode: INTERIOR