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: Salazar, Bloomberg to Announce Major Partnership to Enhance Jamaica Bay as a Great Urban Park
NEW YORK CITY – On Tuesday, July 17, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will announce an innovative new partnership between the National Park Service and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to cooperatively manage the City's and the National Park Service's urban parks in and around Jamaica Bay and connect urban communities to the natural beauty and history of the region. Today's announcement builds on a commitment made between the Mayor and the Secretary in October 2011 to work together to establish the Jamaica Bay area as a great urban park.
Earlier in the day, Secretary Salazar will deliver remarks as part of Greater & Greener: Re-Imagining Parks for 21st Century Cities – an international urban parks conference. He will discuss the Obama administration's bold vision to build and expand America's great urban parks so that they remain healthy, connected, and accessible to every American. More information is available here.
In cities and metropolitan areas across the country, the Department of the Interior is working with communities to connect people – especially young people – to green spaces, waterways, recreation opportunities and cultural landmarks. As part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative, Interior is expanding outdoor recreation opportunities, restoring urban natural resources, strengthening outreach programs for school children, improving connections among existing parks, and restoring public access to natural, cultural, and historic resources.
The Obama administration's America's Great Outdoors initiative supports locally-driven projects and strengthen economies by creating greater access to open spaces and outdoor recreation. These efforts are a direct result of the 51 listening sessions the Department of the Interior held with citizens across the U.S. who identified ways to strengthen their local economies and called for more access to green spaces, parks, and rivers where they live.
EVENT #1: Remarks on the Obama Administration's Vision for Great Urban Parks
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Remarks at the Greater and Greener International Urban Parks Conference presented by the City Parks Alliance