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).
Deputy Secretary Hayes, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and other Federal Officials to Hold an America's Great Outdoors Listening Session in Poughkeepsie, New York
Office of the Secretary
WASHINGTON–Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes will be in New York to conduct a listening session as part of the President's America's Great Outdoors Initiative. He will be joined by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and EPA Regional 2 Administrator Judith Enck. The session will be an opportunity for New York residents to tell members of the Administration about their individual, local, and state level involvement.
Following the listening session, Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes will tour the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center in Hyde Park and hold a question - answer session related to America's Great Outdoors.
The America's Great Outdoors Initiative was established by President Obama in April at a White House Conference specifically to develop a conservation and recreation agenda worthy of the 21st century and to reconnect Americans with our great outdoors. To accomplish this goal, the Administration's effort will be community driven.
Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes, DOI
Secretary Tom Vilsack, USDA
Regional Administrator Judith Enck, EPA
AGO Listening Session, Press Availability, Tour of Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center with Q & A Session
Friday, August 6th, 2010
9:00 a.m. AGO Listening Session
10:15 a.m. Press Availability
1:00 p.m. Tour of Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center & question - answer session.
AGO Listening Session
Location: Marist College Student Center
Poughkeepsie, New York.
Press Availability Location: Marist College Student Center
Poughkeepsie, New York
Room: Private Dining Room, Student Union Building
Tour & question – answer session
Location: Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center