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 Mark Major Milestone in Restoration of Maine's Penobscot River
Will also visit L.L. Bean Flagship store to make announcement on outdoor education funding with National Park Foundation
On Monday, June 11, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will participate in a ceremony to begin removal of the Great Works Dam on the Penobscot River in Maine – a major step toward enabling the river to flow freely from Old Town to the Gulf of Maine for the first time in generations.
The Penobscot River Restoration Project is a landscape-level conservation effort that will return endangered Atlantic salmon to their historic spawning ground, support hydropower production, and restore a Tribal Nation's connection to their cultural heritage. The project is one of 50 river projects from across the nation highlighted by Salazar as a model for community-driven river restoration.
In the afternoon, Salazar will hold a press conference at the L.L. Bean Flagship Store in Freeport, Maine. Along with the National Park Foundation, the official non-profit of America's national parks, and L.L. Bean, Salazar will provide an update on the year-long Million Moment Mission. A celebration of the company's 100-year anniversary, L.L. Bean has committed $1 million to the National Park Foundation's “America's Best Idea” program in support of efforts to increase children's opportunities to spend time outdoors.
EVENT #1: PENOBSCOT RIVER RESTORATION
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior Eric Schwaab, Acting Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Management / Acting Deputy Administrator, NOAA Pat Keiher, Commissioner, Maine Department of Marine Resources Chief Kirk Francis, Penobscot Indian Nation
Commemoration Ceremony for the removal of the Great Works Dam, including removal of a portion of the dam