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).
AMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS: Interior, Agriculture, Army Corps to Make Connecticut River National Blueway Announcement
HARTFORD, CT – On Saturday, September 29, 2012, Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes will join federal, state and local officials to announce a major collaboration between the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to support the 7.2 million acre Connecticut River and Watershed National Blueway.
The announcement comes on National Public Lands Day, the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States. Prior to the announcement, local residents will participate in the Connecticut River Watershed Council's 16th annual “Source to Sea” cleanup of the rivers, streams and banks along the Connecticut River system.
David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior
Terrence “Rock” Salt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Civil Works
Wendi Weber, Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Christine Clarke, State Conservationist, NRCS – MA
Thomas Wagner, Forest Supervisor, White Mountain National Forest
Andrew Fisk, Executive Director, Connecticut River Watershed Council
Daniel Esty, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection