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 Speak at the Tamiami Trail Groundbreaking Ceremony
On Friday, December 4, 2009- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar be the featured speaker at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Tamiami Trail Bridge Project adjacent to the Everglades National Park. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District is constructing the project that includes a one-mile bridge and other roadway modifications to allow increased water flows to Everglades National Park. This will mark a new beginning for the Park and a major milestone along the journey to restore America's Everglades.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Groundbreaking ceremony for the Tamiami Trail Bridge Project.
Friday, December 4
1:30 p.m. EDT
The S-334/356 structure on the Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) in Miami-Dade County.
Parking for media and guests is provided at a designated parking area a short distance from the groundbreaking site. This will provide adequate time for bus transportation to the site. An advantageous area at the site is set aside for the press. Interviews can be arranged following the ceremony. Members of the media are encouraged to be at the parking area by 12:45 p.m.