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 Salazar to Keynote Copenhagen Climate Summit and Kick Off Department of the Interior Presentations
On Thursday, December 10, 2009, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will deliver keynote remarks at the COP-15 Climate Negotiations Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark. Secretary Salazar's keynote address will also kick-off a series of presentations by top Department of the Interior officials including, Deputy Secretary David Hayes, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Tom Strickland, Director of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Marsha McNutt, Science Advisor to the Deputy Secretary Kit Batten, and USGS Senior Advisor for Global Change Programs Thomas Armstrong.
Secretary Salazar Keynote Address
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
The New Energy Future: The Role of Public Lands in Clean Energy Production and Carbon Capture
Thursday, December 10th at 12:45 PM (all times given are in Copenhagen local time, which is UTC/GMT+1)
US Center Meeting Room
All credentialed news organizations are invited to attend. Media availability immediately following keynote address.
Presentation: Carbon Cycle, Capture and Storage
Deputy Secretary David Hayes
Director of the United States Geological Survey Marsha McNutt
Science Advisor to the Deputy Secretary Kit Batten
The Department of the Interior manages 20% of the U.S. land mass and 1.7 billion acres on the Outer Continental Shelf. In the last 10 months, Secretary Salazar has moved to fast-track environmentally responsible, large scale solar energy projects in the Southwest and has built the first-ever U.S. framework for offshore wind development. Interior lands play a critical role in soaking up carbon from the atmosphere and, through its bureaus, the department is working on new geologic and biological carbon capture strategies. Interior has also developed a department-wide strategy to deal with the impacts that climate change on land, water and wildlife in the U.S., including in national parks, wildlife refuges, and coastal areas.