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: Secretary Salazar to Greet President Lincoln Re-enactor and NPS Director Jarvis at Historic Train Arrival into DC, Marking 150th Anniversary of Civil War
Office of the Secretary
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will greet Abraham Lincoln re-enactor “Fritz” Klein and NPS Director Jon Jarvis at Union Station in Washington, D.C., marking the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the President-elect to the capital city. “Fritz” Klein and Director Jarvis will be joined by a group of high school students from Baltimore's Digital Harbor School on the Amtrak train from Baltimore to Washington, D.C. where they will explore how the events of the Civil War influenced and shaped our nation's path to equality. The trip from Baltimore to D.C. represents the last leg of President Lincoln's famous train journey in 1861 from his home in Springfield, IL to Washington, D.C. prior to his first inauguration.
Following the arrival into Washington, D.C., Secretary Salazar will continue the conversation with students at Ford's Theatre Museum on the importance of understanding how the sacrifices men and women made 150 years ago are still relevant to issues in our communities today. As part of the America's Great Outdoors initiative to reconnect Americans – especially youth – with our nation's history, the DOI and the NPS see the current 150th anniversary period as an opportunity not only to paint an inclusive picture of the Civil War era, but to draw attention to the larger arc from Civil War to Civil Rights.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service
Will Shafroth, Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Richard “Fritz” Klein, Lincoln re-enactor
Emmett Fremaux, VP of Marketing and Product Development, Amtrak
Arrival into DC, B-Roll Footage Opportunity
*Media will gather at Starlight Room in Union Station
Tour of Ford's Theatre Museum and Press Conference
Ford's Theatre National Historic Site Museum (*basement level)
511 10th Street, NW
(Limited metered parking on E and F Streets, N.W. available)