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).
TODAY: Secretary Jewell, Acting CEQ Chair Boots to Discuss Important Juncture for the Land and Water Conservation Fund
Office of the Secretary
Will announce details of weeklong focus on program's investments in nation's shared outdoor heritage, economic growth
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Acting Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Mike Boots will hold a teleconference to announce details of a weeklong series of events that the Administration is hosting that demonstrate the power of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to support local conservation, outdoor recreation and clean water projects across the country.
President Obama has called for full, permanent funding in his proposed budget, recognizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund as one of the nation's most effective tools for protecting important water sources, expanding access for hunting and fishing, preserving historic battlefields, and creating ball-fields and other places for kids to play and learn.
Since its establishment in 1964, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has conserved land in every state and supported tens of thousands of state and local projects. The fund does not use taxpayer dollars; the primary source of income derives from fees paid by oil and gas companies drilling offshore in waters owned by the American people. The program has only been fully funded once in its 50-year history and is at risk of expiring without action from Congress.
The teleconference is open to credentialed media representatives by calling 1-800-857-9861 and using the passcode: INTERIOR.
WHO: Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Mike Boots, Acting Chair for the White House Council on Environmental Quality
WHAT: Press Call on the Land and Water Conservation Fund
WHEN: Monday, July 7, 2014, at 1:00 pm EDT
MEDIA: Credentialed members of the media can participate in the press teleconference by calling 1-800-857-9861 and using the passcode: INTERIOR.