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 Hold Roundtable on Tourism and Recreation in Nashua, New Hampshire Tomorrow
Will Discuss New ‘Blueway' Designation for Connecticut River
NASHUA, NH– On Thursday, May 24, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will hold a roundtable with outdoor business and conservation leaders to discuss the economic benefits of tourism and outdoor recreation to local economies. The dialogue, held at the Eastern Mountain Sports store, will focus on the importance of investing in rivers, parks, refuges, and other public lands to promote economic growth and create jobs.
Earlier Thursday in Hartford, CT, Salazar will sign a Secretarial Order establishing a National Blueways System and name the Connecticut River Watershed as the nation's first National Blueway. His visit to New England is part of this week's focus at Interior on rivers, under the umbrella of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative to establish a community-driven conservation and recreation agenda for the 21st century.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Donnalee Lozeau, Mayor of Nashua
Roundtable Discussion on Rivers, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation
Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 2:30 pm ET
Eastern Mountain Sports Store
266 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, NH 03060
All credentialed media are invited to cover the event.