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).
Interior to Discuss Next Steps in Restoration, Active Management of Northwest Forests
WASHINGTON - Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will hold a conference call to discuss next steps in restoring the health of Northwest forests, providing sustainable timber jobs, and protecting remaining old growth forests. Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, Director of the Bureau of Land Management Bob Abbey, and Chief of the U.S. Forest Service Tom Tidwell will also participate in the press call.
Credentialed members of the media may join the 3:00 PM EST call by dialing 888-946-4717 and entering the passcode: FOREST.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior
Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Bob Abbey, Director of the Bureau of Land Management
Tom Tidwell, Chief of the U.S. Forest Service
News media conference call
February 28, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. EST
Participants may join the teleconference by calling 888-946-4717 and entering the passcode: FOREST