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).
Salazar Brothers to Highlight America's Great Outdoors Initiative, Economic Recovery Projects at Mesa Verde NP
Office of the Secretary
MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will hold a press conference April 25th to highlight the Obama Administration's America's Great Outdoors Initiative and $10.1 million in projects at Mesa Verde that are being undertaken as part of the President's economy recovery plan.
Launched by President Obama earlier this month, the America's Great Outdoors Initiative will promote and support innovative community-level efforts to conserve outdoor spaces and to reconnect Americans to the outdoors. Under the initiative, the Department of the Interior and other federal agencies are reaching out to communities across the country to hear good ideas about conservation and to learn about the efforts that ordinary Americans are making to conserve our land, water, and wildlife.
Recovery projects being undertaken at park include replacing aging waterlines and electrical systems, installing photovoltaic systems on historic buildings, and purchasing alternative energy transit buses.
Who: Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Congressman John Salazar
What: Press Conference
When: 10:30 a.m. MDT, April 25, 2010
Where: Site of the Future Mesa Verde National Park Visitor and Research Center, Mesa Verde, Co. The press conference will be held just to the south of the exit ramps on US-160 near the park entrance, across from the park sign.