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 Visit Florida, Make Major Conservation Announcements
WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Tuesday, Jan. 17, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe will kick-off a two day trip to Florida to make two important conservation announcements that are part of the Administration's efforts to preserve and restore the Florida Everglades. The visit comes as part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors (AGO) initiative to establish a community-based, 21st century agenda for conservation, recreation, and reconnecting Americans to the outdoors.
During next week's trip, Secretary Salazar will highlight the job-creating impacts and economic benefits of tourism, outdoor recreation and conservation in the Everglades and around Florida.
On Tuesday, Salazar and Ashe will join U.S. Senator Bill Nelson to make an announcement regarding wildlife and the Florida Everglades. The announcement will take place along the Tamiami Trail just outside of Miami. Later on, Salazar will attend the Everglades Foundation “Everglades Water Supply Summit” in Tallahassee where he will identify next steps in the restoration of the Florida Everglades during a panel discussion entitled, “What's Next.”
On Wednesday, Salazar and Ashe will conclude their trip in Haines City with Senator Nelson where they will make an important announcement regarding the proposed Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area.