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).
The Secretaries of the U.S. Department of the Interior and Department of Energy and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency formed the federal NGS working group, identified in a joint statement signed in January 2013.
The goals of the three-agency statement are:
“…to work together to support Arizona and tribal stakeholders' interests in aligning energy infrastructure investments made by the federal and private owners of the NGS (such as upgrades that may be need for NGS to comply with Clean Air Act emission requirements) with long term goals of producing clean, affordable and reliable power, affordable and sustainable water supplies, and sustainable economic development, while minimizing negative impacts on those who currently obtain significant benefits from NGS, including tribal nations. These goals will inform federal decisions moving forward…”
The federal NGS working group established under the joint statement will help collect sound, scientifically based information on issues relating to the NGS for the federal government, and help the three agencies work with stakeholders to develop a roadmap for the long-term future of NGS.