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.
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