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 Tour Florida's Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Discuss Everglades Restoration Activities
Office of the Secretary
BOYNTON BEACH, FL—As part of President Obama's unprecedented support for the restoration of the Everglades, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar tomorrow will travel to Florida to tour the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and meet with stakeholders to discuss efforts to preserve and restore the Florida Everglades.
During the airboat tour of the Refuge, Salazar will see first-hand how the ecosystem is expected to benefit from the recently-announced $880 million water quality agreement between the Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Florida. The visit is part President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative to establish a community-based, 21st century agenda for conservation, recreation, and reconnecting Americans to the outdoors.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Tour of Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and Stakeholder Meeting
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
9:00 a.m. EDT Airboat Tour of Loxahatchee NWR
9:45 a.m. EDT Media Availability
10:00 a.m. EDT Stakeholder Meeting
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
10216 Lee Road
Boynton Beach, FL 33437
Media interested in attending the airboat tour must RSVP to Queen Muse (email@example.com) no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on July 17 in order to secure a space on the boat.