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 Make Major Conservation Announcement for Colorado
FORT GARLAND, CO – On Friday, June 15, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will make a major conservation announcement for Colorado and the nation. Following the event at the Fort Garland Museum, Secretary Salazar will lead a press conference call to discuss the announcement.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior Louis Bacon, Noted Conservationist David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Dan Ashe, Director, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Crestina Martinez, Commissioner, Costilla County
Conservation Announcement for Colorado
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 11 AM MDT
Fort Garland Museum
29477 Highway 159
Fort Garland, CO 81133
Note: ¼ mile south from the intersection of Highway 160 and Highway 159