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, Chu to Flip Switch on Energy-Efficient LED Lights on National Mall
65 percent energy savings expected from state-of-the-art lights; Ceremony kicks-off week of energy events for Obama Administration
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu will participate in a lighting ceremony featuring the newly-installed LED lights on the National Mall. Illuminating the Mall from 3rd to 15th Streets, the LED technology is expected to reduce lighting energy by up to 65 percent and provide a well-lit atmosphere to welcome the National Mall's 25 million annual visitors.
“Achieving an economy built on American energy will require an all-of-the-above approach, one that includes safely and responsibly developing our domestic energy resources – and making the most of what we have available through efficiencies,” said Secretary Salazar. “There is no more fitting place to build a model of energy efficiency than right here in America's front yard, the National Mall, with the installation of these LED lights.”
"Using energy efficient LED lightbulbs is an important way Americans can save money by saving energy," said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. "Investing in an American economy that is built to last includes taking advantage of all of America's energy resources while working to improve efficiency. Installing these energy efficient bulbs on the National Mall is an important demonstration of our commitment to partnering with the private sector to promote energy saving technologies."
Salazar and Chu will be joined by Superintendent of the National Mall and Memorials Parks Bob Vogel, President of the Trust for the National Mall Caroline Cunningham, and CEOs from Pepco, OSRAM SYLVANIA, and Siemens who donated the materials and skilled labor for the LED light installation.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy
Bob Vogel, Superintendent, National Mall and Memorial Parks
Caroline Cunningham, President, Trust for the National Mall
Eric Spiegel, President and CEO, Siemens Corporation & CEO, U.S. Region
Rick Leaman, President & CEO, OSRAM SYLVANIA
Joseph M. Rigby, Chairman, President and CEO, Pepco Holdings, Inc.
National Mall Lighting Ceremony
Monday, January 30, 2012 @ 5:30 p.m.
National Mall at 14th Street & Madison Drive
Audio mult box will be provided. Parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis.