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).
Float the Chattahoochee with Department of the Interior and National Park Service Officials this Wednesday
Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Rachel Jacobson to Join Park Staff and Reporters for River Float
SANDY SPRINGS, GA—On Wednesday, August 29, 2012, Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Rachel Jacobson will visit the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area to meet with park managers and local officials from the Atlanta Metropolitan Area to discuss how the park's recent designation as a National Water Trail will boost tourism and fuel the local economy.
Following the morning meeting, Jacobson and park managers will paddle down the most popular section of the 48-mile National Recreation Area, from Powers Island to Paces Mill.
Members of the media are invited to join Jacobson and park managers for the float, which will be followed by a brief media availability. The float will offer a unique, first-person perspective to develop an in-depth story on the new National Water Trail System and its potential impact on recreation and tourism.
Rafts and equipment for the media will be provided.
Rachel Jacobson, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wild Wildlife and Parks
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Managers