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, Sutley to Visit Santa Monica Mountains to Kick-Off Campaign to Hire 12,000 Young People for Summer Work on Public Lands
Office of the Secretary
Will Announce $3.7 Million in Competitive Grants During Visit
SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, California – On Friday, May 18 - in response to President Obama's call to expand opportunities for summer employment for young people – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Chair of the White House Council of Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley will join members of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps and the California Conservation Corps to kick-off summer work opportunities for more than 12,000 young people in national parks, wildlife refuges, and other public lands managed by the Department of the Interior (DOI).
During the visit, Salazar and Sutley will visit with youth corps members to discuss their work in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. They will then announce 20 youth conservation corps projects across the country that have been awarded funding through an innovative public-private partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Since Secretary Salazar established youth employment as a high priority performance goal, the Department of the Interior has employed 35% more young people each year since Fiscal Year 2009. Overall in FY 2012, Interior expects to employ more than 21,000 young people between the ages of 15 and 25.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Nancy Sutley, Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality
Kick-Off to Summer Jobs Campaign on Public Lands
Friday, May 18, 2012, 12:30 PM PDT
Solstice Canyon, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
3455 Solstice Canyon Drive, Malibu, CA, near Corral Canyon Road
All credentialed media are invited to cover the announcement.